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Suppose the South had won the Civil War. The Northern states are poor, backward, and largely agrarian, an exploited colony of the prosperous South.
Chimal is a young Aztec tribesman living in an isolated valley which was sealed off from the rest of the world in ages past by a massive earthquake. Unlike the rest of his people, who are content with the way things are, he shows more interest in what lies outside the valley, and in asking questions that no-one can answer. Indeed, he is altogether brighter; more intelligent than others, which often gets him into trouble, and makes him seem "unusual" to his peers.
From David Weber to David Feintuch to David Drake, military writers have exploded into the science fiction scene and continue to leave their marks. Now, bestselling Hammer's Slammers creator David Drake pays homage to his own sub-genre by gathering 10 classic takes of men at arms by SF Greats, including Harry Harrison, Joe Haldeman, Richard C. Matheson, Gene Wolfe, Keith Laumer and David Drake himself.
A breathtaking adventure trilogy from the author of The Deathworld Trilogy and The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat, To the Stars gives a vivid, startling look into the 25th centuryn a rigid society, with the wealth and freedom of a small elite supported by the powerless proles, who eke out a hardscrabble existence on Earth and its colonies. Homeworld introduces us to Jan Kulozik, an upper-class engineer who has taken his privileges for granted. While vacationing at a luxurious resort in the Middle East, he nearly drowns in a sailboat accident, but an illegal Israeli submarine saves him..Kulozik's rescuers make him unwillingly recognize the suffering of most of the planet's inhabitants, and the Israelis reveal the existence of an underground movement, which is struggling to topple society's current balance of power. Jan must choose between the comfort and safety of his former life and the dangers toward which his conscience is urging him. Ten years later, in Wheelworld, Jan has been banished from Earth, exiled to the inflexible tribal society of HalvmSrk, which helps supply Earth's agricultural needs. Unhappy with his lot, Jan is nonetheless resigned, until the crucial cargo ships fail to arrive from Earth. Then, Halvmtrk's only hope for survival is Jan's organization of a daring, grueling mass exodus against incredible odds .... In Starworld, Jan returns to Earth and finds himself caught between the underground and Earth's government. The Earth colonies have rebelled, and Earth is desperately struggling to retain its tyrannical hold over them. Jan is caught in a series of fast-paced espionage and counterespionage episodes. His goal: to destroy the vestiges of power among what were once Earth's reigning elite. And he is the one person who can save the planet.
Fortunately, Brion Brandd was a superman because Brion's Herculean task was to avert a war between two worlds that shared a single star. One of them was the most advanced in the galaxy, the other a living hell. Unfortunately the leaders of Dis, having issued a demand for unconditional surrender, refused further communication - and were eager to summarily execute anyone who dared land on their hellish planet. No one much cared what happened to the aggressors, but the destruction of Nyjord would be an irreplaceable loss to all mankind. Yet to save either world from annihilation, Brion must first redeem the Planet of the Damned.
Conclusion of the West of Eden trilogy, where humans and dinosaurs roamed the Earth together.
From the book jacket: "As I approached the front door of the First Bank of Bit O' Heaven, it sensed my presence and swung open with an automatic welcome. I pulled the large handgun from my bag, pointed it at the teller, and growled out my command: "Your money or your life! Fill this bag with bucks, large denominations, and do it not As I did this, I managed to hit the alarm button with my elbow. There are some days when you have to do everything for yourself. By the time the third bag was full, and I was staggering toward the door with my loot, the police began to appear. "Don't shoot," I squeaked. With real fear because most of them didn't look too bright. Now you might find all of this a little puzzling-if so, I do not blame you. It is one thing to hold up a bank, another thing still to do it in such a manner that you are sure to be caught. Why, you might ask, be so foolish? I'll be happy to tell you. To understand my motives, you'll have to understand what life is like on this planet-what my life has been like. Let me explain. . . .
