10 Shocking Ways the Second World War Could Have Ended Differently

Decisions during wartime are monumental things. Each move and countermove has the potential to change the course of history. Here are ten shocking ways the Second World War could have unfolded differently than it did. » 4/04/14 10:26am 4/04/14 10:26am

The Most Unusual Alternate History Novels Ever Published

Tired of alternate history books where the Axis won World War II, or the South won the Civil War? Luckily for you, there are a ton of allohistories that pick more obscure and interesting points of divergence. Here are 15 alt-history books (or series) that break the mold. » 2/07/14 12:30pm 2/07/14 12:30pm

Alt-Soviet epic The Red Star could become the wildest show on TV

Christian Gossett's The Red Star remains one of the most unusual comics of the past decade or so — an alternate history of the U.S.S.R. that mixes futuristic technology and sorcery. This sprawling saga was going to be a movie directed by Josh Trank — but now sources tell io9 it's in development for television instead. » 2/05/14 1:21pm 2/05/14 1:21pm

In Fiddlehead, Cherie Priest ends the Clockwork Century with a bang

In 2009, Cherie Priest's Boneshaker introduced readers to her Clockwork Century alternate history series, set in a United States where the Union was never reunited in 1865. It was a fun, durable world, full of zombies, weird drugs, giant machines, and zeppelin pilots. Now it comes to a satisfying end with Fiddlehead. » 12/04/13 12:20pm 12/04/13 12:20pm

Comment of the Day: Darth Vader, An Alternate History

In today's comments we shared recipes for chocolate-covered salmon (there are more than you'd think), learned how to reconstruct an 18-foot oarfish using a bit of tech and a lot of imagination, and imagined the 30-second chat that could have stopped Darth Vader before he started. » 10/30/13 4:20pm 10/30/13 4:20pm

Brilliance is an alternate history of non-neurotypicals in America

Marcus Sakey's first science fiction novel, Brilliance, opens with headlines ripped from the newspapers of an alternate 1986: A small percentage of children born in 1980 onwards exhibit some extraordinary abilities: pattern recognition, extracognition, and more. They're called Brilliants, and they're at the heart of… » 7/29/13 9:40am 7/29/13 9:40am

In House of Rumour, Ian Fleming and Aleister Crowley win World War II

World War II is often the go-to historical moment for alternate history novels. But in Jake Arnott's novel House of Rumour it becomes the focal point for a secret history that's stranger and more elaborate than just "What if the Nazis won?" Arnott weaves figures like L. Ron Hubbard and Virginia Woolf into a… » 4/19/13 1:20pm 4/19/13 1:20pm

An Alternate History of Doctor Who, in which the Doctor has always…

We've wondered if one of the Doctor's future incarnations might be female, but what would Doctor Who have been like if the Doctor had always been played by a woman? Alasdair Stuart of SciFind has cooked up an alternate history of Doctor Who, positing which actresses might be a match for each of the eleven Doctors, the… » 2/09/13 4:00pm 2/09/13 4:00pm

More Famous Historical and Cultural Figures Who Could Become Monster…

This weekend, the grown-up versions of Hansel and Gretel become witch-hunters. They join Abraham Lincoln, who hunted vampires on the big screen a while back. But why stop there? Our historical and cultural landscape is crammed with amazing figures, who could be out there getting some monster fighting done. » 1/22/13 1:02pm 1/22/13 1:02pm

In which a Steampunk pioneer returns to the genre for the first time…

James P. Blaylock is recognized as one of the pioneers of the Steampunk literary genre, thanks to novels like Homunculus and Lord Kelvin's Machine. Now at last, he's returning to his Steampunk Langdon St. Ives series with his first full-length novel in two decades: The Aylesford Skull, which comes out tomorrow. And… » 1/14/13 4:33pm 1/14/13 4:33pm

Rococopunk is not only sillier than Steampunk, it's also more punk

Where has Rococopunk been all my life? This obstinately silly new trend imagines a world where "the Rococo period never ended, and it had a lovechild with Sid Vicious," according to WonderHowTo's Austin Sirkin. The face makeup looks like something out of Liquid Sky and the costumes have a wonderfully decadant pallette.… » 1/08/13 3:25pm 1/08/13 3:25pm

The Finishing School on the Airship, Where They Teach Young Ladies to…

Gail Carriger has won a huge following for her Parasol Protectorate novels — and now she's venturing into young adult fiction, with the highly amusing Finishing School series. Check out an exclusive excerpt from the first book, Etiquette & Espionage, in which young Sophronia learns that her finishing school is teaching… » 1/03/13 4:23pm 1/03/13 4:23pm

Tarantino's third alternate history movie will be a much bloodier…

If you didn't get enough cathartic revenge for historical wrongs from Django Unchained, then rejoice. Quentin Tarantino isn't done showing the victims of racial abuse rising up and killing the oppressors. His third alt-history movie, Killer Crow, tells the story of African American soldiers during World War II who go… » 12/29/12 3:00pm 12/29/12 3:00pm

Django Unchained: What Kind of Fantasy Is This?

Two years before the Civil War, a freed slave named Django becomes a bounty hunter because he can't think of any job more awesome than killing white guys for money. Wearing anachronistic sunglasses, accompanied by his preternaturally anti-racist white partner Schultz, he shoots his way through the South with one… » 12/28/12 11:36am 12/28/12 11:36am

Alternate history maps of the US presidential election

Buzzfeed's Ky Harlin and Jane Kelly have put together a set of maps, based on exit polls, that show how this past presidential election would have played out in the U.S. if our history had gone slightly differently. What if women and blacks had never gotten the vote? Above, you can see how the election would have… » 11/09/12 12:22pm 11/09/12 12:22pm