Alternative history fiction books

Alternate history, counterfactual literature, speculative fiction the genre has many names, but one mission. We conveniently offer downloadable audio and no matter what your favorite. Winner of the man booker prize the wolf hall trilogy 4 mar 2010. Alternate history literature asks the question, what if history had developed differently. I think the most wellknown but not the earliest alternative history story is probably philip k. Biblio has over 100 million new, used and rare books for sale in every category imaginable.

Best alternate history novels and stories 619 books goodreads. The list tries to avoid novels featuring timetravel or parallel universes as they could be seen as subgenres. We provide a guide to where books and ebooks can be bought, to websites dedicated to alternate history, and to blogs on writing and worldcreation. The hardsf book won a sidewise award for alternate history, and. Best alternate history best dystopian and post apocalyptic fiction best epic. Alt hist readers might be interested in a new anthology containing 28 science fiction and fantasy stories based on an extraordinary secret history vatican vaults is a captivating collection of original science fiction and fantasy stories based on the same alternate world premise. This particular selection of fiction mostly comes from the what if category where history has diverged from its path and gone in another direction. Nov 07, 2016 i can suggest some of the books by harry turtledove. Alternate history fiction is one of the hidden gems of literature, a sprawling chasm of a genre often overlooked by those not familiar with it.

Does anybody know of any alternate history novels set inaround the revolutionary war period. Alternate history books are a great way to explore these questions, and alternate history for teens is becoming increasingly popular. Many, many alternate history ask how the world would be different if germany had won world war ii. May 20, 2017 historical fiction and alternative facts mantel reveals all about retelling our past this article is more than 2 years old. Fiction books alternative history northshire bookstore. Agent of byzantium has the byzantine empire surviving.

Weve included alternate history novels focusing on different time periods and different parts of the world so there is sure to be something for everyones area of interest. The best alternate history stories of the 20th century explore fascinating, often chilling what if accounts of the world that could have existedand still might yet. These stories usually contain what if scenarios at crucial points in history and present outcomes other than those in the historical record. Historical fiction and alternative facts mantel reveals all about retelling our past this article is more than 2 years old. The top five alternative history novels written by women. The point of departure in that case was the different outcome of an attempt. Alternate history fiction ahf exists to promote and to provide a guide. Harry turtledove hailed island in the sea of time as one of the best time travelalternative history stories ive ever read, and jane lindskold called against the tide of years another exciting and explosive tale. Alternate history fiction books to read now penguin random. The question of what if is a jumping off point for many authors. We all love a good alternate history yarn no one more so, it must be. He easily blends fantasy and science fiction into historical storylines.

Vs day, by allen steele steeles big idea is elegant in its simplicityand plausibility. Science fictions most illustrious and visionary authors hold forth the ul. Its the query at the center of one of literatures most fascinating and occasionally terrifying. Ever wonder how life would be different if history had taken a different turn. Its the deceptively simple engine driving a wealth of great fiction. This genre intersects with historical fiction, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, postapocalyptic fiction, and dystopian fiction, to name a few other genres. Set in a version of america that is ruled by japan and germany, with a neutral zone in between, this book is gets a little loopy, but its a classic of the. Some of them are, colonization and worldwar series alien invasion during world war 2 cross time traffic series a trading company with a. Alternate history or alternative history commonwealth english ah is a genre of speculative fiction consisting of stories in which one or more historical events occur differently.

Alternate history or alternative history is a genre of fiction consisting of stories in which one or more historical events occur differently. Find new and used books on alternative history fiction. Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists. Yes, when it comes to speculative fiction, we just cant resist reading. That something is the point of departure, and the subsequent events form an alternate timeline or history. Alternate history or alternative history in commonwealth english, sometimes abbreviated as ah, is a genre of speculative fiction consisting of stories in which one or more historical events occur differently.

Alternate history, alternate realities fiction, books. As the worlds largest independent marketplace for new, used and rare books, you always get the best in service and value when you buy from, and all of your purchases are backed by. But there are plenty of great alternative history novels written by women too. Alternate history lessons for childrens fiction books.

Eric flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with over three million books in print. This novel is set in the same universe as the authors the tranquility alternative, in which the space race began in the 1940s between germany and the u. Thomas diana thomas diana is a french selftaught authorillustrator interested in alternate history among other things and tries to publish plausible, enjoyable and unique alternate history books. The modern alternate history genre may not exist without the man in the high castle. Luckily for you, there are a ton of allohistories that pick more obscure and interesting points of. Alternate history fiction continues to thrive in the twentyfirst century, particularly as film and television adaptations are created from alternate history books. Napoleon and the conquest of the world by louis geoffroy, napoleon s first french empire emerging. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers.

