Counter historical stories are the subject of many a work of fiction. There are guides for how to write this form of speculative fiction. I’m thinking of stories where US resistance to Hitler is shifted by a Lindbergh presidency or the Confederates win the Civil War.
What boingboing clued me into yesterday, though, is the idea of archives of things that didn’t happen. Case in point: Nixon’s speech in the event of a moon stranding.
Has anyone explored what it would look like to work with students on this type of “contingency studies?” I can imagine students writing speeches for “in the event that…”
h/t: I became aware of the boingboing post from following Greg Shine’s Tweets – http://twitter.com/gregshine.