Gerin The Fox Books In Publication Order
- Wereblood (As: Eric G. Iverson) (1979)
- Werenight (As: Eric G. Iverson) (1979)
- Prince of the North (1994)
- King of the North (1996)
- Fox and Empire (1997)
- Wisdom of the Fox (1999)
- Tale of the Fox (2000)
Videssos Cycle Books In Publication Order
- The Misplaced Legion (1987)
- An Emperor for the Legion (1987)
- The Legion of Videssos (1987)
- Swords of the Legion (1987)
- Bridge of the Separator (2005)
Tale Of Krispos Books In Publication Order
- Krispos Rising (1990)
- Krispos of Videssos (1991)
- Krispos the Emperor (1994)
Worldwar Books In Publication Order
- In the Balance (1994)
- Tilting the Balance (1995)
- Upsetting the Balance (1996)
- Striking the Balance (1996)
Time Of Troubles Books In Publication Order
- The Stolen Throne (1995)
- Hammer and Anvil (1996)
- The Thousand Cities (1997)
- Videssos Besieged (1998)
Southern Victory Books In Publication Order
- How Few Remain (1997)
Great War Books In Publication Order
- American Front (1998)
- Walk in Hell (1999)
- Breakthroughs (2000)
Alternate Generals Books In Publication Order
- Alternate Generals (1998)
- Alternate Generals II (2002)
- Alternate Generals III (2005)
Darkness Books In Publication Order
- Into the Darkness (1999)
- Darkness Descending (2000)
- Through the Darkness (2001)
- Rulers of the Darkness (2002)
- Jaws of Darkness (2003)
- Out of the Darkness (2004)
Colonization Books In Publication Order
- Second Contact (1999)
- Down to Earth (2000)
- Aftershocks (2001)
War Between The Provinces Books In Publication Order
- Sentry Peak (2000)
- Marching Through Peachtree (2001)
- Advance and Retreat (2002)
American Empire Books In Publication Order
- Blood & Iron (2001)
- The Center Cannot Hold (2002)
- The Victorious Opposition (2003)
Hellenic Traders Books In Publication Order
- Over the Wine-Dark Sea (2001)
- The Gryphon’s Skull (2002)
- The Sacred Land (2003)
- Owls to Athens (2004)
- Salamis (2020)
Scepter Of Mercy Books In Publication Order
- The Bast*ard King (2003)
- The Chernagor Pirates (2004)
- The Scepter’s Return (2005)
Crosstime Traffic Books In Publication Order
- Gunpowder Empire (2003)
- Curious Notions (2004)
- In High Places (2005)
- The Disunited States of America (2006)
- The Gladiator (2007)
- The Valley-Westside War (2008)
Settling Accounts Books In Publication Order
- Return Engagement (2004)
- Drive to the East (2005)
- The Grapple (2006)
- In at the Death (2007)
Days Of Infamy / Pacific War Books In Publication Order
- Days of Infamy (2004)
- End of the Beginning (2005)
Gap / Opening Of The World Books In Publication Order
- Beyond the Gap (2007)
- The Breath of God (2008)
- The Golden Shrine (2009)
Atlantis Books In Publication Order
- Opening Atlantis (2007)
- The United States of Atlantis (2008)
- Liberating Atlantis (2009)
- Atlantis and Other Places (2010)
War That Came Early Books In Publication Order
- Hitler’s War (2009)
- West and East (2010)
- The Big Switch (2011)
- Coup d’Etat (2012)
- Two Fronts (2013)
- Last Orders (2014)
Supervolcano Books In Publication Order
- Eruption (2011)
- All Fall Down (2012)
- Things Fall Apart (2013)
Hot War Books In Publication Order
- Bombs Away (2015)
- Fallout (2016)
- Armistice (2017)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Noninterference (1987)
- Agent of Byzantium (1987)
- A Different Flesh (1988)
- Kaleidoscope (1990)
- A World of Difference (1990)
- Earthgrip (1991)
- The Guns of the South (1992)
- The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump (1993)
- Departures (1993)
- The Two Georges (With: Richard Dreyfuss) (1995)
- Thessalonica (1996)
- Between the Rivers (1998)
- Justinian (As: H.N. Turteltaub) (1998)
- Household Gods (With: Judith Tarr) (1999)
- After the Downfall (2001)
- Ruled Britannia (2002)
- Conan of Venarium (2003)
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies (2003)
- Homeward Bound (2004)
- Every Inch a King (2005)
- Fort Pillow (2006)
- The Man with the Iron Heart (2008)
- Give Me Back My Legions! (2009)
- Joe Steele (2015)
- The House of Daniel (2016)
- Through Darkest Europe (2018)
- Alpha and Omega (2019)
- Or Even Eagle Flew (2021)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Counting Up, Counting Down (2002)
- We Install and Other Stories (2015)
Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- Vilcabamba (2010)
- Lee at the Alamo (2011)
- The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging (2014)
- Something Going Around (2014)
- Hail! Hail! (2018)
- Manuscript Tradition (2020)
- No Period (2020)
War World Books In Publication Order
- The Burning Eye (By:Jerry Pournelle,John F. Carr) (1988)
- Death’s Head Rebellion (By:Jerry Pournelle,John F. Carr) (1990)
- Sauron Dominion (By:Jerry Pournelle,John F. Carr) (1991)
- Codominium (By:Jerry Pournelle,John F. Carr) (1992)
- Blood Feuds (1992)
- Invasion (By:Jerry Pournelle) (1994)
- Blood Vengeance (With: S.M. Stirling,Jerry Pournelle,Judith Tarr) (1994)
- Discovery (By:Jerry Pournelle) (2010)
- Takeover (By:Don Hawthorne) (2011)
- The Lidless Eye (By:Don Hawthorne,John F. Carr) (2013)
- War World: The Lidless Eye (By:Don Hawthorne,John F. Carr) (2013)
- The Battle of Sauron (By:Jerry Pournelle,Don Hawthorne,John F. Carr) (2013)
Exiled Books In Publication Order
- Clan of the Claw (With: John Ringo,S.M. Stirling,Jody Lynn Nye,Michael Z. Williamson) (2011)
- By Tooth and Claw (By:John Ringo,Mercedes Lackey,S.M. Stirling,Jody Lynn Nye,Eric Flint) (2015)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Friends of the Horseclans II (1989)
- Alternatives (1989)
- After the King (1991)
- Time Machines (1997)
- The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century (2001)
- The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century (2001)
- Worlds That Weren’t (2002)
- Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (2003)
- I, Alien (2005)
- Space Cadets (2006)
- This Is My Funniest (2006)
- Federations (2009)
- Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural (2014)
- And the Last Trump Shall Sound (2020)
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Harry Turtledove Books Overview
A sequel to ‘Werenight’ and ‘Prince of the North’. Just when he thought he could settle down to enjoy peace, Gerin the Fox is called upon to face a new enemy, the Gradi, who bring with them their cold, fierce gods, bent on the destruction of all who do not worship them.
One of an epic fantasy series including ‘Werenight’, ‘Prince of the North’ and ‘King of the North’. Ever since the devastating werenight that ended the Elabonian Empire, Aragis the Archer has been saying that he doesn’t want war with Gerin the Fox. If so, why does he adopt a threatening attitude?
As they faced one another in a duel of survival, the Roman tribune Marcus Scaurus held the spell scribed sword of a Druid priest, and the Celtic chieftain Viridovix held a similar sword, bespelled by a rival Druid sorcerer. At the moment they touched, the two found themselves under a strange night sky where no stars were familiar and where Gaul and Rome were unknown. They were in an outpost of the embattled Empire of Videssos in a world where magic and dark sorcery would test their skill and courage as no Roman legion had ever been tested before.
Foul sorcery had slain the Emperor. Now the army of Videssos, betrayed by one man’s craven folly, fled in panic from the savage victors. But there was no panic in the Legion, mysteriously displaced from Gaul and Rome into this strange world of magic. Wearily, Tribune Marcus Scaurus led his men through the chaos and enemy hordes in search of winter quarters, to regroup and seek to join up with Thorisin Gavras, now rightful ruler of Videssos. But in Videssos the city, capital of the beleaguered realm, Ortaias Sphrantzes, whose cowardice had caused their defeat, now sat upon the throne. There, behind great walls that had always made the city impregnable to storm or siege, he ruled with the support of evil sorcery. Overthrowing him seemed impossible. Grimly, Marcus Scaurus began the long march through hostile country toward that seemingly hopeless attempt.
Since the Roman legion had been mysteriously transported to this world of magic, tribune Marcus Scaurus had served the rulers of war torn Videssos well. He had been largely responsible for ousting the Pretender and putting Thorish Gavras on the throne. That, of course, made him a hero. Rome or Videssos, however, Fortune was a fickle goddess. Now he and the legion were returning in triumph to Videssos the city after defeating a well entrenched army of rebel mercenaries. But Marcus, betrayed by the one closest to him, was returning to be seized, dragged before the Emperor, and questioned under truth drug like a traitor. Of the court, only Alypia Gavra stuck by him but consorting with the Emperor’s niece was dangerous. It could lead to exile or death!Yet Alypia was attractive. And Marcus was lonely…
In Videssos the city, tribune Marcus Scaurus was bored. The legion that had been magically transported to this strange world was far away. But the Emperor’s niece Alypia was near and willing. When their secret trysts were betrayed, Emperor Thorisin Gavras was forced to condemn Marcus as a traitor but with a promise of freedom and Alypia, if he could reclaim a rebel province from a fanatic usurper, with no military aid. With only centurion Gaius Philippus, Marcus set out to try the seemingly impossible task. But the fates conspired against them, driving them further westward, into the innermost sanctum of Videssos’ great enemy Yezd and toward the torture chambers of the evil, deathless wizard prince Avshar. But behind them, without orders, the men of the legion were on the march!
Videssos was beset by enemies abroad and had fallen into decadence at home. But on his first night in the imperial capital, The Empires health mattered less to Krispos than finding a dry place to sleep. Driven by crushing taxes from the farm where his family had lived and died Krispos had come to the. city seeking what fortune a good mind and a strong back could earn. He had a single goldpiece to his name the gift, years past, of a nomad chieftain to a ragged peasant boy. Now, though the night was raw and the inn was warm, he was loath to spend that coin, for the barbarian had claimed it carried magic. Keep his lucky goldpiece or trade it for a warm, dry bed? Krispos tucked the coin away and stepped back into the wet streets all unaware that so simple a choice would lead to a world of peril and possibility…
From Pearl Harbor to panzers rolling through Paris to the Siege of Leningrad and the Battle of Midway, war seethed across the planet as the flames of destruction rose higher and hotter. And then, suddenly, the real enemy came. The invaders seemed unstoppable, their technology far beyond human reach. And never before had men been more divided. For Jew to unite with Na*zi, American with Japanese, and Russian with German was unthinkable. But the alternative was even worse. As the fate of the world hung In the Balance, slowly, painfully, humankind took up the shocking challenge…
NO ONE COULD STOP THEM NOT STALIN, NOT TOGO, NOT CHURCHILL, NOT ROOSEVELT…
The invaders had cut the United States virtually in half at the Mississippi, vaporized Washington, D.C., devastated much of Europe, and held large parts of the Soviet Union under their thumb. But humanity would not give up so easily. The new world allies were ruthless at finding their foe’s weaknesses and exploiting them. Whether delivering supplies in tiny biplanes to partisans across the vast steppes of Russia, working furiously to understand the enemy’s captured radar in England, or battling house to house on the streets of Chicago, humankind would never give up. Yet no one could say when the hellish inferno of death would stop being a war of conquest and turn into a war of survival the very survival of the planet…
From the Paperback edition.
Communist China, Japan, Na*zi Germany, the United States: they began World War II as mortal enemies. But suddenly their only hope for survival never mind victory was to unite to stop a mighty foe one whose frightening technology appeared invincible. Far worse beings than the Na*zis were loose. From Warsaw to Moscow to China’s enemy occupied Forbidden City, the nations of the world had been forced into an uneasy alliance since humanity began its struggle against overwhelming odds. In Britain and Germany, where the banshee wail of hostile jets screamed across the land, caches of once forbidden weapons were unearthed, and unthinkable tactics were employed against the enemy. Brilliantly innovative military strategists confronted challenges unprecedented in the history of warfare. Even as lack of fuel forced people back to horse and carriage, physicists worked feverishly to create the first atomic bombs with horrifying results. City after city joined the radioactive pyre as the planet erupted in fiery ruins. Yet the crisis continued on land, sea, and in the air as humanity writhed in global combat. The tactics of daredevil guerrillas everywhere became increasingly ingenious against a superior foe whose desperate retaliation would grow ever more fearsome. No one had ever put the United States, or the world, in such deadly danger. But if the carnage and annihilation ever stopped, would there be any pieces to pick up?
WORLDWAR: BOOK 4At the bloody height of World War II, the deadliest enemies in all of human history were forced to put aside their hatreds and unite against an even fiercer foe: a seemingly invincible power bent on world domination. With awesome technology, the aggressors swept across the planet, sowing destruction as Tokyo, Berlin, and Washington, D.C., were A bombed into submission. Russia, Na*zi Germany, Japan and the U.S. were not easily cowed, however. With cunning and incredible daring, they pressed every advantage against the invader’s superior strength, and, led by Stalin, began to detonate their own atom bombs in retaliation. City after city explodes in radioactive firestorms, and fears grow as the worldwide resources disappear; will there be any world left for the invaders to conquer, or for the uneasy allies to defend?While Mao Tse tung wages a desperate guerrilla war and Hitler drives his country toward self destruction, United States forces frantically try to stop the enemy’s push from coast to coast. Yet in this battle to stave off world domination, unless the once great military powers take the risk of annihilating the human race, they’ll risk losing the war. The fatal, final deadline arrives in Harry Turtledove’s grand, smashing finale to the Worldwar series, as uneasy allies desperately seek a way out of a no win, no survival situation: a way to live free in a world that may soon be bombed into atomic oblivion. From the Hardcover edition.
THE BORDER WARSAn uneasy peace had prevailed these last few years between the Empire of Videssos and rival Makuran. But now Makuran’s King of Kings alerted his border holdings even the small fortress where Abivard’s father was lord to prepare for barbarian raids. But Abivard himself received a warning of a different sort: an eerie prophecy of a field, a hill, and a shield shining across the sea. Before a season had turned, his father and his King lay dead upon the field of battle the very place foreseen in the vision. Abivard hastened home to defend his family and his land. To his dismay, the most urgent danger came not from marauding tribes, or from Videssos, but from the capital. An obscure and greedy bureaucrat had captured the crown; the rightful heir had disappeared, and no mortal man would say where he might be found. Abivard’s strange fate would lead him to his King, though, and on through peril to the very brink of greatness and of doom!FIRST TIME IN PRINT
With the arrival of spring, the Emperor Maniakes vows to unleash his troops against the enemy capital, where a hated despot sits arrogantly upon the throne. But from the moment Maniakes reaches the land of the Thousand Cities, he is plagued by a question no one can answer. Where is his nemesis, the ruthless commander whose cavalry no opposing force can withstand?.
From the master of alternate history comes an epic of the Second Civil War. It was an epoch of glory and success, of disaster and despair. Twenty years after the South won the Civil War, America writhed once more in the bloody throes of battle. Furious over the annexation of key Mexican territory, the United States declared total war against the Confederate States of America. And so, in 1883, the fragile peace was shattered. But this was a new kind of war, fought on a lawless frontier where the blue and gray battled not only each other, but the Apache, the outlaw, and even the redcoat. Along with France, England entered the fray on the side of the South, with blockades and invasions from Canada. Out of this tragic struggle emerged figures great and small. The disgraced Abraham Lincoln crisscrossed the nation championing socialist ideals. Confederate cavalry leader Jeb Stuart sought to prevent wholesale slaughter in the desert Southwest, while cocky young Theodore Roosevelt and stodgy George Custer bickered over modern weapons even as they drove the British back into western Canada. Thanks to the efforts of journalists like Samuel Clemens, the nation witnessed the clash of human dreams and passions. Confederate genius Stonewall Jackson again soared to the heights of military expertise, while the North’s McClellan proved sadly undeserving of his once shining reputation as the ‘young Napoleon.’ For in the Second War Between the States, the times, the stakes, and the battle lines had changed…
and so would history. Once again, Harry Turtledove has created a thoroughly engrossing alternate history novel, a profoundly original epic of blood and honor, courage and sacrifice, set amidst the raw beauty of young America’s frontier wilderness.
In How Few Remain, Harry Turtledove set the stage for his stunning alternate history of World War I. Now, with The Great War: American Front, he carries this towering epic into the early twentieth century in a bold re imagining of the fateful war that hurtled humanity into the modern age. Envision a divided America one camp led by Theodore Roosevelt, the other by Woodrow Wilson in the most explosive conflict humankind has seen, where global war is waged with sophisticated weaponry on American soil for the first time in history. When the Great War engulfed Europe in 1914, the United States and the Confederate States of America, bitter enemies for five decades, entered the fray on opposite sides: the United States aligned with the newly strong Germany, while the Confederacy joined forces with their allies, Britain and France. But it soon became clear to both sides that this fight would be different that war itself would never be the same again. For this was to be a protracted, global conflict waged with new and chillingly efficient innovations the machine gun, the airplane, poison gas, and trench warfare. In the Americas, the fighting spread like wildfire on multiple and far flung fronts. The U.S. Army invaded the South, striking in Virginia, Kentucky, and the West and assaulted Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. As President Theodore Roosevelt rallied the diverse ethnic groups of the northern states Irish and Italians, Mormons and Jews Confederate President Woodrow Wilson struggled to hold together a Confederacy still beset by ignorance, prejudice, and class divisions. And as the war raged on, southern blacks, oppressed for generations, are fatefully drawn into a climactic confrontation. In The Great War: American Front, Harry Turtledove creates a vast, vibrant canvas that blends actual events and players with a history as it might have been. This unforgettable, deeply moving, and superbly original novel is a triumph of the creative imagination.
A stunning epic of humanity at war with itself, Harry Turtledove’s Great War saga plunges us deeper into the war that began in Europe, then exploded with a vengeance onto American soil. The world is convulsing. Germany has smashed its enemies: Austria, Denmark, and France, while the United States and the Confederate States of America charge headlong into the global conflict as bitter enemies once again. The year is 1915, and the time of darkness has come. Though the Confederacy has defeated its northern enemy twice in fifty years, this time the United States has allied with Prussia. In the South, the freed slaves, fueled by Marxist rhetoric and the bitterness of a racist nation, take up the weapons of the Bolshevik rebellion. Despite these advantages, the United States remains pinned between Canada and the C.S.A., so the bloody conflict continues and grows. Both presidents Theodore Roosevelt of the Union and staunch Confederate Woodrow Wilson are stubbornly determined to lead their nations to victory, at any cost. While land and sea battles are fought around the globe, new killing tools poison gas, submarines, attack planes, and tanks are pressed into service. Heroism and fear run hand in hand as ordinary men and women families, friends, and lovers choose desperate measures just to survive. From the trenches that line the Canadian border to occupied Salt Lake City, The Great War: Walk in Hell takes us to the American front, then into prisoner of war camps, strategy meetings, and cities roiling with unrest. Once again, Harry Turtledove ‘the leading author of alternate history’ USA Today has created a gripping, visionary portrait of how, if history had but taken another path, our world would have launched into a much bloodier War to End All Wars.
Is it the war to end all wars or war without end? What began as a conflict in Europe, when Germany unleashed a lightning assault on its enemies, soon spreads to North America, as a long simmering hatred between two independent nations explodes in bloody combat. Twice in fifty years the Confederate States of America had humiliated their northern neighbor. Now revenge may at last be at hand. Into this vast, seething cauldron plunges a new generation of weaponry changing the shape of war and the balance of power. While the Confederate States are distracted by an insurgency of African Americans who dream of establishing their own socialist republic, the United States are free to bring their military and industrial might directly to bear and to unleash the most horrific armored assault the world has ever seen. Victory is at hand. But at a price that may be worse than war itself…
Leadership makes all the difference! At Gaugemela the Macedonians had Alexander and the Persians had Darius. Result: world conquest. But what if the Persians had had Erwin Rommel. Or what if George S. Patton had commanded Southern forces at Bull Run, and Lincoln had become a Confederate prisoner? The possibilities are endless…
Leadership makes a difference, as history demonstrates. But there are other factors at work. How would Sir Francis Drake have handled the Spanish Armada if a typhoon hadn’t softened up the enemy first? What if history were given a twist or two, and great commanders on land and sea fought their greatest battles under difference circumstances? Turtledove and his colleagues turn the past upside down and inside out, and the possibilities are endless…
History shows that leadership is crucial in war, but there are other factors at work. What if history were given a twist or two, and great commanders on land and sea fought their greatest battles under different circumstances? Suppose General Douglas MacArthur had been captured before he could escape from Manila and became a prisoner of war? Suppose Joan of Arc had not been burned for heresy and had gone on to lead France to very different victories? Suppose Genghis Khan had been a convert to Judaism and his horde fought for a different cause than in our universe? Turtledove and his colleaguesAEsther M. Friesner, Judith Tarr, Mike Resnick, Brad Linaweaver, Roland J. Green, and moreAturn the past upside down and inside out, and the possibilities are endless…
When the Duke of Bari suddenly dies, the neighboring nation of Algarve, long seething over its defeat a generation ago in the Six Years’ War, sees its chance to bring Bari into the fold…
an action which the other countries surrounding Algarve cannot, by treaty, tolerate. As nation after nation declares war, a chain of treaties are invoked, ultimately bringing almost all the Powers of Derlavai into a war of unprecedented destructiveness. For modern magic is deadlier than in ears past. Trained flocks of dragons rain explosive fire down on defenseless cities. Massed infantry race from place to place along a network of ley lines. Rival powers harness sea leviathans to help sabotage one another’s ships. The lights are going out all across Derlavai, and will not come back on in this lifetime. Against this tapestry Harry Turtledove tells the story of an enormous cast of characters: soldiers and generals, washerwomen and scholars, peasants and diplomats. For all the world, highborn and low, is being plunged by world war…
Into the Darkness.
