Alternate History

Alternate history or alternative history is a subgenre of speculative fiction (or science fiction) and historical fiction that is set in a world in which history has diverged from the actual history of the world. Alternate history literature asks the question, "What if history had developed differently?" Most works in this genre are based on real historical events, yet feature social, geopolitical, or industrial circumstances that developed differently than our own.

Underground Airlines
Imprudence (The Custard Protocol, #2)
Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2)
Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening
Arabella of Mars
The Virgin's War (Tudor Legacy #3)
Fallout (The Hot War, #2)
Rebel Magisters (Rebel Mechanics, #2)
Deserts of Fire: Speculative Fiction and the Wars of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East
And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)
My Lady Jane
Stiletto (The Checquy Files, #2)
League of Dragons (Temeraire, #9)
A Green and Ancient Light
Steeplejack (Alternative Detective, #1)
And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)
Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening
Underground Airlines
The Queen's Poisoner (Kingfountain, #1)
The Thief's Daughter (Kingfountain, #2)
Life After Life
The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)
The Last Days of New Paris
Imprudence (The Custard Protocol, #2)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Written in Fire (Brilliance Saga, #3)
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
One Year After
League of Dragons (Temeraire, #9)
Fatherland by Robert HarrisThe Eyre Affair by Jasper FfordeThe Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century by Harry TurtledoveMoskau by Zotov*The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
18 books — 4 voters
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingSeptember Ends by Hunter S. JonesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsShadow Over Avalon by C.N. LesleyBeyond Bridalveil Fall by Sheryl Seal
Imaginative Books
462 books — 347 voters

Fatherland by Robert HarrisThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K. DickHis Majesty's Dragon by Naomi NovikDominion by C.J. SansomThe Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Great Alternate History novels!!!
105 books — 47 voters
Winter of the Passion Flower by Annie SeatonRetribution Falls by Chris WoodingSoulless by Gail CarrigerAnno Dracula by Kim NewmanAgatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio
Favourite Steampunk/Alt. History Novels
142 books — 155 voters

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenKafka on the Shore by Haruki MurakamiThe Tale of Genji by Murasaki ShikibuThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiShōgun by James Clavell
Japanese Fiction
253 books — 197 voters
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. DickFatherland by Robert HarrisWatchmen by Alan MooreJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna ClarkeNew Yesterdays by Jim L. Wright
Best Alternate History
240 books — 499 voters

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
1632 (Assiti Shards, #1)
Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
The Guns of the South
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
The Years of Rice and Salt
Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)

At the entrance of the Führerbunker, a dandelion pushed through the crack between cobblestones. The cadet did not notice that he stepped on it as they entered the bunker. A dark cloud of smoke rose from a burning ministry. Zeller fantasized that the filth that surrounded him was cleansed. He saw himself, a portly and tailored leader in a white uniform with gold epaulets, buttons, and stripes. He imagined himself in an immaculate, white city in Antarctica.
Paul Majkut, Stench of the Word

Kim Newman
There will never be slaves in Britain,' Godalming continued, 'but those who stay warm will naturally serve us, as the excellent Bessie has just served me. Have a care, lest you wind up the equivalent of some damned regimental water-bearer.' In India, I knew a water-bearer who was a better man than most.
Kim Newman, Anno Dracula

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