Best Alternative History in 2022


An Overview of the Alternative History Genre

An alternative history is a genre of speculative fiction that conjectures about historical events and proposes what if scenarios. Its authors include James Thurber, Kingsley Amis, and Phyllis Eisenstein. The genre has many fans in literature and film. You can read more about this sub-genre below. This article will provide an overview of some alternative history writers. The following list is by no means comprehensive, but it should serve as a good starting point.

Phyllis Eisenstein

Phyllis Eisenstein was born in 1946 and lived most of her life in Chicago. She also spent two years in Germany and one winter as an Air Force wife. She worked as a grocery clerk, butcher, and bowling alley pinsetter before dropping out of college to join her husband in the Air Force. Phyllis was nominated for two Hugo Awards, as well as the Nebula Award. Her stories, which are both science fiction and fantasy, were published in the 1970s and were hailed for their quality and originality.

Phyllis Eisenstein's Alternate History trilogy features a contemporary woman from our history line who finds herself stuck in a parallel America ruled by oppressive Spanish overlords. The plot resembles the Middle Ages, and is thought-provoking enough to captivate readers. Several chapters of the book are dedicated to Eisenstein's novel "Shadow of Earth," which was a bestseller in 1979.

James Thurber

As an odd genius, James Thurber found solace in the offices of The New Yorker, a fledgling magazine. Though he had considered returning home, Thurber met Harold Ross and E. B. White. They hired him as an editor, but Thurber chose to write instead. The two shared a small office, and White recognized Thurber's artistic talent. His first book, Alternative History, was published in 1930.

In the early 1920s, Thurber studied at Ohio State University. During his sophomore year, he temporarily dropped out to focus on his own reading and film program. His work at OSU led him to meet fellow student and journalist Elliott Nugent, who encouraged and redirected Thurber's creative energy. In addition to his work at the newspaper, he became active in theater groups at Ohio State, and wrote for the school newspaper.

Thurber's works are renowned for their fierce sweep, economy, and magnificent obscurity. They capture the momentary and daily severity of life and its enticing doubtfulness. Thurber's writings have been translated into many languages and have appeared in several editions. A recent biography compiled by the Library of America reveals that Thurber was an expert literary mimic. While a child, Thurber was shot in the eye by his brother, leaving him permanently blind in that eye. His life would not be the same without it. He would eventually return to Columbus, Ohio with his family. He attended public schools and attended the Ohio State University but never finished his degree. His early life was spent writing and drawing.

John Whitbourn

Among the lesser-known authors of alternative history novels, John Whitbourn has received glowing reviews. A graduate of archeology, Whitbourn has been writing fantasy novels since 1987. His first novel won the BBC/Victorian Gollancz Fantasy Novel Prize. While his fantasy works are set in a 'Catholic' universe, they are also renowned for their wry humour and literary style.

In 2012, Whitbourn published two novels that explore alternate histories in different genres. The first was A Dangerous Energy, a Steampunk fantasy that explores the origins of the human race. The second book, Frankenstein's Legions, explores the political uses of life from the dead. Both books are available in eBook and print formats. Both of these books are recommended reading for fans of alternative history fiction.

While the Whig version of history defines itself as "we are the summit of history", the author of this book has explicitly attacked it. The Holocaust and WWI have been a major kick in the buttocks of this view. While the charge is generally true, the specifics of the case are not known. In any event, the main charge of 'arrogance-on-stilts' remains accurate.

Kingsley Amis

"The Alteration" by Kingsley Amis, published in 1976, is a great novel for book lovers. Unlike its contemporary counterparts, this work is set in a different era and has a slightly darker tone. It depicts a world ruled by the Roman Catholic Church and the epoch is 1976. The book has been reprinted by NYRB Classics. It is a literary satire that is both disturbing and uplifting, as it portrays the modern world as it could be.

The novel is a short diversion from Amis' main business, namely fiction. Although Amis writes about alternative history, he is committed to it, and paints a detailed picture of life in that era. He avoids the more overtly political aspects of the book, such as Hubert's escape. Instead, he makes his views on religion and the church and state clear. It's also lacking in adulterous avatars. Ultimately, however, The Alteration is a good read.

