NEW YORK - The Alternate Historical Fiction Society recognized several deserving writers over the weekend by honoring them with the field's most coveted award, "The Alties." Among the honorees was science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick, famous for his book "The Man in the High Castle," the bleak tale of a postwar world under Axis control, as well as up-and-coming revisionist historian, Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Hannah-Jones is the author of "The 1619 Project," a dramatic retelling of the great American experiment that casts aside the birth of the modern republic that ultimately led to the most free and prosperous age of human history
"In my book, I imagine a terrifying world where the Civil War and Civil Rights movement never occurred," said Hannah-Jones, "Americans of all colors and creeds never sacrificed their reputations and their lives as abolitionists, soldiers, or anti-slavery legislators. White and black men and women never marched arm-in-arm through American cities demonstrating against the evils of Jim Crow. Civil Rights heroes like Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X didn't fight or die for the eventual delayed fulfillment of the original Constitutional bargain that 'All men are created equal.' In the world of my novel, nothing has changed from 1619 to 2020."
Margaret Atwood, last year's Altie winner for her 1985 dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," commended Hannah-Jones. "Nikole gets it! The way Donald Trump is literally enslaving women and minorities means that now more than ever, we must bravely speak out against all odds, even if it means making millions of dollars and gaining national praise from an entire industry devoted to applauding the scent of its own farts. We are the resistance!"
"High Castle" has been adapted into a four season Amazon Prime Original. "The 1619 Project" has been adapted into the editorial slant at the New York Times and the general leftist narrative.