History Creator / HarryTurtledove

11th Jun '16 8:20:11 PM esq263
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* AuthorTract: Defied in two short stories in ''Atlantis and Other Places''. "Bedfellows", which features a gay wedding between UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, is a scathing TakeThat against the then-current president. The next story, "News from the Front" is an equally scathing, only somewhat less thinly-veiled TakeThat against Bush's detractors, particularly in the media. Both of these stories are written quite convincingly, conveying the impression that the author is an anti-war liberal in the first one, and a hawkish conservative in the second one. In his preface to "News from the Front, Turtledove, quoting Creator/LarryNiven, states that "there is a technical term for those who judge writers' politics by what they turn out. That term is 'idiot'."

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* AuthorTract: Defied in two short stories in ''Atlantis and Other Places''. "Bedfellows", which features a gay wedding between UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, is a scathing TakeThat against the then-current president. The next story, "News from the Front" is an equally scathing, only somewhat less thinly-veiled TakeThat against Bush's detractors, particularly in the media. Both of these stories are written quite convincingly, conveying the impression that the author is an anti-war liberal in the first one, and a hawkish conservative in the second one. In his preface to "News from the Front, Front", Turtledove, quoting Creator/LarryNiven, states that "there is a technical term for those who judge writers' politics by what they turn out. That term is 'idiot'."
11th Jun '16 8:18:05 PM esq263
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* AuthorTract: Defied in two short stories in ''Atlantis and Other Places''. "Bedfellows", which features a gay wedding between UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, is a scathing TakeThat against the then-current president. The next story, "News from the Front" is an equally scathing, only somewhat less thinly-veiled TakeThat against Bush's detractors, particularly in the media. Both of these stories are written quite convincingly, conveying the impression that the author is an anti-war liberal in the first one, and a hawkish conservative in the second one. In his preface to "News from the Front, Turtledove, quoting Creator/LarryNiven, states that "there is a technical term for those who judge writers' politics by what they turn out. That term is 'idiot'."
7th Jun '16 6:55:53 PM Doug86
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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: The "Great War" Trilogy imagines a World War 1 where the Union and the Confederacy allied themselves with each side of the opposing European nations.

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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne:
UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: The "Great War" Trilogy imagines a World War 1 where the Union and the Confederacy allied themselves with each side of the opposing European nations.nations.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII



* YouHaveToHaveJews: Turtledove himself is Jewish, and while it makes sense for some of his books to have important Jewish characters considering they are set in UsefulNotes/WorldWar2, it's rare to see any book by him that doesn't have prominent Jewish characters regardless of setting.

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* YouHaveToHaveJews: Turtledove himself is Jewish, and while it makes sense for some of his books to have important Jewish characters considering they are set in UsefulNotes/WorldWar2, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it's rare to see any book by him that doesn't have prominent Jewish characters regardless of setting.
27th May '16 1:34:45 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/OverTheWineDarkSea'', first book of the Hellenic Traders series.

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* ''Literature/OverTheWineDarkSea'', first book of the Hellenic Traders series.series (as H. N. Turtletaub)




He also writes straight historical novels under the pseudonym H. N. Turtletaub

* ''Justinian'' about the Byzantine emperor.
* ''The Hellenic Traders'' series about two merchant cousins from the island of Rhodes, set in the 4th cent BCE Mediterranean.

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\nHe also writes * ''Justinian'', about the Byzantine emperor of that name, a straight historical novels novel published under the pseudonym H. N. Turtletaub

* ''Justinian'' about the Byzantine emperor.
* ''The Hellenic Traders'' series about two merchant cousins from the island of Rhodes, set in the 4th cent BCE Mediterranean.
Turtletaub
27th May '16 1:31:09 AM PaulA
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** As well as the full-length novel ''Ruled Britannia''
27th May '16 1:29:32 AM PaulA
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture:
** The Fantastic Civil War series does this rather directly, but subverts it somewhat by mixing and matching cultures around.
** Turtledove appears to have combined influences from Mongols and the Japanese code of bushido to create the culture of the Rulers in the ''Opening of the World'' Trilogy.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture:
** The Fantastic Civil War series does this rather directly, but subverts it somewhat by mixing and matching cultures around.
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FantasyCounterpartCulture: Turtledove appears to have combined influences from Mongols and the Japanese code of bushido to create the culture of the Rulers in the ''Opening of the World'' Trilogy.



