History Creator / HarryTurtledove

11th Feb '18 8:05:19 AM SeptimusHeap
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* PunBasedTitle: Several of his short stories: according to WordOfGod, sometimes the pun comes first and the story later. For example, one story is set in a world where Stalin's purges were worse and left the Soviets unable to defeat the Nazi invasion. In the brutal Nazi-occupied USSR of 1947, the Soviet general Fyodor Tolbukhin becomes a resistance leader known as The Phantom. The title of the story? ''[[ThePhantomTollbooth The Phantom Tolbukhin]]''.

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* PunBasedTitle: Several of his short stories: according to WordOfGod, sometimes the pun comes first and the story later. For example, one story is set in a world where Stalin's purges were worse and left the Soviets unable to defeat the Nazi invasion. In the brutal Nazi-occupied USSR of 1947, the Soviet general Fyodor Tolbukhin becomes a resistance leader known as The Phantom. The title of the story? ''[[ThePhantomTollbooth ''[[Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth The Phantom Tolbukhin]]''.
14th Jan '18 1:13:40 AM ares191
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* RidiculousFutureInflation: The USA in his ''Crosstime Traffic'' books has a hundred-dollar coin.

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* RidiculousFutureInflation: The USA in his ''Crosstime ''Crosstime Traffic'' books has a hundred-dollar coin.coin.
* RightfulKingReturns: Deconstructed in "The Last Emperor", which is set during a Greek invasion of Istanbul in what was at the time [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture the not so distant future of 2003]]. The Greek reconquest of the city causes the prophecy of The Marble Emperor to come true with Constantine XI reappearing to reclaim his throne. The problem? Greece is socialist state that has long moved past the era of Emperors. When a group of Greek soldiers argue whether or not to accept him as their ruler, Constantine, infuriated by what he perceives to be the same petty infighting that plagued Byzantium, attacks the soldiers with his sword only to be unceremoniously shot dead.
14th Nov '17 11:50:01 AM nutbelly
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* ''Literature/AWorldOfDifference'': Set in an alternate Solar System where the planet between Earth and Jupiter (named Athena instead of Mars) is large enough to maintain a thick atmosphere, Earth-like temperatures, and life; when images from the ''Viking 1'' lander indicate that some of that life is intelligent, crewed missions from the United States and Soviet Union race against each other to make first contact.

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* ''Literature/AWorldOfDifference'': Set in an alternate Solar System where the planet between Earth and Jupiter Mars (named Athena Minerva instead of Mars) is large enough to maintain a thick atmosphere, Earth-like temperatures, and life; when images from the ''Viking 1'' lander indicate that some of that life is intelligent, crewed missions from the United States and Soviet Union race against each other to make first contact.
5th Nov '17 5:55:50 PM dlchen145
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Harry Turtledove (yes, that's his real last name) is an author of [[AlternateUniverse Alternative History]] -- one of the most prolific and accessible. He has written many, many books and short stories, some of them set in {{Alternate Universe}}s, some of them {{fantasy}} diverging from recorded history.

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Harry Norman Turtledove (yes, that's his real last name) (born June 14, 1949) is an author of [[AlternateUniverse Alternative History]] -- one of the most prolific and accessible. He has written many, many books and short stories, some of them set in {{Alternate Universe}}s, some of them {{fantasy}} diverging from recorded history.
18th Oct '17 2:43:18 PM nutbelly
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* ''A World of Difference'': Set in an alternate Solar System where the planet between Earth and Jupiter (named Athena instead of Mars) is large enough to maintain a thick atmosphere, Earth-like temperatures, and life; when images from the ''Viking 1'' lander indicate that some of that life is intelligent, crewed missions from the United States and Soviet Union race against each other to make first contact.

