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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.

He actually [[ShownTheirWork does historical research for his novels]], and [[FootnoteFever footnotes some of them]].

Known for having a [=PhD=] in Byzantine history, some of his books feature this period while others, set in more modern times, sometimes {{lampshade}} the fact that this area is considered extraordinarily obscure even among historians..

!!Works by Harry Turtledove with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/DarknessSeries''
* ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth''
* ''Literature/JoeSteele''
* ''Literature/TheManWithTheIronHeart''
* ''Literature/OverTheWineDarkSea'', first book of the Hellenic Traders series.
* ''Literature/DaysOfInfamy'' as the first book of the Pearl Harbor series: The Japanese succeed in invading Hawaii in 1941.
* ''Literature/RuledBritannia''
* ''{{Timeline-191}}'' series
* ''Literature/TheTwoGeorges'' (with RichardDreyfuss -- yes, the actor)
* ''Literature/{{Videssos}}'' series
* ''Literature/WarBetweenTheProvinces''
* ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series
* The ''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.

!!!Other works include:

* The ''Atlantis'' series: Thanks to AlternateUniverse Continental Drift, the Eastern seaboard of North America becomes a giant island continent that is discovered and settled by Englishmen and Bretons in the 15th Century.
* The ''Crosstime Traffic'' series: People from the future of our universe engage in clandestine trade with alternate timelines and change their destinies - sometimes by accident, sometimes not.
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheFox'': Gerin the Fox, scholar turned reluctant baron, must deal with barbarians, monsters and petulant gods on his own after TheEmpire cuts off all access to the Northlands. Based in an original fantasy world, but with strong aspects of Roman history. Also [[KingArthur Arthurian]], in a sense: a leader in a province abandoned by the Empire fights to preserve civilization against barbarian invaders. Gerin's relationship with Fand and Van in much of the second book could, if distorted by future retellings in that world, come to be portrayed as similar to the Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot triangle.
* ''Between the Rivers'', a version of Mesopotamia ruled by {{Physical God}}s.
* ''In the Presence of Mine Enemies'', in which the US stayed out of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII entirely, allowing the Axis to conquer Europe, Asia and ultimately [[StupidJetpackHitler America itself]]. In 2010, a small group of Jews still survives, hidden in Germany, [[spoiler: while an analogue of the Soviet Union's fall plays out in Berlin.]]
* ''Fort Pillow'': A straight historical account of a massacre of black soldiers by Confederates during the Civil War.
* ''Give Me Back My Legions'': A straight historical account of Quintillus Varus' doomed attempt to Romanize Germany during the reign of Augustus Caesar, ending with the massacre of the three legions under his command at Teutoburg Forest.
* ''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.

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.

[[TheWikiRule He also has his own]] [[http://turtledove.wikia.com/wiki/Harry_Turtledove_Wiki Wiki]].

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!!Other works by Harry Turtledove provide examples of:

