DWJones mystery book

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Sat Aug 2 01:54:43 EDT 2003

>I've never seen historical fiction listed as
>"speculative fiction", although alternative histories
>are, as they are often regarded as a sub-genre of
>science fiction. (although DWJ makes great use of them
>in fantasy). And also historical fiction involving
>time-travel as a plot device is sometimes included.

Interesting. I've seen authors like Dorothy Dunnett described as 
speculative fiction; her historical research is generally described as 
good, and it isn't alternate histories in the sense of "Henry VIII's elder 
brother Arthur didn't die young, so what happens next?" I think there 
starts to be some significant grey area between historical fiction and 
alternate histories. Where does one draw the line?

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