Alien beings invade the Earth in the middle of World War II, forcing Allied and Axis powers to cease their own fight and unite against this new enemy. As the aliens unleash nuclear weapons, humans resort to guerilla warfare, but is it necessary to destroy the Earth in order to save it?
Turtledove’s alternate history of America in the last 150 years continues . . . The second book in the American Empire sequence takes the violent American civil war (which has become a world war) to 1924: a time of rebuilding. Life is slowly returning to normal in the devastated cities of Europe and Canada. In the United States, the Socialist Party battles Calvin Coolidge to hold on to power. And it seems as if the Socialists can do no wrong as the stock market soars and America enjoys a prosperity unknown for half a century. But as old names like Custer and Roosevelt fade into history a new generation faces new uncertainties,.In a world of occupiers and the occupied, of simmering hatreds, shattered lives and pent-up violence, the centre can no longer hold. And for a powerful nation, the ultimate shock will come when a fleet of foreign aircraft rains death and destruction on one of the great cities of the United States.
Turtledove’s alternate history of a century-long American civil war continues . . . The third book in the Settling Accounts sequence takes the story to 1944, the most violent year of an utterly different World War II.The United States have found their fighting form at last. Pushed back from Pittsburgh, the Confederate States of America are struggling to hold their ground against an American army that seems to grow stronger by the day. While the United States press on towards the Mississippi valley, Jake Featherston’s strategists in Richmond look for some way — any way — to slow down their inexorable advance. Deep in the heartland the extermination camps continue, but when all hope seems lost for their victims, the United States army turns at last towards the Texas plains. The fate of both sides, though, may lie elsewhere. A new menace appears in the Atlantic, intent on attacking the United States and scientists on both sides of the rapidly-moving border have nearly perfected an awesome new weapon that will guarantee victory for whoever uses it first. The greatest war of the twentieth century — fought this time in the heart of America — moves towards its blood-soaked climax.
Halfway through World War II aliens invaded Earth. They were repelled — but now, years later they are back . . . This is the first volume in the three-part Colonisation series, which follows the Worldwar trilogy. The whole sequence will conclude with Homeward Bound.Through a mixture of guts, ingenuity and sheer luck, Earth managed to defend herself from her ruthless alien would-be conquerors. The ‘Race’ was fought to a bloody standstill despite its awe-inspiring weaponry and experience of merciless conquest. Thousands died from enemy fire, many more from the smouldering nuclear-scarred fall-out sites. An uneasy ceasefire reigns over this divided globe, as both sides strive to test their strength through more subtle techniques. But now, years later, this delicate equilibrium has been shattered. For the first assault was only an advance. guard.Now, a whole new fleet orbits the planet. The real colonists have arrived, fresh and unwill to accept old compromises. ‘The wizard of If.’ Chicago Sun-Times ‘Turtledove the standard bearer for alternate history.’ USA Today
The war between humans judders to a halt as Germany, Russia and all the great military powers scramble to meet an even deadlier foe. The aliens’ formidable tehnology makes their victory seems inevitable. Already, Berlin and Washington have been wiped out by nukes, and large parts of the USA and the Axis territories lie under the invaders’ control. Yet humanity refuses to surrender so easily. Its resistance fighters become fiendishly clever, ruthleses at finding and exploiting the weaknesses of their foe. ‘The wizard of If.’ Chicago Sun-Times ‘The standard-bearer for alternate history.’ USA Today
World War II seethes across the planet. Hostilities spread in ever-widening circles of destruction: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Britain, France, Japan, Italy Africa — the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy arrives. Out of the skies comes an invasion force the like of which Earth has never known — and worldwar is truly joined. The invaders are inhuman and they are unstoppable. Their weaponry is overwhelming and their goal is simple: Fleetlord Atvar has arrived to claim Earth for the Empire. ‘The wizard of If.’ Chicago Sun-Times ‘The standard-bearer for alternate history.’ USA Today
For hundreds of years, the rulers of Avornis sought to reclaim the Scepter of Mercy, their only protection from the fallen god known as the Banished One. They all failed. Now the burden rests on the shoulders of two kings divided by pride, but united in duty… King Lanius has crafted a daring plan to recover the Scepter — a plan that must remain utterly secret lest the Banished One discover and thwart it. But the Scepter lies far to the south, in lands held by the Menteshe tribes. Lanius will need help from a military man — King Grus. King Grus answers the call. Civil war has broken out among the Menteshe, distracting them from guarding the Scepter. While King Grus fights his way to the citadel that holds the sacred talisman, Lanius puts his plan into action. But the worst nightmares of Lanius and Grus are about to come true, for the Banished One is aware of their every move…
A precious and historic painting has been stolen by terrorists — radical separatists who will stop at nothing to shatter the union. Colonel Thomas Bushell, the government’s most fearless agent, is the only man who can stop them. But this is not our world. For the stolen painting depicts a treaty of peace between George Washington and King George III — a treaty that has kept America under British rule for two centuries. And the terrorists, who call themselves the "e;Sons of Liberty"e;, want America to be free…
Thirteen dazzling tales by a master of science fiction and fantasy, including: THE WEATHER’S FINE — In our world, time is money, but in Harry Turtledove’s alternate world, weather is time. And for Tom and Donna, happiness requires a temperature of 1968. THE LAST ARTICLE — The Nazis had conquered the British Empire. But what use were Panzers and storm troopers against the Empire’s most troublesome subject — Mahatma Gandhi? THE CASTLE OF THE SPARROWHAWK — Prince Rupen accepted the faeries’ challenge to win his heart’s desire. And though they told him the price of failure, they did not mention the penalty of success! GENTLEMEN OF THE SHADE — If Jack the Ripper was a vampire, who better to stop him than Victorian London’s other vampires? And who else but they could arrive at so sublimely fitting a punishment?
What if when Columbus came to the New World he found, not Indians, but primitive apelike men who were soon dubbed "e;sims"e;? These immediate ancestors of modern man were less effective hunters, allowing prehistoric creatures such as mammoths and saber-toothed tigers to survive. Unable to learn human speech or conceptualize at a human level, sims could, however, be trained to do reliable work… as slaves.