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Harry Turtledove pays tribute to pulp science fiction, combining a favorite plot--invasion by technologically superior aliens--with an alternate history of WWII and its aftermath. His Worldwar Series began the story when a fleet of lizard-like aliens arrived to conquer Earth in May 1942. It ended in 1945 with a negotiated peace between the Race, the nuclear powers (the Reich, the USSR, and the USA), and the much-weakened Britain and Japan.
Colonization: Second Contact continues the saga, but you need not read the previous series to enjoy it. When the colonists arrive in 1962, they're unprepared for a half-conquered world. After several of their ships are destroyed by a nuclear missile of mysterious origin, they accuse the conquest forces of incompetence. Muslims in the conquered Middle East are staging an Intifada, the Chinese Communists continue guerrilla warfare against the invaders, and everyone's smuggling ginger, which is powerfully addictive among the Race and has unanticipated effects on the female colonists.
Turtledove's cast of characters includes sharply drawn alien soldiers and civilians as well as a mix of convincing historical and fictional humans from all over the world. He covers all the sixties issues: generational conflict, the drug culture, racial inequality, the threat of atomic apocalypse, and the frustration of soldiers in an unwinnable war. If you enjoy alternate history and old B movies, this book's for you. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In high fashion, the master of alternative SF launches a sequel series to his acclaimed Worldwar tetralogy (Striking the Balance, etc.). It is 1963, and Earth is divided among five independent powers (the U.S., the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, Britain, Japan) and the invading alien Lizards. Human adaptations of Lizard technology (including space flight) and the Lizard leaders' painful experience of fighting humans have led to an armed truce among all the parties. Now, however, the Lizard colony fleet, with 40 million sleep-frozen colonists, arrives to settle what they expect to be a completely subdued world. That the Tosevites (humans) are still holding out is only the first of several surprises to greet them. The nastiest is probably that ginger, merely addictive to Lizard males, brings Lizard females violently into heat?arousing an irresistible mating urge in the males. The Third Reich, meanwhile, under the leadership of Himmler, continues its odious ways; Jews maintain an uneasy peace with the Lizards, who saved them from the Holocaust; the Soviet Union (under Molotov) survives; and the U.S. is building a huge space station. Characters who have become old friends to readers of the earlier tetralogy abound, and new ones both human and Lizard appear by the double handful. Turtledove handles sexual themes with good taste and appropriate humor. With his fertile imagination running on overdrive, he develops an exciting, often surprising, story that will not only delight his fans but will probably send newcomers back to the Worldwar saga to fill in the backstory.
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Fans of the World War series will not be let down. Many of your favorite characters are back, some changed by the years, some not. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2002 by Michael Mathis
The story and people inside are great, marvelous. But Turtledove way of write it's so pitiful! Each time, in the book, come a caracther, he have to wirte down the same things as if... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001 by Antonio Fanelli
I've now read all three of the WorldWar books and the
first installment of the Colonization saga. Read more
This book is for those who read Turtledove's World War series, liked the idea of an Alien invasion during WWII, and wanted to know what happened next. Read morePublished on June 7 2001 by A. Burchfield
The biggest problem with this book is that NOTHING HAPPENS. 2 things happen repeatedly in this book:
1). Read more
The cover has pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini, some Nazi guy, and then Martin Luther King, Jr. The Ayatollah was an off-stage player, referred to a number of times. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2000 by Doug
I read this a month ago, so all the characters names but Straha have left my memory, so bear with me. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2000 by "m_peror07"
Second Contact suffers far too much from being the first book in a series. Rather than come up with a linear plot structure, Turtledove picks up some of the old characters and plot... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2000 by Amazon Customer