This is a list of alternate history fiction, sorted by type.

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Short stories and novellas

Role-playing/board games



TV shows

  • 1963-2009 Doctor Who, has made extensive use of alternative history, especially (but not exclusively) since its relaunch in 2005. These include Inferno, Day of the Daleks, Pyramids of Mars (a brief glimpse of a dead Earth), Father's Day, Rise of the Cybermen. As well as Doomsday, and the two-parter Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead. It has also featured attempts to create alternate histories, particularly in the "Doctor-lite" episode of series four, Turn Left, where Donna Noble decides to not work at HC Clemments, and therefore never meets the Doctor. The result is a "what if" scenario starting from the series three Christmas Special The Runaway Bride, through Smith and Jones, Voyage of the Damned, and several other episodes of series four.
  • 1966-2005. Star Trek, has used the theme several times. Examples include: TOS- "City on the Edge of Forever" (alternate World War II outcome); Animated Series- "Yesteryear"; NG- "Yesterday's Enterprise". Enterprise- "Storm Front" where Nazis seized East Coast of America. Also, the universe of "Mirror, Mirror", while in the original episode was just implied to be a parallel universe, was in later episodes shown to be an alternate history.
  • 1978 An Englishman's Castle, a 3-part BBC mini-series focusing on Television Writer Peter Ingram on a world where Nazis won World War II (not to be confused with Philip K. Dick's The Man In The High Castle which has similar title and alternate historic settings).
  • 1985. Otherworld, a family is transported to an alternate Earth while exploring the Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • 1995-2000. Sliders, gang of scientists, musician, and others as travellers who "slide" between parallel worlds by use of a wormhole referred to as an "Einstein-Rosen-Podolsky bridge". First episode was Soviet-ruled America after Soviets seized Americas. Other episodes were many alternate Earths as British America, Ancient Egyptian-ruled America, Spanish America, Druids-controlling America, Atomic Bomb never exist, and others.
  • 1995. Spellbinder, in an alternate world where static electricity is used as a power source.
  • 1997. Spellbinder 2: Land of the Dragon Lord, sequel to original TV show.
  • 1997. Red Dwarf, the episode Tikka to Ride deals with a time line in which John F Kennedy was never assassinated.
  • 2004-2005. Zipang, a Japanese warship is sent back in time to World War II.
  • 2006. The Best Christmas Story Never (American Dad!), Martin Scorsese gives up drugs in 1970 leading to the Soviet Union conquering America.
  • 2006. Return of the King (The Boondocks), Martin Luther King, Jr. survives his assassination.
  • 2006-2008. Heroes, The character, Peter Patrelli travels through time to attempt to alter future and past events and outcomes. Starting with the attempted assassination of his brother Nathan Patrelli because of his belief that Nathan will cause unwanted future results by his disclosure of his knowledge of super human powers and abilities.
  • 2006. Code Geass, in which the British Empire, called Britannia, is the primary world power in the world.
  • 2009. Family Guy, episode Road to the Multiverse one of the universes Brian and Stewie visit has the United States not dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.


Video games

  • 1996. Command & Conquer: Red Alert series, a series of computer real time strategy video games set in an alternate timeline, created when Albert Einstein travels back to the past and eliminates Adolf Hitler in an attempt to prevent World War II from taking place. This plan indirectly backfires and results in an unchecked Soviet invasion of Europe by Joseph Stalin in the 1950s.
  • 1997. Fallout (series), a series of role playing video games set in a post-apocalyptic United States where the world's timeline diverges after World War II, in which the cultural basis and technological aspects of the 1950s and the "World of Tomorrow" remains a part of everyday life.
  • 1999. Crimson Skies, PC game based on the original board game.
  • 2000. Gunparade March, in which an alien invasion occurs in 1945, before the end of World War II. The series lead to the creation of an anime series.
  • 2002. Iron Storm, set in a world where World War I lasts more than half a century.
  • 2003. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, video game sequel to PC game.
  • 2003. Enigma: Rising Tide, the British passenger ship Lusitania was not sunk by a German U-boat in the First World War.
  • 2006. Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday, contains a scenario involving Soviet forces attacking Allied forces in 1945, starting World War III.
  • 2006. Resistance: Fall of Man, set in 1951 Britain as human resistance forces attempt to drive out an alien species of unconfirmed origin called the Chimera.
  • 2007. War Front: Turning Point, set in an alternate version of World War 2 in which Adolf Hitler died during the early days of the war, and a more effective leadership arose to command Germany during the conflict.
  • 2007. World in Conflict, set in 1989 during the social, political, and economic collapse of the Soviet Union. However, the Soviet Union pursued a course of war to remain in power.
  • 2008. The Crossing, a parallel universe that has the Knights Templar seizing the French throne.
  • 2008. Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, it depicts the invasion of the United States by Nazi Germany during the 1950s.
  • 2009. Damnation, set in the early part of the twentieth century after the American Civil War has spanned over several decades, where steam engines replace combustion engines.

See also


  1. Robert B. Schmunk. "Hawthorne, Nathaniel. "P.'s Correspondence".". Uchronia: The Alternate History List. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  2. Review of Alternities
  3. Barry Cohen (09/15/2000). "Writer explores alternate history in new play". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. Retrieved 2008-09-26.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. Peter Marks (2006-06-27). "'Picasso's Closet': An Artist With No Place to Hide". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  5. "Plays by Mac Rogers". Retrieved 2008-09-26. 

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