Now Turtledove returns to the story of a World War in a world where magic works, with this moving second volume. Algarvian soldiers corral Kaunians to send them west, towards Unkerlant, to work camps. The Kaunians left behind are worried about what the work camps might mean, but are assauged by Algarvian lies. In Kuusamo, scholars race to find the relation between the laws of similarity and contagion. Rumors abound about the Algarvian work camps, rumors most cannot believe as true. But the mages know, for they can feel the loss of life in their very souls. Turtledove’s cast of characters takes on its own life as the reader sees the war from all sides and understands how the death and destruction benefits no one, not even the victors.
A young Kaunian girl is forced to remain hidden while her Forthwegian savior braves the rough, Algarvian controlled streets to earn their keep. The scholars of Kuusamo are no closer to understanding the bloodless magic that may win the war and time is short. Kuusamo has joined into an unsteady alliance with Lagoas and Unkerlant. No one kingdom trusts another, but they must unite, for it is only together that they can defeat the Algarvian threat. The war is no longer confined to soldiers and sorcerers. Common folk are joining together to fight from underneath their oppressors, whether they be Algarve or Unkerlant. What those farmer soldiers lack in skill, they make up for in dedication. A dedication that will carry them…
Through the Darkness.
Beginning with Into the Darkness, Darkness Descending, and Through the Darkness, bestselling author Harry Turtledove ‘The master of alternative history’ Publishers Weekly has been telling an epic tale: the story of a world war, comparable to the terrible world wars of our own 20th century, in a world where magic works. Imagine the drama and terror of the Second World War only the bullets are beams of magical fire, the tanks are great lumbering beasts, and fighters and bombers are dragons raining fire upon their targets. Welcome to the world of the Derlavaian War, a world that is slowly but surely being conquered, mile by bloody mile, by the forces of the Algarvian empire…
forces whose most terrible battle magics are powered by the slaughter of innocent people, the Kaunians, whom Algarve like much of the world holds in disdain. In this, the fourth volume of the series which began with Into the Darkness, the war for the continent of Derlavai builds toward its crescendo as the mages of Kuusamo, aided by their former rivals from Lagoas, work desperately to create a newer form of magic that will change the course of the war. But this is really a story of ordinary people on all sides of the conflict forced by fate to rise to their heroic limits…
or sink to the level of their darker natures.
Harry Turtledove’s masterful story of a magical world’s cataclysmic war which began with Into the Darkness, Darkness Descending, Through the Darkness, and Rulers of the Darkness continues in this, the fifth volume of the series. The grand conflict for control of the continent of Derlavai rages on, in a battle with all the drama and terror of the Second World War only the bullets are beams of magical fire, the tanks and submarines are great lumbering beasts, and the fighters and bombers are dragons raining fire upon their targets. Yet hope may be dawning at last. The terrible onslaught of the conquering forces of Algarve who power their battle magics with the life energy of their murdered victims begins to founder as it runs into Habbakuk: a sorcerous ship of ice used by embattled nations of Lagoas and Kuusamo to ferry their deadly dragons across the seas to strike at the very heart of Algarvian power. But though the tide has begun to turn, the conflict is far from over. The widely disdained Kaunians still struggle desperately to escape as the Algarvians kill them by the thousands for life energy, but also simply for the crime of being Kaunian. And as the deaths of innocent civilians on both sides continue to feed the flames of war, those who have struggled to survive and preserve their freedom have only their passions to see them through…
The climactic volume of Turtledove’s saga of world war in a world where magic works arry Turtledove’s rousing saga of a fantastic world at war, which began in Into the Darkness and continued through several successful volumes, draws to its climactic conclusion in Out of the Darkness. As the Derlavaian War rages into its last and greatest battles, allied nations maneuver for positions against each other in a postwar world. But before that time can come, the forces of Algarve, Unkerlant, and their allies must clash for the final time, countering army with army and battle magic with ever more powerful battle magic. In the midst of it all, the people the war has battered and reshaped must struggle to face their greatest individual challenges, as loves are shattered and found, terrible crimes avenged and some journeys ended forever. And the end of the war may not bring peace.
In the extraordinary Worldwar tetralogy, set against the backdrop of the World War II, Harry Turtledove, the ‘Hugo winning master of alternate SF’ Publishers Weekly, wove an explosive saga of world powers locked in conflict against an enemy from the stars. Now he expands his magnificent epic into the volatile 1960s, when the space race is in its infancy and humanity must face its greatest challenge: alien colonization of planet Earth. Yet even in the shadow of this inexorable foe, the United States, the Soviet Union, and Na*zi Germany are unable to relinquish their hostilities and unite against a massive new wave of extraterrestrials. For all the countries of the world, this is the greatest threat of all. This time, the terrible price of defeat will be the conquest of our world, and perhaps the extinction of the human race itself.
In 1942 Hitler led the world’s most savage military machine. Stalin ruled Russia while America was just beginning to show its strength in World War II. Then, in Harry Turtledove’s brilliantly imagined Worldwar saga, an alien assault changed everything. Nuclear destruction engulfed major cities, and the invaders claimed half the planet before an uneasy peace could be achieved.A spectacular tale of tyranny and freedom, destruction and hope, Colonization takes us into the tumultuous 1960s, as the reptilian Race ponders its uneasy future. But now a new, even deadlier war threatens. Though the clamoring tribes of Earth play dangerous games of diplomacy, the ultimate power broker will be the Race itself. For the colonists have one option no human can ignore. With a vast, ancient empire already in place, the Race has the power to annihilate every living being on planet Earth…
World War II. The great powers were at one another’s throats. Armies clashed across rolling countryside. Air forces sowed death from above. Then, in 1942, everything changed. A new front opened in World War II when an alien race attacked the Earth…
In his extraordinary alternate history epic, Harry Turtledove created the acclaimed Worldwar saga. Now, in the Colonization series, what began as war has evolved into decades of epic struggles and rebellions erupting against the invaders known as the Race. As the 1960s begins, one of the great powers explodes a nuclear strike against the Race’s colonization fleet. As she did a generation before, Germany goes to war over Poland, this time against the Race. Retaliation is swift and deadly, leaving much of the Third Reich in ruins. The United States has used its fast developing military technology to lock the invaders into a standoff. And in China, the ragtag revolutionary army of Mao Tse tung armed with Russian supplied, German made weapons may prove the Race’s most intractable enemy of all. On Earth, the alien invaders find themselves confronting a far more complex and difficult species than any they have encountered before. From the hatred between the Jews and the Deutsche to the irrepressible inventiveness of human technology, the reptilian invaders realize they have met creatures that cannot be tamed. Ultimately, only superior firepower may keep Earth under the Empire’s control or may destroy the world. Despite its military superiority, the Race still fears it underestimates its foes. While uprisings and Aftershocks of war shake the planet, while the Race’s troops are undermined by ginger addiction, one nation plots a stunning counterattack. With its sprawling cast of characters, startling plot twists, and uncanny sense of history, Colonization: Aftershocks is another marvelous achievement from Harry Turtledove the author USA Today calls ‘the leading author of alternate history.’
A terrible civil war was tearing apart the kingdom of Detina, a land which could no longer be half serf and half free. Thraxton the idiot had been relieved of command; which meant that the south faced a far more competent general: Joseph the Gamecock. And Joseph and his troops, with their deadly repeating crossbows and wizards wielding sorcerous lightning, were determined to hold Peachtree Province against the loyalist troops. Still, the very survival of Detina as one united realm was at stake, and King Avram’s forces had no choice but to attack, no matter what the odds, no matter how desperate the situation.
When Avram became King of Detina, he announced his intention to liberate the blond serfs from their ties to the land. This noble assertion immediately plunged the kingdom into a civil war that would prove long and bloody, and set brother against brother. The northern provinces, dependent on the labour of their serfs, seceded, choosing Avram’s cousin, Grand Duke Geoffrey, as their king. To save the kingdom, Avram sent armies clad in grey against the north, battling Geoffrey’s army, arrayed in blue. Though King Avram held more land and wealth than Geoffrey, Geoffrey’s men were better soldiers and the north had better and more powerful wizards. Still, as the war raged on, the tide turned against the north. Even so, the war is far from over. Earlier, the north had held an almost impregnable position but was overrun when an overconfident sorcerer’s spell went awry. Use of sorcery was often unpredictable, and in the more mundane aspects of the war, battle plans could also go awry. The south seemed to be winning, but the outcome was far from certain…
AMERICAN EMPIRE: BOOK ONE
Twice in the last century, brutal war erupted between the United States and the Confederacy. Then, after a generation of relative peace, The Great War exploded worldwide. As the conflict engulfed Europe, the C.S.A. backed the Allies, while the U.S. found its own ally in Imperial Germany. The Confederate States, France, and England all fell. Russia self-destructed, and the Japanese, seeing that the cause was lost, retired to fight another day.
The Great War has ended, and an uneasy peace reigns around most of the world. But nowhere is the peace more fragile than on the continent of North America, where bitter enemies share a single landmass and two long, bloody borders.
In the North, proud Canadian nationalists try to resist the colonial power of the United States. In the South, the once-mighty Confederate States have been pounded into poverty and merciless inflation. U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt refuses to return to pre-war borders. The scars of the past will not soon be healed. The time is right for madmen, demagogues, and terrorists.
At this crucial moment in history, with Socialists rising to power in the U.S. under the leadership of presidential candidate Upton Sinclair, a dangerous fanatic is on the rise in the Confederacy, preaching a message of hate. And in Canada another man–a simple farmer–has a nefarious plan: to assassinate the greatest U.S. war hero, General George Armstrong Custer.
With tension on the seas high, and an army of Marxist Negroes lurking in the swamplands of the Deep South, more than enough people are eager to return the world to war. Harry Turtledove sends his sprawling cast of men and women–wielding their own faiths, persuasions, and private demons–into the troubled times between the wars.
AMERICAN EMPIRE: BOOK TWO
In this spectacular, thought provoking epic of alternate history, Harry Turtledove has created an unparalleled vision of social upheaval, war, and cutthroat politics in a world very much like our own but with dramatic differences.
It is 1924 a time of rebuilding, from the slow reconstruction of Washington’s most honored monuments to the reclamation of devastated cities in Europe and Canada. In the United States, the Socialist Party, led by Hosea Blackford, battles Calvin Coolidge to hold on to the Powell House in Philadelphia. And it seems as if the Socialists can do no wrong, for the stock market soars and America enjoys prosperity unknown in a half century. But as old names like Custer and Roosevelt fade into history, a new generation faces new uncertainties.
The Confederate States, victorious in the War of Secession and in the Second Mexican War but at last tasting defeat in the Great War, suffer poverty and natural calamity. The Freedom Party promises new strength and pride. But if its chief seizes the reins of power, he may prove a dangerous enemy for the hated U.S.A. Yet the United States take little note. Sharing world domination with Germany, they consider events in the Confederacy of little consequence.
As the 1920s end, calamity casts a pall across the continent. With civil war raging in Mexico, terrorist uprisings threatening U.S. control in Canada, and an explosion of violence in Utah, the United States are rocked by uncertainty.
In a world of occupiers and the occupied, of simmering hatreds, shattered lives, and pent up violence, the center can no longer hold. And for a powerful nation, the ultimate shock will come when a fleet of foreign aircraft rain death and destruction upon one of the great cities of the United States…
From the Hardcover edition.
Harry Turtledove’s acclaimed alternate history series began with a single question: What if the South had won the Civil War? Now, seventy years have passed since the first War Between the States. The North American continent is locked in a battle of politics, economies, and moralities. In a world that has already felt the soul shattering blow of the Great War, North America is the powder keg that could ignite another global conflict complete with a new generation of killing machines. Freedom! Freedom! Freedom! In 1934, the chant echoes across the Confederate States of America, a country born of bloodshed and passion, stretching from Mexico to Virginia. But while people use the word to greet each other in the streets, the meaning of Freedom has become increasingly unclear. Jake Featherston, leader of the ruling Freedom Party, has won power and is taking his country and the world to the edge of an abyss. Charismatic, shrewd, and addicted to conflict, Featherston is whipping the Confederate States into a frenzy of hatred. Blacks are being rounded up and sent to prison camps, and the persecution has just begun. Featherston has forced the United States to give up its toeholds in Florida and Kentucky, and as the North stumbles through a succession of leaders, from Socialist Hosea Blackford to Herbert Hoover and now Al Smith, Featherston is feeling his might. With the U.S.A. locked in a bitter, bloody occupation of Canada, facing an intractable rebellion in Utah, and fatigued from a war in the Pacific against Japan, Featherston may pursue one dangerous proposition above all: that he can defeat the U.S.A. in an all out war. The Victorious Opposition is a drama of leaders and followers, spies and traitors, lovers and soldiers. From California to Canada, from combat on the high seas to the secret meetings where former slaves plot a desperate strategy for survival, Harry Turtledove has created a human portrait of a world in upheaval. The third book in his monumental American Empire series, The Victorious Opposition is a novel of ideas, action, and surprise and an unforgettable re imagining of history itself. From the Hardcover edition.
Menedemos was born with enough confidence for three men, and he can switch from threats to charm and back again. But he can also be foolhardy for instance, risking everything for the chance at another man’s wife. Sostratos can perform unheard of feats with numbers, he knows the old histories and the natural sciences but he lacks the common touch and, Menedemos would say, common sense. Each of them has strengths the other lacks. Now, in the troubled waters off of Sicily, they face a chance at untold riches…
if they can evade the massed strength of the Carthaginian fleet. Colorful, engaging, rich with likeable, human characters, Over the Wine Dark Sea is historical adventure at its best, in the finest tradition of Steven Pressfield and Patrick O’Brian.
In the tradition of Steven Pressfield and Mary Renault, a seafaring novel of the ancient GreeksThe vast tapestry of the Hellenic world unfolds in this stirring tale of two traders from the island of Rhodes, who range across the wind blown face of the beautiful and treacherous Mediterranean in search of adventure and profits. In Over the Wine dark Sea, H. N. Turteltaub transported his readers to the year 310 B.C. and the lives of Menedemos and Sostratos, two sea traders of Rhodes. From the smell of papyrus and ink to the thrumming of sail in the wind and the grunt of the oarsmen, the details of life in a now vanished world come alive again in his new novel, The Gryphon’s Skull, an epic of grand adventure and finely realized characters. Sostratos, long and rangy, intellectual and curious, chases knowledge as ardently as his cousin chases women; Menedemos, nearly as perfect a physical specimen as Alexander himself, is the headstrong man of the sea, his eyes unable to resist the veiled beauties around him…
including his young stepmother, Baukis, whose voice and form he struggles to ignore. Having profitably returned on the Aphrodite to Rhodes, the two cousins find that war threatens their once free trading world. Alexander the Great s successors are warring for control of the eastern Mediterranean. The ruthless one eyed general Antigonos, who draws on the strength of all Anatolia, and his rival Ptolemaios, who controls the endless wealth of Egypt, are each ruthlessly maneuvering for advantage…
and the neutrality of Rhodes, so essential to commerce, may be coming to an end. Yet though war and rumors of war surround them, Sostratos and Menedemos need to turn a profit. It seems the height of folly to try one s luck so strenuously, but Sostratos has come into possession of what he is convinced is the skull of the mythical gryphon, the fabled beast with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. They sail to Athens, intending to sell it to a school of philosophy. And the Egyptian emeralds they ve obtained on the cheap promise to make them an even tidier profit. But between the Aphrodite and Athens lie two war fleets, innumerable pirates, and enough danger and intrigue to satisfy even Homer. Unfortunately, it may be more than Sostratos and Menedemos can hope to survive.
n Over the Wine Dark Sea and The Gryphon’s Skull, H. N. Turteltaub brought to life the teeming world of maritime Greece, in the unsettled years following the death of Alexander the Great. Now Menedemos and Sostratos, those dauntless capitalists of the third century B.C., are on the sail again this time to Phoenicia. There, Menedemos will spend the summer trading, while his cousin Sostratos travels inland to the little known country of Ioudaia, with its strange people and their even stranger religious obsessions. In theory, Sostratos is going in search of cheap balsam, a perfume much in demand in the Mediterranean world. In truth, scholarly Sostratos just wants to get a good look at a part of the world unknown to most Hellenes. And the last thing he wants is to have to take along a bunch of sailors from the Aphrodite as his bodyguards. But Menedemos insists. He knows that bandits on land are as dangerous as pirates at sea, and he has no faith in Sostratos’ ability to dodge them. Meanwhile, it turns out that the prime hams and smoked eels they picked up en route are unsalable to Ioudaians. Who knew? And worst of all, Sostratos’ new brother in law has managed to talk their fathers into loading the Aphrodite with hundreds of amphorae of his best olive oil when they’re trading in a region that has no shortage of it. It’s a hard day’s work, hustling for an honest drachma.
Since the Scepter of Mercy was lost from Avornis, the kingdom has been at risk from its magic using neighbors. King Lanius and King Grus retrieved the Scepter in a tale of great triumph and adventure. But the true story of their dual reign has never been told. Until now…
In the second book of The Scepter of Mercy, the troubled, dual reign of Kings Lanius and Grus is threatened by civil war in the north and the half mindless thralldom of the Menteshe to the south. The kings must reclaim the all powerful Scepter before the Banished One’s advantage becomes insurmountable and their people discover just how formidable an enemy he truly is…
Jeremy Solter is a teenager growing up in the late 21st century. During the school year, his family lives in Southern California but during the summer the whole family lives and works on the frontier of the Roman Empire. Not the Roman Empire that fell centuries ago, but a Roman Empire that never fell: a parallel timeline, one of an infinity of possible worlds. For in our timeline, we now have the technology to move among these. Some are uninhabitable; some are ghastly, such as the one where Germany won World War II. But many are full of resources and raw materials that our world can use. So we send traders and businesspeople but to keep the secret of crosstime traffic to ourselves, these traders are trained, in whole family groups, to pass as natives. But when Jeremy’s mother gets sick really sick, the kind you can’t cure with antibiotics. Both parents duck out through the gateway for a quick visit to the doctor. But while they’re gone, the gateways stop working. So do the communications links to their home timeline. The kids are on their own, and things are looking bad. The Lietuvans are invading. The city is besieged. The kids are doing their best to carry on business and act like everything’s normal, but there’s only so much you can do when cannonballs are crashing through your roof. And in the meantime, the city government has gotten suspicious, and is demanding a full report on how their family does business, where they get their superior merchandise, why they want all that wheat…
exactly the questions they don’t want to answer.
In a parallel world 21st century San Francisco where the Kaiser’s Germany won World War One and went on to dominate the world, Paul Gomes and his father Lawrence are secret agents for our timeline, posing as traders from a foreign land. They run a storefront shop called Curious Notions, selling what is in our world routine consumer technology record players, radios, cassette decks all of which is better than anything in this world, but only by a bit. Their real job is to obtain raw materials for our timeline. Just as importantly, they must guard the secret of Crosstime Traffic for of the millions of parallel timelines, this is one of the few advanced enough to use that secret against us. Now, however, the German occupation police are harrassing them. They want to know where they’re getting their mysterious goods. Under pressure, Paul and Lawrence hint that their supplies comes from San Francisco’s Chinese…
setting in motion a chain of intrigues that will put the entire enterprise of Crosstime Traffic at deadly risk.
In the 21st century Kingdom of Versailles, the roads are terrible and Paris is a dirty little town. Serfdom and slavery are both common, and no one thinks that’s wrong. Why should they? Most people spend their lives doing backbreaking farm work anyway. But teenaged Khadija, daughter of a prosperous family of Moorish business travellers, is unfazed. That’s because Khadija is really Annette Klein from 21st century California, and her whole family are secret agents of Crosstime Traffic, trading for commodities to send back to our own timeline. Now it’s time for Annette and her family to go home for the start of another school year, so they join a pack train bound for their home base in Marseilles, where the crosstime portal is hidden. Then bandits attack while they’re crossing the Pyrenees. Annette/Khadija is separated from her parents and knocked out, and wakes up to find herself a captive in a caravan of slaves being taken to the markets in the south. She’s in a tight spot. Then the really scary thing happens: her purchasers take her, along with other newly purchased slaves, to an unofficial crosstime portal leaving open the question of whether Crosstime Traffic will ever be able to recover her!
