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A World of Difference

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When the Viking lander on the planet Minerva was destroyed, sending back one last photo of a strange alien being, scientists on Earth were flabbergasted. And so a joint investigation was launched by the United States and the Soviet Union, the first long-distance manned space mission, and a symbol of the new peace between the two great rivals.

Humankind's first close encount
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Del Rey (first published 1990)
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Il libro ambientato in un presente alternativo, in cui il pianeta pi vicino alla Terra si chiama Minerva. Un giorno la sonda Viking, prima di spegnersi definitivamente, fotografa uno strano essere con in mano uno strano bastone, probabilmente un'arma. Partono due spedizioni, una americana e una russa. Sulla Terra la guerra fredda non ancora terminata e la rivalit altissima. Le due spedizioni atterrano nei due versanti di un'enorme gola, e si ritrovano in mezzo a una guerra tra due fazioni del ...more
I am very torn on this book -- I'm generally not a huge fan of sci-fi related to outer space and aliens (I accept it when it's there), but on the other hand I found myself really intrigued by the political conflict at work within the novel. It's interesting to see the ways in which Turtledove weaves history into an alien story that as time goes on, becomes less about aliens and more about personal beliefs amongst the protagonists. The book definitely had it's pacing problems at times. For me, I ...more
Scott Gardner
very good stand alone novel from Harry , really good how the 2 superpowers dealt with the war
This is rather a surprising book in that it reads like a juvenile - in the sense that Starship Troopers is a juvenile - but cannot be with the sexual content. It suffers from a bit too much simplicity of social dynamics but is a good yarn well spun.
I thought this was going to be WAY more cheesey than it actually was. I like that Turtledove takes a subject that seems pretty cliche (squasy aliens on Mars, for example...) and gives it a serious plot and credible characters.

So fun.
Russian and American spacecraft land in two different parts of the planet Minerva, and find themselves at odds when the natives of their respective regions go to war with each other.
J.R. Walker
Loved it. Great piece of science fiction. Will definitely look into more of Turtledove's work.
Clay Davis
A good story about the fight for hearts and minds on Mars.
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Dr Harry Norman Turtledove is an American novelist, who has produced a sizeable number of works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.

Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.

Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original sce
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