Books by Harry Turtledove

THINGS FALL APART by Harry Turtledove
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A lifeless apocalyptic thriller/social drama."
Another go 'round with the Ferguson family, supervolcano survivors and utter literary ciphers. Read full book review >
TWO FRONTS by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2013

"Stick with it—there will be surprises, just not the ones you were expecting."
Turtledove (Coup d'Etat, 2012, etc.) delivers the fifth installment in his latest series—a final volume is promised—developing an alternate-history version of World War II. Read full book review >
ALL FALL DOWN by Harry Turtledove
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"This disaster tale abounds with plotlines but leaves the reader emotionally detached."
In the aftermath of a supervolcano's eruption, the world is plunged into a cold, post-apocalyptic, nearly uninhabitable environment. Resources are scarce. Human nature is put to the test. Read full book review >
THE WAR THAT CAME EARLY: COUP D'ETAT by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 31, 2012

"A fair middle chapter in the series, which will undoubtedly appeal to Turtledove's fans."
Turtledove (The War That Came Early: The Big Switch, 2011, etc.) delivers the fourth installment in his latest series, depicting an alternate-history version of World War II. Read full book review >
SUPERVOLCANO: ERUPTION by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"The novel doesn't so much conclude as vaguely trail off at a convenient stopping point; that and Turtledove's penchant for series suggest sequels are in the offing."

Turtledove offers a realistic but not terribly gripping depiction of the desperate slog life would become if a beloved national landmark became the epicenter of a devastating natural disaster.

During a solo vacation to Yellowstone, recently divorced California police lieutenant Colin Ferguson encounters seismologist Kelly Birnbaum, who conveniently informs him just how bad it would be if the park's caldera were to blow. Read full book review >

GOLDEN SHRINE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Definitely worth a look for Turtledove's fans and fantasy enthusiasts in general."
Third installment of a fantasy epic set in the Bronze Age (The Breath of God, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
END OF THE BEGINNING by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Supremely satisfying speculative combat fiction."
The Japanese are regretting their occupation of Hawaii after all. Read full book review >
HOMEWARD BOUND by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"More ambitious themes are barely developed in a volume that ultimately seems to serve merely as a catapult toward another interminable "what if?" series."
It's the end of the line for a pair of wildly popular alt-history series—or is it? Read full book review >
SETTLING ACCOUNTS: RETURN ENGAGEMENT by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"Turtledove plays heady games with actual history, scattering object lessons and bitter ironies along the way. Strong, complex characters against a sweeping alt-historical background."
Eighth in an alternate history in which the Confederacy won independence, then lost WWI to the US. Read full book review >
CONAN OF VENARIUM by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Decades later, into his 50s, Conan will return to rule Aquilonia in de Camp and Carter's Conan of Aquilonia. Locked-in audience."
Turtledove abandons the multivolume military fantasy epic of his World War and Great War series to join other Conan chroniclers. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

Brightly conceived, even though the most widely known alternative history tale of modern times is ignored, James Cameron's Terminator II. Read full book review >

AMERICAN EMPIRE: BLOOD AND IRON by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Turtledove's 22nd series novel begins yet another trilogy that continues his exploration of an America in which, among other things, the Confederacy won the Civil War and Custer didn't die at the Little Bighorn. Read full book review >

RULERS OF THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

Fourth outing, with a cliffhanger that promises more, in Turtledove's tangled fantasy epic of empires fighting a pointless war in which magic kills just as horribly as TNT. Read full book review >

THROUGH THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

Third in Turtledove's alternate world/fantasy series (Darkness Descending, 2000, etc.) recasting WWII as a magical battle between Algarve, the lebensraum-seeking equivalent of Nazi Germany, and its numerous smaller opponents who desperately seek shaky alliances in the hope of stemming the tide. Read full book review >

COLONIZATION: AFTERSHOCKS by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 12, 2001

