Writing is an act of imagination, and a whole new universe can be created. Other books are set in a world like our own, but re-imagined – if the Nazis had won the Second World War, if the Romans still ruled …
There are some intriguing new fiction being published in the alternate history arena. One is Resistance by Owen Sheers. This book is set in a 1944 where Russia has fallen to the Nazis and half of Britain is occupied. Read the Independent’s review.
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon has been garnering a great deal of critical attention and acclaim. It is set in a post-World War II in which Alaska has become the homeland for the Jews (as Franklin D. Roosevelt actually proposed).
If you want to do more reading in the area of time travel and alternate history, see our list. It includes fiction and non-fiction titles.
The website UCHRONIA: The alternate history list is an invaluable source of information containing comprehensive lists of authors, series and upcoming publications. You can also use the divergence timeline to select the time period at which you want history to alter (for example, many alternate histories use World War Two or the American Civil War as jumping off points).