* AlienSky: The world of ''Tales of the Fox'', leading to [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent were]] complications when four moons go full at the same time.
* AlternateHistory
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: Both directly and indirectly.
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution: With the same participants, only OurContinentsAreDifferent.
* AnonymousRinger: ''In the Presence of My Enemies'', an Alternate History set in 2009 Nazi Germany, has a sort of anonymous ringer -- the Fuhrer, "Kurt Haldweim", is a blatant stand-in for real-world Austrian president, and UN Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, who in real life would die in 2007.
* AntiHero
* AntiVillain: Some of Turtledove's Nazis, and at least one Nazi CaptainErsatz, qualify.
* AnyoneCanDie: Turtledove's war-themed novels stress this element quite heavily. Many characters, including long-lived favorites, die, sometimes in completely random incidents. He seems to have a quota of "At least one death per book."
* ArcNumber: His books all have twenty chapters.
* AsYouKnow: Turtledove has a tendency to fall into this trap in his multi-volume alternative history epics; he will often recap complicated alternative histories and the plots of two, three or more previous novels in the series by having characters engage in conversations or think to themselves about things that they would already know. His stand-alone and shorter works are generally better in this regard (largely because he usually has less to cover or recap), but it can still pop up from time to time.
* BadassFamily: Generations of the Radcliffe family line, in the ''Atlantis'' series.
* BigBoosHaunt (In the Fox verse, the night is the time when ghosts come out, and only fire and fresh blood can keep them from driving you mad. In some parts of that world they're ''vampire'' ghosts.)
* BlackAndGrayMorality or GreyAndGrayMorality
* BlandNameProduct: One of Turtledove's alternate history series has the most popular soft drink in the Confederate States of America being "Doctor Hopper". Also the popular Confederate comic book "Hyperman". In both cases, characters occasionally think about the "Damnyankee drink/hero with a similar name."
* BoisterousBruiser: In the ''Tales of the Fox'' series, Gerin's companion Van is a loud, lusty [[TheBigGuy giant of a man]] who [[BloodKnight loves a good fight]] and sings joyful war songs in battle, has endless tall tales of his traveling days (some of them true, maybe), wears gilded armor that often gets him mistaken for a visiting [[PhysicalGod war god]], and of course [[ChickMagnet he's also a player]].
* 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]].
* CallARabbitASmeerp: He likes to do this to reflect the past divergence of his alternate history works. He's come up with about a dozen alternative names for 'nuclear bomb' for different settings, for instance.
* CaptainErsatz
* CassandraTruth: In ''Give Me Back My Legions'', Varus was warned about the plot to destroy him several times, but because of the identity of the informant and the main conspirator, repeatedly shrugged it off as the efforts of an old man trying to get his disliked son-in-law in trouble.
* TheCaseOf: ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump'' used this intriguing naming template.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Turtledove wrote the short story "Death in Vesunna" as a rebuttal, in which a retired Roman soldier working as a police investigator figures out on his own that the perpetrator of an inexplicable murder was not a god or a demon, but a time traveler.
* CompoundTitle: The ''Counting Up, Counting Down'' anthology features two stories at the beginning and end, "Counting Up..." and "...Counting Down." Both are actually the same story told from different perspectives.
* 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.
* CrazyCulturalComparison: Turtledove likes this trope.
* CreatorThumbprint: In several ways, but note the oddly high percentage of Jewish characters. In the same vein, a {{time travel}}ler from ten thousand years in the future - past the fall of our civilization, the rise and fall of the next one, and the rise of one after that - spots a menorah (the nine-branched candelabrum lit during the holiday of Hanukkah) in a contemporary character's house and says "If you had that in my time, I'd think you were Jewish."
** Mind you, Turtledove doesn't always take it seriously: in the same short story collection (''Departures'') is a piece that he confesses was inspired by a quip he'd uttered at breakfast: "This bacon tastes so good, it ought to be kosher."
* DagwoodSandwich: Popular in Atlantis.
* DeadpanSnarker: The majority of his characters, most notably Gerin the Fox (Fox novels) and Ulric Skakki (Opening of the World).
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: ''In the Presence of Mine Enemies'' features a Nazi Empire being brought down by popular protests modeled on those in 1989-91 in the USSR in our world, but the protesters are no less anti-Semitic than the regime.
* DeusExMachina: Deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in ''The Wisdom of the Fox'', wherin Gerin, when things are [[GodzillaThreshold sufficiently screwed up]] will try and convince the [[JerkassGods Gods]] to solve the problem. Results vary. Also, divine spite is extremely helpful in motivating the deities.
* DolledUpInstallment
* {{Doorstopper}}
* DramatisPersonae
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* DungeonPunk
* EternalEnglish: In "The Book, The Movie, And Other Unfortunately Not So Relevant Material" a man from ten thousand years in the future has little trouble communicating, but he's got the technology. He mentions that everything known about our time comes not from our records but those translated into the dominant language of the society before his own, then translated into his language.
* {{Expy}}
* FanDisservice: [[{{MemeticMutation}} The awkward sex scenes.]]
* FantasticRacism: His predilection for inserting "blonds" as the oppressed group when representing blacks under slavery or Jews in the holocaust in displaced fantasy settings.
** 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]].
* FantasyCounterpartCulture:
** The Fantastic Civil War series does this rather directly, but subverts it somewhat by mixing and matching cultures around.
** The [[strike:[[TheRomanEmpire Roman]]]] [[TheEmpire Empire of Elabon]] in the Fox series, not to mention the [[strike:Celtic]] Trokmoi {{Barbarian Tribe}}, and... well, everyone in the series, really.
** 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.
* FantasyKitchenSink: And how!
* FantasyWorldMap
* FlamingSword: Deconstructed in one of the Gerin the Fox books, wherin the protagonist comes up with a [[FunctionalMagic charm]] that claims to be able to light a sword on fire. It works, but after holding it for perhaps five seconds his hands start to blister. (Fortunately, he had a bucket of water on hand).
* FootnoteFever: Or rather, endnote fever.
** Regular footnote fever appears in his translation of the obscure Chronicle of Theophanes, but it doesn't impair the quality of the work.
* ForWantOfANail: Turtledove loves doing these.
* FunctionalMagic
* GetOnWithItAlready
* 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.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex
* HalfHumanHybrid
* HilariousInHindsight: early in ''The Breath of God'' (part of the ''Opening of the World'' trilogy), [[MemeticMutation a man gets an arrow to the knee]]. Ulric Skakki resolves this in the same scene with a tool specifically designed to remove arrows. This was three years before ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
* HonestJohnsDealership: In ''The Two Georges'', RichardNixon is a salesman for used ''steam'' cars.
* HumansAreSpecial
* HumansThroughAlienEyes
* 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.
* ImmortalImmaturity: In the Fox series, the gods are {{Spoiled Brat}}s because, being nearly all-powerful, no one can discipline them. The only exception is the All-Seeing Biton, and even he can be manipulated by his pride.
* IneptMage: Gerin the Fox had less than a year of wizard's training before being called home, yet desperation sometimes drives him to attempt magic anyway. But only when he's ''really'' desperate, as he knows full well just how dangerous an unskilled mage can be.
* InSpiteOfANail: Turtledove does this in the Atlantis series just because he can.
* InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The short story "The Road Not Taken". Hyperspace travel and contra-gravity ships are surprisingly easy to make if you know how; races that can barely smelt iron have discovered them, and are roaming the galaxy. The biggest and most advanced of them is the Roxolani, who are shocked to find that their muskets and cannon are somewhat outclassed when they invade mid-21st-Century Earth.
* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous
* InvokedTrope: See BookEnds, above.
* IstanbulNotConstantinople
* JustBeforeTheEnd: The Supervolcano series.
* KarmaHoudini
* LampshadeHanging
* LiteraryAllusionTitle (routinely - he's writing alternate ''history'')
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters (and nowadays more often than not Loads and Loads of ''Viewpoint'' Characters)
* TheLostWoods: The ''Tales of the Fox'' series has the forest around Ikos, where strange things live, which has a mind (or minds) of its own, which doesn't necessarily care for people, and roads only exist at the forest's sufferance. It can also make unwanted travelers vanish in unexplained but silently ominous ways. It's implied that the forest exists to protect the Oracle of Ikos, placed by the all-seeing god Biton.
* LoveDodecahedron: Many of his series with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters tend to have at least one horribly twisted and complicated group of love affairs.
* MagicAIsMagicA: He likes this trope. All his fantasy settings, though otherwise unrelated, run on the same basic rules of magic--the "Law of Similarity" (two visually similar things are magically connected) and the "Law of Contagion" (two things that have touched are magically connected).
* MagicFromTechnology: Subverted; Turtledove's short story "Death in Vesunna" was a direct TakeThat against [[ClarkesThirdLaw Clarke's Law]], in which a Roman "policeman" works out on his own that he's on the trail of a pair of time-travelling murderers, not magicians or demons.
* {{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.
* MedievalStasis: Sometimes used, sometimes averted, sometimes a mixture. His fantasy settings often advance in magic "technology" (being allegories for industrial era wars in the real world) but politically tend to always be based on feudal monarchies.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: ''The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump''
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/MikeResnick explained the reason for some of Turtledove's more...inflated series during a lecture at my university: "He had to put his three daughters through college, all within a few years of each other." Not surprisingly, Turtledove's recent books have (mostly) been more streamlined: 2007-2009's ''Opening of the World'' trilogy, and 2009's ''Give Me Back My Legions!'' were lean, mean, and lots of fun.
* TheNeidermeyer: General George Armstrong Custer in ''The Great War''. Although he lacks the "You're all worthless and weak!!" part, he is still more then willing to send the unfortunate men under his command into needlessly costly and bloody offensives that end up gaining little. He constantly tries to seek glory wherever he can and also is more then willing to hog it all and push all the blame on others when something fails.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Shows up in the Fox novels, mostly in Werenight. Lots of different varieties of werebeast, including at least one who's hideously impaired by his transformation, and one enormous Trokem
* PinkertonDetective: Pinkerton toughs occasionally appear as secondary characters throughout Turtledove's series of ''Great War'' and ''American Empire'' AlternateHistory novels. As the USA in those novels is much more "Europeanised", with a strong Socialist movement, they ultimately end up being defeated by the organised strikers and unions.
* ThePromise: In ''Between the Rivers'', the protagonist in a grandstanding moment vows that he won't marry his sweetheart until the completion of the trading expedition he's about to embark on. It seems like a safe thing to do since it's a routine expedition and he wasn't planning to marry her until after he got back anyway. But then the nation they were going to trade with unexpectedly puts a trading embargo on the protagonist's city. And the god he swore by is real, interventionist, and quite willing to make the vow stick.
* ProphecyTwist: "Counting Potsherds" uses the real-life story of Athens being saved from the invading Persians by a "wooden wall" (the wooden-hulled Athenian navy). It's set in a timeline where the Athenians all took the Oracle's prophecy rather more literally, and the Persians wiped them out.
* 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]]''.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: He originally wrote under the pseudonyms "Eric Iverson" and "H.N. Turteltaub" because his editor thought "Turtledove" sounded too much like a made-up name.
* RecycledInSpace: ''In the Presence of Mine Enemies'' is the fall of the Soviet Union [- IN NAZI GERMANY AND [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture TWENTY MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE!]] -]
* 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.)
* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: ''The Two Georges'' is the TropeNamer.
* RidiculousFutureInflation: The USA in his ''Crosstime Traffic'' books has a hundred-dollar coin.
* RoyalBrat: In the ''Tales of the Fox series'', most of the Gods are this way, since no one is powerful enough to discipline them. Ferdulf, the demimortal son of an extremely impulsive wine god, grows up with nearly-godlike power among ordinary mortals and is even brattier than his father.
* RuleThirtyFour: A rare case where it's arguably ''self-applied''. Seriously.
* ScienceCannotComprehendPhlebotinum: in the short story "The Road Not Taken," this applies to anti-gravity and faster-than-light travel.
* ShakespeareInFiction: In "[[http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=17973 We Haven't Got There Yet]]".
** As well as the full-length novel ''Ruled Britannia''
* ShapeshifterBaggage: In the ''Tales of the Fox'' series, werecreatures remain the same mass when they transform. This is illustrated in ''Werenight'' by a couple werehawks too heavy to fly -- and a barbarian chief who turns into quite a large sabre tooth because he's an immensely large man.
* ShoutOut: The ''Crosstime Traffic'' series is at least partly inspired by HBeamPiper's ''Paratime'' stories-and to emphasize this, the names of the developers of the crosstime technique are clearly based on the names of the people who developed the paratime transposition.
* ShownTheirWork: Turtledove writes epilogues to explain how real history meshes with his alternate history. And his works themselves can go into great detail on everyday life.
* 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.
* SweetPollyOliver: In the Fox series, [[BoisterousBruiser Van]]'s daughter becomes a SweetPollyOliver - Van is horrified at her "unwomanly" desire to fight, while the normally tricky Fox is dismayed at how easily he was fooled by a false beard and deepened voice.
* SwitchingPOV: Most of his series have at least 5 or 6 POV characters per book, covering various aspects of a large-scale event, like a war on multiple fronts as seen by generals and soldiers and civilians.
* 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 to make WW2 end in a stalemate, resulting in a four-way cold war between the USA, USSR, Third Reich and British Empire.
** Likewise, in his short story "Must and Shall", Turtledove has an AH where the reconstruction is much harsher due to the death of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln by a sniper on July 12, 1864 on the ramparts at Fort Stevens. This led to the South being [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Northern Ireland]] writ large.
* TakeThat: ''Supervolcano: Eruption'' has Vanessa Ferguson, an arrogant and bitchy (and proud of it) GrammarNazi editor. What clinches it is this snarky line of narration: "Like any good editor, Vanessa was sure she would make a good writer as soon as she found the time. As with a lot of good editors, somehow she never did."
** As one of his few stories written in the present day, Turtledove is clearly enjoying the opportunity to take jabs at preferred targets in the Supervolcano series. A fantastic gag has the main character turning from good CNN coverage of the volcano to Fox News, which blames the President for the volcano...and then disgustedly turning to MSNBC, which is instead blaming the Republican Congress.
* TotallyRadical
* TranslationConvention
* {{Tsundere}}: Fand in ''Tales of the Fox''.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: "The Last Article" explores the effectiveness of MahatmaGandhi's non-violent protest in a timeline where the Nazis won World War II and took over all Britain's imperial holdings including India.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Despite being set about a century in the future, the Crosstime Traffic series's home timeline looks like this. Apart from a hundred years of ordinary inflation, a few undescribed and apparently undescribable consumer objects, and the Crosstime vehicle itself, the home timeline is thoroughly familiar (Burger King apparently still exists, but a Whopper will cost a few Benjamins or C-Notes. Even the Euro still exists, though you need a hundred of them to buy anything).
** Apple still makes their products, and "The Incredibles" is such a beloved classic that the proprietor in "The Gladiator" has it on his FuturePad or whatever Apple will call that device.
* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes
* TheUnfairSex
* UnreliableNarrator: Turtledove mentioned that this was a problem when doing the research for ''Remember Fort Pillow'', as most of the official records of the battle on ''both'' sides were obvious works of propaganda.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: One of Turtledove's central themes-see "The Last Article", where {{MahatmaGandhi}}' nonviolent tactics fail miserably against the Nazis when they take over India.
** Averted in ''In the Presence of Mine Enemies'', where intelligent non-violent actions prove effective.
* VirginPower: Played with in "Honeymouth", in which a foul-mouthed and lecherous mercenary is somehow able to ride a unicorn without any problem. When asked how he can do it, usually while the unicorn is parked outside a brothel, he sarcastically replies that he's a virgin. [[spoiler:He is. Technically.]]
* WhatIf
* 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.
* 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.
* WriterOnBoard: Since 2001 or so, if the particular Alternate History setting allows for it, Turtledove will include some kind of analogy to Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage
* YouALLShareMyStory
* 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.
** There's a fun LampshadeHanging in one short story where a time traveller from the distant future--so distant that he finds almost everything in our time incomprehensible--casually notes someone from our time is Jewish when he spots a menorah in his house.
* YouNoTakeCandle: A fairly realistic one is done in ''Supervolcano: Eruption'' with a Filipina store clerk, whose English is understandable but displays some grammatical problems that actually do tend to happen to many Filipinos in RealLife. However, it gets ridiculous when a police officer has to mime out the word "mask" to get her to understand. English is common enough in the Philippines that many English-language shows and books are left untranslated, and the word ''maskara'' (a localized spelling of the Spanish word ''mascara'') is found in the major Filipino languages and dialects. She should have had no problem understanding "mask."
* 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.)
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