Historical fiction, splitting hairs, and honoring an American icon

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Over the last several months, we’ve mentioned a lot of works of historical fiction, but we’ve never really talked about historical fiction much at all: it’s purpose, some of our favorite works, and does it include room for speculative fiction, too. So, now we’re going to! Listen in as we discuss:

  • The difference between period fiction and historical fiction (and if we’re just splitting hairs on this)
  • If alternative history works (e.g. “What if JFK was never assassinated?”) count as historical fiction
  • Buzz Aldrin sucker punching people
  • What are a few good recommendations for those looking to start reading historical fiction
  • Dave’s accusation that someone might have said a word that we would not dare say on a family-friendly show like this one

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A few of the books we mention on this episode:

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Posted by Aaron Armstrong

Aaron is the author of several books for adults and children, as well as multiple documentaries and Bible studies. His latest book, I'm a Christian—Now What?: A Guide to Your New Life with Christ is available now.