On November 8, 1861, a U. S. navy warship stopped a British packet and seized two Confederate emissaries on their way to England to seek backing for their cause. England responded with rage, calling for a war of vengeance. The looming crisis was defused by the peace-minded Prince Albert. But imagine how Albert's absence during this critical moment might have changed everything. For lacking Albert's calm voice of reason, Britain now seizes the opportunity to attack and conquer a crippled, war-torn America. Ulysses S. Grant is poised for an attack that could smash open the South's defenses. In Washington, Abraham Lincoln sees a first glimmer of hope that this bloody war might soon end. But then disaster strikes: English troops have invaded from Canada. With most of the Northern troops withdrawn to fight the new enemy, General William Tecumseh Sherman and his weakened army stand alone against the Confederates. Can a divided, bloodied America defeat England, or will the United States cease to exist for all time? From the Paperback edition.
"HARRY HARRISON IS ONE OF SCIENCE FICTION'S MOST PROLIFIC AND ACCOMPLISHED CRAFTSMEN. " --The New York Times Book Review In the midst of Civil War, a stunned North and South join forces to combat a sudden attack of British troops. Though the Americans are victorious, three years later a new threat emerges. Her Majesty's Army is massing for a possible attack through Texas. Into the gauntlet Lincoln sends his chosen angel of death, General Ulysses S. Grant--while his top soldiers, including Robert E. Lee and William Tecumseh Sherman, plan the most daring naval invasion ever launched: an assault on British soil itself. Stars and Stripes in Peril is the new masterwork from one of the world's most provocative authors. Venturing beyond a fascinating question of what if? Harry Harrison brilliantly examines the people and passions that make up nations both great and small--and shows how technology and politics had the power to shape history's first great World War . . . half a century before it began . . . "Lovers of novels of alternate history hold Harry Harrison in high regard and his latest book can only enhance that esteem. " --Abilene Reporter News
In England, Irish-born citizens are being herded into prison camps. On the high seas, a furious British Navy is seizing American cargo ships bound for Europe. And on the Thames, a new weapon of unparalleled destructive force is sailing toward an impregnable city-spearheaded by a daring act of espionage. For U. S. president Abraham Lincoln, Britain's Queen Victoria, Lord Palmerston, and a loyal opposition, a day of reckoning is at hand . . . and so is history's most astounding battle. Harry Harrison's series of alternate history, based on the U. S. Civil War, stands as a provocative work of imagination, drama, and brilliant historical insight. Now in the thrilling finale, Harrisontells a stunning, action-packed story of America's rapidly growing military might being locked, loaded, and aimed at the heart of England itself. For the two countries that share a language and a heritage, the conflict began at the dawn of the U. S. Civil War. Just as America was about to tear itself to pieces, Britain itself committed an act of war by seizing a U. S. packet ship. In retaliation, the Confederate States rejoined the Union and took up arms against England. Repulsing a British invasion, and defeating her majesty's army first in Canada, then in Mexico, then in Ireland, American pride and power swelled. Britain, like a wounded lion, howled in shame and anger. Now, Queen Victoria's empire is more dangerous than ever before, turning against the Irish on her own soil, flexing her naval might, and all but forcing a weary President Lincoln to authorize the next step in a headlong journey toward war. A tale of daring and strategy,Stars and Stripes Triumphantexplores how arrogance turns superpowers into victims, how regional conflicts can explode into world wars, and how the personalities of a few men and women can change the course of history itself-for better or for worse. From the Hardcover edition.
The time is the 1970s -- sort of. The place is Earth -- in a way. The project: build a tunnel from England to her colonies in America, under the Atlantic Ocean. Captain Gus Washington, engineer extraordinary, wrestles with awesome problems to complete the tunnel and redeem his family's name. For Gus is a direct descendent of the famous traitor of long ago, George Washington, who led a failed rebellion in the 1700s. Harry Harrison, the incomparable creator of alternate worlds, has created a brilliant double exposure of history and a typically superb reading experience.
First book in the Eden series, where humans and dinosaurs coexisted.
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