Just a quick extension to my ideas about stealth fiction from a little while ago.
Alternate history is form of (genre) fiction that seems to be particularly amenable to stealthing. Take as an example a blog that is publishing the letters of William Henry Bonser (“Harry”) Lamin, a soldier of World War One, exactly ninety years after they were written.
According to Reuters, people are engaging with it in a very real way:
“Many are braced for the dreaded telegram from the army notifying relatives of a soldier’s death.”
Because he’s not a famous historical figure, Lamin’s fate is uncertain, and people engage with him as a real person.
It doesn’t take a great leap to imagine doing something similar, but with a totally fictional character. The course of the war could start subtly shifting away from historical facts after a while, couldn’t it?
Of course, there are nefarious uses this could be put to. But it’s also another way to hide the fiction-ness of fiction and get the buggers hooked, isn’t it?