Harry Turtledove is the Hugo-winning author of many science fiction and fantasy novels. His alternate-history novels include the bestselling The Guns of the South, How Few Remain, the Worldwar series, and Ruled Britannia. He lives with his wife and daughters in Los Angeles.
Alternative history maestro Turtledove deals a tad heavy-handedly with the issue of slavery in his third Crosstime Traffic novel (after 2004's Curious Notions). In one alternative time line, the Black Death continued far longer than it did in the "home" time line with the result that Muslims occupy much of Europe, which is made up of small, insular principalities and kingdoms. When bandits in this medieval world capture 18-year-old Annette Klein (aka Khadija the oil merchant's daughter), she's separated from her parents, with no way to return to the home time line from which she and her family originate. Worse, the bandits are slavers who send people into another alternate time line where they're forced to work in miserable conditions. Turtledove convincingly portrays the conflict between Christians and Muslims, but takes less care in depicting male-and-female relationships. Didactic pronouncements on slavery notwithstanding, the book should satisfy its target audience of younger readers. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Turtledove has proved he can divert his readers to astonishing places...I know I'd follow his imagination almost anywhere." --San Jose Mercury News on Harry Turtledove
"One of the genre's leading purveyors of alternate history." --Dragon on Harry Turtledove
"Readers nostalgic for the juvenile SF novels of Robert A. Heinlein and Andre Norton will find much to enjoy...Turtledove presents his teenaged heroes with a series of moral choices and dilemmas that will particularly resonate with younger fans. This is a rousing story that reminds us that 'adventure' is really someone else in deep trouble a long way off." --Publishers Weekly on Gunpowder Empire