Alternate Universe

Alternate Universe (often abbreviated as "AU") is a descriptor used to characterize fanworks which change one or more elements of the source work's canon. Also may be known as multiverse. The various universes within the multiverse are called "parallel universes", "other universes" or "alternate universes."

Often used in Fantasy, Science-Fiction, and Comic genres.


The Wandering Inn (The Wandering Inn #1)
The Wandering Inn: Volume 2 (The Wandering Inn, #2)
Ether, Vol. 1: Death of the Last Golden Blaze (Ether, #1)
In Some Other Life
Doors of Sleep
The Chosen (Contender #1)
Mad as a Hatter (Sons of Wonderland #1)
Infinite Regress (Schooled in Magic, #9)
Past Tense (Schooled in Magic, #10)
Graduation Day (Schooled in Magic, #14)
Famous Men Who Never Lived
Empire Games (Empire Games #1, Merchant Princes Universe #7)
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught
Down Station (Down Station, #1)
Breach (Cold War Magic, #1)
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
The Gunslinger
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

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Steven Barnes
Aidan and Kai were almost the same height, but frequently Kai seemed smaller, even less mature. Aidan couldn't completely explain it. Certainly, Kai had suffered far less in his life. Aidan wondered how Kai would have coped with the horrors he himself had endured, and allowed himself a cold smile at the thought of the bookish Kai chained in a screwship's dark hold, squirming in his own shit. ...more
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