Thankfully Richard Lee, founder and publisher of the HNS, corrected me of this misconception. The HNS actually does consider alternate history as part of the historical fiction genre. In fact, he informed me that the master of alternate history himself, Harry Turtledove, was a guest of honor at one of their conferences.
So as an apology to Lee and the rest of the HNS for my embarrassing lack of research, I humbly request that you spend some time perusing the HNS website and its features. You can check out their reviews on alternate history or browse their members where you may find people like Christopher M. Cevasco, author and former editor of Paradox: The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction. You can also keep up to date on what is happening at the HNS by following them on Twitter, liking them on Facebook or subscribing to their YouTube channel.
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Mitro is founder, editor and contributor of Alternate History Weekly Update. When he is not busy writing about his passion for alternate history, he spends his time working as a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois and dreams of being a published author himself one day.