(idea by Lonespark, written by chris the cynic)
Simple straightforward prompt: talk about alternate histories. What you think they can address well, what you think they can’t, opportunities and pitfalls, what you’d like to see, what you have seen, and anything else related to the topic.
The … other prompt:
I was particularly proud to be an American during the Elizabeth Squared period. Unfortunately Elizabeth Edwards’s presidency was cut tragically short half way through her second term because the cure for cancer arrived six months too late to save her. Two years later, in 2012, the incoming president had Elizabeth Warren step down from her position as Czar of all things economic, in spite of her work saving the country from economic collapse and decreasing the economic inequality. Thus the [redacted] ended, and with it we saw unfortunate declines in several sectors.
Only a handful of people remember these events, for the rest they are seen as alternate, rather than actual, history.
What alternate histories do you remember, long for, or fear?
[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]