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In the Balance, by Harry Turtledove

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Alien Invasion in Otherwhen

Worldwar: In the Balance is an alternate history and science fiction novel by Harry Turtledove. It is the first novel of the Worldwar tetralogy, as well as the first installment in the extended Worldwar series that includes the Colonization trilogy … see full wiki

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World War of the Worlds

  • Dec 8, 2013
Harry Turtledove is a professional historian.  But he dropped out of CalTech.  So naturally he combined history and science and got alternate history science fiction.

Aliens invaded during World War II.  So we get historical figures like FDR, Hitler, Stalin, Enrico Fermi, General Groves of the Manhattan Project and of course General Patton fighing aliens from outer space.  It is a hoot, if you like it.  Of course a main character is a science fiction reader.  Who else knows what to expect from aliens?

The aliens have previous experience with this, having conquered two other species before.  Of course you can't trust humans to do what you expect.  That would not make for good science fiction written by a human.  At least I presume Harry Turtledove is not a member of THE RACE.

This series is rather long, taking up 8 books.

The aliens take over half of the planet in the first four books.  Then a second fleet comes, the colonization fleet.  That makes up the next three books.  Then the last has humans with their own star ship going back to the alien home world.

This series is definitely epic with lots of characters in lots of places.  And plenty of historical puns.

Fun if you like it, though I expect not everyone will.  Check out the first book to decide.

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