“ Author: Harry Turtledove „
I got my first dose of Turtledove's alternate history with a used paperback copy of "Guns of the South" after having read some reviews of his books in the newspapers. I had never imagined becoming a fan of any public figures aside from Footballers and Porn Queens but i have since begun to follow his life and anxiously await any and all of his alternate history works. I also love harry harrison who writes similar work. It is either going to be hit or miss with you and turtledove, either you have a mind that wanders into countless what if scenarios everytime you read history or current events or you have a mind that discounts fantasy as a medium for conscious growth. You can get professional summaries and reviews of Turtledove off of Amazon and I won't begin to mettle in that stuff, I just wished someone had told me the man existed years ago. I get this giddy excited feeling as I count down the days until his new books are released, that is something I never felt before. My favorite series are the American conflict series where the following happens, unlike in reality, in the books Lee's staff doesn't lose a copy of the battle orders causing the South to lose the fight, that cost the battle that cost the war. In the course of the series he builds up a bunch of characters, develops alternate careers for real people i.e. Lincoln survives and becomes a red, Custer becomes Heinz Guderian, etc. The North and South romp again and then enter the great war on separate sides. It is intersting and fascinating to analyze and question his treatment of history and ponder whether or not his premises are feasible. Its though provoking if you are into the genre, otherwise stay away.