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01-20-2010, 12:16 PM
I have read quite a few novels where history has been changed.
There are many, which I am sure some other people will mention.
But my favourite is a story called Aztec Century. It is a story where the Aztec Empire rises up and dominates the world.
Please mention any other alternative history novels that you have read, together with your impressions of them.
I may add others as people respond to the thread.
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01-20-2010, 01:08 PM
Voyage by Stephen Baxter. A manned mission to Mars in the 1980s.
I tend to think NASA took a wrong turn in not building on the legacy of Apollo. This book gives a glimpse of what might have been.
01-20-2010, 02:01 PM
Of course Harry Turtledove was a prolific alternative history writer.
I read the all three books of the Warworld series in which an alien race tries to invade the earth in the middle of WWII. This was followed by the Colonisation series of which I only read the first book. Worldwar is relatively interesting if you like the scenario I described. But, it started to get stale for me in the colonisation series.
Then he has a series of books where the South wins the Civil War leading to an alternative version of WW1 where the USA is allied with Germany against Britain, France and the CSA.
I have read a few of his books, but I eventrually got fed up with his style. In all his books, he relates the story from various points of view from both sides of the conflict. There is a reasonable amount of action, but there are parts which are dull and over sentimental. Plus I found he had a tendency to stuff politics down your throat. This especially happens in the later books in the series. But anyone interested in this scenario should try at leats one of his books.
But my favoured book of his was Guns of the South, which is a one off story in which again the South wins the Civil War. However, it is more a sci-fi book involving time travel.
03-10-2010, 06:20 PM
You want Alt-Histery go to one man: S.M. Stirling. Google his name and the book "Dies The Fire" You'll be hooked in the first half chapter.
03-11-2010, 06:28 PM
i love harry turtledoves books! read most of them. Read all t.he ones pertaining to world war 2. If your more into scfi check out the books were an alien race invades around 1942-1943. Also you call it cramming down politics i call it what actually happens.His books do not follow the happily ever after storyline most books do they follow what is believable what is achievable from the characters. I enjoyed them immensely.