Monday, May 08, 2017

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Best Alternative Histories in Literature


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I've read a number of them:

The Plot Against America
The Man in the High Castle
The Yiddish Policeman's Union (Israel doesn't exist; the Jews have Alaska instead)
Resurrection Day
Farthing (and the two sequels)
Bring the Jubilee

Deb said...

They're always so dystopian. How about an alternate history where Reagan or Dubya weren't elected? What a different world we might be living in today! Sigh.

Don Coffin said...

I've read 6 of those (of which 3 involve World War 2); all 6 are excellent:
The Man in the High Castle
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
The Difference Engine
The Gate of Worlds

(Bill's alt-history story about Buddy Holly is pretty damned good, too.)

Toby O'B said...

I enjoy Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker stories set in an America of 1800-20 that is radically different. But those are fantasies which depend on a gimmick: everyone in the world has a "knack", one magic talent. For me it's one major flaw is how influential Christianity still is in that world. What was so amazing about a guy who could do a party trick of changing water into wine when everybody could do something magical?