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The Gallatin Divergence Mass Market Paperback – August 12, 1985

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (August 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345303830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345303837
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,874,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Gallatin Divergence is the fifth novel written in the Confederacy series, but the sixth in chronological sequence according to my reckoning, which is subject to change as I re-read the series and Smith turns out new books. Prior to this novel, Edward William Bear (the one from the USA timeline) and Clarissa MacDougal Olson Bear have moved to the Second Asteroid Belt and established a homestead, where they practiced their professions and raised their daughters. Now their daughters are away on the Tom Paine Maru and Clarissa has acquired a fatal disease on a mercy mission to a ravaged timeline. Since the disease was incurable at the time, Win and Clarissa have themselves placed in stasis to wait for a cure.

In this novel, Win is awakened by Lucille Gallagos Kropotkin to take on a mission to prevent a Hamiltonian agent from going back in time to kill Albert Gallatin, founding father of the Confederacy timeline. Edna Janof, a staunch Hamiltonian, has somehow survived her presumed death in an aircar crash -- helped by gunfire from Win and friends -- and has commissioned Hirnschlag von Ochskahrt, a competent if not brilliant physicist, to invent a time machine, then stepped into the past, leaving Hirnschlag manacled to a bench with three metric pounds of plastique on time delay. Fortunately, he escaped but the time machine and the laboratory itself were destroyed. Oolorie P'wheet, the theoretical physicist porpoise, determines the space/time coordinates of the time broach and builds another to send back a rescue party -- for Gallatin, not Janof.
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Detective Win Bear returns in this much-more-SFish sequel to _The_Probability_Broach_ by the same author. More than anything else, this novel gives you an opportunity to see, at the human level, what the author thinks might have led to the anarchistic North American Confederacy of the earlier novel.
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By A Customer on July 1, 2001
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The Gallatin Divergence is positively the perfect sequel to the best book of Liberatarian Sci-Fi I have ever read!! If you like "alternate-history" type books, you'll love this one AND it's predecessor, "The Probability Broach".
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