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The Fated Sky
A Lady Astronaut Novel (Lady Astronaut (2))
Mary Robinette Kowal - Aug 21, 2018
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The Fated Sky continued the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating Stars. It is 1961, and the International Aerospace Coalition has established a colony on the moon. Elma York, the noted Lady Astronaut, is working on rotation, flying shuttles on the moon and returning regularly to Earth.But humanity must get a foothold on Mars. T...
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Relentless Moon
Mary Robinette Kowal - Jul 14, 2020
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Mary Robinette Kowal continues her award-winning Lady Astronaut series, which began with The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon.The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the Meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the...
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Survivor
Brett Battles - Feb 20, 2017
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From best-selling novelist Brett Battles comes the conclusion of the Rewinder Trilogy. Denny Younger. Historian. Time Traveler. Prisoner. There is nothing Denny wants more than to repair the damage former rewinder Lidia has done to history. Her manipulations have thrown the timeline he knows into chaos, and now he's locked away in an unfamiliar wor...
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Mecha Samurai Empire
Peter Tieryas - Sep 18, 2018
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A standalone book set in the USJ universe, Mecha Samurai Empire focuses on a group of aspiring mecha cadets preparing to fight the Nazis. Foremost among them, Makoto Fujimoto grew up in California, but with a difference--his California is part of the United States of Japan. After Germany and Japan won WWII, the United States fell under their contro...
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The Hammer and the Cross
Harry Harrison - Sep 01, 1993
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In 865 A.D. Greedy, powerful bishops rule over the British Iles kings with fear and damnation. Vikings do not fear the priests and set out to increase man's knowledge and strength by conquest and craft in an all-out war....
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union
A Novel (P.S.)
Michael Chabon - Apr 29, 2008
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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. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex front...
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The Man in the High Castle
Philip K. Dick - Jan 24, 2012 (first published in 1962)
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It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war — and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that estab...
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1632
Eric Flint - Feb 01, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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FREEDOM AND JUSTICE -- AMERICAN STYLE 1632 And 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...
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Farthing
Jo Walton - Mar 12, 2013 (first published in 2006)
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First published in 2006, Jo Walton's Farthing was hailed as a masterpiece, a darkly romantic thriller set in an alternate postwar England sliding into fascism.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. Among them is ...
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The Years of Rice and Salt
Kim Stanley Robinson - Jun 03, 2003 (first published in 2002)
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It is the fourteenth century and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur—the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe's populations was destroyed. But what if the plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could ...
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The Alteration
Kingsley Amis - May 07, 2013 (first published in 1976)
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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. Stephen the Third, the king of England, has just died, and Mass (Mozart’s second requiem) is about to be sung to lay him to...
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Fatherland by Robert Harris
Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis
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Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories by L. Sprague de Camp
Making History by Stephen Fry
Voyage by Stephen Baxter
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Wild Cards I by George R. R. Martin
The Difference Engine by William Gibson
Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
Weapons of Choice by John Birmingham
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Transition by Iain M. Banks
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore
Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove
The Separation by Christopher Priest
The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad
The Coming of the Quantum Cats by Frederik Pohl
Everfair by Nisi Shawl
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Custer at the Alamo by Gregory Urbach
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Lion's Blood by Steven Barnes
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card
The Ancient Engineers by L. Sprague de Camp
40 Minute War by Janet Morris
Half a Crown by Jo Walton
Ha'penny by Jo Walton
Resurrection Day by Brendan Dubois
The Peshawar Lancers by S. M. Stirling
Dominion by C. J. Sansom
Alternate Histories of the World by Matthew Buchholz