Time travel doesn’t work. You can’t go backward or forward; you’re stuck at ‘now’. What you can do is travel sideways, to the same ‘now’ in another timeline where history turned out differently. So far, only our home timeline has figured out how to do that. We use it to conduct discreet trading operations in less advanced timelines, selling goods just a little bit better than the locals can make. It’s profitable, but families who work as Time Traders have to be careful to fit in, lest the locals become suspicious. Justin’s family are Time Traders. The summer before he’s due to start college, he goes with them to a different Virginia, in a timeline where the American states never became a single country, and American history has consisted of a series of small wars. Despite his unease, he accompanies Randolph Brooks, another Time Trader, on a visit to the tiny upland town of Elizabeth, Virginia. He’ll only be away from his parents for a few days. Beckie Royer thanks her stars that she’s from California, the most prosperous and advanced country in North America. But just now she’s in Virginia with her grandmother, who wants to revisit the tiny mountain town where she grew up. The only interesting thing there is a boy named Justin and he’ll be gone soon. Then war between Virginia and Ohio breaks out anew. Ohio sets a tailored virus loose on Virginia. Virginia swiftly imposes a quarantine, trapping Beckie and Justin and Randolph Brooks in Elizabeth. Even Crosstime Traffic can’t help. All the three of them can do is watch as plague and violence take over the town. It’s nothing new in history, not in this timeline or any other. It’s part of the human condition. And just now, this part of the human condition sucks.
The Soviet Union won the Cold War. The Russians were a little smarter than they were in our own world, and the United States was a little dumber and a lot less resolute. Now, more than a century later, the world’s gone Communist, and capitalism is a bad word. For Gianfranco and his friend Annarita, a couple of teenagers growing up in Milan, life in a heavily regimented, surveillance rich command economy is just plain dreary. The eventual withering away of the state doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon. Annarita’s a hard working student and a member of the Young Socialists’ League. Gianfranco is a lot less motivated but on the other hand, his father’s a Party apparatchik. The biggest excitement in their lives is a wargame shop called The Gladiator, which runs tournaments, and stocks marvelous complex games you can’t find anywhere else. Then, abruptly, the shop is shut down. Someone’s figured out that The Gladiator‘s games are teaching counterrevolutionary capitalist principles. The Security Police are searching high and low for the shop’s proprietors, who’ve not only vanished into thin air, but have left behind sets of fingerprints that aren’t in the records of any government on earth. Only one staffer is left: Gianfranco and Annarita’s friend Eduardo. He’s on the run, and he comes to them in secret with an astonishing story: he’s a time trader from our own timeline, accidentally left behind when the store was evacuated. The only way Eduardo can get home to his own timeline is if Gianfranco and Annarita can help him reach one of the other time trader sites in this world and the Security Police will be on their tails all the way there.
Usually Crosstime Traffic concerns itself with trade. Our world owns the secret of travel between parallel continuums, and we mean to use it to trade for much needed resources with the worlds next door. Preferably without letting them know about any of that parallel worlds stuff.
But there’s one parallel world that s different. In it, the atomic war broke out in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love. Now, Crosstime Traffic has been given a different sort of mission: find out what on earth, or on the many earths, went wrong.
Harry Turtledove’s remarkable alternative history novels brilliantly remind us of how fragile the thread of time can be, and offer us a world of what if. Drawing on a magnificent cast of characters that includes soldiers, generals, lovers, spies, and demagogues, Turtledove returns to an epic tale that only he could tell the story of a North American continent, separated into two bitterly opposed nations, that stands on the verge of exploding once again. In 1914 they called it The Great War, and few could imagine anything worse. For nearly three decades a peace forged in blood and fatigue has held sway in North America. Now, Japan dominates the Pacific, the Russian Tsar rules Alaska, and England, under Winston Churchill, chafes for a return to its former glory. But behind the fa ade of world order, America is a bomb waiting to go off. Jake Featherston, the megalomaniacal leader of the Confederate States of America, is just the man to light the fuse. In the White House in Philadelphia, Socialist President Al Smith is a living symbol of hope for a nation that has been through the fires of war and the flood tides of depression. In the South, Featherston and his ruling Freedom Party have put down a Negro rebellion with a bloody fist and have interned them in concentration camps. Now they are determined to crush their Northern neighbor at any cost. Featherston s planes attack Philadelphia without warning. The U.S.A. lashes back blindly at Charleston. And a terrible second coming is at hand. When the CSA blitzkrieg is launched, the U.S.A. is caught flat footed. Before long, the gray Army reaches Lake Erie. But in its wake the war machine is spinning a vortex of destruction, betrayal, and fury that no one, not even Jake Featherston himself, can control. Now, President Smith faces a Herculean task, while an obscure assistant secretary of war named Roosevelt rises in his ranks. For the U.S.A., the darkest days still lay ahead. Across the globe, a new era of war has just begun. And in the hands of the incomparable Harry Turtledove, readers are treated to a masterful vision of what might have been. An enduring portrait of history, nations, and human nature in its many manifestations, Return Engagement is a monumental journey into the second half of the twentieth century. From the Hardcover edition.
Harry Turtledove the master of alternate history has recast the tumultuous twentieth century and created an epic that is powerful, bold, and as convincing as it is provocative. In Drive to the East he continues his saga of warfare that has divided a nation and now threatens the entire world. In 1914, the First World War ignited a brutal conflict in North America, with the United States finally defeating the Confederate States. In 1917, The Great War ended and an era of simmering hatred began, fueled by the despotism of a few and the sacrifice of many. Now it’s 1942. The USA and CSA are locked in a tangle of jagged, blood soaked battle lines, modern weaponry, desperate strategies, and the kind of violence that only the damned could conjure up for their enemies and themselves. In Richmond, Confederate president and dictator Jake Featherston is shocked by what his own aircraft have done in Philadelphia killing U.S. president Al Smith in a barrage of bombs. Featherston presses ahead with a secret plan carried out on the dusty plains of Texas, where a so called detention camp hides a far more evil purpose. As the untested U.S. vice president takes over for Smith, the United States face a furious thrust by the Confederate army, pressing inexorably into Pennsylvania. But with the industrial heartland under siege, Canada in revolt, and U.S. naval ships fighting against the Japanese in the Sandwich Islands, the most dangerous place in the world may be overlooked. From the Hardcover edition.
A profoundly thoughtful masterpiece of alternate history. BooklistIt is 1943, the third summer of the new war between the Confederate States of America and the United States, a war that will turn on the deeds of ordinary soldiers, extraordinary heroes, and a colorful cast of spies, politicians, rebels, and everyday citizens. The CSA president, Jake Featherston, seems to have greatly miscalculated the North’s resilience. But as new demonic tools of killing are unleashed, secret wars are unfolding. The U.S. government in Philadelphia has proof that the tyrannical Featherston is murdering African Americans by the tens of thousands in a Texas gulag called Determination. And the leaders of both sides know full well that the world s next great power will not be the one with the biggest army but the nation that wins the race against nature and science and smashes open the power of the atom. Turtledove never tires of exploring the paths not taken, bringing to his storytelling a prodigious knowledge of his subject and a profound understanding of human sensibilities and motivations. Library Journal One of the strongest books in the extended series. sfsite. com Compelling. Publishers Weekly
Franklin Roosevelt is the assistant secretary of defense. Thomas Dewey is running for president with a blunt speaking Missourian named Harry Truman at his side. Britain holds onto its desperate alliance with the USA’s worst enemy, while a holocaust unfolds in Texas. In Harry Turtledove s compelling, disturbing, and extraordinarily vivid reshaping of American history, a war of secession has triggered a generation of madness. The tipping point has come at last. The third war in sixty years, this one yet unnamed: a grinding, horrifying series of hostilities and atrocities between two nations sharing the same continent and both calling themselves Americans. At the dawn of 1944, the United States has beaten back a daredevil blitzkrieg from the Confederate States and a terrible new genie is out of history s bottle: a bomb that may destroy on a scale never imagined before. In Europe, the new weapon has shattered a stalemate between Germany, England, and Russia. When the trigger is pulled in America, nothing will be the same again. With visionary brilliance, Harry Turtledove brings to a climactic conclusion his monumental, acclaimed drama of a nation s tragedy and the men and women who play their roles with valor, fear, and folly on history s greatest stage. From the Hardcover edition.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched an attack against United States naval forces stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. But what if the Japanese followed up their air assault with an invasion and occupation of Hawaii? With American military forces subjugated and civilians living in fear of their conquerors, there is no one to stop the Japanese from using the islands’ resources to launch an offensive against America’s western coast.
The alternate history master and author of Days of Infamy brings his Pearl Harbor epic to a dramatic conclusion. In this alternate history of World War II, the Japanese follow up their Pearl Harbor attack with the successful occupation of Hawaii, and America is marshalling its military forces from east coast to west to reclaim the islands from the enemy.
Count Hamnet Thyssen is a minor noble of the drowsy old Raumsdalian Empire. Its capital city, Nidaros, began as a mammoth hunters camp at the edge of the great Glacier. But that was centuries ago, and as everyone knows, it’s the nature of the great Glacier to withdraw a few feet every year. Now Nidaros is an old and many spired city; and though they still feel the breath of the great Glacier in every winter s winds, the ice cap itself has retreated beyond the horizon. Trasamund, a clan chief of the mammoth herding Bizogots, the next tribe north, has come to town with strange news. A narrow gap has opened in what they’d always thought was an endless and impregnable wall of ice. The great Glacier does not go on forever and on its other side are new lands, new animals, and possibly new people. Ancient legend says that on the other side is the Golden Shrine, put there by the gods to guard the people of their world. Now, perhaps, the road to the legendary Golden Shrine is open. Who could resist the urge to go see? For Count Hamnet and his several companions, the glacier has always been the boundary of the world. Now they’ll be traveling beyond it into a world that’s bigger than anyone knew. Adventures will surely be had…
Once the great Glacier enclosed the Raumsdalian Empire. Now it has broken open, and Count Hamnet Thyssen faces a new world. With the wisecracking Ulric Skakki, the neighboring clan leader Trasamund politely addressed as ‘Your Ferocity’, and his lover, the shaman Liv, Hamnet leads an exploration of the new territory in hopes of finding the legendary Golden Shrine. But dangers abound. A violent and implacable group known as the Rulers has already killed many, and now they attack again. Riding deer and woolly mammoths and using powerful magic, the Rulers triumph and force the Raumsdalians to flee. In the spring, another battle ends even more badly for Hamnet’s side, but the Glacier is also retreating, so they are able to escape. Meeting a tribe whose desperate living conditions have led them to overcome the Raumsdalian taboo against eating fallen foes, they find unexpected allies. Now, returning to the capital city and its intrigues, Hamnet prepares to lead an army against the merciless Rulers. The world, once so bounded and comprehensible, will never be the same.
