Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Departures by Harry Turtledove
Good science fiction, alternative history that teaches much real history while it entertains
  • What if Athens lost to the Persians? (Democracy? What’s that?)
  • What if Muhammad had converted as a young man and ended up a charismatic Orthodox monk composing hymns?
  • Or what if Constantinople and the rest of the eastern Roman Empire fell early on to the Muslims and Bulgaria (and thus the rest of the Slavonic world) ended up Muslim and not Christian?
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