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* ''A World of Difference'': ''Literature/AWorldOfDifference'': Set in an alternate Solar System where the planet between Earth and Jupiter (named Athena instead of Mars) is large enough to maintain a thick atmosphere, Earth-like temperatures, and life; when images from the ''Viking 1'' lander indicate that some of that life is intelligent, crewed missions from the United States and Soviet Union race against each other to make first contact.
16th Jul '17 9:51:09 AM nombretomado
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* TakeAThirdOption: His short story "Ready for the Fatherland" was inspired by his realisation that WW2 alternate history is always 'we win or [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel the Nazis win]]'. To do something different, he made a scenario where a coup by Manstein in 1943 results in a Nazi Germany that manages to fight just well enough (and cut a deal at the right time) to make WW2 end in a stalemate, resulting in a four-way cold war between the USA, USSR, Third Reich and British Empire.

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* TakeAThirdOption: His short story "Ready for the Fatherland" was inspired by his realisation that WW2 [=WW2=] alternate history is always 'we win or [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel the Nazis win]]'. To do something different, he made a scenario where a coup by Manstein in 1943 results in a Nazi Germany that manages to fight just well enough (and cut a deal at the right time) to make WW2 [=WW2=] end in a stalemate, resulting in a four-way cold war between the USA, USSR, Third Reich and British Empire.
9th Jul '17 10:45:55 AM rmctagg09
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%%* AlternateHistory

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%%* AlternateHistory* AlternateHistory: Turtledove's works primarily deal in alternate history, such as the ''[=Worldwar=]'' series, which has aliens invade during WWII.
9th May '17 4:24:15 AM esq263
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Turtledove is fond of this trope, having a doctor discuss the "lay'lie" distinction in ''Literature/TheWarThatCameEarly'', and has a character reflect on the media's misuse of "impact" to mean "affect" in ''Supervolcano: Eruption''.
8th May '17 5:31:12 PM Emperor_Oshron
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** Also, played with heavily in his ''Opening of the World'' trilogy: The Rulers believe themselves to be a Master Race. Turtledove appears to have combined influences from Mongols and the Japanese code of bushido to create their culture, while physically they're short, stocky, with brown skin, black hair, and big curly beards. The [[spoiler:Glacier-folk]] in ''The Breath of God'' have blond or red hair, light eyes, and Old Germanic names: Marcovefa, Leudegisel, Dragolen. The most notable aspect of their culture seems to be mostly based on similarly subsistence-level Melanesian and/or Caribbean cultures. In other words, they're [[spoiler: cannibals]].

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** Also, played with heavily in his ''Opening of the World'' trilogy: The Rulers believe themselves to be a Master Race. Turtledove appears to have combined influences from Mongols and the Japanese code of bushido to create their culture, while physically they're short, stocky, with brown skin, black hair, and big curly beards. The [[spoiler:Glacier-folk]] in ''The Breath of God'' have blond or red hair, light eyes, and Old Germanic names: Marcovefa, Leudegisel, Dragolen. The most notable aspect of their culture seems to be mostly based on similarly subsistence-level Melanesian and/or Caribbean cultures. In other words, they're [[spoiler: cannibals]].


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** The [[spoiler:Glacier-folk]] in ''The Breath of God'' have blond or red hair, light eyes, and Old Germanic names: Marcovefa, Leudegisel, Dragolen. The most notable aspect of their culture seems to be mostly based on similarly subsistence-level Melanesian and/or Caribbean cultures. In other words, they're [[spoiler: cannibals]].
12th Mar '17 9:53:37 AM esq263
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* CreepyUncle: [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler]] in "Uncle Alf". The story consists of a series of letters from [[spoiler: Hitler]] to his niece, in a world in which the Germans won [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne]] and [[spoiler: Hitler]] is helping stamp out the French resistance. The letters are increasingly suggestive and disturbing, but the clincher is the final line of the story:

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* CreepyUncle: [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler]] in "Uncle Alf". The story consists of a series of letters from [[spoiler: Hitler]] to his niece, in a world in which the Germans won [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI World War I]] and [[spoiler: Hitler]] is helping stamp out the French resistance. The letters are increasingly suggestive and disturbing, but the clincher is the final line of the story:
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