Harry Turtledove Books

Harry Turtledove is an American author that writes alternate historical fiction. Born in 1949 in Los Angeles, his grandparents (Romanian Jews) lived in Winnipeg (Manitoba) before moving to the United States. Turtledove started writing at 12.

Order of The Videssos Cycle Series

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1 The Misplaced Legion 1987 Description / Buy
2 An Emperor for the Legion 1987 Description / Buy
3 The Legion of Videssos 1987 Description / Buy
4 Swords of the Legion 1987 Description / Buy
5 Bridge of the Separator 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Time of Troubles Series

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1 The Stolen Throne 1995 Description / Buy
2 Hammer and Anvil 1996 Description / Buy
3 The Thousand Cities 1997 Description / Buy
4 Videssos Besieged 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Gerin the Fox Series

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1 Wereblood 1979 Description / Buy
2 Werenight 1994 Description / Buy
3 Prince of the North 1994 Description / Buy
4 King of the North 1996 Description / Buy
5 Fox and Empire 1997 Description / Buy
6 Wisdom of the Fox 1999 Description / Buy
7 Tale of the Fox 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Darkness Series

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1 Into the Darkness 1999 Description / Buy
2 Darkness Descending 2000 Description / Buy
3 Through the Darkness 2001 Description / Buy
4 Rulers of the Darkness 2002 Description / Buy
5 Jaws of Darkness 2003 Description / Buy
6 Out of the Darkness 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Hellenic Traders Series

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1 Over the Wine-Dark Sea 2001 Description / Buy
2 The Gryphon's Skull 2002 Description / Buy
3 The Sacred Land 2003 Description / Buy
4 Owls to Athens 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Days of Infamy / Pacific War Series

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1 Days of Infamy 2004 Description / Buy
2 End of the Beginning 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Atlantis Series

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1 Opening Atlantis 2007 Description / Buy
2 The United States of Atlantis 2008 Description / Buy
3 Liberating Atlantis 2009 Description / Buy
4 Atlantis and Other Places 2010 Description / Buy

Order of The War That Came Early Series

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1 Hitler's War 2009 Description / Buy
2 West and East 2010 Description / Buy
3 The Big Switch 2011 Description / Buy
4 Coup d'Etat 2012 Description / Buy
5 Two Fronts 2013 Description / Buy
6 Last Orders 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Alternate Generals Series

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1 Alternate Generals 1998 Description / Buy
2 Alternate Generals II 2002 Description / Buy

Order of War World Series

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1 Blood Feuds 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Colonization Series

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1 Second Contact 1999 Description / Buy
2 Down to Earth 2000 Description / Buy
3 Aftershocks 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Worldwar Series

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1 In the Balance 1994 Description / Buy
2 Tilting the Balance 1995 Description / Buy
3 Upsetting the Balance 1996 Description / Buy
4 Striking the Balance 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Harry Turtledove Short Story Collections

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1 Counting Up, Counting Down 2002 Description / Buy
2 We Install and Other Stories 2015 Description / Buy

Order of The Hot War Series

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1 Bombs Away 2015 Description / Buy
2 Fallout 2016 Description / Buy
3 Armistice 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Scepter of Mercy Series

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1 The Bastard King 2003 Description / Buy
2 The Chernagor Pirates 2004 Description / Buy
3 The Scepter's Return 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Settling Accounts Series

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1 Return Engagement 2004 Description / Buy
2 Drive to the East 2005 Description / Buy
3 The Grapple 2006 Description / Buy
4 In at the Death 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Crosstime Traffic Series

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1 Gunpowder Empire 2003 Description / Buy
2 Curious Notions 2004 Description / Buy
3 In High Places 2005 Description / Buy
4 The Disunited States of America 2006 Description / Buy
5 The Gladiator 2007 Description / Buy
6 The Valley-Westside War 2008 Description / Buy

Order of American Empire Series

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1 Blood & Iron 2001 Description / Buy
2 The Center Cannot Hold 2002 Description / Buy
3 The Victorious Opposition 2003 Description / Buy

Order of The Tale of Krispos Series

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1 Krispos Rising 1990 Description / Buy
2 Krispos of Videssos 1991 Description / Buy
3 Krispos the Emperor 1994 Description / Buy

Order of War Between the Provinces Series

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1 Sentry Peak 2000 Description / Buy
2 Marching Through Peachtree 2001 Description / Buy
3 Advance and Retreat 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Opening of the World Series

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1 Beyond the Gap 2007 Description / Buy
2 The Breath of God 2008 Description / Buy
3 The Golden Shrine 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Great War Series

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1 American Front 1998 Description / Buy
2 Walk in Hell 1999 Description / Buy
3 Breakthroughs 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Supervolcano Series

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1 Eruption 2011 Description / Buy
2 All Fall Down 2012 Description / Buy
3 Things Fall Apart 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Harry Turtledove Standalone Novels

