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Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works The Man with the Iron Heart, The Guns of the South, and How Few Remain (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the Hot War books: Bombs Away, Fallout, and Armistice; the War That Came Early novels: Hitler's War, West and East, The Big Switch, Coup d'Etat, Two Fronts, and Last Orders; the Worldwar saga: In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, and Striking the Balance; the Colonization books: Second Contact, Down to Earth, and Aftershocks; the Great War epics: American Front, Walk in Hell, and Breakthroughs; the American Empire novels: Blood and Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, and Victorious Opposition; and the Settling Accounts series: Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, and In at the Death. Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters--Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca--and two granddaughters, Cordelia Turtledove Katayanagi and Phoebe Quinn Turtledove Katayanagi.


YA-Turtledove, the king of the alternative-history novel, has done it again with Colonization, the first of a new series that continues his "Worldwar" saga. It is set in the turbulent 1960s, and the alien Lizards, who altered the course of World War II in the previous series, are now in a tentative peace agreement with the races of Earth. Unable to conquer humanity, the Lizards are trying to understand it to facilitate alien colonization of Earth. The humans, in turn, are also trying to get to know the aliens better, to further their own agendas. Turtledove has again woven a rich historical tapestry and peopled it with multidimensional characters. This multicultural cast includes military and government officials (domestic, foreign, and alien), terrorists, students, various groups with their own agendas, and average people/aliens caught up in events beyond their control. What distinguishes this title from the previous "Worldwar" novels is in the development of the Lizard characters. In addition to there being more of them, there is a greater depth and variety to them, allowing readers to identify and sympathize with them. This well-written, imaginative tale will appeal to the author's fans and science-fiction aficionados.-John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"[A] tour de force of speculative historical fiction. Highly recommended."--Library Journal

"An exciting, often surprising, story that will not only delight his fans but will probably send newcomers back to the Worldwar saga."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Outstanding entertainment."--Booklist

In high fashion, the master of alternative SF launches a sequel series to his acclaimed Worldwar tetralogy (Striking the Balance, etc.). It is 1963, and Earth is divided among five independent powers (the U.S., the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, Britain, Japan) and the invading alien Lizards. Human adaptations of Lizard technology (including space flight) and the Lizard leaders' painful experience of fighting humans have led to an armed truce among all the parties. Now, however, the Lizard colony fleet, with 40 million sleep-frozen colonists, arrives to settle what they expect to be a completely subdued world. That the Tosevites (humans) are still holding out is only the first of several surprises to greet them. The nastiest is probably that ginger, merely addictive to Lizard males, brings Lizard females violently into heat‘arousing an irresistible mating urge in the males. The Third Reich, meanwhile, under the leadership of Himmler, continues its odious ways; Jews maintain an uneasy peace with the Lizards, who saved them from the Holocaust; the Soviet Union (under Molotov) survives; and the U.S. is building a huge space station. Characters who have become old friends to readers of the earlier tetralogy abound, and new ones both human and Lizard appear by the double handful. Turtledove handles sexual themes with good taste and appropriate humor. With his fertile imagination running on overdrive, he develops an exciting, often surprising, story that will not only delight his fans but will probably send newcomers back to the Worldwar saga to fill in the backstory. (Feb.)

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