List of alternate history fiction

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This is a list of alternate history fiction, sorted by type.

Novels by date of publication[edit]

15th century[edit]

19th century[edit]









  • 2010 After America by John Birmingham, sequel to Without Warning.
  • 2010 Red Inferno: 1945 by Robert Conroy, the Allied advance on Berlin causes a paranoid Stalin to attack the American troops, forcing the Allies and a semi-rehabilitated Germany to work together to fight off the Soviet threat.
  • 2011 The Afrika Reich by Guy Saville, the British are defeated at Battle of Dunkirk allowing the Nazis to conquer Europe and then Africa.
  • 2011 Castro's Bomb, by Robert Conroy, depicts Fidel Castro seizing control of Soviet nuclear bombs during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 2011 11/22/63 by Stephen King, the protagonist stops the Kennedy assassination, and upon returning to 2011 learns that Kennedy won a second term, but later history saw the US drop a nuclear bomb on Hanoi, India and Pakistan go to nuclear war with each other, Maine leaves the US and joins Canada, Miami is hit with a nuclear bomb, martial law was imposed, and President Hillary Clinton is trying to hold the nation together. Meanwhile, as a result of history being changed, time-space is fraying and the world is physically tearing itself apart.
  • 2012 Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove, envisions a world where the Aztec Empire conquered the globe, beginning with the defeat of Hernán Cortés by Moctezuma II.
  • 2012 Dominion by C. J. Sansom, Lord Halifax rather than Winston Churchill takes over the war effort in 1940, surrendering Britain to be a satellite state of Nazi Germany.
  • 2012 Faultline 49 by David M. Danson, reporter David Danson travels through U.S.-occupied Canada in search of the principal provocateur in the Canadian-American War (a conflict instigated by the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center bombing in Edmonton, Alberta).
  • 2012 Himmler's War by Robert Conroy, Hitler is killed by a random Allied bombing in 1944, allowing Heinrich Himmler to become the leader of Germany and push new advances on the Allies.
  • 2012 The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter, Abraham Lincoln survives his assassination and, two years later, faces an impeachment trial.
  • 2012 Kirov by John Schettler, the first novel in the longest running alternate history of WWII ever written, follows the saga of the Russian battlecruiser Kirov displaced in time to the 1940s, where its intervention radically alters the history of WWII. (20 linked series novels, and still continuing.)
  • 2012 The Mirage by Matt Ruff, Christian fundamentalists hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab States declares a War on Terror and invades the U.S.
  • 2012 Rising Sun by Robert Conroy, imagines that the Battle of Midway is a defeat for the U.S. Navy, paving the way for Japan to attack the West Coast of the United States.
  • 2012 Pact Ribbentrop - Beck by Piotr Zychowicz, Hitler makes a pact with Poland, so after conquering West Europe, Poles join him in 1941 attack on Soviet Union and defeat it together, dividing its territory.
  • 2012 North Reich, by Robert Conroy, considers if Britain had surrendered to Nazi Germany, and had a fascist regime installed across the Commonwealth and Empire, with Canada becoming a base from which Germany prepares to launch a war against the United States.
  • 2013 Fallout, by Todd Strasser, The Cuban Missile Crisis leads to World War Three. Twelve-year-old Scott and his family must squeeze into a small fallout shelter with six univited neighbors and somehow survive without enough food or water for the next two weeks.
  • 2014 Artam: One Reich, One Race, a Tenth Leader by Volkmar Weiss, the first Leader was killed in a plane crash in November 1941, the Reich did not declare war on the United States.
  • 2015 The Madagaskar Plan by Guy Saville, the British are defeated at Battle of Dunkirk allowing the Nazis to conquer Europe and Africa and implement the Madagascar Plan.
  • 2015 Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale, the Roman Empire never fell. In 1218, the Roman Emperor dispatch the 33rd Roman Legion to conquer the recently discovered North American continent.

Novel series[edit]

  • Crosstime Traffic Series by Harry Turtledove, travel between parallel universes is possible.
    • Gunpowder Empire (2003) - A world where the Roman Empire never fell and has technology equal to that of the age of Napoleon.
    • Curious Notions (2004) - The Central Powers of WW1 won prior to American entry into the conflict and conquered the isolationist USA in the 1950s.
    • In High Places (2006) - The Black Death was far more virulent across Europe, leading to a world dominated by Muslims.
    • The Disunited States of America (2006) - The USA was unable to agree to a full constitution following victory in the War of Independence, leading to every state becoming a different country by the early 1800s.
    • The Gladiator (2007) - The Soviet Union was able to win the Cold War and remake the entire world in their image.
    • The Valley-Westside War (2008) - Nuclear War in 1967 lead to the collapse of society.
  • The Pantheon Series by James Lovegrove imagines alternate Earths where the gods of ancient myth and legend are real and play an active role in human affairs.
    • The Age of Ra (2009)
    • The Age of Zeus (2010)
    • The Age of Odin (2011)
    • The Age of Aztec (2012)
    • The Age of Voodoo (2013)
    • The Age of Godpunk (2013)
    • The Age of Shiva (2014)
  • The Sky Crawlers series by Hiroshi Mori, follows the journeys and tribulations of a group of young fighter pilots involved in dogfight warfare, and is set during an alternate historical period.
    • None But Air (2004)
    • Down to Heaven (2005)
    • Flutter into Life (2006)
    • Cradle the Sky (2007)
    • The Sky Crawlers (2001)
    • Sky Eclipse (TBA)

  • Red Gambit by Colin Gee. What if the Soviet Union extended World War II / started World War III by continuing to roll across Europe after the defeat of Germany in World War II? The series includes six volumes, with a seventh on the way, all titled using chess terms:
    • Opening Moves [802 pages]
    • Breakthrough [562 pages]
    • Stalemate [610 pages]
    • Impasse [648 pages]
    • Sacrifice [658 pages]
    • Initiative [749 pages]
    • Endgame [work in progress]
The series covers a renewed war in Europe, one that is initiated by the Soviet Union. The Western Allies are caught unprepared and both ground and air forces take heavy hits as the Red Army moves inexorably westwards. The series is written as a history, using fictional and real life characters to describe the events of 1945 through to 1947.[3][4][5]


An included original quote, given by character Georges De Walle, is: "Deception, in order to be fully effective, must be practised upon friend and enemy in equal measure." Opening Moves, Chapter 52


Short stories and novellas[edit]

Role-playing/board games[edit]



  • 1966 It Happened Here, Nazi Germany successfully invades and occupies the United Kingdom during World War II.
  • 1984 Red Dawn, the Soviet Union and Cuba invade the United States, starting World War III.
  • 1989 Back to the Future Part II, time travelling teenager arrives in an altered present.
  • 1994 Fatherland, a movie based on the 1992 novel.
  • 1995 White Man's Burden, in an alternate America where African Americans and Caucasian Americans have reversed cultural roles.
  • 1998 Six-String Samurai, Russia launched several nuclear warheads at the U.S. in 1957, reducing most of the United States to an inhospitable desert.
  • 1998 World War III, Gorbachev was overthrown in early October 1989 (with hard-line Communists still firmly in control of almost all of their satellite states), Soviet and East German troops opened fire on demonstrators in Berlin and Leipzig, and the new Soviet regime precipitated a third World War.
  • 2001 The One, a superhuman criminal, once a member of the organization policing interdimensional travel, travels across alternate universes to kill his counterparts.
  • 2002 2009 Lost Memories, the Korean peninsula is still a part of the Japanese empire, as Ito Hirobumi was never assassinated, and the Empire of Japan sides with the Allies against Nazi Germany.
  • 2002 Nothing So Strange, covers the assassination of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on December 2, 1999.
  • 2004 C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, a British documentary detailing the history of a victorious Confederacy that, following the American Civil War, annexed the United States and reintroduced slavery.
  • 2005 V for Vendetta, the United Kingdom is ruled by a fascist dictatorship and a masked vigilante leaders a revolution against it.
  • 2008 Southland Tales, a nuclear blast in Texas occurring on July 4, 2005 started the third world war.
  • 2009 Watchmen, film adaptation of the comic book of the same name.
  • 2009 District 9, aliens visit earth 28 years ago.
  • 2009 Inglourious Basterds, a group of Jewish-American soldiers manage to assassinate Hitler.

