Harry Turtledove was born in Los Angeles, California in 1949. He is considered the premier Alternative History author of our times. Mr. Turtledove has taught ancient and medieval history at such varied institutes as UCLA, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State LA. Obviously he enjoys Los Angeles.

Other than his own books, Mr. Turtledove has been the principal editor of many many short story compilations, and it is considered a wise marketing ploy to tack his name on a book in a very large font if it contains a bastardized version of history. He has also published a translation of a ninth-century Byzantine chronicle, as well as some serious scholarly articles in some well known history journals.

He is married to Laura Frankos, a fellow novelist, and has three daughters, Alison, Rachel and Rebecca.

Harry is a prolific writer, but surprisingly, his books are very well written. They read as a series of narratives, with each of the characters lives giving the details of the events occuring around them. In his longer series, Harry takes well known historical figures and works them into his epic stories. The premise of most of his works is a simple change at one point in history, and how it affects all life afterwards. Described as What If? stories, they are a unique experience of any one who has a knowledge of the original historic event.


The Guns of the South (winner of the Sideways Award for Best Novel)

World War Saga
In the Balance
Tilting the Balance
Upsetting the Balance
Striking the Balance

Colonization Saga
Second Contact
Down to Earth

Videssos Cycle
The Misplaced Legion
An Emperor for the Legion
The Legion of Videssos
Swords of the Legion

The Tale of Krispos
Krispos Rising
Krispos of Videssos
Krispos the Emperor

The Time of Troubles Series
The Stolen Throne
Hammer and Anvil
The Thousand Cities
Videssos Besieged

A World of Difference

How Few Remain

The Great War Series
American Front
Walk in Hell

American Empire Series
Blood and Iron
upcoming The Center Cannot Hold

Counting Up, Counting Down
Credits: Linernotes of Colonization: Aftershocks