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Harry Turtledove, the King of the Alternate History, has come up with an intriguing premise for his Crosstime Traffic series -- the technology to visit an infinite number of alternate worlds that have branched off from our timeline!
In the late 21st century, when two chronophysicists discover a way to secretly travel back and forth between worlds with alternate histories, many of the world's biggest problems are solved. Several of these parallel worlds have invaluable resources and raw materials -- food, fuel, and artwork -- that can be bartered and brought home.
Jeremy and Amanda Solters are teenage siblings living in Southern California. During their summer break, their family travels to Agrippan Rome, a preindustrial world where the Roman Empire never fell. Living in the frontier city of Polisso, they pose as traders and sell primitive pocket watches, razors, and mirrors for grain that can be used back in their own world. When Jeremy and Amanda's mother gets sick and needs emergency surgery, their father takes her back to their own timeline for treatment. But while their parents are gone, all connections with their timeline are severed. When a neighboring kingdom attacks Polisso, the two California teenagers are suddenly stuck right in the middle of a primitive war!
The great thing about Turtledove's Crosstime Traffic series is that each new installment could potentially unfold against any alternate-history backdrop. With so much creative potential (the possibility of parallel worlds is infinite!), this saga could be one of Turtledove's best ever. Paul Goat Allen