Dicks the man in the high castle first published in 1962. Plus it is one of the first alternate history books to reach mass appeal where the alternate history wasnt created by supernatural means time travel, parallel universes, magic, etc. Jun 28, 2016 alternate history books are a great way to explore these questions, and alternate history for teens is becoming increasingly popular. Id really love to read another authors alternate take on the era, but i havent found any other titles yet. Magestic part 1 is a very large book, presented in a series of large chapters. Alternative history fiction new, used and rare books and. This is a list of alternate history fiction, sorted by type. Magestic ebook free alternate history novels and stories. Discover the best alternate history science fiction in best sellers. Schmitz, 1962 star ships, aliens from the future, time travel, romance, cannibalism, pet humans and mutebutbrilliant aliens. His days of infamy books have japan occupying hawaii. Works of alternate history fiction trickled in during the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, but a true bloom of the genre sparked during the cold war era.

In fact, several alternative history novels written by women have won the most prestigious prize for alternative history novels, the sidewise award. From cryptonomicon to adventures of huckleberry finn, from american empire to the light ages, we can help you find the alternative history fiction books you are looking for. Philip roths bestselling alternate historythe chilling story of what happens to one family when america elects a charismatic, isolationist presidentis soon to be an hbo limited series. However, this is a profascism narrative written by an alternatehistory adolf hitler, who in this timeline emigrated from germany to the united states in 1919 after the great war, and used his modest artistic skills to become first a pulpscience fiction illustrator and later a successful science fiction writer, telling lurid, purpleprosed. The best alternate history stories of the 20th century 2001 has fourteen stories and an introduction by harry turtledove. The best alternative histories in literature on abebooks. Thomas diana thomas diana is a french selftaught authorillustrator interested in alternatehistory among other things and tries to publish plausible, enjoyable and unique alternate history books. I can suggest some of the books by harry turtledove. The united states has been decimated economically and by wave after wave of death, and now only two groups of people remain. The undisputed king of alternative histories is the prolific harry turtledove, who has helped guide the genre into mainstream reading. The ballad of songbirds and snakes from the author that brought you the hunger games, reenter the world of panem again sixtyfour years before the events of the original series. This is perhaps because on the surface it can look like fantasy or sciencefiction involved as it is with stories of worlds not our own however beneath the surface its an entirely different thing.

Now the adventures of the nantucket islanders lost in the time of the bronze age continues with on the oceans of eternity. Alternative history is a genre that often seems dominated by male authors. Alternate histories have delighted adult readers of speculative fiction including me for years, but fewer have been aimed at younger fry, possibly because kids are still supposed to be. Dick you cant discuss alternate history without bringing up the man in the high castle. We promote books in the genre, the artwork used for them, and the authors and artists who produce them. Our impressive collection of fictionalternative history titles includes such great choices as tongues of serpents, the duchess and alaska republik to name a few. Alternate history or alternative history, for the grammar geeks reading this, is a genre of stories where history has changed from the actual course of the real worlds history. In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, philip roth imagines an alternate history where franklin d. Browse fiction science fiction alternate history ebooks to read online or download in epub or pdf format on your mobile device and pc. These alternate history books imagine the possibilities. Alternate history is a subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction and historical fiction that is set in a world in which history has diverged from the actual history of the world.

Jan 18, 2012 alternate histories have delighted adult readers of speculative fiction including me for years, but fewer have been aimed at younger fry, possibly because kids are still supposed to be. His southern victory or timeline191 series has the confederates beating the union. Buy cheap alternative history books online alternative. Tired of alternate history books where the axis won world war ii, or the south won the civil war. The guns of the south has the confederates equipped with ak47s by. These stories can blend speculative elements with historical facts, which is perfect for prompting discussion about what is truth and what is fiction in the novels discussed. Boneshaker sci fi essential books by priest, cherie isbn. It has been split into several parts for ease of reading, and the formatting on certain websites. Best alternate history novels and stories 619 books. We provide a guide to where books and ebooks can be bought, to websites dedicated. Alternate history fiction books to read now penguin. Most works in this genre are based on real historical events. Dicks brainwarping story is set in a world where the axis powers won world war ii, and america has been divided between japan and nazi germany the brain twisting bit. At the edge of the abyss cycle 1 features an alternate pacific war where pacifists try to change the course of the war.

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