Continuing the alternate Bronze Age epic begun in Beyond the Gap:The glaciers came and covered the world with ice. Now they are in retreat. North of the city of Nidaros, north of the forest, north of the steppes where the nomadic Bizogots hunt, a gap has opened in the ice wall. And down through that gap come the men who call themselves ‘Rulers.’Their terrifying cavalry rides wooly mammoths. Their bows can shoot arrows farther than those of the southerners. Their wizards wield power that neither the shamans of the Bizogots nor the wizards of Raumsdalian Empire can match, a magic that can melt the stone beneath a man’s feet, call down blasting fire from the sky, or decimate a tribe with plagues that have no cure. Scattered survivors of the Bizogot tribes hide from the Rulers. The Empire is shattered. The feckless Emperor Sigvat II is in hiding. Against the Rulers stands Count Hamnet Thyssen and his small band of friends. Jarl Trasamund of the Three Tusk Bizogots. The adventurer Ulric Skakki. And, most important, Marcovefa, the female shaman of a cannibal tribe that lives atop the Glacier itself. Marcovefa has magic that the Rulers cannot counter. But there are many Rulers, and they have many wizards. Marcovefa is but one. Perhaps Hamnet and his allies can save their lands from the Rulers. But first they must seek out the legendary Golden Shrine and The Golden Shrine has not been seen by human eyes since the time before the glaciers came.
New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove has intrigued readers with such thought provoking ‘what if…
‘ scenarios as a conquered Elizabethan England in Ruled Britannia and a Japanese occupation of Hawaii in Days of Infamy and End of the Beginning. Now, in the first of a brand new trilogy, he rewrites the history of the world with the existence of an eighth continent…
Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova. For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored land.
England has driven the French from Atlantis, giving King George leave to tighten his control over the colonies. The Redcoats have seized the continent’s eastern coastal towns, depriving the Atlanteans of the markets where they sell their goods as part of a strategy to bend the colonists to their will. Instead, England s tactics have only strengthened the Atlanteans resolve to be free. As leader of the revolutionaries, Victor Radcliff will make the English pay for each and every piece of land they dare to occupy, and will stop at nothing to preserve the liberty of his people as a new nation is born a nation that will change the face of the world.
‘The maven of alternate history’ San Diego Union Tribune continues his epic tale of Atlantis. Frederick Radcliff is a descendant of the family that founded Atlantis’s first settlement, and his grandfather Victor led the army against England to win the nation’s independence. But he is also a black slave, unable to prove his lineage, and forced to labor on a cotton plantation in the southern region of the country. Frederick feels the color of his skin shouldn’t keep him from having the same freedoms his ancestors fought and died for. So he becomes the leader of a revolutionary army of slaves determined to free all of his brethren across Atlantis…
A one-of-a-kind story collection from the New York Times bestselling ‘maven of alternate history’ San Diego Union-Tribune.
A stroke of the pen and history is changed. In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, determined to avoid war at any cost, signed the Munich Accord, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. But the following spring, Hitler snatched the rest of that country and pushed beyond its borders. World War II had begun, and England, after a fatal act of appeaseme*nt, was fighting a war for which it was not prepared. Now, in this thrilling, provocative, and fascinating alternate history by Harry Turtledove, another scenario is played out: What if Chamberlain had not signed the accord? What if Hitler had acted rashly, before his army was ready would such impatience have helped him or doomed him faster? Here is an action packed, blow by blow chronicle of the war that might have been and the repercussions that might have echoed through history had Hitler reached too far, too soon, and too fast. Turtledove uses dozens of points of view to tell this story: from American marines serving in Japanese occupied China to members of a Jewish German family with a proud history of war service to their nation, from ragtag volunteers fighting in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion in Spain to an American woman desperately trying to escape Na*zi occupied territory and witnessing the war from within the belly of the beast.A novel that reveals the human face of war while simultaneously riding the twists and turns that make up the great acts of history, Hitler’s War is the beginning of an exciting new alternate history saga. Here is a tale of powerful leaders and ordinary people, of spies, soldiers, and traitors, of the shifting alliances that draw some together while tearing others apart. At once authoritative, brilliantly imaginative, and hugely entertaining, Hitler s War captures the beginning of a very different World War II with a very different fate for our world today.
In 1938, two men held history in their hands. One was Adolf Hitler. The other was British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, who, determined to avoid war at any cost, came to be known as the great appeaser. But Harry Turtledove, the unrivaled master of alternate history, has launched a gripping saga that springboards from a different fateful act: What if Chamberlain had stood up to Hitler? What would the Na*zis next move have been? And how would the war which Hitler had always regretted waiting eleven months to start have unfolded and changed our world?Here, Turtledove takes us across a panorama of conflict fueled by ideology and demagoguery. Nations are pitted against nations, alliances are forged between old enemies, ordinary men and women are hurled into extraordinary life and death situations. In Japanese controlled Singapore, an American marine falls in love with a Russian dance hall hostess, while around him are heard the first explosions of Chinese guerilla resistance. On the frontlines of war ravaged rural France, a weary soldier perfects the art of using an enormous anti tank gun as a sniper’s tool while from Germany a killer is sent to hunt him down. And in the icy North Atlantic, a U boat bearing an experimental device wreaks havoc on British shipping, setting the stage for a Na*zi ground invasion of Denmark. From an American woman trapped in Germany who receives safe passage from Hitler himself to a Jewish family steeped in German culture and facing the hatred rising around them, from Japanese soldiers on the remote edge of Siberia to American volunteers in Spain, West and East is the story of a world held hostage by tyrants Stalin, Hitler, Sanjuro each holding on to power through lies and terror even in the face of treacherous plots from within. As armies clash, and as the brave, foolish, and true believers choose sides, new weapons are added to already deadly arsenals and new strategies are plotted to break a growing stalemate. But one question looms over the conflict from West to East: What will it take to bring America into this war?
In this extraordinary World War II alternate history, master storyteller Harry Turtledove begins with a big switch: what if Neville Chamberlain, instead of appeasing Hitler, had stood up to him in 1938? Enraged, Hitler reacts by lashing out at the West, promising his soldiers that they will reach Paris by the new year. They don t. Three years later, his genocidal apparatus not fully in place, Hitler has barely survived a coup, while Jews cling to survival. But England and France wonder whether the war is still worthwhile. Weaving together a cast of characters that ranges from a brawling American fighter in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain to a woman who has seen Hitler’s evil face to face, Harry Turtledove takes us into a world shaping up very differently in 1941. The Germans and their Polish allies have slammed into the gut of the Soviet Union in the west, while Japan pummels away in the east. In trench warfare in France, French and Czech fighters are outmanned but not outfought by their Na*zi enemy. Then the stalemate is shattered. In England, Winston Churchill dies in an apparent accident, and the gray men who walk behind his funeral cortege wonder who their real enemy is. The USSR, fighting for its life, makes peace with Japan and Japan s war with America is about to begin.A sweeping saga of human passions, foolishness, and courage, of families and lovers and soldiers by choice and by chance, The Big Switch is a provocative, gripping, and utterly convincing work of alternate history at its best. For history buffs and fans of big, blood and guts fiction, Harry Turtledove delivers a panoramic clash of ideals as powerful as armies themselves.
In 1941, a treaty between England and Germany unravels and so does a different World War II. In Harry Turtledove’s mesmerizing alternate history of World War II, the choices of men and fate have changed history. Now it is the winter of 1941. As the Germans, with England and France on their side, slam deep into Russia, Stalin s terrible machine fights for its life. But the agreements of world leaders do not touch the hearts of soldiers. The war between Germany and Russia is rocked by men with the courage to aim their guns in a new direction. England is the first to be shaken. Following the suspicious death of Winston Churchill, with his staunch anti Na*zi views, a small cabal begins to imagine the unthinkable in a nation long famous for respecting the rule of law. With civil liberties hanging by a thread, a conspiracy forms against the powers that be. What will this daring plan mean for the European war as a whole? Meanwhile, in America, a woman who has met Hitler face to face urges her countrymen to wake up to his evil. For the time being, the United States is fighting only Japan and the war is not going as well as Washington would like. Can Roosevelt keep his grip on the country s imagination? Coup d Etat captures how war makes for the strangest of bedfellows. A freethinking Frenchman fights side by side with racist Na*zis. A Czech finds himself on the dusty front lines of the Spanish Civil War, gunning for Germany s Nationalist allies. A German bomber pilot courts a half Polish, half Jewish beauty in Bialystock. And the Jews in Germany, though trapped under Hitler s fist, are as yet protected by his fear of looking bad before the world and by an outspoken Catholic bishop. With his spectacular command of character, coincidence, and military and political strategies, Harry Turtledove continues a passionate, unmatched saga of a World War II composed of different enemies, different allies and hurtling toward a horrific moment. For a diabolical new weapon is about to be unleashed, not by the United States, but by Japan, in a tactic that will shock the world.
The New York Times bestselling author and ‘maven of alternate history’ San Diego Union Tribune presents a near future thriller. A supervolcanic Eruption in Yellowstone Park sends lava and mud flowing toward populated areas, and clouds of ash drifting across the country. The fallout destroys crops and livestock, clogs machinery, and makes cities uninhabitable. Those who survive find themselves caught in an apocalyptic catastrophe in which humanity has no choice but to rise from the ashes and recreate the world…
In a universe in which Constantinople never fell, the Byzantine Empire has flourished by developing technology and spreading its influence but finds itself at the mercy of its jealous enemies.
Arriving at an alternate American new world, its discovers encounter a primitive ape men species, who, unlike the Indians, cannot conceptualize at the human level but can be trained to work and perform slave labor. PW.
When the Viking lander on the planet Minerva was destroyed, sending back one last photo of a strange alien being, scientists on Earth were flabbergasted. And so a joint investigation was launched by the United States and the Soviet Union, the first long distance manned space mission, and a symbol of the new peace between the two great rivals. Humankind’s first close encounter with extraterrestrials would be history in the making, and the two teams were schooled in diplomacy as well as in science. But nothing prepared them for alien war especially when the Americans and the Soviets found themselves on opposite sides…
Northern Virginia is ragged and ill equipped. The battle of Gettysburg has broken the back of the Confederacy and decimated its manpower. Then Andries Rhoodie, a strange man with an unplaceable accent, approaches Lee with an extraordinary offer. Rhoodie demonstrates an amazing rifle; its rate of fire is incredible, its lethal efficiency breathtaking and Rhoodie guarantees unlimited quantities to the Confederates. The name of the weapon is the AK 47.’As a Civil War historian, I literally could not put The Guns of the South down. It is absolutely unique without question the most fascinating Civil War novel I have ever read. Harry Turtledove knows his Civil War. And best of all, The Guns of the South is not simply great entertainment; it is also a serious and successful effort to come to grips with the central issues of the war. It is must reading for every Civil War student.’ Professor James M. McPherson, Edwards Professor of American History, Princeton University; Author of Pulitzer Prize winning Battle Cry of Freedom
David Fisher, an ordinary EPA Environmental Perfection Agency bureaucrat, is suddenly forced into the unfamiliar role of hero when he investigates a Toxic Spell Dump and finds an ancient deity determined to topple civilization.
