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Kenneth John Odle 5 months ago
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I've been a lifelong fan of science fiction since I first started watching Star Trek in repeats in my pajamas on Sunday mornings. I read Asimov's Foundation trilogy when I was in my early teens. So I have absolutely no excuse for having never read any of Harry Turtledove's books before. This is especially true when the cover blurb describes him as "the master of alternate history" because I've always loved history. After all, you can't really appreciate Tolkien if you don't like history.
I have not read a lot of alternate history science fiction, despite the fact that The Man in the High Castle was made into a television series recently. (I like Phillip K. Dick, but he's always been a little too liberatarian[sup]1 [/sup]for my to ever really do a deep dive into his works.)  Sadly, a lot of people seem to think that a fascist takeover of the United States would actually be a good idea. Does history repeat itself? Yes, of course. The better question is why does history repeat itself? The answer there is "because nobody listened the first (or the tenth, or the hundredth) time around". History depresses me enough already; do I really need an alternate history to depress me even more?
I have not read a lot of alternate history science fiction, despite the fact that The Man in the High Castle was made into a television series recently. (I like Phillip K. Dick, but he's always been a little too liberatarian[sup]1[/sup]for my to ever really do a deep dive into his works.)  Sadly, a lot of people seem to think that a fascist takeover of the United States would actually be a good idea. Does history repeat itself? Yes, of course. The better question is why does history repeat itself? The answer there is "because nobody listened the first (or the tenth, or the hundredth) time around". History depresses me enough already; do I really need an alternate history to depress me even more?
What caught my eye was the cover. The artwork reminded me of some 1950s B-grade sci-fi movie, but it was the tagline that really snagged me: "A novel of the first contact in the tumultuous 1970s. I was a child in the 1970s, and yes, it was very tumultuous, both personally and politically.

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