TV shows[edit]


Video games[edit]

  • 1996 Command & Conquer: Red Alert series, a series of computer real time strategy video games set in an alternate timeline, created when Albert Einstein travels back to the past and eliminates Adolf Hitler in an attempt to prevent World War II from taking place. This plan indirectly backfires and results in an unchecked Soviet invasion of Europe by Joseph Stalin in the 1950s.
  • 1997 Fallout (series), a series of role playing video games set in a post-apocalyptic United States where the world's timeline diverges after World War II, in which the cultural basis and technological aspects of the 1950s and the "World of Tomorrow" remains a part of everyday life.
  • 1999 Crimson Skies, PC game based on the original board game.
  • 2000 Gunparade March, in which an alien invasion occurs in 1945, before the end of World War II. The series lead to the creation of an anime series.
  • 2002 Iron Storm, set in a world where World War I lasts more than half a century.
  • 2003 Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, video game sequel to PC game.
  • 2003 Enigma: Rising Tide, the British passenger ship Lusitania was not sunk by a German U-boat in the First World War.
  • 2003 Freedom Fighters, set in an alternate Cold War where the Soviet Union drops the atomic bomb on Berlin in 1945 and eventually invades the United States in likely early 2000s.
  • 2006 Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday, contains a scenario involving Soviet forces attacking Allied forces in 1945, starting World War III.
  • 2006 Resistance: Fall of Man, set in 1951 Britain as human resistance forces attempt to drive out an alien species of unconfirmed origin called the Chimera.
  • 2007 War Front: Turning Point, set in an alternate version of World War II in which Adolf Hitler died during the early days of the war, and a more effective leadership arose to command Germany during the conflict.
  • 2007 World in Conflict, set in 1989 during the social, political, and economic collapse of the Soviet Union. However, the Soviet Union pursued a course of war to remain in power.
  • 2008 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, set in the time where Soviets successfully eliminated Albert Einstein, turning the war on the Soviet favors, but also the rise of the Empire of the Rising Sun, Japanese armies that will almost crush both Allies and Soviets.
  • 2008 The Crossing, a parallel universe that has the Knights Templar seizing the French throne.
  • 2008 Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, it depicts the invasion of the United States by Nazi Germany during the 1950s.
  • 2009 Damnation, set in the early part of the twentieth century after the American Civil War has spanned over several decades, where steam engines replace internal combustion engines.
  • 2013 Timelines: Assault on America, features an alternative history of World War II where Germany invades North America.
  • 2013 Bioshock Infinite, set an alternate 1912 as main setting as its take place in fly city of Columbia.
  • 2014 Wolfenstein: The New Order, set in a world where the Nazis won World War II.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robert B. Schmunk. "Hawthorne, Nathaniel. "P.'s Correspondence".". Uchronia: The Alternate History List. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Review of Alternities
  3. ^ "THE RED GAMBIT SERIES BOOK COVERS". Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Opening Moves (The Red Gambit Series) [Kindle Edition]". Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Opening Moves - The First Book in the Red Gambit Series". Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Stalemate: The Third book in the Red Gambit Series (Paperback)". Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Barry Cohen (2000-09-15). "Writer explores alternate history in new play". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  9. ^ Peter Marks (2006-06-27). "'Picasso's Closet': An Artist With No Place to Hide". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  10. ^ "Plays by Mac Rogers". Retrieved 2008-09-26. 

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