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This review is from: The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century (Paperback)
Sorry, but I was expecting something better.
Some of these stories are very good; in particular, "The Winterberry" by Nicholas DiChario, "The Undiscovered" by William Sanders, "The Lucky Strike" by Kim Stanley Robinson all deserved to be included.
"Bring the Jubilee" by Ward Moore I personally disliked, but it was definitely one of the most famous alternate history works of the century so I suppose Turtledove almost had to include it. However it is more a short novel than a story, and takes up almost a quarter of the book, so if you have already read it then this is pretty annoying.
"Moon of Ice" by Brad Linaweaver is just awful, the one really badly written story in the book. Otherwise the quality of writing is good to excellent throughout.
On the other hand quite a few of these stories are not what I would call alternate history. Certainly not "The Death of Captain Future" by Allen Steele, a fine story by a fine writer but straight space-travel science fiction without any alternate history to it at all. "Mozart In Mirrorshades" by Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner seems to me more of a time travel story than alternate history.
As a general science fiction anthology this is not bad at all. As a collection of stories having to do with alternate realities it's also okay. The best alternate history stories of the twentieth century? I don't think so.