* StealthPun: His ''Fantastic Civil War'' series features a General Guildenstern, who fills the same role as the real-life U.S. General William Stark Rosecrans. This is, of course, a reference to ''{{Hamlet}}'' and/or ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead''.
** From the same series, there's also the general "Doubting George," counterpart to General George ''Thomas'', and General Bart, so named because he plays the role of Ulysses ''Simpson'' Grant.
26th May '16 11:38:00 PM PaulA
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* HonestJohnsDealership: In ''The Two Georges'', UsefulNotes/RichardNixon is a salesman for used ''steam'' cars.



* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: ''The Two Georges'' is the TropeNamer.



* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: ''The Two Georges'' is about an alternate world where the United States never left the British Empire. The first chapter is set on an airship, where the protagonist sees a Air Force biplane fly past and echoes the general view that while such speed is useful for the military, there's just no need for it in civilian life. (This is in fact based on the Imperial Airship Scheme, also known as the Burney Scheme, which proposed that Britain's colonies would be serviced by a fleet of airships.)
26th May '16 10:13:27 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheCaseOfTheToxicSpellDump''



* ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'': An alternate world story (Magic instead of Technology) about an Environmental Perfection Agency man, who's investigating an increase of magic-related birth defects due to the titular Spell Dump. Very {{pun}}ny, full stop.



* BookEnds: ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'' begins with the narrator receiving a call from his boss in the middle of the night (and the boss blaming time zones). It ends with the narrator [[InvokedTrope deliberately calling the boss at the same hour]].



* TheCaseOf: ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'' used this intriguing naming template.



* GodsNeedPrayerBadly
** In ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'', this has become the province of bureaucracy; the EPA is responsible for creating artificial cults to sustain "endangered gods". In this setting, it's especially clear that only ''worship'' will sustain a god: merely being acknowledged to exist doesn't suffice to keep them around. Thus, a pantheon of Chumash native deities can be dying out from lack of sincere prayers directed towards them, even though plenty of ''non''-worshipers in the EPA are aware of their existence and concerned for their welfare as "endangered gods".
** It also appears to be the case in ''Between the Rivers'' that the gods depend on their worshipers, though part of the plot is that the gods have taken care to prevent any of their worshipers suspecting this.

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* GodsNeedPrayerBadly
** In ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'', this has become the province of bureaucracy; the EPA is responsible for creating artificial cults to sustain "endangered gods". In this setting, it's especially clear that only ''worship'' will sustain a god: merely being acknowledged to exist doesn't suffice to keep them around. Thus, a pantheon of Chumash native deities can be dying out from lack of sincere prayers directed towards them, even though plenty of ''non''-worshipers in the EPA are aware of their existence and concerned for their welfare as "endangered gods".
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GodsNeedPrayerBadly: It also appears to be the case in ''Between the Rivers'' that the gods depend on their worshipers, though part of the plot is that the gods have taken care to prevent any of their worshipers suspecting this.



* HurricaneOfPuns: ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'' is an entire book of this -- from Demon Strations (Succubi protesting their zone restriction) and Spell Checkers (to check the quality of potions, of course) to Virtuous Reality and Djinnetic Engineering.



* InvokedTrope: See BookEnds, above.



* {{Magitek}}:
** ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'' is set in a fantasy version of the United States with magitek equivalents of 20th-century technology.
** In ''Every Inch A King'', windworkers produce winds that allow ships to sail against the natural wind, items are cheaply mass produced using the law of sympathy, crystal balls replace telegraphy, etc.