From the undisputed master of Alternate History comes a stunningly original collection of twenty provocative stories springing from the imaginative reinvention of history. Traveling down ancient roads and into far off futures, Harry Turtledove poses the what ifs of history and arrives at some remarkably thrilling conclusions…
A retired Confederate captain returns to a scarred battlefield after the Civil War will his visit reopen old wounds or heal them? A werewolf boy tears through Cologne’s medieval streets in search of sanctuary from the angry mob, but where will a creature so despised find refuge? A student from the future sets off on a field trip to study Genghis Khan. What will he do when he finds Khan in the twentieth century?Journey across the centuries through this spellbinding collection of historical byways and detours with the Hugo Award winning author as your guide.
What if there never was an American Revolution? Oscar winning actor Richard Dreyfuss and Hugo Award winning author Harry Turtledove present readers with a rollicking adventure of an America that never was but could have been! What if George Washington had made peace with King George? What if America was still part of the British Empire? And the Sons of Liberty were waging war against the King in the 1990s?.
Artisan shoemaker and thinking man George becomes increasingly worried when the pagan forces of the Germanic tribes continue to threaten life in the Roman Empire, and he decides to risk everything for the sake of his people.
At the sun drenched dawn of human history, in the great plain between the two great rivers, are the cities of men. And each city is ruled by its god. But the god of the city of Gibil is lazy and has let the men of his city develop the habit of thinking for themselves. Now the men of Gibil have begun to devise arithmetic, and commerce, and are sending expeditions to trade with other lands. They’re starting to think that perhaps men needn’t always be subject to the whims of gods. This has the other god worried. And well they might be…
because human cleverness, once awakened, isn’t likely to be easily squelched.
Nicole Gunther Perrin is a modern young professional, proud of her legal skills but weary of the daily grind, of childcare, and of sexist coworkers and her deadbeat ex husband. Then after one exceptionally awful day, she awakens to find herself in a different life, that of a widowed tavernkeeper on the Roman frontier around A.D. 170. Delighted at first, she quickly begins to realize that her new world is as complicated as her old one. Violence, dirt, adn pain are everywhere; slavery is commonplace, gladiators kill for sport, and drunkenness is taken for granted. Yet, somehow, people manage to face life everyday with humor and goodwill. No quitter, Nicole manages to adapt, despite endless worry about the fate of her children ‘back’ in the twentieth century. Then plague sweeps through Carnuntum, followed by brutal war. Amidst pain and loss on a level she had never imagined, Nicole must find reserved of the sort of strength she had never known.
From Harry Turtledove, the master of alternate history, comes After the Downfall, a novel of magic, epic warfare, and desperate choices. 1945: Russian troops have entered Berlin, and are engaged in a violent orgy of robbery, rape, and revenge. Wehrmacht officer Hasso Pemsel, a career soldier on the losing end of the greatest war in history, flees from a sniper’s bullet, finding himself hurled into a mysterious, fantastic world of wizards, dragons, and unicorns. There he allies himself with the blond haired, blue eyed Lenelli, and Velona, their goddess in human form, offering them his knowledge of warfare and weaponry in their genocidal struggle against a race of diminutive, swarthy barbarians known as Grenye. But soon, the savagery of the Lenelli begins to eat at Hasso Pemsel’s soul, causing him to question everything he has long believed about race and Reich, right and wrong, Ubermenschen and Untermenschen. Hasso Pemsel will learn the difference between following orders…
and following his conscience.
The New York Times bestselling author turns his talent for alternate history to Elizabethan England transformed by Spanish conquerers where the question ‘Is England to be or not to be?’ can only be answered by a man named William Shakespeare. ‘Nobody plays the what if game better than Harry Turtledove.’ Publishers Weekly
A new Conan adventure from one of today’s most popular writers of fantasy and SF!For decades, millions of readers have thrilled to the adventures of Conan, the barbarian adventurer invented by Robert E. Howard and further chronicled by other fantasy greats, including such notables as L. Sprague de Camp, Poul Anderson, and Robert Jordan. Now Harry Turtledove, one of today’s most popular writers of fantasy and SF, contributes a novel to the Conan saga a tale of Conan in his youth, in the year or so before he becomes the wandering adventurer we know from the tales of Howard and others. On the verge of adulthood, he lives in a Cimmerian hamlet, caring for his ailing mother, working in his father’s smithy, and casting his eye on the weaver’s daughter next door. Then war comes: an invasion by the Aquilonian Empire. Conan burns to join the fight, but he’s deemed too young. Then, from the border country, comes an unbelievable report: The Aquilonians have smashed the Cimmerian defending forces, and can rule as they please. Soon their heavily garrisoned forts dot the countryside. Their settlers follow after, carving homesteads out of other men’s land. Every Cimmerian longs to drive the intruders out with fire and sword, but they must stay their hands, for the Aquilonians have promised savage reprisals. Then, intolerably, the Aquilonian commander takes a wholly dishonorable interest in the weaver’s daughter and he’s not a man to wait, or even ask permission. It’s not a recipe for a peaceable outcome.
In the twenty first century, Germany’s Third Reich continues to thrive after its victory in World War II keeping most of Europe and North America under its heel. But within the heart of the Na*zi regime, a secret lives. Under a perfect Aryan facade, Jews survive living their lives, raising their families, and trying to avoid discovery.
The twentieth century was awash in war. World powers were pouring men and machines onto the killing fields of Europe. Then, in one dramatic stroke, a divided planet was changed forever. An alien race attacked Earth, and for every nation, every human being, new battle lines were drawn. . Homeward BoundWith his epic novels of alternate history, Harry Turtledove shares a stunning vision of what might have been and what might still be if one moment in history were changed. In the WorldWar and Colonization series, an ancient, highly advanced alien species found itself locked in a bitter struggle with a distant, rebellious planet Earth. For those defending the Earth, this all out war for survival supercharged human technology, made friends of foes, and turned allies into bitter enemies. For the aliens known as the Race, the conflict has yielded dire consequences. Mankind has developed nuclear technology years ahead of schedule, forcing the invaders to accept an uneasy truce with nations that possess the technology to defend themselves. But it is the Americans, with their primitive inventiveness, who discover a way to launch themselves through distant space and reach the Race’s home planet itself. Now in the twenty first century a few daring men and women embark upon a journey no human has made before. Warriors, diplomats, traitors, and exiles the humans who arrive in the place called Home find themselves genuine strangers on a strange world, and at the center of a flash point with terrifying potential. For their arrival on the alien home world may drive the enemy to make the ultimate decision to annihilate an entire planet, rather than allow the human contagion to spread. It may be that nothing can deter them from this course. With its extraordinary cast of characters human, nonhuman, and some in between Homeward Bound is a fascinating contemplation of cultures, armies, and individuals in collision. From the novelist USA Today calls the leading author of alternate history, this is a novel of vision, adventure, and constant, astounding surprise. From the Hardcover edition.
Otto of Schlepsig is risking his neck as an acrobat in a third rate circus in the middle of nowhere when news arrives that the land of Shqiperi has invited Prince Halim Eddin to become its new king. Otto doesn t know the prince from Adam, but he does happen to look just like him a coincidence that inspires Otto with a mad plan to assume Halim’s identity and rule in his stead. True, Shqiperi is an uncivilized backwater, but even in uncivilized backwaters kings live better than acrobats. Plus, kingship in Shqiperi comes with a harem. Rank, as they say, has its privileges. With his friend Max, a sword swallowing giant whose chronic cough makes every performance a potential tonsillectomy, Otto embarks on a rollicking journey filled with feats of derring do, wondrous magic, and beautiful maidens well, beautiful women. And that s before he enters a royal world that is truly fantastical.
In April 1864, the Union garrison at Fort Pillow was comprised of almost six hundred troops, about half of them black. The Confederacy, incensed by what it saw as a crime against nature, sent its fiercest cavalry commander, Nathan Bedford Forrest, to attack the fort with about 1,500 men. The Confederates overran the fort and drove the Federals into a deadly crossfire. Only sixty two of the U.S. colored troops survived the fight unwounded. Many accused the Confederates of massacring the black troops after the fort fell and fighting should have ceased. The ‘Fort Pillow Massacre’ became a Union rallying cry and cemented resolve to see the war through to its conclusion. Harry Turtledove has written a dramatic recreation of an astounding battle, telling a bloody story of courage and hope, freedom and hatred. With brilliant characterization of all the main figures, this is a novel that reminds us that Fort Pillow was more than a battle it was a clash of ideas between men fighting to define what being an American ought to mean.
What if V E Day didn t end World War II in Europe? What if, instead, the Allies had to face a potent, even fanatical, postwar Na*zi resistance? Such a movement, based in the fabled Alpine Redoubt, was in fact a real threat, ultimately neutralized by Germany’s flagging resources and squabbling officials. But had SS Obergruppenf hrer Reinhard Heydrich, the notorious Man with the Iron Heart, not been assassinated in 1942, fate might have taken a different turn. We might likely have seen a German guerrilla war launched against the conquerors, presaging by more than half a century the protracted conflict with an unrelenting enemy that now engulfs the United States and its allies in Iraq. How might today s clash of troops versus terrorists have played out in 1945?In this imagined world, Na*zi forces resort to unconventional warfare, using the quick and dirty tactics of terrorism booby traps, time bombs, mortar and rocket strikes in the night, assassinations, even kamikaze style suicide attacks to overturn what seemed to be a decisive Allied victory. In November 1945, a truck bomb blows up the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, where high ranking Na*zi officials are about to stand trial for war crimes. None of the accused are there when the bomb goes off, but their judges, all of them present and accounted for, are annihilated. Worse acts of terrorism follow all over Europe. Suddenly the Allies especially the United States must battle an invisible enemy and sacrifice countless lives in a long, seemingly pointless, unwinnable conflict. On the home front, patriotism corrodes, political fortunes are made and lost in the face of an antiwar backlash, and a once proud country wonders how the righteous fight for freedom overseas has collapsed into a hopeless quagmire. At once a novel of thrilling military suspense, intriguing alternate history, and profound insight into contemporary affairs, The Man with the Iron Heart is a tour de force by a storyteller of exceptional imaginative power.
Bestselling author Turtledove turns his attention to an epic battle that pits three Roman legions against Teutonic barbarians in a thrilling novel of Ancient Rome
Publius Quinctilius Varus, a Roman politician, is summoned by the Emperor, Augustus Caesar. Given three legions and sent to the Roman frontier east of the Rhine, his mission is to subdue the barbarous German tribes where others have failed, and bring their land fully under Rome’s control.
