Alternate history is an interstitial genre existing at the crossroads between historical fiction ("How was?") and speculative fiction ("What if?"). It usually relies on identifying a key moment in history and asking what could have changed and how that would have affected the outcome, although there are different approaches as well. AlternateHistory.com has a discussion forum for this. Uchronia lists books and stories in this genre. Other Timelines has a "Today in Alternate History" feature along with other resources. This genre also works well with ethnic history, gender history, and other under-represented groups. Tell ALL the stories!
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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Today was my day to host. You can read my posts featuring "Queer Poetry" and "Some of My QUILTBAG Characters." It's a good way to find my characters who are various flavors of queer.
Do you write or read poems about QUILTBAG characters? Drop by poetree and comment on the posts. We love discussions.