alternate history

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alternate history

n.
A genre of fiction in which the writer speculates how history might have been altered if one or more historical events had transpired differently.
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Hence, for the characters in Roth's Nemesis and for the literal human beings that suffered the polio epidemic of the 1950s (not the 1940s when the novel is set: Nemesis, like The Plot Against America, is allohistory), polio is the nemesis that required, as Marc Shell has pointed out in his book on polio, heroic action on the parts of individuals and even of the nation itself in order to defeat it.
Counterfactuals, allohistory, parahistorical conjecture, what if?.
"Between Dystopia and Allohistory: The Ending of Roth's The Plot Against America." Philip Roth Studies 9.1 (2013): 41-50.