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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READING FICTION ALONG THE FRINGE: ALTERNATE TIMELINES
"For die-hard science fiction fans, there's also pleasure in discovering that, in at least one alternate timeline, Philip K.
Instead the show examined the alternate timeline if Donna hadn't met the Doctor, but it was hard to care without David Tennant's charisma to carry the show.
Enterprise, an alternate timeline and a war with the Klingons.
This kind of fan fiction receives the general name of alternate universes or AUs, sometimes reusing the terms alternate timeline, Elseworld, or "What if." They can grow into the equivalent of multiple-book series with many authors, creating incredibly detailed alternate universes for which they are the canon themselves.
In the first of Turtledove's books that seems aimed at a YA audience, two 21st-century teenage siblings end up stranded in an alternate timeline where the Roman Empire never fell.
Instead, an alternate timeline version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) escapes with the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Assemble after an encounter with a time-travelling Steve and Tony.
Giger and takes place 14 years after the events of Aliens, with an alternate timeline. The director wants to explore further into the unknown, discovering uncharted territory, introducing new heroes, villains, and ideas, while remaining faithful to the essence of Alien.
Starring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy Rumpelstiltskin tricks a mid-life crisis burdened Shrek into allowing himself to be erased from existence and cast in a dark alternate timeline where Rumpel rules supreme.
According to the British comic book news site Bleeding Cool News, the episode centers on an alternate timeline of some sort, as Vieira reads the line, "Crowds lined the Mall today as the Roman Emperor Winston Churchill returned to Buckingham Senate on his personal mammoth." (VDI)
Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.

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