I'm announcing the publication of my new book, my first work of book-length fiction. It's an example of the variety of historical fiction known as a "counterfactual" or an "alternate history". It raises the questions:
- What if Abraham Lincoln chose not to go to war to preserve the Union?
- What if Lincoln lived to his 80s, including a number of years spent in Britain and Australia?
- What if the vast land area between Mexico and Canada was, from 1861 to 1926, the location of not one, nor two, but five different nations?
- What if both slavery and polygamy persisted in the Empire of Texas for a generation longer than they did anywhere else in North America?
- What if such Europeans as Florence Nightingale, Alfred Dreyfus, and Dickens's "Tiny Tim" all spent time on the North American continent?
- What if those who died during the Spanish Influenza epidemic in 1918 included a psychiatric patient in a Georgia hospital named John Wilkes Booth and an inmate in a prisoner-of-war camp in Pennsylvania named Adolf Hitler?