Alternate Histories and Uchronias
Alternate histories are descriptions of what could have been. Most commonly these are developed for literary purposes, but some have no other purpose than the joy of creating an alternative history, of answering a 'what if?' question. Geopoeia focuses on such 'purpose-less' alternate histories.
An uchronia is a fictional time period in the known world. While Geofiction and Conworlds are (about) fictional places, uchronias are fictional times. The difference between alternate history and uchronia is that the former focuses on (description of) a (fictional) historical process, while the latter focuses on (description of) a (fictional) historical (or future) time period.
- Wikipedia entry 'Alternate History'
- Wikipedia entry 'Uchronia'
- Wikipedia entry 'Counterfactual History'
- Uchronia: the alternate history list - encyclopedia of alternate histories and uchronias in literature
- Counter-factual.net - alternate history webzine
- Alternate History wiki (1)
- Alternate History wiki (2)
- Ill Bethisad Wiki: alternate earth history with alternate countries (and therefore, presenting an overlap between alternate history and geofiction)