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List of famous alternate history books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular alternate history books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best alternate history novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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'48 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
James Herbert '48 is a 1996 alternate history horror novel by British horror author James Herbert. The book follows an American pilot stranded in a dystopian London after Hitler, moments before being ...more

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11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Stephen King 11/22/63 is a novel by Stephen King about a time traveler who attempts to prevent the assassination of President John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. ...more

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1632 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint 1632 is the initial novel in the best-selling alternate history 1632 book series written by historian, writer and editor Eric Flint. The flagship novel kicked off a collaborative writing effort ...more

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1633 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint, David Weber 1633 is an alternate history novel co-written by Eric Flint and David Weber, and sequel to 1632 in the 1632 series. 1633 is the second major novel in the series and together with the anthology ...more

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1634: The Bavarian Crisis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce 1634: The Bavarian Crisis is a novel in the alternate history 1632 series, written by Virginia DeMarce and Eric Flint as sequel to Flint's novella "The Wallenstein Gambit"; several ...more

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1634: The Galileo Affair is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint 1634: The Galileo Affair is the fourth book and third novel published in the 1632 series by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis. It follows the activities of an embassy party sent from the United ...more

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1634: The Ram Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce 1634: The Ram Rebellion is the seventh published work in the 1632 alternate history book series, and is the third work to establish what is best considered as a "main plot line or ...more

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1635: The Cannon Law is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint 1635: The Cannon Law is the sixth book and fifth novel published in the 1632 series by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis. It is the second novel in the French-Italian plot thread, which began with ...more

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1635: The Dreeson Incident is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce 1635: The Dreeson Incident is a novel in the alternate history 1632 series, written by Virginia DeMarce and Eric Flint, as a sequel to Flint's novella 1634: The Bavarian Crisis.

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1635: The Eastern Front is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint 1635: The Eastern Front is a novel by Eric Flint in the 1632 series, first published in hardcover by Baen Books in October 2010, with a paperback edition following from the same publisher in ...more

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1635: The Tangled Web is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Virginia DeMarce 1635: The Tangled Web is a novel in the alternate history 1632 series, written by Virginia DeMarce.

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1636: The Kremlin Games is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, Paula Goodlett 1636: The Kremlin Games is a book written by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett.

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1636: The Saxon Uprising is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint 1636: The Saxon Uprising is a novel by Eric Flint in the 1632 series, first published in hardcover by Baen Books in April 2011, with a paperback edition following from the same publisher in ...more

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1812: The Rivers of War is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint 1812: The Rivers of War is a 2005 alternate history novel by American writer Eric Flint. The book was originally published in hardcover as simply The Rivers of War. In 2006, the text was made ...more

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1824: The Arkansas War is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Eric Flint 1824: The Arkansas War is a 2006 alternate history novel by American writer Eric Flint.

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1862 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Robert Conroy

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1901 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Robert Conroy 1901 is an alternate history novel by Michigan economics professor Robert Conroy. It was first published in hardcover by Lyford Books in June 1995; a Science Fiction Book Club edition followed ...more

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1940 - England Invaded is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Simon Washbourne

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1942 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Robert Conroy 1942 is an alternate history novel written by Robert Conroy. It focuses on Japan's fictional invasion of the Hawaiian Islands on December 8, 1941, and the ensuing fight back for the islands ...more

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1945 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
William R. Forstchen, Newt Gingrich 1945 is an alternate history written by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen in 1995, describing the period immediately after World War II wherein the United States had fought only against ...more

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1945 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Robert Conroy 1945 is a novel written in 2007 by Robert Conroy, the author of other alternate history novels, such as 1901 and 1862.

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1Q84 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Haruki Murakami 1Q84 is a novel by Haruki Murakami, first published in three volumes in Japan in 2009–10. The novel quickly became a sensation, with its first printing selling out the day it was released, and ...more

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A Calculus of Angels is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Gregory Keyes A Calculus of Angels is the second book in Gregory Keyes' The Age of Unreason series. It was initially published by Del Rey on March 30, 1999. A follow up to Newton's Cannon, the book is set in ...more

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A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The book was originally titled A Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Some early editions are ...more

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A Different Flesh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Harry Turtledove A Different Flesh is a collection of alternate history short stories by Harry Turtledove set in a world in which Homo erectus and various megafauna survived in the Americas instead of Native ...more

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A Dream of John Ball is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
William Morris A Dream of John Ball is a novel by English author William Morris about the English peasants' revolt of 1381. It features the rebel priest John Ball, who appeared to be advocating a socialistic ...more

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A Fistful of Charms is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Kim Harrison

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A Meeting at Corvallis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
S. M. Stirling A Meeting at Corvallis is a 2006 science fiction novel by S. M. Stirling. It is third novel in the Emberverse series that began with Dies the Fire. The story describes the events of roughly a ...more

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A Midsummer Tempest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Poul Anderson A Midsummer Tempest is an 1974 alternate history fantasy novel by Poul Anderson. In 1975, it was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the Nebula Award for Best Novel and won ...more

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A Rebel in Time is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Harry Harrison A Rebel in Time was written by Harry Harrison in 1983 and is a science fiction novel.

