100 Best Alternate History Novels and Stories


Alternate history or alternative history sometimes abbreviated as AH, is a genre of fiction consisting of stories in which one or more historical events occur differently. These stories usually contain “what if” scenarios at crucial points in history and present outcomes other than those in the historical record.

1. Watchmen by Alan Moore

2. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

3. Fatherland by Robert Harris

4. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) by Jasper Fforde

5. The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove

6. His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire, #1) by Naomi Novik

7. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

8. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

9. 1632 (Assiti Shards, #1) by Eric Flint

10. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson

11. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

13. Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, #1) by Orson Scott Card

14. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

15. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

16. Island in the Sea of Time (Nantucket, #1) by S.M. Stirling

17. Ancient Truth (Line of Blood Saga Book 1 Old Edition) by Jack Goodwind

18. Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld

19. In the Balance (Worldwar, #1) by Harry Turtledove

20. Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card “

21. How Few Remain: A Novel of the Second War Between the States (Timeline-191, #1) by Harry Turtledove”

22. SS-GB by Len Deighton

23. The Difference Engine by William Gibson

24. Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1) by S.M. Stirling

25. Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2) by Naomi Novik

26. Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove

27. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

28. Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore

29. Farthing (Small Change, #1) by Jo Walton

30. On the Oceans of Eternity (Nantucket, #3) by S.M. Stirling

31. Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp

32. Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3) by Naomi Novik

33. Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

34. Agent of Byzantium by Harry Turtledove

35. The Peshawar Lancers by S.M. Stirling

36. Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4) by Naomi Novik

37. 1633 (Assiti Shards, #2) by Eric Flint

38. Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1) by Kim Newman

39. American Front (The Great War, #1) by Harry Turtledove

40. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1) by Neal Stephenson

41. Rally Cry (Lost Regiment #1) by William R. Forstchen

42. Dominion by C.J. Sansom

43. Tilting the Balance (Worldwar, #2) by Harry Turtledove

44. Against the Tide of Years (Nantucket, #2) by S.M. Stirling

45. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger

46. Lion’s Blood (Lion’s Blood, #1) by Steven Barnes

47. The 40-Minute War by Janet E. Morris

48. The Two Georges by Richard Dreyfuss

49. Inceptio (Roma Nova, #1) by Alison Morton “

50. What If?: The World’s Foremost Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (What If #1) by Robert Cowley”

51. Behemoth (Leviathan, #2) by Scott Westerfeld

52. The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1) by Ken Follett

53. Perfiditas (Roma Nova, #2) by Alison Morton

54. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

55. Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5) by Naomi Novik

56. What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (What If #2) by Robert Cowley

57. And the Tide Turns by Timothy Dalton

58. 1812: The Rivers of War (Trail of Glory, #1) by Eric Flint

59. Conquistador by S.M. Stirling

60. Hitler Victorious: Eleven Stories of the German Victory in World War II by Gregory Benford

61. East of the Sun (The Prometheus Saga) by Jade Kerrion

62. Upsetting the Balance (Worldwar, #3) by Harry Turtledove

63. Gettysburg (Gettysburg, #1) by Newt Gingrich

64. Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1) by Connie Willis

65. West of Eden (West of Eden, #1) by Harry Harrison

66. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

67. Making History by Stephen Fry

68. Deryni Rising (The Chronicles of the Deryni #1) by Katherine Kurtz

69. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

70. Marching Through Georgia (Draka, #1) by S.M. Stirling

71. Days of Infamy (Days of Infamy, #1) by Harry Turtledove

72. Goliath (Leviathan, #3) by Scott Westerfeld

73. Designated Targets (Axis of Time, #2) by John Birmingham

74. 1824: The Arkansas War (Trail of Glory, #2) by Eric Flint

75. Esper Files by Egan Brass

76. Striking the Balance (Worldwar, #4) by Harry Turtledove

77. New Amsterdam (New Amsterdam, #1) by Elizabeth Bear

78. Ring of Fire (Ring of Fire Anthology, #1) by Eric Flint

79. 1634: The Galileo Affair (Assiti Shards, #3) by Eric Flint

80. Weapons of Choice (Axis of Time, #1) by John Birmingham

81. In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Harry Turtledove

82. Blood & Iron (American Empire, #1) by Harry Turtledove

83. The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century by Harry Turtledove

84. The Valkyrie (The Saga of Edda-Earth Book 1) by Deborah L. Davitt

85. Breakthroughs (The Great War, #3) by Harry Turtledove

86. Alvin Journeyman (Tales of Alvin Maker, #4) by Orson Scott Card

87. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

88. Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper

89. Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson

90. Opening Atlantis (Atlantis, #1) by Harry Turtledove

91. Walk in Hell (Great War, #2) by Harry Turtledove

92. The Union Forever (Lost Regiment #2) by William R. Forstchen

93. A Nomad of the Time Streams (Eternal Champion, #4) by Michael Moorcock

94. The Book of Jubilees by Eric M. Black

95. Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire, #6) by Naomi Novik

96. Choices: Arrival of the Fourth Generation by Coleen Liebsch

97. Elleander Morning by Jerry Yulsman

98. Fifteen Dollars’ Guilt (The Prometheus Saga) by Antonio Simon Jr.

99. Into the Storm (Destroyermen, #1) by Taylor Anderson

100. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson


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100 Best Alternate History Novels and Stories


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