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Old 04-10-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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Recommend any alternate history that's not Harry Turtledove?

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Just wondering if you've got any alternate history to recommend. Indie authors would be great, but any name but Harry Turtledove is good. I have nothing personally against Turtledove, it's just that I'm pretty unaware of who else writes in this subgenre!
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:51 AM   #2
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Well, there is H. Beam Piper and his Paratime and Kalven of Otherwhen

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29745

Not historical, but sort of the results of branches in history happening up to the modern day

Andre Norton had a similar series called Time Traders (a few of which are PD)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Time_Traders

Probably the best is The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick.

The absolute most enjoyable series (for me) was Randell Garrett's Lord Darcy series

Baen has a omnibus of this for $4

http://www.webscription.net/p-255-lord-darcy.aspx

Only one novel, but a lot of short stories.


Again at Baen, there is a series by Eric Flint that is sort of alternative history. It's sort of like a Yankee in King Arthur's Court, people go back in time and change history, not really alternate. But you can read the first one free:


http://www.webscription.net/p-379-1632.aspx
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:00 AM   #3
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I have tried to find an alternate to Turtledove over the years, but haven't succeeded. Consequently, my Turtledove library keeps growing (I have every hardcover book he has written and published in my library). Newt Gingrich and someone else whose name currently escapes me (William Forster or something like that) tried their hand at turtledoving for the American Civil War, but the books are not near the caliber of Turtledoves.
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The best Alternative History book I ever read was, "The Years of Rice and Salt" by Kim Stanley Robinson. That book was epic.
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It's still on my TBR list, but S.M. Stirling's The Change series, which is the overall name of the stories of the Nantucket series and the Emberverse series. In the Nantucket series the island of Nantucket is transported back in time to the Bronze Age. The Emberverse series explores the after effects of this change, mostly dealing with the Willamette Valley area of Oregon.
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Jo Walton did the excellent "Small Change" trilogy with a fascist post-WWII Britain.

Mary Gentle does some very good AU (mostly medieval-to-Renaissance European).

S.P. Somtow has "The Aquiliad", a hilarious AU in which ancient Rome made it as far as the Americas and are being meddled with by time-traveling aliens, seen from the viewpoint of a Lakota chief whose relatives include one "Equus Insanus".

Speaking of ancient Roman AU, Robert Silverberg has the "Roma Eterna" collection of short stories, in which the Roman empire likewise kept going until space travel.

A lot of historically-set/time-travel-involving sf/fantasy tends to verge on AU sometimes, due to filling-in-the-blanks of the unknown and incorporating the magic/tech.

You can pick up L. Sprague de Camp's classic Lest Darkness Falls for 50% off direct from the publisher's website with the discount coupon offered in their monthly free book newsletter: DIR06579, usable on any of their other books, as well.

Hope this helps.
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The best Alternative History book I ever read was, "The Years of Rice and Salt" by Kim Stanley Robinson. That book was epic.
This has a really intriguing premise. This is now pretty high on my to read list.
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This has a really intriguing premise. This is now pretty high on my to read list.
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How about The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick?
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How about The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick?
Mentioned up-thread, but it's a good one. Read it years ago and it's time I read it again.
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