Alternative History: A Journey Through “What Ifs”

What if history took a different path? Alternative History stories pose a "what if" question about historical events to explore how the world we know might have played out differently. 

Alternative History is classified under the broad umbrella of speculative fiction. Some stories remain more within the realm of historical fiction while others pose questions leading into works of science fiction or fantasy. There are also further subgenres and common tropes such as steampunk, time travel and parallel universes. Quite a few stories also combine Alternative History with mystery, a great example would be Farthing by Jo Walton. 

Explore Diverse Realms

To celebrate this world-changing genre, we've put together a few awesome lists for your alternative history cravings! Whether you're into historical, fantasy or sci-fi variants, we've got you covered. These handpicked titles promise to spice up your reading lists.

Historical Variants

Many of these titles could easily fall under the science-fiction umbrella, yet they find a cozy home here because, they tend to reside within the familiar confines of our world, steering clear of overt science-fiction elements.

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Fantasy Variants

In the enchanting realm of alternative history, these captivating titles create a spellbinding tapestry by seamlessly weaving magic, zombies, or mythical creatures with the threads of our historical records. Embark on a journey where the past meets the fantastical, offering readers an immersive experience beyond the confines of reality.

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Sci-Fi Variants

Dive into these titles where sci-fi meets the extraordinary! From alien encounters to time travel, parallel universes, space escapades and steampunk delights, it's a wild ride into the fantastical!

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Your Ticket to Alternative History

As we close the book on our alternative history journey, it's clear that there are many options to explore. From tweaking the past to blasting off into the future and diving into magical realms, we've got it all. So, grab a comfy spot, a good book and drive into the world of "what ifs"!