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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...
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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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...
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 ...
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 ...
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
Naomi Novik - Mar 28, 2006
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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...
A Novel
Robert Harris - Sep 05, 2006 (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 ...
Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories
L. Sprague de Camp - May 04, 2013 (first published in 2011)
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Rarely do books have such a great influence on a genre as Lest Darkness Fall has had on science fiction. Frequently quoted as one of the 'favorite' books of many of the masters of the field, this book by L. Sprague de Camp helped establish time-travel as a solid sub-genre of science fiction. ** An indication of the influence and longevity of the bo...
Making History
Stephen Fry - Dec 30, 2014
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Stephen Fry tackles alternate history, asking: What if Hitler had never been born?  Michael Young is a graduate student at Cambridge who is completing his dissertation on the early life of Adolf Hitler. Leo Zuckerman is an aging German physicist and Holocaust survivor. Together they idealistically embark on an experiment to change the course of his...
Stephen Baxter - Jan 01, 1997 (first published in 1996)
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This extraordinary novel, as much fact as fiction, tells of a recent past that was "almost" our own - a past in which President Kennedy, though wounded, lived to set in motion the next great project of NASA; a past in which the 1969 moon landing was followed by an even bolder triumph in 1986, when three American astronauts - one of them a woman - s...
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
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
Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis
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