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Worlds that weren't
Turtledove, Harry.
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New York : ROC, [2002]

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295 pages ; 24 cm
The daimon / Harry Turtldove -- Shikari in Galveston / S.M. Stirling -- The logistics of Carthage / Mary Gentle -- The last ride of German Freddie / Walter Jon Williams.
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"In this all-new collection of original novellas, four masters of alternate history turn back time, twisting the facts with four excursions into what might have been by traversing Worlds That Weren't." "Under the influence of the philosopher Sokrates, the Athenian general Alkibiades leads his soldiers to victory over the Spartans in Harry Turtledove's "The Daimon."" "Set in the same universe as The Peshawar Lancers, "Shikari in Galveston" by S. M. Stirling features an Angrezi aristocrat's hunting expedition into the wilds of Texas - and his growing admiration for the natives who dwell there." "In 1453, a rather different Turkish Empire raised the flag of Astarte's Bloody Crescent over Constantinople. Four years later, European mercenaries find themselves stranded on the coast of North Africa - with an embarrassing corpse- in "The Logistics of Carthage" by Mary Gentle." "In Walter Jon Williams's "The Last Ride of German Freddie," a mysterious Old World figure stalks Tombstone, Arizona, as a cardsharp, trading philosophy - and lead - with the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

Harry Turtledove was born in Los Angeles, California on June 14, 1949. He received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history from UCLA in 1977. From the late 1970's to the early 1980's, he worked as a technical writer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. He left in 1991 to become full-time writer.

His first two novels, Wereblood and Werenight, were published in 1979 under the pseudonym Eric G. Iverson because his editor did not think people would believe that Turtledove was his real name. He used this name until 1985 when he published Herbig-Haro and And So to Bed under his real name. He has received numerous awards including the Homer Award for Short Story for Designated Hitter in 1990, the John Esthen Cook Award for Southern Fiction for Guns of the Southand in 1993, and the Hugo Award for Novella for Down in the Bottomlands in 1994.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

This hardcover gathering of four alternate-history tales confirms that alternate history is indeed riding high. Turtledove's "The Daimon" is a carefully researched piece featuring the philosopher Sokrates as he considers joining the Athenian expedition against Sicily in 415 B.C.E. The stirring western that S. M. Stirling contributes is set in a Texas that is an outpost of the imperial army of India and has become the center of civilization after the destruction of the British empire. Mary Gentle's anything-but-gentle "The Logistics of Carthage" is about a fifteenth-century female warrior, Yolande, who during a lull in battle is visited by an archaeologist from the far future. Walter Jon Williams' "The Last Ride of German Freddie" is the gunfight at the O.K. Corral--kind of. In it the Earps play minor roles and Doc Holliday, quite the philosopher, is good friends with Friedrich ("Freddy") Nietzsche. All four novellas unfold with almost mathematical precision and are flawlessly executed. Of course, in another way they are all quite mad, and thus hardly for every non-alt-history reader. --John Mort

Publisher's Weekly Review

What if, in any single moment, history had taken a different turn? In the engaging Worlds That Weren't, bestselling author Harry Turtledove imagines a different fate for Socrates (which he spells Sokrates); S.M. Stirling envisions life "in the wilds of a re-barbarized Texas" after asteroids strike the earth in the 19th century; Sidewise winner Mary Gentle contributes "a piece of flotsam" from her epic Ash a story of love (and pigs) set in the mid-15th century, as European mercenaries prepare to sack a Gothic Carthage; and Nebula nominee Walter Jon Williams pens the tale of Nietzsche intervening in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved