Is missing out on Alternate History the darkest timeline?
February 14, 2014 12:45 PM Subscribe
Looking for examples of well-written or well-respected Alternate History fiction, in the vein of Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union
posted by Sara C. to Media & Arts (61 answers total) 105 users marked this as a favorite
I've always been curious about Alternate History as a genre, but I don't know where to start or what the greatest hits are.
I have read The Yiddish Policeman's Union and loved it. I have also seen the Confederate States Of America mockumentary.
Not looking for ordinary speculative fiction that has retroactively become "alternate history", like Back To The Future II or Soylent Green.
I would prefer things that are more overt rather than, for example, Nineteen Eighty-Four, which is often interpreted as taking place in an alternate timeline where the Allies lost WW2. I want things where the author's intent was to create an Alternate History, not "fannon" or "epilectic trees".
I am not interested in anything written in the service of racism (what if the South or the Nazis had won the war, what if the British Empire was still a thing, etc).
My taste is all over the map, but for reading material I tend to be on the snobbier/more literary end of things. I'm happy to delve into SF/F and historical fiction type stuff as long as it's actually good.
I want books more than other media, but if you know about an interesting movie or TV show or radio drama or graphic novel, why not?