Alternate History — All That Could Happen

“The Oppenheimer Alternative” by Robert J. Sawyer (Header image)

“The Oppenheimer Alternative” by Robert J. Sawyer – Manhattan Project Saviours

Robert J. Sawyer, if his long list of awards is anything to go by, is one of the most unique and passionate science-fiction authors of the modern era, qualities he certainly hasn't run out of yet as shown in his new novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative. Taking us to the middle of the twentieth century, we are shown an alternate reality where the world's greatest scientists must come together to find a way to save the planet from its imminent demise at the hands of the sun by 2030.
“The Apollo Murders” by Chris Hadfield (Header image)

“The Apollo Murders” by Chris Hadfield – The Secret Moon Voyage

Chris Hadfield arguably knows more about the topic of space than the vast majority of people alive, holding the notable distinction of having been the first Canadian to walk in the cosmic void. As an author, he put his unique life experience to good use on a number of occasions, and in The Apollo Murders he takes us on a riveting NASA mission aimed to disrupt a secret Soviet space station spying on the United States.
“Ruled Britannia” by Harry Turtledove (Header image)

“Ruled Britannia” by Harry Turtledove – The Spanish Divergence

Harry Turtledove has inside of his head a trove of historical knowledge few can even aspire to, giving him a better basis than most to ask questions about alternate courses of history. In his novel Ruled Britannia, he takes us to the year 1588 and explores a world where the Spanish Armada succeeds in its conquest of Britain through the lives of two significant men: William Shakespeare and Lope de Vega.
“The Years of Rice and Salt” by Kim Stanley Robinson (Header image)

“The Years of Rice and Salt” by Kim Stanley Robinson – Life After a Dead Europe

Kim Stanley Robinson focused on science-fiction for much of his career, but he nevertheless dabbled in other genres, one of them being alternate history with his novel The Years of Rice and Salt. Taking us to the fourteenth century, the novel explores what might have happened to humanity had the black plague claimed ninety-nine percent of the European population.
“Ash and Quill” by Rachel Caine (Header Image)

“Ash and Quill” by Rachel Caine – Salvation in the Machine

Rachel Caine has created an enthralling universe of alternate history in her Great Library Series, portraying a world where the library of Alexandria survived the fire. In the third book, titled Ash and Quill, we follow Jess and his band as they take refuge in a rebellious Burner world, opposed to the library's tyranny. However, Jess finds more enemies than friends among them, but holds one bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine capable of withstanding the Great Library.
“Paper and Fire” by Rachel Caine (Header Image)

“Paper and Fire” by Rachel Caine – The Corruption of Wisdom

Rachel Caine has begun a remarkable work in dystopian fiction and alternate history when she started The Great Library series, exploring a world where the library of Alexandria survived the great fire. In the second book, titled Paper and Fire, we continue to follow Jess Brightwell as after one wrong move, him and his friends find themselves hunted in Alexandria and are forced to flee all the way to London.
“Ink and Bone” by Rachel Caine (Header Image)

“Ink and Bone” by Rachel Caine – The Pedestal of Knowledge

Rachel Caine (pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad) is no stranger to rewriting history in her many book series, and with Ink and Bone she does so once again, marking the beginning of The Great Library series. Taking us to a world where the Great Library of Alexandria survived the test of time, we follow a young man who witnesses the unravelling of a world ruled by knowledge, considered by some to be more valuable than human lives.
“The Plot Against America” by Philip Roth (Header image)

“The Plot Against America” by Philip Roth – Selling Out to Hitler

Philip Roth has likely won more awards in his lifetime than most of us knew even existed, and even after his passing his brilliant works still find their ways onto our bookshelves, as is the case with The Plot Against America, written back in 2004 published posthumously.