Staff Picks

Alternate History

What if it had happened differently?  What would it be like?  What would be the different ... the Same?

Keith Carter
11/22/63     11/22/63    
Stephen King
    King

11/22/63 is not exactly an alternate history, but of an alternate history in the making. 11/22/63 tells the tale of a high-school teacher who goes back in time to attempt to stop that assignation of John F. Kennedy.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter     Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter    
Seth Grahame-Smith
    Grahame

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith
President Lincoln not only guides the nation through a civil war, he does so while waging an unknown war against the living dead.

Farthing (Small Change#1)     Farthing (Small Change#1)    
Jo Walton
    Wa

In post World War II after a Great Britain has negotiated a peace with Germany. Lucy and her Jewish husband are invited to a family gathering only to find that her husband her husband framed for a ritualistic murder.

Fatherland     Fatherland    
Robert Harris
    LP Ha

As Europe makes plans to celebrate Hitler's 75th birthday investigator Xavier March investigates the death of a Nazi whose body washes up on the shore of the Rhine River.

How Few Remain     How Few Remain    
Harry Turtle Dove
    SF Turtled

The South won the Civil War and the United States is now a divided country. A generation later the United States rises up in battle with the Confederate States of America. They find themselves not only fighting the South, but the Apache, outlaw gangs and European forces all of whom have involved themselves in the battle.

Man in the High Castle     Man in the High Castle    
Philip K. Dick
    SF Dick

America lost World War II. Now in 1962 slavery is legal, the few Jewish who have survived hide and the United States is now jointly under the control of Japan and Nazi Germany.

The Difference Engine     The Difference Engine    
William Gibswon & Bruce Sterling
    SF Gibson

It's 1855 and in London the industrial revolution is in full swing, powered in part by Charles Babbage's steam run computers and his group of clackers.

The Peshawar Lancers     The Peshawar Lancers    
S.M. Stirling
    SF Stirling

In a world nearly destroyed by comets in the 1870's can spy Alfred King stop a war between the British Empire and Russia?

The Yiddish Policemen's Union     The Yiddish Policemen's Union    
Michael Chabon
    Chabon

Detective Meyer Landsman is investigating the murder of a chess prodigy in Alaska; which has become new Jewish homeland instead of Israel after the Second World War

Weapons of Choice     Weapons of Choice    
John Birmingham
    SF Birming

A modern multinational armada is sent back in time right into the middle of the U.S. fleet heading to the battle of Midway bringing both expected and unexpected results.

Years of Rice and Salt     Years of Rice and Salt    
Kim Stanley Robinson
    SF Robinso

In the fourteenth century the Black Death wiped out one third of Europe's population. Years of Rice and Salt examines what might have happened if the Black Death had destroyed 99 percent of the population instead.