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Stephen Robert Collins (stephenrobertcollins) | 99 comments Books that are what if things like what if the South won the war of Independence or WWII was won by Hitler but also other more obscure such as Anno Dracula by Kim Newman were Dracula is king in The Victorian age


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edge  (baconnnnnnnnnn) | 47 comments What if Sirius never died? What if Snape never died? What if there was no war at all? WHAT IF LILY NEVER DIED
WHAT IF


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Nyla (nylap) | 71 comments Are we talking about the genre of Alternate History?
I enjoyed Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan Series, which is sort of a combination of Alternate History and Steampunk, set around World War I.
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld Leviathan
Isaac Asimov wrote some pieces in this style. I am thinking of a short story of his called "What If," but I think there are some others as well. (Maybe someone else who is more familiar with these can jump in?)
I have heard good things about Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union, although I have not read it yet.


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Rima Ben Hammadi | 159 comments My brother told me about a book he was reading by Stephen King. What if JFK never died...


message 5: by Nyla (last edited May 03, 2018 09:05AM) (new)

Nyla (nylap) | 71 comments Rima wrote: "My brother told me about a book he was reading by Stephen King. What if JFK never died..."

Oh, I had forgotten about this one! It's called 11/22/63.
11/22/63 by Stephen King 11/22/63


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Stephen Robert Collins (stephenrobertcollins) | 99 comments read that by Stephen King but was dull.
Harry Turtledove is the class writer of What if ...
Guns of the South is really good one by him in 1990 10 of friends passed it around by time I got it back it unluckily feel to bits.


message 7: by Nyla (new)

Nyla (nylap) | 71 comments So yes, the genre that Harry Turtledove is well-known for is called Alternate History, sometimes called Alternative History or Uchronia. Here are a couple of sites that might interest you.
Uchronia.net is a site dedicated to this genre.
http://www.uchronia.net/
There is a literary award given in this genre, called the Sidewise Award.
http://www.uchronia.net/sidewise/
Hope this helps you in your search! Happy reading!


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Stephen Robert Collins (stephenrobertcollins) | 99 comments Man in a High Castle by Philip K Dick


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