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A World of Difference
A World of Difference
Author: Harry Turtledove
When the Viking lander on the planet Minerva was destroyed, sending back one last photo of a strange alien being, scientists on Earth were flabbergasted. And so a joint investigation was launched by the United States and the Soviet Union, the first long-distance manned space mission, and a symbol of the new peace between the two great rivals.Hum...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345360762
ISBN-10: 0345360761
Publication Date: 8/30/2005
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Pretty good book, actually. Might get more of his now that I liked this.
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A very different take on the cold war. Well written and holds your interest.
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Early Turtledove. More of a pure SciFi story in the tradition of Heinlein, etc. than alternate history.

Interesting story. 2 Manned probes to planet "Minerva" encounter intelligent yet non-technical life. One probe is Russian one US. Cold War issues intervene and a brewing conflict among the natives is made worse by involvement of the humans.
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This book is a bit out of the ordinary from the other "what if" historical writings of Turtledove's that I have read. While it is quite good, it is not what I expected. I enjoyed it though.