Arminius, a prince of the Cherusci, is playing a deadly game. He serves in the Roman army, gaining Roman citizenship and officer s rank, and learning the arts of war and policy as practiced by the Romans. What he learns is essential for the survival of Germany, for he must unite his people against Rome before they become enslaved by the Empire and lose their way of life forever.
An epic battle is brewing, and these two men stand on opposite sides of what will forever be known as The Battle of the Teutoberg Forest a ferocious, bloody clash that will change the course of history.
From Harry Turtledove, bestselling author and critically acclaimed master of the short story, comes a classic collection of science fiction tales and what if scenarios. In narratives ranging from fantastic to oddly familiar to eerily prescient, this compelling volume illustrates Turtledove’s literary skill and unbridled imagination. FORTY, COUNTING DOWN: With the help of his time travel software, computer genius Justin Kloster returns to the past to stop himself from making a terrible mistake but all actions have their consequences. THE MALTESE ELEPHANT: A legendary detective finds himself in grave danger when a noir masterpiece takes a stunning new twist. GODDESS FOR A DAY: Taking a page from history, a young girl dares to challenge the gods and is richly rewarded for her efforts. DECONSTRUCTION GANG: Mired in unemployment and despair, an academic finds happiness and intellectual fulfillment in a most unexpected place. TWENTY ONE, COUNTING UP: Justin Kloster s college life and romantic dreams are rudely interrupted and irreversibly disrupted when forty year old Justin arrives from the future to save him from himself. Plus twelve more thrilling, unforgettable tales of wonder!From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Saurons, genetic super soldiers, met fierce opposition in Haven’s inhabitants, who were shaped by the toughest survivable environment in human space. This is the grim history of Haven, where war has always been a way of life…
Three hundred years after the Saurons arrived on Haven and wiped out all technology save their own, one woman unites the many tribes of Haven to overthrow the Sauron overlords.
Some two decades ago, John F. Carr and Jerry Pournelle created the War World series. War World: The Battle of Sauron by John F. Carr and Don Hawthorne is the long awaited novel depicting the Battle of Sauron and the Sauron invasion of War World. The Battle of Sauron chronicles the final battle in the war between the Empire of Man and the Sauron Coalition of Seccession. This is the battle that will determine whether mankind is supplanted by the Saurons, a race dedicated to the military arts, or continues to reign triumphant over the disparate and far flung worlds of man. War World is a future warfare series created by John F. Carr and Jerry Pournelle inspired by the works of H. Beam Piper. The War World volumes include five original short story collections, two novels and are part of Pournelle’s CoDominium and Empire of Man Future History, spanning several thousand years. War World takes place on a barely habitable moon named Haven, or War World as it becomes known. Haven is a hard scrabble world of extreme temperatures, hard radiation, deadly flora and fauna, wastelands and breeds the toughest denizens in human occupied space. The New Harmonies had been the original owners and settlers of Haven until the CoDominium decided any place that inhospitable would make an excellent dumping ground for political exiles, troublesome minorities and garden variety criminals. During the Imperium, Haven became a prime recruiting ground for the Imperial Marines, but was one of the first worlds abandoned when the war against the Sauron dominated Coalition got ugly.
First entry in a new series with three big all new linked novellas from multiple best sellers Harry Turtledove, John Ringo & Jody Lynn Nye, and S.M. Stirling! After the extinction asteroid DOESN T strike Earth, the dinosaurs keep evolving but so do the mammals. We mammals have achieved human like shapes, but now it’s cold blooded, magic using reptiles against the hot blooded, hot tempered descendants of cats. In a heroic, bronze age world similar to 300, the Mrem Clan of the Claw and its sister warbands are expanding their rough and tumble territory, but now they face the Lishkash, masters of a cold blooded empire of slave armies and magic. It s mammalian courage and adaptation against reptile cunning in a clash of steel and will that will determine which line shall inherit the Earth. About contributor John Ringo: O ne of the best practitioners…
of military SF. Publishers Weekly.’ F ast paced military SF peopled with three dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse’ Library Journal Ringo s work attains a terrible beauty not unlike that of the Norse Eddas Publishers Weekly ‘If Tom Clancy were writing SF, it would read much like John Ringo. The Philadelphia Weekly Press About contributor Harry Turtledove: the master of alternative SF. Publishers Weekly Outstanding enterntainment. BooklistAbout contributor S.M. Stirling: Stirling eloquently describes a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post apocalyptic SF. Publishers Weekly on Stirlings The Scourge of God
After the King presents an outstanding collection of new fantasy stories by an extraordinary assemblage of some of the very best writers to ever continue the tradition Tolkien began with The Lord of the Rings. Stephen R. Donaldson, Peter S. Beagle, Andrew Nortong, Terry Pratchett, Robert Silverberg, Judith Tarr, Gregory Benford, Jane Yolen, Poul and Karen Anderson, Mike Resnick, Emma Bull, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, John Brunner, Harrr Turtledove, Dennis L. McKiernan, Karen Haber, Barry M. Malzberg, and Charles de Lint contribute to a dazzling anthology that captures the spirit and originality of Tolkien’s great work. The millions whose lives have been touched by J.R.R. Tolkien will find the same primal storytelling magic here, undiluted an running ever on.
The notion of traveling forward or backward across history changing the events of your own life or those which came before you or those that have yet to occur starts here with Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Three Sundays in a Week’ and Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Wireless,’ progresses through the years with past masters Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and John W. Campbell, Jr., and finishes with contemporary science fiction by such writers as Larry Niven, Harry Turtledove, Jack Finney, and Rod Serling. ‘An interesting collection of time travel short fiction from varied perspectives’ Library Journal
Explore fascinating, often chilling ‘what if’ accounts of the world that could have existed and still might yet…
Science fiction’s most illustrious and visionary authors hold forth the ultimate alternate history collection. Here you ll experience mind bending tales that challenge your views of the past, present, and future, including: ‘The Lucky Strike’: When The Lucky Strike is chosen over The Enola Gay to drop the first atomic bomb, fate takes an unexpected turn in Kim Stanley Robinson s gripping tale. ‘Bring the Jubilee’: Ward Moore s novella masterpiece offers a rebel victory at Gettysburg which changes the course of the Civil War…
and all of American history. ‘Through Road No Wither’: After Hitler s victory in World War II, two Na*zi officers confront their destiny in Greg Bear s apocalyptic vision of the future. ‘All the Myriad Ways’: Murder or suicide, Ambrose Harmon s death leads the police down an infinite number of pathways in Larry Niven s brilliant and defining tale of alternatives and consequences. ‘Mozart in Mirrorshades’: Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner explore a terrifying era as the future crashes into the past with disastrous results…
. as well as works by Poul Anderson Gregory Benford Jack L. Chalker Nicholas A. DiChario Brad Linaweaver William Sanders Susan Shwartz Allen Steele and Harry Turtledove himself!The definitive collection: fourteen seminal alternate history tales drawing readers into a universe of dramatic possibility and endless wonder.
Explosive and provocative battles fought across the boundaries of time and space and on the frontiers of the human mind. Science fiction’s finest have yielded this definitive collection featuring stories of warfare, victory, conquest, heroism, and overwhelming odds. These are scenarios few have ever dared to contemplate, and they include: ‘Superiority’: Arthur C. Clarke presents an intergalactic war in which one side’s own advanced weaponry may actually lead to its ultimate defeat. ‘Dragonrider’: A tale of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, in which magic tips the scales of survival. ‘Second Variety’: Philip K. Dick, author of the short story that became the movie Blade Runner, reaches new heights of terror with his post apocalyptic vision of the future. ‘The Night of the Vampyres’: A chilling ultimatum of atomic proportions begins a countdown to disaster in George R. R. Martin’s gripping drama. ‘Hero’: Joe Haldeman’s short story that led to his classic of interstellar combat, The Forever War. ‘Ender’s Game’: The short story that gave birth to Orson Scott Card’s masterpiece of military science fiction…
. as well as stories from Poul Anderson o Gregory Benford o C. J. Cherryh o David Drake o Cordwainer Smith o Harry Turtledove o and Walter John WilliamsGuaranteed to spark the imagination and thrill the soul, these thirteen science fiction gems cast a stark light on our dreams and our darkest fears truly among the finest tales of the 20th century.
This is a landmark anthology of four original novellas by the reigning masters of alternate history. Set in different eras, different places, and different times, these forays into ‘what might have been’ showcases the stunning breadth and far reaching possibilities the genre represents.
Janis Ian has inspired fans for years with her lyrical and evocative music. Now, this popular music legend has invited her favorite science fiction and fantasy writers to interpret her songs using their own unique voices. The result is the most unusual and exciting collaboration in the worlds of both science fiction fantasy and music.
Space Cadets edited by Mike Resnick 24 stories illiciting memories of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. The late Frankie Thomas, who died just as this book was going to press, thrilled a generation of future fans and writers as Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, in the early days of television. L.A. Con IV, the 2006 World Science Fiction Convention, selected Frankie as its Special Guest, and this book of stories about Space Cadets, each and every one of them inspired by Frankies acts of derring do on the small black and white screens of the very early 1950s, is the conventions and Fandoms tribute to him. In these pages youll find stories by L.A. Con IVs Writer Guest of Honor Connie Willis, plus Mercedes Lackey, Harry Turtledove, Kevin J. Anderson, David Brin, Larry Niven, Mike Resnick, Gregory Benford & Elizabeth Malartre, Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith, Josepha Sherman, Todias Buckell, Craig Miller, Ralph Roberts, Kay Kenyon, Catherine Asaro, Stephen Leigh, Nick DiChario, Michael Burstein, Barry Malzberg, Brad Sinor, John DeChancie, and the book concludes with a novella by David Gerrold. Before he died, Frankie wrote down some of his experiences as a young actor portraying Tom Corbett, and they are included here as well. The cover art is by L.A. Con IVs Artist Guest of Honor James Gurney.
This collection of 29 short stories from masters of science fiction each tale chosen by the authors as the funniest they have ever written presents wildly hilarious stories accompanied by prefaces written by the authors providing valuable insight into their selection and themselves. Featured contributors include David Brin, Esther Friesner, Harry Turtledove, Connie Willis, and many more, with stories such as Amanda and the Alien, Franz Kafka, Superhero!, Space Rats of the CCC, The Soul Selects Her Own Society, and Too Hot to Hoot .
Edited by John Joseph Adams, editor of Wastelands and The Living Dead. From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast intergalactic societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations will continue that tradition, and herein you will find a mix of all new, original fiction, alongside selected reprints from authors whose work exemplifies what interstellar SF is capable of, including Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, George R.R. Martin, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Alastair Reynolds, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg and Harry Turtledove. Additional authors: Alan Dean Foster, Kevin J. Anderson, Doug Beason, John C. Wright, Allen Steele, James Alan Gardner, Catherynne M. Valente