By Harry Turtledove
What if historical past had taken a distinct course, made a detour, and deviated a little bit bit from the line it selected? the following, Harry Turtledove explores such "what ifs" in twenty alternate-history tales starting from precedent days to the some distance, far-different future.
Persia has conquered Greece; Athens is in ruins. but even lower than Persia's rule, the facility of the folks can by no means be thoroughly damaged. . .
A werewolf boy tears via Cologne's medieval stretts looking for sanctuary from the indignant mob. yet who will shield a creature so hated and feared?
A pupil from the far away destiny units off on a box journey to check Genghis Khan -- and unearths him within the 20th century?
And many more!
"He's one of many best explorers of trade histories ever." -- Locus
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She leaned close and brushed back the hair that had fallen across his forehead, using the excuse to feel his brow. He felt hot, but they were all hot and sweating, so she couldn't really tell if he had a fever, but she didn't think so. Her hand slipped down to cup his face, kindling his smile. She thought she could lose herself in the pleasure of just looking into his eyes. It made her heart ache with joy to see his smile. She smiled back, a smile she gave no one but him. Kahlan had an urge to kiss him, too, but there always seemed to be people around and the kind of kiss she really wanted to give him wasn't the kind of kiss you gave in front of others.
What would happen if... " Richard surveyed Jennsen's eyes for what seemed a painfully long time. " Jennsen sat forward, her hands reflecting her emotional entreaty. "Even if I marry someone with that spark of the gift? Someone able to perceive color, as you called it? " "Even then and every time," Richard said with quiet certitude. "You are a broken link in the chain of the gift. According to the book, once the line of all those born with the spark of the gift, including those with the gift as it is in me, going back thousands of years, going back forever, is broken, it is broken for all time.
Kahlan asked. Cara nodded. " Kahlan glanced over her shoulder as she sat up, seeing that Richard was still fast asleep. "No," she whispered. "You get some sleep. " Kahlan yawned and stretched her back. She took Cara's elbow and pulled her a short distance away, out of earshot, and leaned close. "I think you're right. There's more than enough of us to stand watch and all still get enough rest. " Cara smiled her agreement before heading for her bedroll. Conspiracy designed to protect Richard suited the Mord-Sith.
Departures by Harry Turtledove