Full record for alternate future n.

Definition one of several possible futures
OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite Alfred Bester, "The Probable Man"
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a 1967 cite from John Brunner's "Quicksand".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1999 cite from Rudy Rucker's "Saucer Wisdom".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1983 cite from an editorial blurb by Isaac Asimov in "Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from Clifford D. Simak's "Time Quarry".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1952 reprint of Damon Knight's 1951 "Don't Live in the Past".
Douglas Winston submitted a 2006 cite from Simon R.Green's "Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"

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Citations for alternate future n.

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1941 Astounding Sci.-Fiction July 89/2 So, although b can reverse his time machine and go back to his own date, he will never find the reality of the present he left. He will always land in another of the infinite number of alternate futures coexisting.
1941 Astounding Sci.-Fiction July 90/2 It takes time, lots of time before the alternate futures split off and differentiate.
1941 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Sept. 131/1 Though the former dealt with the slightly worn plot of time travel and the alternate-futures idea, the deft handling by Bester accounts for its position.
1950 C. D. Simak Time Quarry in Galaxy Sci. Fiction Nov. 146/1 That meant that Asher Sutton could not, would not be allowed to die before the book was written. However it were written, the book must be written or the future was a lie. Sutton shrugged. The tangled thread of logic was too much for him. There was no precept, no precedent upon which one might develop the pattern of cause and result. Alternate futures? Maybe, but it didn't seem likely. Alternate futures were a fantasy that employed semantics-twisting to prove a point, a clever use of words that covered up and masked the fallacies.
1967 J. Brunner Quicksand ii. 7 He felt poised in this instant of time, as an impossibly slow spinning top might poise before falling. He could almost sense the rotation of the earth, carrying him past the successive doorways leading to his alternate futures. It was within his power to move forward into whichever he wished, to go on putting up with things as they were or to make a clean break and any of half a dozen fresh starts, or to set in train events leading to a break being forced on him. He could picture with painful clarity the likely form that each of those futures would take. Only the act of choosing between them was beyond his present ability.
1979 M. H. Greenberg in I. Asimov Presents Great Sci. Fiction Stories Vol. 1, 1939 194 ‘Greater Than Gods’ is a non-series story about an alternate future.
2006 S.R. Green Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth 94 My own car comes from an alternate future that clearly has nothing to do with the one you described.