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The Silent Stars Go By

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
James White's own favouritie James White novel. He got the catchy title from listening to 'O, Little Town of Bethlehem' at a carol concert* The parallel-universe Hibernian Empire has risen to supreme power, with the help of applied Old World technology (Hero's steam engine, etc.) and new World natural resources (Brendan the navigator pre-empted Columbus by some five hundre ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 441 pages
Published August 13th 1991 by Del Rey
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Cornelia
Sep 30, 2011 Cornelia rated it it was amazing
An incredible premise. In ancient times an Irish visitor in Egypt is shown the plans or drawings on a toy to amuse the pharaoh using steam power, he ask the inventor for permission to draw a picture of it and how it works and takes it back to Ireland. The Irish develop steam power in ancient times and become technology advanced and create a space program. So in the 1400's AD they launch a spaceship to settle a another planet, a new world. In this alternate history, Ireland's main allies are the ...more
Valerie
The author mentions in the dedication that the Hibernian Empire/Westland alternate reality is part of a collaborative fantasy of which he was a part. The resolutions of conflict and recollections of historical parallels form an interesting supplement to what is partly an adventure story.

I tend to reread this about once a year. I like most of James White's work, and I would have liked to hear more about the Hibernian/Westland empire in other stories--and of the rest of the world. I did feel that
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Aug 02, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
One of the oldest alternate histories that I have ever read, and he did a great job too. If you're looking for action and battle sequences this is not the book for you. But if you're in the mood for a truly thought provoking look at what might have been with a shocking ending that will leave you wanting more I can't think of a better book.
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Great read as expected from White.
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