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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
"From the Hardcover edition."
Justin's having the worst trip ever. He and his mother are Time Traders, traveling undercover to different alternate realities of Earth so they can take valuable resources back to their own timeline. In some of these worlds, Germany won World War I or the world has been destroyed by nuclear warfare. Justin and his mother are in an America that never became the United States: each state is like a country, and many of them are at war with each other. Their mission takes them to Virginia, which is on the verge of bloody violence with Ohio.
Beckie is from California, and like the rest of her world, unaware that Time Traders exist. The only reason she's in small town Virginia is because her grandmother dragged her there to visit old relatives. Beckie is just as horrified by the violence and racism of the alternate Virginia as Justin is, and the two are drawn to one another. But when full-fledged war breaks out between the States, including a biologically designed plague, will either of them manage to get back home? Forget about home: Will they make it out alive?
From the New York Times-bestselling "standard-bearer for alternate history": A spy takes on the enemies of the Byzantine Empire (USA Today). In another, very different timeline-one in which Mohammed embraced Christianity and Islam never came to be-the Byzantine Empire still flourishes in the fourteenth century, and wondrous technologies are emerging earlier than they did in our own. Having lost his family to the ravages of smallpox, Basil Argyros has decided to dedicate his life to Byzantium. A stalwart soldier and able secret agent, Basil serves his emperor courageously, going undercover to unearth Persia's dastardly plots and disrupting the dark machinations of his beautiful archenemy, the Persian spy Mirrane, while defusing dire threats emerging from the Western realm of the Franco-Saxons. But the world Basil so staunchly defends is changing rapidly, and he must remain ever vigilant, for in this great game of empires, the player who controls the most advanced tools and weaponry-tools like gunpowder, printing, vaccines, and telescopes-must certainly emerge victorious. A collection of interlocking stories that showcase the courage, ingenuity, and breathtaking derring-do of superspy Basil Argyros, Agent of Byzantium presents the great Harry Turtledove at his alternate-world-building best. At once intricate, exciting, witty, and wildly inventive, this is a many-faceted gem from a master of the genre.
The Past is a strange place indeed . . . everything could have been so different so easily.
The most important illuminating source that survived from the two centuries termed "the dark ages of Byzantium" is the chronicle of the monk Theophanes (d. 817 or 818). In it Theophanes paints a vivid picture of the Empire's struggle in the seventh and eighth centuries both to withstand foreign invasions and to quell internal religious conflicts. Theophanes's carefully developed chronological scheme was mined extensively by later Byzantine and Western record keepers; his chronicle was used as a source of information as well as a stylistic model. It is the framework upon which all Byzantine chronology for this period must be based. Important topics covered by the Chronicle include: The Empire's struggle to repel explosive Arab expansionism and the Bulgar invasion. The iconoclastic controversy, which caused civil war within Byzantium and led to schism between the churches of Constantinople and Rome. The development of the Byzantine thematic system, the administrative and social structure that would bring the Empire to the height of its power and prosperity. Almost all the sources used by Theophanes have perished, leaving his chronicle as the most important historical literature from this period. Turledove's translation makes available in English this crucial primary text for the study of medieval Byzantine civilization.
Since the Big Bubble popped in 1929, life in the United States hasn't been the same. Hotshot wizards will tell you nothing's really changed, but then again, hotshot wizards aren't looking for honest work in Enid, Oklahoma. No paying jobs at the mill, because zombies will work for nothing. The diner on Main Street is seeing hard times as well, because a lot fewer folks can afford to fly carpets in from miles away. Jack Spivey's just another down-and-out trying to stay alive, doing a little of this and a little of that. Sometimes that means making a few bucks playing ball with the Enid Eagles, against teams from as many as two counties away. And sometimes it means roughing up rival thugs for Big Stu, the guy who calls the shots in Enid. But one day Jack knocks on the door of the person he's supposed to 'deal with' - and realises that he's not going to do any such thing to the young lady who answers. This means he needs to get out of the reach of Big Stu, who didn't get to where he is by letting defiance go unpunished. Then the House of Daniel comes to town - a brash band of barnstormers who'll take on any team, and whose antics never fail to entertain. Against the odds Jack secures a berth with them. Now they're off to tour an America that's as shot through with magic as it is dead broke. Jack will never be the same - nor will baseball.
The master of alternative history asks the question, 'What would have happened if World War II had started in 1938?'. The results are thrilling. The two sides of the Spanish civil war are still locked in a blood-soaked stalemate. Stalin's purge of the Red Army is barely underway. And Neville Chamberlain - sickened by the arrogance and duplicity of the Germans- does not return from Munich waving the piece of paper that would give the Czech arms factories to Hitler and postpone the war until 1939. On October 1, German tanks cross the Czech frontier, touching off declarations of war from France, from England, from the USSR. Poland, fearing the Russians more than Hitler, declares war on the German side. Soon Fascist Spain attacks Gibraltar, the Japanese army crosses the Manchurian frontier into Siberia . . . and the British Army sets off for France, which has launched a pre-emptive attack on the Rhineland. The war we know as World War II has begun - a year early, in an entirely different way.
"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.
Once the great Glacier enclosed the Raumsdalian Empire. Now it's
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.
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.
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.
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.
Magic and Destruction--On a World Scale
What if British prime minister Neville Chamberlain had defied
Hitler? What if the Munich Accord had gone unsigned, and Nazi
Germany had launched its bid for conquest sooner? How would World
War II have unfolded--and with what consequences? Dean of alternate
history Harry Turtledove has the stunning answers in his
breathtaking sequel to "Hitler's War."
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