Questions tagged [alternate-history]

Fiction set in a world whose history branches off from our own, which may or may not have science-fictional or fantasy elements

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Explorers trying to cross an impassable Pacific ocean, which has caused a different WWII outcome

I'm looking for the name of a short story (probably from the 2000s) set in a world where the Pacific ocean appears to be impossible to cross (all who attempt to do so disappear). History seems to be ...
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What was the fate of Hitler and the non-HYDRA Nazi party in the MCU?

The MCU Wiki article about HYDRA says that the organization, under the command of Johann Schmidt, broke away from Nazi leadership in 1943. (We see a scene related to this in Captain America: The ...
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Why wasn’t it Worf attacking in the Yesterday’s Enterprise timeline? [closed]

"Federation ship Enterprise, surrender and prepare to be boarded!" I love this scene in Yesterday's Enterprise and have frequently considered the possibility of Worf delivering that line. Michael ...
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Is Flint’s “1812: The Rivers of War” in the “1632” Assiti Shards Universe?

Is Eric Flint’s Trail of Glory series (1812: The Rivers of War and 1824: The Arkansas War) in the Assiti Shards multiverse (a.k.a. 1632/Ring-of-Fire Universe)? On one hand, neither of the three wiki ...
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Book series about a junior officer in the Polish Air Force

I'm looking for a series of novels set in Poland that depict an alternate past and future. In the first book, a junior officer in the Polish Air Force (I think) is on a walking tour. He bought some ...
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What was the first SciFi work that theorized that Homo Sapiens were seeded on Earth by intelligent aliens?

What was the first SciFi work that theorized that Homo Sapiens were seeded on Earth by intelligent aliens (as opposed to all the other Earth species which evolved separately)? The earliest one I can ...
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What was the first SciFi/Fantasy work to include intelligent beings evolved from Earth dinosaurs?

The theme that dinosaurs (or some other pre-60-million-years-ago reptilian species of Earth) may have evolved into intelligent beings who then had an encounter with men is pretty widely used ("West of ...
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Is there a reference in the first line of Madeleine Robins' “Petty Treason”?

The first lines of Madeleine Robins' three Sarah Tolerance books are as follows: Point of Honour It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Fallen Woman of good family must, soon or late, ...
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Story Identification: Bubonic Plague-Initiated Alternative History

I remember seeing this book in the summer of 1987, while working at a book wholesaler, and I have been long hunting around to try to figure out what title it was. The book opens with some monks ...
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Title of a sci-fi book with time-travel and sentient dinosaurs

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read approximately 15 years ago. My memory of the plot is a bit hazy, but it centered around time-travel. If I recall correctly, in the story people ...
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How did the Days of Future Past timeline Jean Grey survive?

So, Jean Grey, in the alternate timeline survives long enough to give birth to Rachel Summer/Grey. Is this explored somewhere? Did the Dark Phoenix events just never happen? I suppose, more ...
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Lizard Men from Space Invade Earth

Sometime around 2005 to 2007 I read a book that told the story of an alternate history Earth that took place around World War 2. This book was part of a series but not the first or last book (I only ...
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Trying to Remember a Book that explored evolution of Dinosaurs to intelligence and then encountering humans

Many, many years ago, I read a book where dinosaurs were assumed to have suvived the K-T event (or it never happened), and they evolved to intelligent species that used not only language (which ...
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Is the Flashpoint universe part of the 52 Earths?

The Summer 2011 DC Comics event is called Flashpoint, and in it The Flash ends up stranded on a parallel Earth. Is this alternate Earth one of the 52 parallel Earths, as revealed back in the series ...
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How long ago could we have gone to Mars? [closed]

In the online show Pioneer One, part of the premise is that decades ago the USSR sent a secret expedition to Mars. Setting aside the problems of keeping such a feat a secret for decades, this seems ...
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Assiti Shards universe - Are there any examples of crossovers between different “sub-series”?

Note for those unfamiliar: "Assiti Shards" is a universe created by Eric Flint which is designed to serve as a basis for several distinct series of alternate history/fiction books. The most famous/...
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What happens to the second Marty at the end of Back to the Future?

In Back to the Future (the original movie), Marty comes back from 1955 10 mins early to prevent Doc from being shot (which he fails at). He then rolls up to the Lone Pine Mall and sees himself hit 88 ...
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Back To The Future Flaw - why don't Marty's parents recognize him in the new future?

I believe I've spotted a flaw, and I'd like to know if other fans have noticed it too. In the first BTTF, Marty McFly travels back to 1955 (his parents' high school era). He meets his mother and she ...
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What is the difference between a parallel universe and an alternate timeline?

"Star Trek" fans have labeled the new J.J. Abrams movie as being set in an alternate timeline. Alternate because it is different from the established history of the Star Trek universe. The word ...