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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Del Rey (first published 1990)
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Christian Scala
Mar 10, 2016 Christian Scala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Missione su Minerva, in originale "A World of Difference", è un libro di fantascienza dell'autore statunitense Harry Turtledove, edito nel 1990. L'autore raggiunse un grande successo grazie al ciclo fantasy di Videssos e ai successivi cicli ucronici dell'Invasione e della Colonizzazione. La Saga di Videssos si basa sulla storia di un luogo immaginario chiamato Videssos, creato ad immagine dell'Impero bizantino, di cui lo stesso Turtledove è un esperto essendosi laureato in storia bizantina press ...more
Slela
May 21, 2012 Slela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sam
May 30, 2012 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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
Rog
Aug 13, 2016 Rog rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Alternative history story buffs
What if a planet, named Minerva, was not as far away from Earth as Mars and it has sentient life forms? What if the Russians and Americans decided to send simultaneous, but independent missions to this planet called Minerva? And, what if the Russians and Americans allied with opposite sides of warring tribes of Minervans? And what if .... So go the stories of the alternative history and SciFi author Harry Turtledove. I found the story quite enjoyable, especially the effects of humans on the Mine ...more
Bruce
Jul 31, 2011 Bruce rated it liked it
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.
Audrey P
Apr 21, 2012 Audrey P rated it really liked it
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.
Wesley
Jun 04, 2011 Wesley rated it really liked it
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.
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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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