Gateway Essentials: Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove was born in Los Angeles in 1949, and has a PhD in Byzantine history. He has taught ancient and medieval history at a number of universities including UCLA, and has published a translation of a ninth-century Byzantine chronicle, as well as several scholarly articles. A full-time science fiction writer since 1991, he is best known for his rigorously researched alternative history, such as the classic The Guns of the South, in which the Confederacy wins the American Civil War. Harry Turtledove is married to novelist Laura Frankos, and lives in Los Angeles.

We recommend starting with Roman-soldiers-in-a-fantasy-world novel The Misplaced Legion and then moving on to the alternative history, The Two Georges (co-written with the actor Richard Dreyfuss):


You can find more of Harry Turtledove’s work via his Author page on the Gateway website and read about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.