Grey Wolf

Alternate History

Novels, Novellas & Short Stories


Pure Alternate History is where the events of an alternate timeline diverge from our history via Points of Departure, the Butterfly Effect, and Chaos Theory. Changes in actions lead to a world increasingly divergent from our own, but relying on the same basic science and technology that we do.


A lot of alternate history stories rely on some science fiction event to get going, but these are listed here under the Science Fiction tab on the menu. The stories on this page are ones where a change of events at some point in the past has had knock-on effects to create the world that the story is written in. These are stories that exist in a world whose technology and science we might recognise, but whose political structures, wars, and nomenclature we might not.


Another strand of pure alternate history is the history textbook from another world. This is the approach that Ten Naval Battles by Grey Wolf takes, as well as the bulk of background material for the unfinished story Tsar Michael The Great. Here we see articles from professors and historians of the alternate world, writing about their past, and listing publications from the alternate world that might have carried these essays.





Many alternate history stories focus upon the Point of Divergence, and essentially show the early years of the world spun off. Grey Wolf instead tends to write novels set decades or centuries after such events, where the changes have echoed down the years and created a vibrant new world of its own in which to set the story.


Also included here are Grey Wolf's essays on writing alternate history, given the name "How To Write Alternate History" by the publisher. These are in a new 2021 expanded edition, and the history of the book can be read in the Writing Blog on this website.


The Shifting Sands

Alternate History Novel

by Grey Wolf


After a world war against the combined might of the German and Russian empires, agreeing the peace is a task unto itself. How will Lord Wolfe navigate the varied twists and turns of fate? Once the darling of the old British emperor in his role as Governor of the vast South African dominions, he finds himself shunned by the new monarch in London, relying on his Spanish connections for attendance at the peace conference. Together with his daughter Carlotta, Wolfe must adapt to a new reality, one that takes him home to Britain where his wealth might buy him land and house, but can it ever work to restore his lost influence in the affairs of men?



The Shifting Sands is available to buy in paperback, and in Kindle, and will be made available to other ebook platforms later in 2022.



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Wreaths of Empire

Alternate History

by Grey Wolf


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To Soar Like Icarus

Alternate History

by Grey Wolf


Half of London was bombed in the last war, a primitive nuclear bomb, but has now been recreated as a national memorial park. The jolt to Britain's governance was severe, though, and now a dysfunctional ruling family occupies the throne. Criminal entities abound, employing children or young people as their eyes and ears. Sapphire is one of these...


To Soar Like Icarus is available to buy in paperback, epub, and Kindle as part of the Little Books range from Scimitar Edge.


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Ten Naval Battles

Alternate History

by Grey Wolf


Ten Naval Battles tells the story of an alternate history from the mid 18th century to the mid 19th century through the eyes of a historian of that world writing about the ten most decisive naval battles of this period. Read about the Egyptians defeating the French, events in the North American colonies, and the formation of a federal Germany. Also includes the start of Ten Great Leaders with the Duc d'Andorra.


Presented as in a textbook from an alternate world, Ten Naval Battles narrates the ten battles of the title in sequence, and the reader can see how the world is being shaped and how it is evolving due to their repercussions.



Ten Naval Battles is available to buy in paperback, Kindle, and at various eBook stores:-


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How To Write Alternate History

Alternate History Essays

by Grey Wolf


How To Write Alternate History is a book looking at how to write within the genre. It is illustrated throughout with examples, designed to inspire and open the writer up to exploring similar ideas for their own stories.


Grey Wolf's articles on how to write alternate history include what to look out for, considerations to bear in mind, and ideas for progression. The articles cover a wide range of related subjects, such as creating small but noticeable changes in things like the brand names which are popular, the activities which are to be found at the local pub, or the names of sports teams.


Developing Points of Departure (Divergence) and realistic alternatives in areas such as music, sport and dynastic marriages are also covered.


This updated version includes articles on aristocracy, colonies, logistics and "Who is the boss of who?", important elements that writers need to take into consideration.



How To Write Alternate History is available to buy in paperback, Kindle, and at various eBook stores:-


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Alternate History

Short Stories & Unfinished Stories

Where to find them...


Various of Grey Wolf's stories have been serialised in magazines. These include the following alternate history stories:-


A Dream of Empire

The first part of A Dream of Empire was published in issue 3 of Infinity Wanderers magazine, with the story intended to be serialised in issues going forward. The story takes place in a world where the Easter Roman (Byzantine) Empire survives, and has a great rivalry with Britain across Asia.





Byzantine airship flying over one of the empire's battleships in the Euxine (Black Sea)
(Image by Robin Stacey)