The book is packed with subtle references and allusions to other alternate history novels, including Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle. It is quite similar to The Man in the High Castle, but differs from it in that it speaks in a stilted fashion that takes away from the characterization. If you enjoy alternate history novels, you should read this book. You'll be glad you did. There are plenty of books on alternative history out there to read.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The major themes in "Rappuccini's Daughter" include the conflict between self-trust and accommodation to authority, gender roles, and the importance of inner life. After exploring the themes of the novel, students will have a deeper appreciation for Hawthorne's use of literature. While the novel's subject matter is controversial, students can learn about Hawthorne's use of literature to make an argument for alternative history.

The work of Nathaniel Hawthorne is renowned for its mastery of symbolism. His characters express larger generalizations about human life while maintaining concentrated emotional involvement. His use of symbolism is particularly striking in "The Scarlet Letter," in which the scarlet letter assumes an important significance beyond the literal scrap of cloth. Nathaniel Hawthorne's stories have a timeless quality that has been rarely surpassed by another American writer.

The ancestor of Hawthorne was a magistrate in the Salem witch trials. He may have been influenced by the gloomy philosophy of his ancestor, John Hathorne. Hawthorne's ancestor had a reputation for being a fierce defender of Puritan orthodoxy, which advocated "pure" religious worship and a hard, severe life. Hawthorne's father died of yellow fever when he was only four years old.

Philip Roth

The title of Philip Roth's novel, "Philip Roth and Alternative History," evokes the 1940 election, when Lindbergh, an aviation hero, becomes the Republican Party's presidential candidate. Lindbergh is criticized for praising the Hitler regime and speaking out against American involvement in World War II. He also openly criticizes the "Jewish race." In this novel, Lindbergh's actions are compared to that of the Nazis, whose own son Alvin fled to Canada for protection.

In the late 1960s, Roth began to revive his career by teaching literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He also produced the 1969 film adaptation of "Goodbye, Columbus," starring Ali MacGraw and Richard Benjamin. The novel sold more than three hundred thousand hardcover copies, making Roth a celebrity in an instant. The novel was banned in Australia, but became a bestselling book in the country. It was also adapted into a television series.

The book's plot is based on true events, and readers will appreciate the combination of historical and imaginary details. Roth depicts a pre-Lindbergh New Jersey life and his eccentric inner life against the cardboard backdrop of an alternative America. Among its many awards, this novel won the Sidewise Award for alternate history, as well as the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. However, critics are split on whether Roth's novel is based on truth or fiction.

Sylvain Neuvel

In his Themis Files trilogy, French-Canadian author Sylvain Neuvel inserts fictional characters into real historical events. In his latest novel, A History of What Comes Next, a mother-daughter duo entices a German aerospace engineer, Wernher von Braun, to join a secret U.S. government program. To get the Soviets to focus on rocket building, the two women have to give up their intelligence. Neuvel manages to balance the wry narration with wired action and delicate worldbuilding.

Although Neuvel takes slight liberties with the chronological order of events, many of the events described in the book are true. Moreover, the speculative alien elements and the political backdrop of World War Two mesh well. Sarah and Mia's space flight could have played an important role in the space race. Another interesting character is Hsue-Shen Tsien, an alien spy in the U.S. during the rise of the Chinese Communist Party.

A History of What Comes Next is a clever book, part alternate history and part science fiction novel. Its style will likely polarise some readers. But if you enjoy books that break convention and challenge conventional thinking, then it's well worth reading. The author does his homework in a thorough manner. And this is the book's strongest asset. While it may not be for everyone, some readers will appreciate the novel and might even seek out a sequel to continue the story.


Abby Hussein

As a single mother, career for my own mother, working full time, while trying to set up a business, no-one knows better than I do how important finding and maintaining the right balance in life is. During this rollercoaster of a journey, I lost myself, lost my passion, lost my drive and turned into an automated machine, who's sole purpose is cater and serve others. Needless to say, I became very disillusioned with life, my mental health became compromised and I just didn't have anything to give anymore. My work suffered, my family suffered, and most of all, I suffered. It took all the courage and strength that I could muster to turn this around and find an equilibrium that serves me first, allowing me to achieve all of my goals and reams while doing all the things that were required of me and those that I required of myself.

📧Email | 📘LinkedIn