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Alternate history (AH) is a genre of speculative 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. The stories are conjectural but are sometimes based on fact. Alternate history has been seen as a subgenre of literary fiction, science fiction, or historical fiction; alternate history works may use tropes from any or all of these genres.

Since the 1950s, this type of fiction has, to a large extent, merged with science fiction tropes involving time travel between alternate histories, psychic awareness of the existence of one universe by the people in another, or time travel that results in history splitting into two or more timelines. Cross-time, time-splitting, and alternate history themes have become so closely interwoven that it is impossible to discuss them fully apart from one another.

Book recommendations pertaining to Alternate History.

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Boleyn KingAndersen, Laura2013ARenaissance1536-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Boleyn DeceitAndersen, Laura2013ARenaissance1554-1555EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Boleyn ReckoningAndersen, Laura2014ARenaissance1556-1559EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
Wolf By WolfGraudin, Ryan2016YA
A
Modern Age1956Europe
Asia
Germany
Japan
Hypothetical Axis VictoryAHN
Blood For BloodGraudin, Ryan2017YA
A
Modern Age1956Europe
Asia
Germany
Japan
Hypothetical Axis VictoryAHN
11/22/63King, Stephen2012AModern Age1958-1963North AmericaUnited StatesJFK AssassinationAHN
The Man in the High CastleDick, Philip K.1962AModern Age1962North AmericaUnited StatesHypothetical Axis VictoryAHN

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel