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Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Pierre Assouline makes the distinction between an "unchronie" and a "dystopie", using "Fatherland" and "The Man in the High Castle" as examples of unchronie and "1984" as a dystopia (with "1985" being a dystopic "1984"). I wish we said unchronology in english rather than "Alternate History."

P.S. Notice how all of Assouline's examples of unchronie relate to World War II? The Cold War so far as I know has produced dystopic novels, not unchronic ones.