What If? Alternative History

Ruled Britannia

By Harry Turtledove

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What if the Spanish Armada had beaten the British navy in 1588? Bestselling-author Harry Turtledove pictures Good Queen Bess a prisoner in the Tower of London, and William Shakespeare writing plays to please his oppressed country's new Latin masters!

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The Difference Engine

By William Gibson, Bruce Sterling

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What if the computer age had begun a hundred years earlier than it actually did?
This "alternative history" imagines a Victorian England run by steam-powered computing engines, and governed by an intellectual elite led by Prime Minister Byron. When an ambitious young paleontologist comes into possession of a dangerous set of program cards he begins running for his life....
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The Two Georges

By Harry Turtledove and Richard Dreyfuss

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What if there had been no American Revolution? In this witty "alternative history" mystery, the symbol of the modern North American Union is the portrait of the Two Georges -- Washington and George III -- reconciling their differences. When the painting is stolen, apparently by the terrorist Sons of Liberty organization, Mountie Colonel Thomas Bushell is tasked with tracking it down and returning it to the government -- before King Charles III arrives in the new world.
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Voyage

By Stephen Baxter

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What if President John F. Kennedy had not been murdered in 1963? An epic saga of America's might-have-been, Voyage is a powerful, sweeping novel of how, if President Kennedy had lived, we could have sent a manned mission to Mars in the 1980s.

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West of Eden

By Harry Harrison

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Sixty-five million years ago, a disastrous cataclysm eliminated three quarters of all life on Earth. Overnight, the age of dinosaurs ended. The age of mammals had begun. But what if history had happened differently? What if the reptiles had survived to evolve intelligent life? In West of Eden, best-selling author Harry Harrison has created a rich, dramatic saga of a world where the descendants of the dinosaurs struggled with a clan of humans in a battle for survival.
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