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Explore interesting, frequently chilling "what if" bills of the area that can have existed–and nonetheless could but . . .

Science fiction’s so much illustrious and visionary authors pontificate the last word exchange background assortment. right here you’ll adventure mind-bending stories that problem your perspectives of the prior, current, and destiny, including:

• "The fortunate Strike": while The fortunate Strike is selected over The Enola Gay to drop the 1st atomic bomb, destiny takes an unforeseen flip in Kim Stanley Robinson’s gripping tale.
• "Bring the Jubilee": Ward Moore’s novella masterpiece bargains a insurgent victory at Gettysburg which adjustments the process the Civil conflict . . . and all of yankee history.
• "Through street No Wither": After Hitler’s victory in international battle II, Nazi officials confront their future in Greg Bear’s apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of the future.
• "All the Myriad Ways": homicide or suicide, Ambrose Harmon’s dying leads the police down an enormous variety of pathways in Larry Niven’s remarkable and defining story of possible choices and consequences.
• "Mozart in Mirrorshades": Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner discover a terrifying period because the destiny crashes into the past–with disastrous results.
. . . in addition to works by way of Poul Anderson • Gregory Benford • Jack L. Chalker • Nicholas A. DiChario • Brad Linaweaver • William Sanders • Susan Shwartz • Allen Steele • and Harry Turtledove himself!

The definitive assortment: fourteen seminal trade historical past stories drawing readers right into a universe of dramatic chance and unending ask yourself.

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