Alternate 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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