Billed as the conclusion to the present trilogy (following Colonization: Down to Earth, 2000, etc.), which itself is a direct sequel to a tetralogy (the Worldwar yarns) about the invasion of Earth in the middle of WWII by the dimwitted, lizard-like Race: from an author who's built several other skyscrapers out of alternate history (the Great War series, etc.). Read full book review >

SENTRY PEAK by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

More fantasy-history from the prodigious Turtledove production line (Into the Darkness, p. 218, etc.). Read full book review >

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

Third in Turtledove's series of increasingly improbable alternate-history yarns (The Great War: Walk in Hell, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

DARKNESS DESCENDING by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2000

Second installment of Turtledove's alternate-world

fantasy (Into the Darkness,1999). Read full book review >

HOUSEHOLD GODS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Immensely prolific historical romancer Tarr, who recently mythicized Old Europe in Neolithic times (White Mare's Daughter, 1998) and goddess lore in ancient Egypt (The Shepherd Kings, 1999), joins forces with Byzantine scholar Turtledove—a prolific historical (and alternate-historical) novelist plus full-time SF and fantasy writer (Colonization: Second Contact, 1999, etc.)—to take on a time-travel adventure about one Nicole Gunther Perrin. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1999

            Third in Turtledove's series of increasingly improbable alternate-history yarns (The Great War:  Walk in Hell, 1999, etc.).  The primary thrust is to recast the American Civil War as WWI.  Thus, in 1917, the North and its ally, Germany, battle a Confederacy supported by Britain and France.  Russia, present in the real WWI but absent from Turtledove's American equation, is represented by the South's blacks:  slaves no more, though still oppressed, and now emboldened and inspired by Marxism, they've launched their own revolution.  All this is not so much alternate history as patriotic solipsism, Comrade, with likely sounding ingredients heated and stirred into an unrecognizable goulash:  what-if transformed into what-not.

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INTO THE DARKNESS by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1999

The setting of alternate-history guru Turtledove's latest doorstopper is a world where magic works but human impulses remain pretty much the same. Read full book review >

COLONIZATION: SECOND CONTACT by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

The lure of sequels evidently proved too great for Turtledove to resist (the Worldwar series, most recently Worldwar: Striking the Balance, 1996). Read full book review >

THE GREAT WAR by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

The master of alternate history returns with this sequel to How Few Remain (1997), wherein the Confederate States of America, with the help of backing from the French and British, won its independence. Read full book review >

BETWEEN THE RIVERS by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

Another alternate-world yarn from an author who specializes in historical might-have-beens (How Few Remain, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

HOW FEW REMAIN by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Turtledove, having previously won the Civil War for the Confederacy in The Guns of the South (1992), does it all over again in this otherwise unconnected new alternate history yarn. Read full book review >

WORLDWAR: STRIKING THE BALANCE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

Final installment of Turtledove's long alternate-history Worldwar saga (Upsetting the Balance, 1996, etc.), in which the progress of WW II is disrupted by lizardlike alien invaders. Read full book review >

THE TWO GEORGES by Richard Dreyfuss
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1996

Alternate-world yarn from Oscar winner Dreyfuss and Hugo winner Turtledove (Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance, 1995). Read full book review >

WORLDWAR: UPSETTING THE BALANCE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Third episode of Turtledove's vast, continuing saga, this following hard on the heels of Worldwar: Tilting the Balance (p. 34), that pits the once-warring nations of WW II against the infinitely more dangerous invading alien Race. Read full book review >

WORLDWAR: TILTING THE BALANCE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

The second installment of Turtledove's vast WW II/alien invasion saga simply picks up where Worldwar: In the Balance (1993) left off. Read full book review >

WORLDWAR: IN THE BALANCE by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

Vast, churning alternate-world/alien-invasion saga. In 1942, as WW II engulfs the Earth, down from space come the reptilian-alien ``Race,'' whose fleetlord, Atvar, has orders to conquer the planet and add it to the Empire. Read full book review >

THE GUNS OF THE SOUTH by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Just as the Confederate cause seems doomed, deliverance arrives in the form of 20th-century weapons. Read full book review >