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A Study in Sorcery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Michael Kurland A Study in Sorcery is an alternate history novel by Michael Kurland featuring Randall Garrett's fictional detective character Lord Darcy. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in ...more

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A World of Difference is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Harry Turtledove A World of Difference is a 1990 science fiction novel by Harry Turtledove.

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Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov published in 1969. Ada began to materialize in 1959, when Nabokov was flirting with two projects, "The Texture of Time" ...more

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After America is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
John Birmingham After America is an alternate history novel written by Australian author John Birmingham and released in Australia in July 2010. It was released in the United States on 17 August 2010.

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After Dachau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Daniel Quinn After Dachau is a novel written by Ishmael author Daniel Quinn that was published in 2001.

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Against the Tide of Years is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
S. M. Stirling Against the Tide of Years is the second out of the three alternate history novels of the Nantucket series by S. M. Stirling.

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Airborn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Kenneth Oppel Airborn is a 2004 young adult novel by Kenneth Oppel. The book won the Canada's Governor General's Award. Airborn is set in a time where the primary form of air transportation is the airship. ...more

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Alternate Presidents is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Alternate Presidents is a 1992 Tor alternate history anthology, edited by Mike Resnick. Each story is by a different author, and presents a scenario where an individual becomes President of the ...more

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Alternate Tyrants is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Mike Resnick Alternate Tyrants is a 1997 Tor alternate history anthology, edited by Mike Resnick. Each story is by a different author, and presents a scenario where an individual becomes a tyrant or dictator ...more

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Alvin Journeyman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Orson Scott Card Alvin Journeyman is an alternate history/fantasy novel by Orson Scott Card. It is the fourth book in Card's The Tales of Alvin Maker series and is about Alvin Miller, the Seventh son of a ...more

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American Empire: Blood and Iro... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Harry Turtledove American Empire: Blood and Iron is the first book of the American Empire trilogy of alternate history fiction novels by Harry Turtledove. It is a sequel to the novel How Few Remain and the Great ...more

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American Empire: The Center Ca... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Harry Turtledove American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold is the second book in the American Empire alternate history series by Harry Turtledove. It takes place during the period of the Roaring Twenties and the ...more

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American Empire: The Victoriou... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Harry Turtledove American Empire: The Victorious Opposition is the third and final book in the American Empire alternate history series by Harry Turtledove, and the seventh in the Southern Victory Series of

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And Having Writ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Donald R. Bensen And Having Writ... is a 1978 science fiction/alternate history novel written by Donald R. Bensen. It was nominated for the 1979 John W. Campbell Award.

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Anno Dracula is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Kim Newman Anno Dracula is a 1992 novel by British writer Kim Newman, the first in the Anno Dracula series. It is an alternate history using 19th-century English historical settings and personalities, ...more

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Anti-Ice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Stephen Baxter Anti-Ice is a science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. Published in 1993, it portrays of 19th-century Europe and the changes resulting, particularly in Britain, from an explosive scientific ...more

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Arabesk trilogy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
The Arabesk trilogy is a sequence of alternate history novels by the British author Jon Courtenay Grimwood. Starting with the 2001 novel Pashazade and continuing with Effendi and Felaheen, the ...more

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Aristopia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Aristopia: A Romance-History of the New World is an 1895 utopian novel by Castello Holford, considered the first novel-length alternate history in English. Though part of the major wave utopian ...more

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Attentatet i Pålsjö skog is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Attentatet i Pålsjö skog is a 1996 alternate history novel by Hans Alfredson. In the book a group of Swedish anti-fascists blow up a German train passing through Sweden, killing ...more

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Aztec Century is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Alternate History Books and Novels
Christopher Evans Aztec Century is a science fiction novel by British writer Christopher Evans. First published in 1993 by Victor Gollancz, it is an alternate history novel, in which the Aztec Empire conquers ...more