What If? Alternative History

Eric Flint

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.


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.

Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen
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....
Howard Means

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....

Robert Charles Wilson
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.
Robert Harris
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.
Harry Turtledove
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....
Stephen Fry

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....

Poul Anderson

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.

Keith Roberts
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....
Brendan DuBois
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.
Harry Turtledove

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!

William Gibson, Bruce Sterling
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....
Harry Turtledove and Richard Dreyfuss
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.
Stephen Baxter

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.

Harry Harrison
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.