Top 50 Alternative History Books


(1) The Man in the High Castle (2) 11/22/63 (3) Fatherland (4) His Majesty’s Dragon (5) Leviathan (6) The Plot Against America (7) The Years of Rice and Salt (8) The Guns of the South (9) Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (10) How Few Remain

1. The Man in the High Castle

Philip K. Dick | avg rating 3.69–194,477 ratings — published 1962


2. 11/22/63

Stephen King | avg rating 4.29–518,058 ratings — published 2011


3. Fatherland

Robert Harris | avg rating 3.97–35,534 ratings — published 1992


4. His Majesty’s Dragon

Naomi Novik | avg rating 4.06–103,055 ratings — published 2006


5. Leviathan

Scott Westerfeld | avg rating 3.91–193,817 ratings — published 2009


6. The Plot Against America

Philip Roth | avg rating 3.71–50,227 ratings — published 2004


7. The Years of Rice and Salt

Kim Stanley Robinson | avg rating 3.72–19,026 ratings — published 2002


8. The Guns of the South

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.95–10,051 ratings — published 1992


9. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Susanna Clarke | avg rating 3.78–271,085 ratings — published 2004


10. How Few Remain: A Novel of the Second War Between the States

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.89–6,193 ratings — published 1997


11. Farthing

Jo Walton | avg rating 3.79–8,404 ratings — published 2006


12. Underground Airlines

Ben H. Winters | avg rating 3.75–6,976 ratings — published 2016


13. Throne of Jade

Naomi Novik | avg rating 3.90–35,044 ratings — published 2006


14. Behemoth

Scott Westerfeld | avg rating 4.19–50,106 ratings — published 2010


15. 1632

Eric Flint | avg rating 4.05–11,540 ratings — published 2000


16. In the Balance

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.83–7,114 ratings — published 1994


17. Black Powder War

Naomi Novik | avg rating 3.90–29,579 ratings — published 2006


18. Soulless

Gail Carriger | avg rating 3.91–159,706 ratings — published 2009


19. Dominion

C.J. Sansom | avg rating 3.76–14,538 ratings — published 2012


20. Boneshaker

Cherie Priest | avg rating 3.50–64,252 ratings — published 2009


21. Upsetting the Balance

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.79–3,988 ratings — published 1996


22. The Eyre Affair

Jasper Fforde | avg rating 3.92–152,119 ratings — published 2001


23. American Front

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.88–4,189 ratings — published 1998


24. Goliath

Scott Westerfeld | avg rating 4.26–41,536 ratings — published 2011


25. Tilting the Balance

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.81–4,310 ratings — published 1995


26. Wolf by Wolf

Ryan Graudin | avg rating 4.28–47,412 ratings — published 2015


27. Empire of Ivory

Naomi Novik | avg rating 3.93–25,591 ratings — published 2007


28. Walk in Hell

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.90–3,412 ratings — published 1999


29. Bitter Seeds

Ian Tregillis | avg rating 3.74–11,495 ratings — published 2010


30. Striking the Balance

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.81–4,504 ratings — published 1996


31. Tongues of Serpents

Naomi Novik | avg rating 3.67–18,097 ratings — published 2010


32. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Seth Grahame-Smith | avg rating 3.70–197,614 ratings — published 2010


33. Breakthroughs

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.93–3,229 ratings — published 2000


34. Blood & Iron

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.83–3,022 ratings — published 2001


35. The Center Cannot Hold

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.90–2,809 ratings — published 2002


36. Crucible of Gold

Naomi Novik | avg rating 3.90–15,591 ratings — published 2012


37. Victory of Eagles

Naomi Novik | avg rating 4.02–20,090 ratings — published 2008


38. The Victorious Opposition

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.88–2,374 ratings — published 2003


39. The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead | avg rating 4.00–319,297 ratings — published 2016


40. SS-GB

Len Deighton | avg rating 3.74–6,212 ratings — published 1978


41. Return Engagement

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.88–2,734 ratings — published 2004


42. Second Contact

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.74–3,380 ratings — published 1999


43. Blameless

Gail Carriger | avg rating 4.01–41,388 ratings — published 2010


44. Changeless

Gail Carriger | avg rating 4.00–46,969 ratings — published 2010


45. Weapons of Choice

John Birmingham | avg rating 3.95–5,845 ratings — published 2004


46. Drive to the East

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.93–2,151 ratings — published 2005


47. 1633

Eric Flint | avg rating 4.00–5,664 ratings — published 2002


48. Ruled Britannia

Harry Turtledove | avg rating 3.71–2,754 ratings — published 2002


49. My Lady Jane

Cynthia Hand | avg rating 4.11–59,479 ratings — published 2016


50. Life After Life

Kate Atkinson | avg rating 3.73–338,975 ratings — published 2013


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