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After 11 years and seven bestselling novels, one of the genre's most popular alternate history epics is finally coming to a close -- or is it? In Homeward Bound, the wildly anticipated concluding volume of Harry Turtledove's Worldwar and Colonization sagas, humankind turns the tables on the Race -- lizard-like alien invaders that attempted to colonize Earth in the midst of WWII -- by taking the fight to the Race's distant homeworld!
The Worldwar novels (In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance) chronicle the attempts of the Race to conquer and colonize Earth. But humanity proves to be much more tenacious and ingenious than the reptilian invaders ever expected, and the war for the planet soon turns to uneasy cohabitation. The Colonization novels (Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks) explore what happens when Earthly and Race cultures begin to inevitably commingle.
In Homeward Bound, several decades have passed and humanity has finally advanced to the point of being able to travel to the Race's distant stronghold of Home. When the visiting group of human ambassadors -- who have, by now, surpassed the Race in scientific and technological know-how -- demand equality from the alien Emperor, the Race must decide between sharing the universe with humans (a.k.a. Big Uglies) or simply annihilating them altogether…
While this shelf-bending volume (600-plus pages) marks a definitive closure, Turtledove does leave several tantalizing thematic doors open for possible future sagas. Have alternate history fans really seen the last of the Race? Keep your fingerclaws crossed! Paul Goat Allen