chaostory (n)

A better word for “history,” or as I like to call it, “stories.”

According to Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., a man with a very complicated name, and the best Sci-Fi theoriest around:

“The most historians can do is to make tentative statements about causation with reference to plausible counterfactuals, constructed on the basis of judgments about probability. Finally, the probability of alternative scenarios can be inferred only from such statements by contemporaries about the future as have survived. These points could be held up as the manifesto for a “chaostory” — a chaotic approach to history.” (Seven Beauties of Sci-Fi, p. 97).

And yet historians think they have such a strangehold on truth claims! So cocksure those historians. That does it: from here on out I’m calling them “storians.”

Cf. historiosophy.