Special Collections

Alternate History

Description: Dive into a world of alternate possibilities. This list features titles that ask - and answer - the 'What if...' questions of our past and the road not taken.

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The Two Georges

by Richard Dreyfuss and Harry Turtledove

Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss and Hugo Award-winning author Harry Turtledove offer a rollicking story of murder, intrigue, and a stolen painting in America the way it might have been, had George Washington surrendered to George III.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

West of Eden (Eden Series #1)

by Harry Harrison

First book in the Eden series, where humans and dinosaurs coexisted.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Gettysburg: An Alternative History

by Peter G. Tsouras

Alternative History of Gettysburg

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Resurrection Day

by Brendan Dubois

It's October 1972, 10 years since the Cuban missile crisis erupted into a full-blown nuclear war between the US and the USSR. The USSR is decimated, and the US is a shell of her former self...

Date Added: 06/22/2017

Lion's Blood : A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America

by Steven Barnes

A brilliant saga of a slave plantation in the old South, the African-ruled South.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Gate of Worlds

by Robert Silverberg

Dan Beauchamp, a young man from London, or as it's better known, New Istanbul, sails across the Atlantic to the land of opportunity, the Aztec Empire which stretches across the continent.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Probability Broach

by L. Neil Smith

Denver detective Win Bear, on the trail of a murderer, discovers much more than a killer. He accidentally stumbles upon the probability broach, a portal to among other things, the North American Confederacy. This is a world where individual and property rights are the only law of the land, and where chimps, gorillas and porpoises share those rights

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Part mystery, part speculative fiction, and wholly unforgettable, Jon Courtenay Grimwood's celebrated Arabesk series portrays the dark, hard-boiled story of a man out to prove his innocence in an alternate world where the facts aren't always the same as the truth ... and murder isn't the worst that can happen. It's a twenty-first century hauntingly familiar and yet startlingly different from our own.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Years of Rice and Salt

by Kim Stanley Robinson

With the incomparable vision and breathtaking detail that brought his now-classic Mars trilogy to vivid life, bestselling author KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines an alternate history of the last seven hundred years.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

For Want of a Nail: If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga

by Robert Sobel

For Want of a Nail is an alternate history classic. The outcome of one battle in the American Revolution diverges from reality, and sparks an unstoppable chain of events which affects the history of the whole North American continent.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Robert Conroy

The Civil War comes alive in all its passion and fury, only now the Brits are fighting alongside the Confederacy. Outraged when the U.S. Navy seizes three Confederates aboard an English sailing ship, Britain retaliates by entering the fray in support of the Rebels and suddenly it's a whole new war.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Rebel

by Jack Dann

With The Rebel, acclaimed award-winning author Jack Dann pulls James Dean from the twisted wreckage and offers him a second chance to make an indelible mark on his art, his culture, and his time in an era of profound change and devastating social

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Difference Engine

by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson

1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

How Few Remain

by Harry Turtledove

From the master of alternate history comes an epic of the Second Civil War. It was an epoch of glory and success, of disaster and despair. Twenty years after the South won the Civil War, America writhed once more in the bloody throes of battle.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Alteration

by Kingsley Amis and William Gibson

In Kingsley Amis's virtuoso foray into virtual history it is 1976 but the modern world is a medieval relic, frozen in intellectual and spiritual time ever since Martin Luther was promoted to pope back in the sixteenth century.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Julie E. Czerneda and Isaac Szpindel

Some of today's top science fiction writers explore the futures that might have been, including original stories from Julie E. Czerneda and other great names in the genre.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

by Michael Chabon

For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

The Iron Dream

by Norman Spinrad

The Iron Dream is a metafictional 1972 alternate history novel by Norman Spinrad. The book has a nested narrative that tells a story within a story.

Date Added: 06/22/2017

Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals

by Niall Ferguson

Speculative history at its best, in which a talented team of historians, led by Niall Ferguson, explore what might have happened if nine momentous events had turned out differently.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Kenneth Oppel

Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow's nest, being the ship's eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there'd been no weather to speak of so far.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


by Jo Walton

Eight years after they overthrew Churchill and led Britain into a separate peace with Hitler, the upper-crust families of the ?Farthing set? are gathered for a weekend retreat.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Aztec Century

by Christopher Evans

Britain has fallen to the technological might of the Aztec Empire whose armies have rampaged across the globe. Now, for the first time in a millennium, the British are a subject race.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Bring The Jubilee

by Ward Moore

Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore is a 1953 novel of alternate history.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Gloriana: Or, The Unfulfill'd Queen

by Michael Moorcock

In this "spellbinding" (The Sunday Times) award-winning fantasy, the vast empire of Albion is ruled by the beautiful and forlorn queen, Gloriana, who must battle against a nefarious scoundrel, Captain Quire, and a court soured by debauchery with her

Date Added: 05/25/2017

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