Season two of The Man In The High Castle comes to Amazon, continuing a past that sees the U.S. colonized by Nazi Germany and Japan after the Axis Powers win World War II. But other works of fiction ask what would have happened if major world events had ended differently (spoilers ahead) …
War Is Swell
Two popular storytellers have rewritten the ending to famous wars. Alan Moore’s Watchmen sees Nixon coast to victory in Vietnam thanks to the help of superheroes. Tarantino wraps up WWII a lot quicker in Inglourious Basterds, when Brad Pitt and co. assassinate Hitler four years before the real conflict ended.
Other reimaginings have less fortuitous outcomes. Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel The Years of Rice and Salt chronicles 600 years after the Black Death kills 99 percent of humanity (instead of a third). Similarly cheery is video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert—Soviet Russia conquers Europe after a time-travel mission halted the Nazis’ rise to power.