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In High Places (Crosstime Traffic) Hardcover – December 27, 2005

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Book 3 of 6 in the Crosstime Traffic Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Alternative history maestro Turtledove deals a tad heavy-handedly with the issue of slavery in his third Crosstime Traffic novel (after 2004's Curious Notions). In one alternative time line, the Black Death continued far longer than it did in the "home" time line with the result that Muslims occupy much of Europe, which is made up of small, insular principalities and kingdoms. When bandits in this medieval world capture 18-year-old Annette Klein (aka Khadija the oil merchant's daughter), she's separated from her parents, with no way to return to the home time line from which she and her family originate. Worse, the bandits are slavers who send people into another alternate time line where they're forced to work in miserable conditions. Turtledove convincingly portrays the conflict between Christians and Muslims, but takes less care in depicting male-and-female relationships. Didactic pronouncements on slavery notwithstanding, the book should satisfy its target audience of younger readers. (Jan.)
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Jacques, a young messenger in an alternate time line in which the Black Death has kept civilization at medieval or, at best, Renaissance levels of accomplishment, is sent to spy on some mysterious Muslim merchants. Unfortunately for him, they are Crosstimers; that is, employees of a company that dispatches traders to different time lines for the sake of financial gain. More unfortunately, their caravan is attacked by bandits. Jacques and Annette Klein end up slaves in Madrid and, soon after that, even farther away when the corrupt minions of a Crosstime slave-trading ring carry them off. By this time the two teenagers are friends and allies, and Jacques helps Annette escape and inform on their captors, while he plays a leading role in a slave rebellion. Although the last third is a bit jumbled, this is the best Crosstime Traffic yarn to date (the others: Gunpowder Empire, 2003; Curious Notions, 2004), featuring, besides two engaging protagonists, extensive exploration of the ethical issues of slavery. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • Series: Crosstime Traffic (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765306964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765306968
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,787,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In High Places (2006) is the third novel in the Crosstime Traffic series, following Curious Notions. Annette Klein has spent the past year as Khadija, a muslim girl, in an alternate timeline. She is presently living with her parents in Paris within the Kingdom of Versailles, but will soon be returning to Marseilles and then to her home timeline. She is very happy to be returning to civilization.

In this novel, Jacques is a guardsman in the service of Duke Raoul. Jacques has met the Kleins in their identity of Muhammad al-Marsawi and family and was attracted by Annette, although the robe and veil hid all but her hands and eyes. He though she was about his own age, but he couldn't really be certain. Muhammad had aroused Duke Raoul's curiosity for various reasons, including his perfect Parisian accent; now Jacques is working as a caravan guard while spying on Annette's family.

South of Grenoble, brigands ambush the caravan, taking captives and looting the pack animals. Annette reacts to a lunging attack with a Judo throw and also to the next and the next, but then somebody hits her on the side of the head and she goes down. After another blow to the head, she loses consciousness. Jacques is shot in the leg as he runs back to the Kleins and then surrenders to the brigands.

When Annette regains consciousness, she finds that Jacques is still with her on their way to Madrid. But her parents had been taken to Marseilles. Arriving in Madrid, they are both sold to the same master and follow him to a compound within the city.

That evening they are taken down to a subcellar, placed against the wall, and see a silvery box suddenly appear in the center of the chamber.
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This is the third installment of Harry Turtledove's Crosstime Traffic series. These stories are based on a concept developed by the late and highly lamented science fiction writer H. Beam Piper: that numerous alternate worlds exist alongside our own, each different due to various "breakpoints" which occurred at various points in their histories. Thus Turtledove's first volume concerned a world in which the Roman Empire survived into the twenty-first century, his second was set in San Francisco in a world in which Germany won World War I, and now his third is the most ambitious yet.

The Kingdom of Versailles lies in what was once northern France, before the Black Death destroyed the vast majority of Europe's population in the 1300s (in our world the Plague killed off "only" one-third of the Europeans). In the aftermath of the Plague a new variety of Christianity emerged centered on the worship of Henri, God's Second Son. Now, nearly seven hundred years later, Versailles lies on the border between the Christian regions of Northern Europe and the expanding Muslim world to the south.

The story centers around young Jacques, a native-born citizen of Versailles, and Khadija, seemingly the daughter of a Muslim merchant,but actually Annette Klein from the "home time line" i.e. the "real world" of the late 21st century where time travel was discovered and Crosstime Traffic has become a stupendously wealthy corporation dealing in trade between the many alternate worlds.

Annette and her family have been spending some time in Versailles but are preparing to return to the home time line. Jacques is one of the guards of the caravan which is escorting the Kleins to the transposition chamber which takes them from world to world.
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A few years ago, Turtledove discovered a curious omission in the science fiction market. Few major, living writers were targeting the juvenile market with new works, with the possible exception of Andre Norton. And in her case, arguably her best novels for young readers were written decades ago. While her recent productivity had fallen, due to age constraints. [She died in 2005.]

Turtledove is a smart bloke. So just as he made himself associated closely with the alternate history genre, he attempted to do likewise with juvenile science fiction. The latest result is this book, the third in his Crosstime Traffic series. Continuing the custom in the earlier books, he chooses a teenage protagonist. A different one from those earlier. This time, she is a 21st century Jewish girl, pretending to be a pious Muslim in an alternity where Europe was devastated by multiple Black Deaths, and Muslims conquered much of southern Europe. Plus, the Industrial Reformation never happened.

The result is a world stuck in the Middle Ages. Backward and squalid. Turtledove cleverly reveals piquant insights into this. As having a character refusing a drink of water. Because of the lack of sanitation, water is often sewage contaminated. Beer in fact is far safer.

While our timeline is shown as importing some food from this alternity, it is not a major factor in the plot. Unlike the second book. Perhaps Turtledove is implicitly acknowledging that our timeline's need for food could be easily met by farming unpopulated Earths. Or more prosaically, the agricultural productivity of this alternity is so low that a trade in food is not significant. I cannot tell from the text which reason it is, though I suspect it is one or both of these.

The plot lacks a certain tautness.
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