What If? Alternative History

1632

By Eric Flint

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1632   In northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.

2000   Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time.

THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED....

When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War.

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1945

By Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

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What if Hitler had never declared war on the United States? The former Speaker of the House of Representatives pictures a world where the USA -- victorious over Japan -- and Nazi Germany -- victorious over continental Europe -- leer uneasily at each other in 1945, and worry about atomic weapons....
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C.S.A.: Confederate States of America

By Howard Means

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What if the South had won the Civil War? This author pictures North America at the dawn of the 21st Century divided into two parts, a Northern disaster area called the Industrial Zone, and a Southern Confederacy ruled from Richmond, where the races are equal but very, very separate....

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Darwinia

By Robert Charles Wilson

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What if evolution had proceeded along different lines? In 1912, history was changed by the Miracle, when the old world of Europe was replaced by "Darwinia," a strange land of nightmarish jungle and antediluvian monsters. To some, the Miracle is an act of divine retribution; to others, it is an opportunity to carve out a new empire. Leaving an America now ruled by religious fundamentalists, young Guilford Law travels to "Darwinia" on a mission of discovery that will take him further than he can possibly imagine...to a shattering revelation about mankind's destiny in the universe.
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Fatherland

By Robert Harris

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What if Nazi Germany had won World War II? This mystery thriller is set in 1964, on the eve of Der Fuhrer's 75th birthday. After a decades-long Cold War between the USA and Germany (not Russia!), President Joe Kennedy (JFK's father!) is set to visit Berlin -- when a murder complicates things.
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How Few Remain

By Harry Turtledove

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What if the South had won the Civil War? In this Harry Turtledove bestseller the year is 1881. Lincoln, since losing the Civil War and then the presidency, is an itinerant socialist speech-maker. In the Confederate States of America, President James Longstreet buys northern Mexico, and the U.S. president declares war....
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Making History: A Novel

By Stephen Fry

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What if Adolf Hitler had never been born? In this very witty, British "alternative history," Michael Young, a Cambridge graduate student who has just completed his dissertation on Adolf Hitler's childhood, and German physicist Leo Zuckermann, inventor of a machine that can look into the past, come up with a way to prevent Hitler from ever having been born. But things don't quite work out....

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Operation Chaos

By Poul Anderson

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In a war waged against Black Magic, the fact that Steve is a werewolf and his wife is a highly skilled witch is not unusual. But their adventures prove very unusual, even for their world, when they are given the task of neutralizing an enemy's ultimate weapon--the world's most powerful demon. Also look for the sequel, Operation Luna.

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Pavane

By Keith Roberts

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What if Queen Elizabeth I had been assassinated and the Protestant Reformation had collapsed? This novel imagines a Twentieth Century where the Church of Rome reigns supreme over a world of pastoral beauty, while technology is held back to the level of the steam locomotive and the primitive radio. Yet science cannot be suppressed forever, and its advocates are becoming more daring as each year passes. A revolution is building....
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Resurrection Day

By Brendan DuBois

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What if the Cuban Missile Crisis had led to disaster? It is 1972: Washington, D.C., is a radioactive crater; Nelson Rockefeller is running for president against George McGovern.... And a reporter starts to unravel the true story of the 1962 nuclear war that devastated Russia and crippled America.
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