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.

New Releases Tagged "Alternate History"

The Tropic of Serpents (Memoir by Lady Trent #2)
Emilie and the Sky World (Emilie, #2)
The Story of Owen
Liberty: 1784
Three Princes
The Clockwork Wolf (Disenchanted & Co., #2)
V-S Day: A Novel of Alternate History
Liberty: 1784: The Second War for Independence


  • Fires of Alexandria by Thomas K. Carpenter
    Fires of Alexandria
    The greatest mystery of the ancient world remains the identity of who set fire to the Great Library in Alexandria.

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  • Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy
    Shadows of Asphodel
    Signed paperback! A dieselpunk romance set in an alternate 1913.

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    Giveaway dates: Jan 25 - Apr 25, 2014
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    Pray to Stay Dead

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  • The Undead Pool (The Hollows, #12)
    Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
    The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
    The Ring and The Crown
    Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
    Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
    The Long Earth (The Long Earth #1)
    The Winter Witch
    Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)
    One Second After
    Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
    The Long War (The Long Earth #2)
    Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
    Inceptio by Alison MortonFatherland by Robert HarrisThe Peshawar Lancers by S.M. StirlingThe Odessa File by Frederick ForsythEifelheim by Michael Flynn
    Alternate History
    42 books — 30 voters

    Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman MelvilleUlysses by James JoyceA Clockwork Orange by Anthony BurgessDon Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Rabelais' Codpiece
    94 books — 51 voters
    Winter of the Passion Flower by Annie SeatonAnno Dracula by Kim NewmanAgatha H and the Airship City by Phil FoglioThe Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark HodderThe Difference Engine by William Gibson
    Favourite Steampunk/Alt. History Novels
    78 books — 108 voters

    1984 by George OrwellBrave New World by Aldous HuxleyFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyDune by Frank HerbertEnder's Game by Orson Scott Card
    Best Social Science Fiction
    168 books — 176 voters
    Iron House by John HartMythik Imagination #1 by Jon MacBlackout by Connie WillisThe Tower's Alchemist by Alesha EscobarBitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
    WWII Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books
    15 books — 16 voters

    The Man in the High Castle
    His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
    Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
    1632 (Assiti Shards, #1)
    Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
    The Guns of the South
    The Yiddish Policemen's Union
    Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3)
    Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
    Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)
    The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)
    How Few Remain (Timeline-191, #1)

    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

    Cherie Priest
    Oh, it doesn't work at all. That's the problem! It's an endless, halting parade of inspections, bribes, and nonsense—but if you're aboard a Texas vessel, you'll find less inconvenience along the way." "It's because of their guns!" declared Mr. Henderson, once more escaping his reverie, bobbing out of it as if to gasp for air. "Concise, my love." Mrs. Henderson gave him a smile. "And correct. Texans are heavily armed and often impatient. They don't need to be transporting arms and gunpowder to cr...more
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