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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Hardcover; Reprint edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451463641
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,798,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alternate historian extraordinaire Turtledove (Hitler's War) explores a dozen different "what if?" scenarios in this reprint collection. These stories, some dead serious and some absurdly improbable, demonstrate his ability to slip, chameleonlike, from one mode to the next. An aging John Audubon searches for rare birds in "Audubon in Atlantis," and Hitler's life takes a very different turn in the epistolary "Uncle Alf." "The Catcher in the Rhine" adeptly blends an American classic and a Wagnerian opera. Perhaps the most outrageous is "Bedfellows," featuring George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden. Turtledove also takes a few potshots at the modern media in "News from the Front." Helpful forewords explain the inspiration for, or divergence point of, each story. Whether he's going for humor or pathos, action or social commentary, Turtledove's research is always solid, his speculation thoughtful, and his execution professional. (Dec.)
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Turtledove has long been established at the head of the alternate-history field. This short-story collection suggests that he can also thrust his tongue farther into his cheek than most authors can dream of. The first and last stories are laid in his new creation, the mid-Atlantic subcontinent of Atlantis. In one, John James Audubon sets out to capture on canvas the fast-disappearing birdlife; in the other, an eminent London detective and his doctor partner tackle the mystery of the Scarlet Band. In “Daimon,” the Greek general Alkibiades rises to the level of Alexander the Great, with unfortunate results for Socrates. “The Horse of Bronze” is a wild romp through classical Greece, while “Occupation Duty” explores another possible conqueror for Southwest Asia. “The Catcher in the Rhine” is a send-up that a certain cult novel has long deserved, while “News from the Front” savagely juxtaposes modern mediaocracy with WWII. And let’s not forget “Uncle Alf,” wholly spent inside the mind of an alternate Adolf Hitler (the Germans won WWI), and just plain scary. High Demand Backstory: Publisher promotion, plus his recognizable name, equals buzz. --Roland Green

More About the Author

Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart; The Guns of the South; How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The super dozen alternate history tales were all previously published in the past decade, but never together. The one volume speaks loudly as to how skilled Harry Turtledove truly is when it comes to the sub-genre where he is the champion grandmaster whether it is a saga, a novel, a novella, or a short story. In the first entry, "Audubon in Atlantis", the naturalist arrives on the island seeking rare birds. The second tale satires Bush and Bin Laden who make strange "Bedfellows", who need each other like yin and yang. All the "News from the Front" is the news not worth printing during WW II, as Mr. Turtledove rips the main stream media. Whether it is the American leaving the ducks swimming in Central Park to attack a German castle as in "The Catcher in the Rhine", soldier "Uncle Alf" writing from occupied Paris in 1929 to his niece about the lazy French, re Socrates role in the Peloponnesian Wars ("The Daimon"), fans will agree this anthology affirms Mr. Turtledove's abilities whether he lampoons or just changes a pivotal moment he remains the top guru of the alternative historical universe.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Atlantis and Other Places (2010) is a collection of Alternate History stories. It contains twelve tales, with short introductions by the author.

- "Audubon in Atlantis" (Analog, 2005) takes the painter into the backwoods to capture the likeness of a rapidly disappearing species.

- "Bedfellow" (F&SF, 2005) examines the unlikely relationship between a past president and a terrorist.

- "News From the Front" (Asimov's, 2007) illustrates the adage "loose lips sink ships" by showing how World War II might have gone with the current media approach.

- "The Catcher in the Rhine" (The Chick Is in the Mail, 2000) puts the main proponent into an awkward position.

- "The Daimon" (Worlds That Weren't, 2002) examines the possibilities of Socrates traveling to Sicily in the band led by Alkibiades.

- "Farmers Law" (Crime Through Time, 2000) considers a murder case in rural Byzantine Rome.

- "Occupation Duty" (Time Twisters, 2007) describes a conflict within the Middle East in another timeline.

- "The Horse of Bronze" (The First Heroes, 2004) follows a troop of centaurs to the Tin Isles.

- "The Genetics Lecture" (Analog, 2005) explains the genetic basis for intelligence.

- "Someone Is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy" (Space Cadets, 2006) involves an intelligent, but pun loving, hamster space cadet chasing a group of thieves.

- "Uncle Alf" (Analog, 2002) presents an ardent military policeman with the twin problems of an agent of sedition and languid associates. He writes several letters to his beloved niece.

- "The Scarlet Band" (Analog, 2006) brings a noted London private detective and his faithful companion to Atlantis to assist the local police.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are into alternative history but have not previously read the twelve short stories and novellas in this collection you will probably really enjoy at least some of them. However, you may find it wise to check before buying which of them you have already seen.

The stories in this anthology and where they previously appeared are

1) Aubudon in Atlantis, first published in Analog, Dec 2005
2) Bedfellows, first pub. Magazine of Fantasry & SF, June 2005
3) News from the Front, first pub. Asimov's Sf magazine June 2007
4) The Catcher in the Rhine, first pub. "The Chick is in the Mail" ed. Esther Friesner
5) The Daimon, first published in Turtledove's previous anthology, "Worlds That Weren't"
6) Farmer's Law, first pub. "Crime Through Time: III" ed. Sharon Newman
7) Occupation Duty, first pub. "Time Twisters" ed. Jean Rabe and Martin Greenberg
8) The Horse of Bronze, first pub. The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age Ed. Turtledove and Noreen Doyle
9) The Genetics Lecture, first pub. Analog, Oct 2005
10) Someone in stealing the great throne rooms of the Galaxy, first pub. "Space Cadets" ed.
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