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1 Noninterference 1987 Description / Buy
2 Agent of Byzantium 1987 Description / Buy
3 A Different Flesh 1988 Description / Buy
4 A World of Difference 1990 Description / Buy
5 Kaleidoscope 1990 Description / Buy
6 Earthgrip 1991 Description / Buy
7 The Guns of the South 1992 Description / Buy
8 The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump 1993 Description / Buy
9 Departures 1993 Description / Buy
10 Thessalonica 1996 Description / Buy
11 The Two Georges 1996 Description / Buy
12 How Few Remain 1997 Description / Buy
13 Between the Rivers 1998 Description / Buy
14 Justinian 1998 Description / Buy
15 Household Gods 1999 Description / Buy
16 After the Downfall 2001 Description / Buy
17 Ruled Britannia 2002 Description / Buy
18 Conan of Venarium 2003 Description / Buy
19 In the Presence of Mine Enemies 2003 Description / Buy
20 Homeward Bound 2004 Description / Buy
21 Every Inch a King 2005 Description / Buy
22 Fort Pillow 2006 Description / Buy
23 The Man with the Iron Heart 2008 Description / Buy
24 Give Me Back My Legions! 2009 Description / Buy
25 Vilcabamba (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
26 Lee at the Alamo (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
27 The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
28 Joe Steele 2015 Description / Buy
29 The House of Daniel 2016 Description / Buy
30 Hail! Hail! 2018 Description / Buy
31 Through Darkest Europe 2018 Description / Buy
32 Alpha and Omega 2019 Description / Buy
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At the time, he was quite enamored with Science Fiction and Fantasy. The fact that he would grow up to become the so-called Lord of Alternate History never occurred to him, not at that tender age. The author wasn’t even a fan of history. He barely noticed the subject in school.

Turtledove’s journey into publishing and Alternate history, in particular, begun with ‘Lest Darkness Fall’ by L Sprague de Camp. Harry Turtledove was 14 when he came across the novel. Books like ‘The Man in the High Castle’ and ‘World’s of the Imperium’ cemented his love for alternate history but de Camp is responsible for sparking it in the first place.

The magic of ‘Lest Darkness Fall’ lay in the fact that Turtledove couldn’t determine how much of de Camp’s words were fiction. This changed his perception of history. The author felt compelled to delve into the subject with added fervor.

By 16, Turtledove had written an alternative history novel of his own. It wasn’t that good but it was a decent start. Initially drawn to science, the novelist was only enrolled at Caltech for a year before dropping out. Turtledove would like to think that he was driven by passion and nothing else to leave Caltech for UCLA.

But, in truth, he couldn’t do calculus, and the hours, days, and weeks he spent reading The Lord of the Rings did nothing to improve his talents in the subject. And yet it would be foolish to call Harry Turtledove a lazy student. By the late 1970s, the author had earned a Ph.D. in Byzantine history.

His writing career took off soon after. Initially teaching at UCLA, Turtledove produced a few scholarly works, including a translation of an ancient chronicle. Byzantine History was the author’s passion. But he quickly found that the job market had nothing to offer a scholar of his talents.

Even the teaching opportunities he thought he would secure refused to manifest. This gave Turtledove the freedom to give fiction writing his undivided attention.

Turtledove’s first book was ‘Wereblood’. He followed it up with ‘Werenight’. Both titles were written under a pen name (Eric G. Iverson). You can blame this on his Belmont Tower editor who initially refused to accept that ‘Turtledove’ was the author’s real name, and then he decided that a more appropriate surname was bound to produce greater profits.

Harry Turtledove has written science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. But it is for alternate history that he is best known. He met Laura Frankos while teaching at UCLA. Later on, he married her.

Harry Turtledove Awards

The author has received Prometheus and Nebula award nominations. He won the Prometheus and Hugo Award for ‘The Gladiator’ and ‘Down in the Bottomlands’ respectively.

Best Harry Turtledove Books

The author has been praised for creating original alternate history situations rather than simply re-purposing old ones, with some of the best titles in his bibliography including:

The Guns of the South: The war was over, or at least it should have been. The confederacy was broken, ill-equipped to mount any significant resistance. For General Lee, defeat was certain.

But then a strange fellow changed all that. He had a new weapon, a gun unlike any that Lee had ever seen, a rifle with breathtaking efficiency and accuracy. With this gun, the AK-47, Lee realized that the Confederates had a chance at attaining overwhelming victory.

This alternate history novel from Harry Turtledove follows the exploits of a group of White Supremacists from South Africa in 2014 who travel back in time to change history.

In the Balance: WWII was in full swing. The Germans, the British and their various allies were fighting a war that would determine the geopolitical future of the planet. Nothing could stop the momentum of violence, or so everyone thought. None of them were prepared for Fleetlord Atvar, an adversary from the stars who was determined to claim the planet for his people.

Now, at the planet’s darkest hour, humanity must do the impossible. They must unite to face a foe that threatens them all.

When Does The Next Harry Turtledove book come out?

Harry Turtledove doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Alpha and Omega and was released on July, 2nd 2019.

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