If you give a damn about the characters, a few alternate history liberties ought not get in your way.
On a cruise ship called the Queen of the Sea in the Mediterranean Sea shortly after the death of Alexander the Great….
Some authors will go the extra mile and really get into the nitty-gritty of the social changes caused when the impossible becomes reality.
Hippo ranching? Alternate history can present some of the craziest ideas, plausibly.
If you want to see how a rock band can change history….
An entertaining historical fantasy told through family drama
All Our Wrong Todays is one of those rare alternate history books in which our present is the dystopia compared to the alternative. And it’s a lot of fun!
While there are some great individual stories in Altered Europa, they aren’t quite enough to recommend the book.
The Sea Peoples, the fourteenth book in SM Stirling’s Emberverse series, is not a good place to start for people who are unfamiliar with the previous books, but it is definitely worth a read for Emberverse fans.
A Time of Need, by Brent A. Harris, is a good, if flawed, alternate history focusing on what could have happened if George Washington had fought for the British instead of the American revolution, which was lead by Benedict Arnold.
The final volume in Harry Turtledove’s The Hot War trilogy is disappointing, but still worth reading.
At the Table of Wolves is another alternate history in which people with superhuman powers affect the course of World War II, but it doesn’t compare to MJ-12 Shadows.
MJ-12: Shadows, the sequel to Michael J. Martinez’ MJ-12: Inception, tells an entertaining story about an alternate world where people with superpowers help both sides fight the Cold War.
The Clash of Eagles trilogy by Alan Smale truly embraces the high concept story that alternate history is famous for.
How would the course of WWII have changed if the United States had perfected the atomic a bomb a year earlier? This idea is explored in Gregory Benford’s flawed but ultimately entertaining novel The Berlin Project.
1066 Turned Upside Down is a collection of short alternate history stories that focus on a historical moment you may not be familiar with, but the stories are entertaining and the editors give enough historical context for even people who know nothing about it to appreciate the work.
Richard Beard’s The Apostle Killer is a strange, entertaining novel. But is it really alternate history?
If you want to read an alternate history that does its best to teach the power of empathy, then this is a book you want to check out.
If you are looking for an American Civil War alternate history that rejects the old cliches and shines a light on some of the darker aspects of American culture, then you can’t go wrong with Underground Airlines.
The Genesis Fleet: Vanguard is not a perfect story, but as another entry into the Gearyverse, it’s still an enjoyable read.
Another Girl, Another Planet is one of those rare optimistic alternate histories that still manages to convey an interesting story.
If you like steampunk adventure and vampire romances, then climb aboard for The Adventures of the Incognita Countess.
If you like seeing the world broken to pieces in a fresh way, you’ll enjoy Naomi Alderman’s The Power.
If you want reminder of a forgotten era of history overshadowed by the horrors that came afterward, give Amberlough a try.
Pick up Tales of Wonder if you want to watch the impossible become probable.
If you like space operas in small bite sized chunks, then you can’t go wrong with Galactic Empires.
Ready Player One might push the 80s nostalgia too far, but it’s a blast.
If you want to read a classic SF novel that is even more relevant now, check out Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be enjoyed as a non-canon Harry Potter story unconnected to the previous tale.
“Coda,” perhaps the most meta work of Ian Sales’ career, is recommended not just to alternate historians, but anyone who ever wanted to go up there and explore the universe.