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* {{Magitek}}:
** ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'' is set in a fantasy version of the United States with magitek equivalents of 20th-century technology.
**
{{Magitek}}: In ''Every Inch A King'', windworkers produce winds that allow ships to sail against the natural wind, items are cheaply mass produced using the law of sympathy, crystal balls replace telegraphy, etc.



* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump''
** In ''Supervolcano'' the police chief's reprobate son is arrested for dealing drugs. [[spoiler: A routine DNA sample taken upon his arrest links him to a serial killer who turns out to be ''the police chief himself''.]]

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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump''
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In ''Supervolcano'' the police chief's reprobate son is arrested for dealing drugs. [[spoiler: A routine DNA sample taken upon his arrest links him to a serial killer who turns out to be ''the police chief himself''.]]



* ReligionIsMagic: In ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'', all magic is ultimately based on applying to a relevant, which is one reason the EPA is so concerned about the keeping the divine ecosystem healthy. (If Hermes ever went, he'd take most of their telecommunications technology with him.)



* WorldOfPun:
** The short story "The Phantom Tolbukhin", about the real-life Soviet General Tolbukhin leading LaResistance as "The Phantom" in a Nazi-occupied USSR, is a title ShoutOut to ''ThePhantomTollbooth''.
** ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'' is an entire book of this - from Demon Strations (Succubi protesting their zone restriction) and Spell Checkers (to check the quality of potions, of course) to Virtuous Reality and Djinnetic Engineering.

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* WorldOfPun:
**
WorldOfPun: The short story "The Phantom Tolbukhin", about the real-life Soviet General Tolbukhin leading LaResistance as "The Phantom" in a Nazi-occupied USSR, is a title ShoutOut to ''ThePhantomTollbooth''.
** ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'' is an entire book of this - from Demon Strations (Succubi protesting their zone restriction) and Spell Checkers (to check the quality of potions, of course) to Virtuous Reality and Djinnetic Engineering.
''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth''.
26th May '16 10:07:04 PM PaulA
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* CozyCatastrophe: His Supervolcanoe series has this. Unless you wee in the area that got blown up or in the heavy ash cloud, life seems to be pretty good still, even the book titled "Things fall apart" doesn't really have any falling apart, though some mention of future chaos is every so often seen.

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* CozyCatastrophe: His Supervolcanoe Supervolcano series has this. Unless you wee were in the area that got blown up or in the heavy ash cloud, life seems to be pretty good still, even the book titled "Things fall apart" doesn't really have any falling apart, though some mention of future chaos is every so often seen.
26th May '16 8:08:32 PM PaulA
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[[index]]



* ''Literature/DaysOfInfamy'' as the first book of the Pearl Harbor series: The Japanese succeed in invading Hawaii in 1941.



* ''Literature/DaysOfInfamy'' as the first book of the Pearl Harbor series: The Japanese succeed in invading Hawaii in 1941.



* The ''Literature/TheWarThatCameEarly'' series: A bit unusual in having two distinct points of departure: Jose Sanjurjo survives his fatal plane trip, and Konrad Heinlein is murdered by a Czech nationalist in 1938, giving the Nazis the moral high ground to start World War II with an invasion of Czechoslovakia. Neville Chamberlain is still in charge of England, and both sides are less prepared for full scale war.



* The ''Literature/TheWarThatCameEarly'' series: A bit unusual in having two distinct points of departure: Jose Sanjurjo survives his fatal plane trip, and Konrad Heinlein is murdered by a Czech nationalist in 1938, giving the Nazis the moral high ground to start World War II with an invasion of Czechoslovakia. Neville Chamberlain is still in charge of England, and both sides are less prepared for full scale war.

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* The ''Literature/TheWarThatCameEarly'' series: A bit unusual in having two distinct points of departure: Jose Sanjurjo survives his fatal plane trip, and Konrad Heinlein is murdered by a Czech nationalist in 1938, giving the Nazis the moral high ground to start World War II with an invasion of Czechoslovakia. Neville Chamberlain is still in charge of England, and both sides are less prepared for full scale war.
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