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Crosstime Traffic. My first short story collection, focusing largely (but by no means exclusively) on parallel world stories. First publication in paperback, by. Gunpowder Empire (Crosstime Traffic) [Harry Turtledove] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Jeremy Solter is a teenager growing up in the. Crosstime Traffic Book Series (6 Books). All Formats Kindle Edition. From Book 1. Jeremy Solter is a teenager growing up in the late 21st century. During the.

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Jeremy Solter is a teenager growing up in the late 21st century. During the school year, his trafdic lives in Southern California-but during the summer the whole family lives and works in the city of Polisso, on the frontier of the Roman Empire. Not the Roman Empire that fell centuries ago, but a Roman Empire that never fell. For we now have the technology to move between timelines, and to exploit the untapped resources of those timelines that are hospitable to human life. So we send traders and businesspeople-but as crosetime groups, in order to keep the secret of Crosstime Traffic to ourselves.

But when Jeremy ducks back home for emergency medical treatment, the gateways stop working. So do all the communication links. Jeremy and his sister are on their own, Polisso is suddenly under siege, and there’s only so much you can do when cannonballs are crashing through your roof I know I’d follow his imagination almost anywhere. Harry Turtledove is the Hugo-winning author of many SF and fantasy novels. He lives with his wife and daughters in Los Angeles. Would you traftic to tell us about a lower price?

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Please try again later. Beam Piper, and juvie coming-of-age.

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This book is, first and foremost, a teenage coming-of-age novel. You know the kind: Trite, but can be entertaining. If you take it in that spirit, as a coming of age novel that happens to be SF, it’s 4-star. The second thing that this book is, is an homage to H.

Little bit on the sexist side for ‘s taste, but consider when they were written; for their time the fiftieshaving Hadron Dalla be as active a character as she is in a science fiction novel was quite unusual, so Piper was doing a good job of thinking outside the usual parameters. Now, with Verkan Vall and Hadron Dalla in mind, you can see why Turtledove chose to have both a boy and a girl protagonist, and to have the girl chafe at restrictions.


That one’s definitely not a juvenile. It’s a time travel story, rather than an alternate history. In that book, our protagonist has a son and daughter, younger than the teenagers in this book.

So we have a pair of brackets – the children in Household Gods, and the adults in Piper’s books. That gives us an understanding about why Turtledove would choose to fill in the gap between those two. All that said – and boy, it sounds like I’m doing a book report, compare and contrast, doesn’t it? Since it’s being sold as alt-history, not as a juvie, I would give it a 3-star rating: I didn’t really want to spend that much time reading about adolescents emailing each other from different histories.

If you’re a teenager, though, or an adult who wants just a light read, maybe something you can share with your teenagers to get them more into SF, or even to assign to a class, both for reading purposes and for discussions of real Roman history, and of Latin. For those purposes it would be a five-star. Hence my four-star average. The homage to Piper shows in the title, the characters, and details.

Cross-time secret instead of Paratime secret, but the same secrecy. The disguise of traders as a way to get in and out of a more primitive culture.

Tgaffic expect we’ll see more details that echo Piper in the future volumes of this series. I will be reading them – it’s good enough for that – although I might opt for the paperbacks. In any event, it’s good to see Turtledove do something besides his interminable alt-Civil-War, alt-WW2 series, which have been dragged out way too long if you’re not someone who likes endless battle strategy scenes.

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This book has a few of those, but it’s a different kind of war. Buy it for a teen interested in SF, or for someone who particularly has an interest in the Roman Empire; read it yourself too, and enjoy it as long as you don’t expect great depth. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. The plot was predictable, there were no surprises and there was little action but the characterization was excellent.

It is a character driven story. The siblings were deep, thoughtful, intelligent but not too much and learned in ways that really highlighted the progression of our world compared to one that gunpowder aside, was still very much stuck in the classical age. The plot wasn’t horrible but unlike most of the characters it never stood out. Thankfully those characters were enough to keep the story going, I was interested, I cared what happened to the sibling and that kept me coming back.

I do hope to see more of the siblings as they grow up and perhaps join crosstime themselves but I am not sure if Turtledove went in that direction. If you need action and plot twists you will be disappointed, but if you can invest in the characters alone you should be happy to follow them to the end. This neat little book is not really original thematicallybut builds on several alternative history paths already explored by a good number of other authors and tosses in a future American possibility, basically from a “green” perspective.


Fishing for food and minerals for a wasted 21st century earth is a good addition to this genre. Jeremy and Amanda may become “Heinlein” kids” in later volumes. Now, however, they are too whiny, too 20th century US west coast even if the setting is late 21st century.

They find moral and ethical problems hard to deal with OTOH, Heinlien kids were direct action types in hard settings appropriate for their time and for setting youth models early in the Cold War. Jeremy and Amanda are not models for our time could be argued that they arebut certainly learned a lot about family business’ and surviving in a strange culture – and a war to boot – when cut off from everything familiar.

They ended up doing fine. Learning and thinking for survival are Harry’s key points, I think. These are good lessons for both life and any novel. So, on that level the story suceeds, even if its practice might be considered a bit “limp.

In Gunpowder Empire Harry Turtledove begins another series of books, this one with enormous potential to please. He has revived H. Beam Piper’s Paratime concept of multiple Earths on different time tracks which can be visited by those with the right technology.

This provides unlimited numbers of possible alternate worlds for Turtledove to explore. Gunpowder Empire takes a late twenty-first century American family to an alternate world where the Roman Empire never fell. They do business there in order to provide scarce resources to their own world, and for a time all seems well. Then the mother gets very ill and she and her husband return to their own world, leaving their two teenage children behind. Then the technology breaks down, and the children are left on their own, possibly for the rest of their lives.

Turtledove has not only revived Piper’s idea of Crosstime traffic, he has also hearkened back to Robert Heinlein’s juvenile science fiction works of the s and s.

At the same time he has provided some thought provoking commentary on war and on gender roles and relationships which give the book more depth. This is the beginning of a fine new series which I hope will see many additions. See all 45 reviews.

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