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Alternate Empires (What Might Have Been #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  156 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In the tradition of John Cowley's bestselling "What If?" and "What If?, Vol. 2" comes a tantalizing collection of alternate historical events for lovers of Robert Harris ("Fatherland") and Harry Turtledove ("American Empire").
Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by iBooks (first published July 1st 1989)
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Billy Roper
Apr 10, 2016 Billy Roper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love alternate history. Reading, researching, studying, thinking of, and writing 'What if'... So do the authors of these short stories, and this collection of not dystopian, but simply alternate empires, as the title implies, explores how things may have gone, had they not went as they did. Some may seem better to you than what we got. Others, not so much. They might, as such tales do, help increase your perspective on the power of free will, and the importance of those little things, though. ...more
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Alternative fiction always intrigues me so I was happy to spend time dipping into this book. Some of the stories seemed uneven, or maybe that was just that the topic did not interest me as much as others.
Michelle Ruedin
A nice solid collection with only two stories that tanked for me. Neither of them was really horrible either, they just both suffered a bit from the authors getting a little heavy-handed with the message of the stories.
Sep 28, 2010 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading part of my collection. Certian stories such as In the House of Sorrows and The Return of William Proxmire are worth 5's but not the whole collection. YMMV.
I read this awhile ago. Unfortunately it didn't really strike a cord with me and I didn't finish it.
Lord Humungus
May 06, 2010 Lord Humungus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some truly great alternate history material by James Morrow and F. Pohl
Julie Miles
Aug 22, 2013 Julie Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The closest I have ever been to enjoying a history book :-)
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