The San Francisco Earthquake, Breath of Earth by Beth CatoRead about another entry on the list.
Breath of Earth is another alt-history novel that takes place on the west coast and involves a city-leveling disaster. Cato’s San Francisco is under the influence of a partnership known as the Unified Pacific, a union between the United States and Japan that has set its sights on gaining a foothold in China. But when the geomancers who draw energy from San Francisco’s faultline are all assassinated, the city is thrown into chaos, raising the possibility of a massive earthquake could devastate the landscape. Its inclusion on this list makes what happens here pretty obvious, though Cato’s magic system, and the idea that the geomancers are the only ones keeping the roiling world in check, are more than enough to create an intriguing and well-realized world.
The Page 69 Test: Breath of Earth.