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3.03 of 5 stars 3.03  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Eleven original stories about the different paths our world might've taken...

Alternate history explores the many possible directions our world could follow if certain key events didn't occur at all or were changed in some crucial way. Is our Earth the only Earth, our reality the only one that exists? Or are there many parallel worlds and societies, some very similar to o
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by DAW (first published February 12th 2009)
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Ben Babcock
Alternate history can often act like a soothing balm: science fiction, but of a very special type. It’s the ultimate “what-if” version of science fiction, the impossible attempt to create counterfactual stories. It is the logical conclusion to the lying that is the art of storytelling; taken to extremes, any story is alternate history. But with Other Earths, we’re on more conventional ground when it comes to alternate history. It’s exactly what it says on the cover: an anthology of stories in wh ...more
Kelly Flanagan
I wanted to read this book for years, it embraced a hope/dream I had had for many years, to read of-since I cannot actually cross to an alternate earth and see it- a world where the Europeans hadn't taken over North America. A world where we hadn't made such fundamentally detrimental mistakes throughout history.
To see that many of my favorite authors, and Jay Lake(one of my literary heroes) had the same thought, but also had the talent to bring these worlds to life, and to show us that although
Joshua Palmatier
Before I begin, I just want to say that this anthology has, so far, been the best DAW anthology I’ve read. The stories were all consistently good and engrossing, drawing me in and holding me in each alternate reality. Kudos to the editors, Nick Gevers & Jay Lake, for putting such a stellar anthology together, and kudos to the writers for coming up with such interesting alternate Earths. I’ve indicated the two stories I thought were the strongest, but of course that’s my personal opinion. It ...more
A quick overview of the stories as they appear:

This Peaceable Land, or, The Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beecher Stowe by RC Wilson *****

With the same understated prose of his great sf novels like Spin, Mr Wilson posits a late 19th century US in which there was no civil war and slavery sort of withered on the vine due to public opinion and market forces, though it's still legal but rare in Southern states; but at what cost? And here it lies the crux of this powerful novella which shows that some
Very few of these stories fit what I think of as alternate history. Yet most were entertaining reads. I read this book in tiny fits and starts while traveling abroad (speaking of other earths), and it was going well until I hit Lucius Shepard's "Dog-Eared Paperpack of My Life." That story totally ambushed me with its length and the way it seemed to meander from one kind of story to another. I thought I would never be done reading that story. Which is not to say that I hated it. To sum up: if you ...more
Paul Weimer
Alternate history is one of my favorite subgenres in Science Fiction, and it is a subgenre that lends itself as well to the short story as to the novel. The sting in the tail in realizing just where the divergence lies in a story's world and how it lies changed with our own often works better in a short story than the expanse of a novel. An AH novel explores an alternate history at length; a story is about the sting in the tail.

So I read Other Earths, a collection of new AH stories, with eagerne
Alternate history is a genre of fiction consisting of worlds in which history turned out differently from our own. Alternate history might have science fiction elements, or even fantasy elements, but it need not have it.

In this collection, there were three stories I didn't care for, two which were outstanding, and the rest were worth reading. The book is worth buying for the two outstanding works alone.

One outstanding work is the short story, "This Peaceable Land; or, The Unbearable Vision of Ha
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The two stars reflects the collection as a whole. For "Csilla's Story" (Theodora Goss), which was the whole reason I checked out this book, I give a 4.5. What happened to bring the average down so low? First I must confess that I did not intend to read every single story, while made me impatient when nothing on the first page drew me in. But, going before that, any introduction that disses brass automatically draws my ire. Perhaps we are indeed a section that is "five different flavors of the sa ...more
First of all let me start with a warning: usually I don't enjoy stories about "alternate worlds" very much. They tend to focus on details that I find completely boring. Nevertheless I decided to take my chance with this anthology because I was impressed by the included authors!

In This Peaceable Land, or, The Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beacher Stowe by Robert Charles Wilson no civil war took place and economic reasons made slavery obsolete. This results in new problems: what to do with all thos
Andrew Ralton
Favourites out of this collection:

Donovan Sent Us by Gene Wolfe

The Donovan of the title refers to William Joseph Donovan - head of the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, during WWII. Other characters featuring, or mentioned in this story are Winston Churchill, and Fritz Julius Kuhn the leader of the American Nazi party. A really interesting 'what if' story with a powerful ending.

The Recievers by Alastair Reynolds
This story is played out against the back drop of WWII with co
Chris Bull
As a collection of short stories and novellas, I found it a mixed bag. Too many of the essays were in the fantasy genre and not in the alternate history genre I was hoping for. A good alternate history work needs some modicum of research.
Shawn Thrasher
Books of short stories are always a grab bag -- you never exactly know what you are going to get. This book of "what if" alternate histories has some real stinkers (I won't name names) but tucked within the stinkers are a couple of gems, and that's the reason (at least for me) that books of short stories exist. First skip right ahead to Liz Willaims "Winterborn" about a Elizabethan fairy queen in an alternate Renaissance London; also Jeff VanderMeer's disturbing "Goat Variations" about parallel ...more
Interesting if uneven collection of alternate history short stories. I didnt really care for the ones that were more in the fantasy realm [fairies, magic, etc]. The best of the lot is Lucius Shepard's 'Dog-Eared Paperback of my Life' in which a writer stumbles across a book written by an alternate universe version of himself.

I'll look for more stuff by Shepard, but I doubt that I will ever re-read this book.
Dave Butler
pretty uneven collection of alternate history stories - none really great - some pretty bad - meh
It's a book of short stories by different authors. I only liked a few of the stories. I like stuff that talks directly about different dimensions. I didn't care for the story that had sex and drugs in it.
I liked this quote by Lucius Sheppard: "All journeys end in disappointment if for no other reason than that they end. Life disappoints us. Love fails to last. This has always been so..."
My review for this got really long so I'll just link to it - http://i-need-a-twelve-step-program.b...

There were a couple of real gems in this one but over all I felt there were more misses than hits.
Giorgos Keramidas
Not all of the stories kept me equally interested, but I guess this is normal for all anthologies.
I particularly liked 'This Peacable Land' by Robert Charles Wilson, and the 'Unblinking Eye' by Stephen Baxter though.
Anthology of short stories with an alternate/alternative history theme.

Read the full review here: http://speculativebookreview.blogspot...
It's a short story collection; variable quality, natch. Some nice stuff though (I personally liked the Lucius Shepherd.)
Mike Caulfield
Really uneven. A couple good stories, but on whole I *know* there has to be better stories than these to include...
John Cooley
horrible, horrible only 2 out of 11 stories are ok.
A mix of good, interesting and strange stories.
Interesting and a little fun
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