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The Alternate History

Refiguring Historical Time
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The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time examines alternate history science fiction using the eschatological, genetic, entropic, and teleological historical models. Karen Hellekson's original approach explains much of the appeal of alternate history and distinguishes among the many varieties of the genre. The discussion of historiographical and philosophical concepts raises the question of narrative, the subject position of the writer, temporality, and the nature of time. And in her measured consideration of a range of writers, Hellekson displays a deep and broad knowledge of the major works in this genre - those by famous or neglected writers alike.

With its clean style, balanced selection of writers, and careful organization, this book will be of great interest to scholars, students, and teachers of science fiction and alternate histories, as well as to SF fans. This thoughtful study of a most exciting genre advances the understanding of familiar material by inviting consideration from a new perspective, and it will surely redirect the discourse on alternate histories.


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