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Alternate Wars (What Might Have Been #3)

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What would have happened if history had been different: if the major events that shaped our times had occurred in a different way-or not at all? From a Trojan War in which Helen surrenders to a Civil War fought with robots, from a World War I in which Teddy Roosevelt tries to recapture the glory of San Juan Hill to a World War II in which the race is not for atomic weapons ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by I Books (first published 1991)
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Michael Coats
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
There are some good stories in this anthology. I especially liked James Morrow's comic "Arms and the Woman," in which an angry Helen decides she's had enough of the Trojan War. "If Lee Had Not Won at Gettysburg" is a classic study by Winston Churchill; it is available in many works besides this, but if if you haven't read it yet, treat yourself. Unfortunately, the longest piece opens the show, and it is a lackluster tale of Anne Boleyn. The author imagines she has been captured by time bandits, ...more
Shawn
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This volume was weaker than the first two though it's pages were populated with some of the best names in alternative history and even included Winston Churchill. I think that the chief weakness was in the constant need for some of the authors to compare and contrast the possible with the actual. Beyond that, the subject of Alternative Wars leads one to expect a change in the battles and their outcomes, but many of these were more about outside intercession (from the future or gods) than the bat ...more
Bob Rust
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Introduction" (Gregory Benford)
"And Wild for to Hold" (Nancy Kress)
"Tundra Moss" (F. M. Busby)
"When Free Men Shall Stand" (Poul Anderson)
"Arms and the Woman" (James Morrow)
"Ready for the Fatherland" (Harry Turtledove)
"The Tomb" (Jack McDevitt)
"Turpentine" (Barry N. Malzberg)
"Goddard's People" (Allen Steele)
"Manassas, Again" (Gregory Benford)
"The Number of the Sand" (George Zebrowski)
"If Lee Had Not Won the Battle of Gettysburg" (Winston S. Churchill)
"Over There" (Mike Resnick)
Jim Wilson
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting contrafactual history. Lots of short stories of varied quality. Particularly enjoyed "Arms and the Woman" about Helen of Troy.
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Gregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.

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