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1632
Eric Flint - 2001-02-01 (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 - 2013-03-12 (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 - 2003-06-03 (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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His Majesty's Dragon
Naomi Novik - 2006-03-28
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Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kins...
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Fatherland
A Novel
Robert Harris - 2006-09-05 (first published in 1991)
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Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.As March discovers the identity of the body, he ...
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The Alteration
Kingsley Amis - 2013-05-07 (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...
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11/22/63
A Novel
Stephen King - 2012-07-24 (first published in 2011)
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Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.President John F. Kennedy is dead.Life can turn on a dimeor stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry someh...
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The Guns of the South
A Novel of the Civil War
Harry Turtledove - 1992-09-22
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January 1864 –General Robert E. Lee faces defeat. The Army of Northern Virginia is ragged and ill-equpped. Gettysburg has broken the back of the Confederacy and decimated its manpower.Then, Andries Rhoodie, a strange man with an unplaceable accent, approaches Lee with an extraordinary offer. Rhoodie demonstrates an amazing rifle: Its rate of fire i...
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Wild Cards I
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George R. R. Martin - 2012-06-26 (first published in 1986)
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Just after World War 2 over New York City, an alien virus transforms human genetics and goes recessive to create super heroes and villains. Most victims die, others experience physical or psychic changes: aces have useful powers, deuces minor maybe entertaining abilities, jokers uglified, disabled, relegated to ghettos....
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Darwinia
A Novel of a Very Different Twentieth Century
Robert Charles Wilson - 2007-09-04 (first published in 1998)
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In 1912, history was changed by the Miracle, when the old world of Europe was replaced by Darwinia, a strange land of nightmarish jungle and antediluvian monsters. To some, the Miracle was an act of divine retribution; to others, it is an opportunity to carve out a new empire.Leaving an America now ruled by religious fundamentalists, young Guilford...
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The Calculating Stars
Mary Robinette Kowal - 2018-07-03
Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories by L. Sprague de Camp
Making History by Stephen Fry
Voyage by Stephen Baxter
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Lion's Blood by Steven Barnes
Weapons of Choice by John Birmingham
The Peshawar Lancers by S. M. Stirling
Transition by Iain M. Banks
Alternate Histories of the World by Matthew Buchholz
Celestial Matters by Richard Garfinkle
Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore
Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove
The Separation by Christopher Priest
V-S Day by Allen Steele
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Watchmen by Alan Moore
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
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Custer at the Alamo by Gregory Urbach
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner
Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
1633 by David Weber, Eric Flint
Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling
Ash by Mary Gentle
Crucible of Gold [ CRUCIBLE OF GOLD) BY Novik, NaomiMar-06-2012 by Aa
The Children's War by J.N. Stroyar
The Peacekeeper by B.L. Blanchard
Mercury Rising by R.W.W. Greene
Paradigm Shift by Jakub K Rucinski
By Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon
Three Miles Down by Harry Turtledove
Breakthroughs by Harry Turtledove
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card
The Ancient Engineers by L. Sprague de Camp
40 Minute War by Janet Morris
Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
Walk in Hell by Harry Turtledove
The Center Cannot Hold by Harry Turtledove
Half a Crown by Jo Walton
American Front by Harry Turtledove
How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove
Ha'penny by Jo Walton
Resurrection Day by Brendan Dubois
Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove
Blood & Iron by Harry Turtledove
Tilting the Balance by Harry Turtledove
Upsetting the Balance by Harry Turtledove
Dominion by C. J. Sansom
Victory at Hawaii, December 1941 by Frank Jefferson
Worldwar by Harry Turtledove
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
Survivor by Brett Battles
Mecha Samurai Empire by Peter Tieryas
The Hammer and the Cross by Harry Harrison
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