Alternate Presidents

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Alternate Presidents
Author Mike Resnick (editor)
Country United States
Language English
Genre Alternate history, political fiction
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
February 15, 1992
Media type Paperback
Pages 480
ISBN 0-8125-1192-1
OCLC 25288762

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 United States in a way that did not occur in real life.


Title Author Scenario
The Father of His Country Jody Lynn Nye Benjamin Franklin becomes the first President of the United States in 1789, and creates a more democratic society. His vice president was John Adams.
The War of '07 Jayge Carr Aaron Burr is elected the third president in 1800 against Thomas Jefferson, establishes an alliance with Napoleon Bonaparte, and creates a family dictatorship. Aaron Burr serves as president for nine terms until he dies on September 14, 1836. His grandson and vice president Aaron Burr Alston becomes the fourth President of the United States.
Black Earth and Destiny Thomas Easton Andrew Jackson is elected president in 1824, four years earlier than in reality. As a result, biological and chemical engineering are developed earlier.
Chickasaw Slave Judith Moffett Andrew Jackson's image is tarnished by a land-dealing scandal, resulting in Davy Crockett being elected president over him in 1828. This results in the Civil War occurring over the Compromise of 1850 and the Confederacy winning its independence in 1853.
How the South Preserved the Union Ralph Roberts David Rice Atchison becomes President in 1849 after Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore are killed in a carriage accident shortly into their terms as president and vice president. This results in the Northern states seceding from the country and forming the "New England Confederacy" with Daniel Webster as its president and John Brown as the Commander of Army. The war ends two years later in 1855 with the northern states being readmitted into the Union. In 1861, Stephen A. Douglas becomes the 14th president and introduces the Civil Rights Act of 1861, which abolishes slavery throughout all of the United States.
Now Falls the Cold, Cold Night Jack L. Chalker Millard Fillmore is elected in 1856 after James Buchanan suffers a stroke in October. This results in ethnic tensions in New England over the fugitive slave laws. John C. Frémont becomes President of the New England Confederacy with William Tecumseh Sherman as his commanding general, opposed by the Army of the United States under Robert E. Lee.
Lincoln's Charge Bill Fawcett Stephen A. Douglas is elected President in 1860, resulting in Abraham Lincoln becoming a general in the Union Army during the Civil War.
We Are Not Amused Laura Resnick A constitutional amendment allows Presidents of the United States to run for only one term, which forces Ulysses S. Grant out of the race. Victoria Woodhull of the Equal Rights Partyis elected the 19th President in 1872 and becomes the first woman to hold that office. Her Vice President was Frederick Douglass, who becomes the first African American to hold the office of vice president. The story is a series of letters from Queen Victoria to the new President.
Patriot's Dream Tappan Wright King Leila Morse agrees to marry Samuel J. Tilden, giving him the impetus to secure his 1876 electoral college victory over Rutherford B. Hayes.
I Shall Have a Flight to Glory Michael P. Kube-McDowell Tilden wins the 1880 election against James Garfield using underhanded tactics. However, Garfield assassinates him before he takes office.
Love Our Lockwood Janet Kagan Belva Ann Lockwood is elected in 1888, resulting in expanded democratic rights. Lockwood serves as president until she is defeated in the 1892 election by Grover Cleveland.
Plowshare Martha Soukup William Jennings Bryan is elected in 1896. He serves one term, during which Hawaii and the former Spanish colonies become independent nations, before retiring. Teddy Roosevelt never becomes president, female suffrage is passed in 1913, and the elderly Bryan opposes entry into World War I following the sinking of the Lusitania.
The Bull Moose at Bay Mike Resnick Theodore Roosevelt wins his Bull Moose Party election in 1912 as his health is good since his attempted assassin's bullet missed him. As president, he secures women's suffrage and wins the war against Germany within a year.
A Fireside Chat Jack Nimersheim James M. Cox is elected in 1920. However, in early 1921, he is assassinated before going into office, leaving his Vice President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, to become the twenty-ninth President. Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany earlier than in real life and the two of them establish an alliance to maintain the balance of power.
Fighting Bob Kristine Kathryn Rusch Robert M. La Follette, Sr. is elected President in 1924 over Calvin Coolidge, but dies the next year (as he did in real life).
Truth, Justice, and the American Way Lawrence Watt-Evans Al Smith runs as a third party candidate in the 1932 election. Due to the split in the Democratic Party, Herbert Hoover is reelected against both him and Franklin D. Roosevelt. As a result, the Munich Agreement prevents World War II. Due to the continuing presence of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, totalitarianism and anti-Semitism grow stronger across the world well into the 1960s.
Kingfish Barry N. Malzberg Huey Long escapes assassination in 1935 and is elected President with John Nance Garner as his Vice President in 1936. World War II is averted when Long invites Hitler to Washington and then assassinates him via a bomb in 1938.
No Other Choice Barbara Delaplace Thomas E. Dewey is elected President in 1944 and ends World War II by dropping the atomic bomb on Tokyo.
The More Things Change... Glen E. Cox Dewey wins the 1948 election against Harry S. Truman by playing to anti-communist fears.
The Impeachment of Adlai Stevenson David Gerrold Adlai Stevenson is elected in 1952 because Dwight D. Eisenhower chooses Joseph McCarthy as his running mate instead of Richard Nixon. Stevenson is re-elected in 1956 but impeached and forced to resign in 1958. His vice president, John F. Kennedy, becomes the thirty-fifth president.
Heavy Metal Barry N. Malzberg A feud between John F. Kennedy and Richard J. Daley leads to Richard Nixon being elected President in 1960.
Fellow Americans Eileen Gunn Barry Goldwater wins the election in 1964 over Lyndon B. Johnson and uses nuclear weapons to win the Vietnam War. Goldwater is re-elected president in 1968 and serves until 1973. Meanwhile, Richard Nixon becomes a popular talk show host, with his show running for over 20 years.
Dispatches From the Revolution Pat Cadigan Robert F. Kennedy avoids assassination, and Lyndon B. Johnson runs in the 1968 presidential election. This leads to widespread protests in the United States and a bomb being planted at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The explosion kills Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Senator George McGovern, and Senator Eugene McCarthy. The chaos at the Convention leads to an actual revolution and autocratic rule in the US.
Suppose They Gave a Peace... Susan Shwartz George McGovern is elected in 1972, and attempts a tricky immediate withdrawal from the Vietnam War.
Paper Trail Brian M. Thomsen McGovern is elected in 1972 after G. Gordon Liddy murders Carl Bernstein to cover up the Watergate scandal.
Demarche to Iran Alexis A. Gilliland Gerald Ford is reelected president in the 1976 presidential election and threatens war with Iran over the Iran hostage crisis.
Huddled Masses Lawrence Person Walter Mondale is elected President in 1984 against Ronald Reagan. As a result, the Sandinista movement expands, causing a civil war in Mexico followed by a US invasion in 1989, and a swarm of Latin American refugees overruns the American Southwest.
Dukakis and the Aliens Robert Sheckley Michael Dukakis is elected President in 1988, but is revealed to be an alien attempting to infiltrate Dulce Base. The Men in Black therefore rewrite history for George H. W. Bush to win the election instead.

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