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Just when everyone started thinking that alien invasions were now cliched, a fit subject only for cheap B-grade movies and satires, a master of the craft breathes new life into the old trope. Harry Turtledove, already a well-known master of alternate history, grafts the two together to produce some startlingly original results.
Worldwar: In the Balance
It's 1942 and just as the Battle of Midway should have happened, reptilian aliens show up and change everything. Suddenly mere human quarrels shrink in comparison to the threat from the stars.
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World War: Tilting the Balance
The second volume of Harry Turtledove's Worldwar tetralogy continues to develop the situation and the characters, putting some of them in very uncomfortable positions.
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Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance
The story continues to develop, with humans and Lizards exchanging nuclear destruction to the point that the Lizard commander despairs of having anything resembling a viable ecosystem to present to the colonization fleet. But the humans are determined not to submit, even if it means destroying their own world in the process.
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Worldwar: Striking the Balance
This volume ties up the conflict between humanity and the Lizards. Many of the individual fictional characters work out happy ends for themselves, but relations between human and Lizard have become an uneasy armed truce.
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Colonization: Second Contact
Two decades after aliens gatecrashed World War II, humanity faces a new challenge in the Lizards' colonization fleet.
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Colonization: Down to Earth
In the second volume of the sequel to WorldWar, humans and Lizards continue to struggle toward a peaceful accomodation. However, the aging leadership of Nazi Germany grow desperate for a quick solution to their problems and instead risk the future of all humanity.
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In the third installment of the Colonization series, which follows on the World War series, humanity and the Lizards sort out the aftermath to the destruction of the German Reich.
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Updated August 26, 2001
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