Worlds That Weren't

Worlds That Weren't

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by Harry Turtledove, Walter Jon Williams, S. M. Stirling, Mary Gentle
     
 

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Four award-winning authors.

Four amazing alternate histories.


In this collection of novellas, four masters of alternate history turn back time, twisting the facts with four excursions into what might have been.

Bestselling author Harry Turtledove imagines a different fate for Socrates (now Sokrates); S. M. Stirling envisions life "in the

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Four award-winning authors.

Four amazing alternate histories.


In this collection of novellas, four masters of alternate history turn back time, twisting the facts with four excursions into what might have been.

Bestselling author Harry Turtledove imagines a different fate for Socrates (now Sokrates); S. M. Stirling envisions life "in the wilds of a re-barbarized Texas" after asteroids strike the earth in the 19th century; Sidewise winner Mary Gentle contributes a story of love (and pigs) set in the mid-15th century, as European mercenaries prepare to sack a Gothic Carthage; and Nebula nominee Walter Jon Williams pens a tale of Nietzsche intervening in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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Publishers Weekly
What if, in any single moment, history had taken a different turn? In the engaging Worlds That Weren't, bestselling author Harry Turtledove imagines a different fate for Socrates (which he spells Sokrates); S.M. Stirling envisions life "in the wilds of a re-barbarized Texas" after asteroids strike the earth in the 19th century; Sidewise winner Mary Gentle contributes "a piece of flotsam" from her epic Ash a story of love (and pigs) set in the mid-15th century, as European mercenaries prepare to sack a Gothic Carthage; and Nebula nominee Walter Jon Williams pens the tale of Nietzsche intervening in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
KLIATT
Four novellas are included here: "The Daimon" by Harry Turtledove, "Shikari in Galveston" by S. M. Stirling, "The Logistics of Carthage" by Mary Gentle, and "The Last Ride of German Freddie" by Walter Jon Williams. In Turtledove's Greece, Sokrates influences General Alkibiades to prevail over the Spartans. In Williams' Tombstone, Arizona of the Earps and O.K. Corral, Friedrich Nietzsche tests his theories of destruction. Stirling transplants his characters from The Peshawar Lancers into the US of his alternative view of history, while Gentle introduces the antecedents of her Ash series characters into the outskirts of Carthage. Turtledove's novella is vaguely disappointing, but perhaps I don't know enough about this period of history to "get it." I love seeing how the US turned out in Stirling's "history" and pray his worldview never comes true. Gentle's fans will be interested in how that saga started, and Nietzsche in the Wild West is truly novel! This will be popular where alternative history holds sway. You may want to warn readers to keep reading if they bog down on the Turtledove story, since it is first. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Roc, 298p., Ages 15 to adult.
— Sherry Hoy
From the Publisher
"These novellas are superior works...well worth the attention of science fiction and historical fiction readers."
-Strange Horizons

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101212639
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/05/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
252,410
File size:
615 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Harry Turtledove—the New York Times bestselling author of numerous alternate history novels, including The Guns of the South, How Few Remain, and the Worldwar quartet—has a Ph.D. in Byzantine history. Nominated numerous times for the Nebula Award, he has won the Hugo, Sidewise, and John Esthen Cook Awards. He lives with his wife and children in California.

S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous novels, both on his own and in collaboration. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.

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Worlds That Weren't 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Hill_Ravens More than 1 year ago
Four short stories taking a journey through four historical points in a time and what the possible out comes could have been. The first about historical Greece and what would have happened if Socrates had died before his time. Great development by the Author, even with limited knowledge of the period in time it was set, I was able to follow the story and understand the implications. The second story was centered around a world change which plunged Northern Hemisphere into the dark ages, letting the Southern Countries become dominant and successful. A little too graphic in some of the death scenes for my taste, but an overall delight on how precarious our successful countries hold on to their positions. The Third story dives into the battle of Carthage and how the Middle East and Asia could have easily tipped in another direction. This story centered more on personal beliefs of people from that era and how these beliefs helped shape some of our current religions, superstitions and politics. I know very little of this battle and the people from that time frame, but the pieces linking us through history rang true and was a little unsettling. The last story was the best, or maybe I am partial because it deals with a story I love, Tombstone and the Earp's. This story takes the classic Tombstone setting and slightly changes the decisions a few of the well known characters take. Josie ends up with another man, Wyatt is killed instead of Morgan and the Cowboys find their demise in an un-traditional way. Very good read of this history and how something as minor as a girl changing her lovers takes the town down a new road. Yeah! I have found a new genre of books to read and I didn't think that was possible. For anyone interested in history and a touch of science fiction, alternate history is a great read. I look forward to reading more books from this genre and the alternate worlds it will create in my imagination.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
¿The Daimon¿ by Harry Turtledove. Though his admirers inform Sokrates that he has done his public duty and need not accompany the Army in the Sicily campaign, he insists on joining General Alkibiades. War with Sparta is inevitable and with Sokrates to guide him, General Alkibiades might be able to lead Athens to the victory.

¿Shikari in Galveston¿ by S.M. Stirling. Several years have passed since the comet changed the earth. Now Peshawar Lance Eric King is hunting in barbaric Texas where one mistake could lead to him being on the menu.

¿The Logistics of Carthage¿ by Mary Gentle. A few years have passed since the Turks conquered Constantinople, but now they target the Gothic capital Carthage. Though the present looks bleak, Yolande sees her city-state surviving into the twentieth century and beyond, but how to endure the ashes of the fifteenth century is the question?

¿The Last Ride of German Freddie¿ by Walter Jon Williams. On the eve of the street brawl between the Earps and the Cowboys, Frederich Nietzsche arrives in Tombstone. He quickly debates philosophical issues with the participants of the upcoming gunfight.

All four of these short novellas are well written hooking readers as each tale feels genuine due to the real figures fitting smoothly in their substitute environs. The award winning authors provide alternate historical readers with quite a quartet in WORLDS THAT WEREN¿T to include continuity from previous books (at least on the parts of Stirling and Gentle). This is a strong anthology that takes readers on a brilliant what if trek.

Harriet Klausner