What would the world be like if the space race started during World War II? If Teddy Roosevelt had fought in World War I? If Joseph McCarthy had been elected President? Those and other questions are answered in these nine stories of alternate histories, when the world as we know it might have turned out different than it is today, if only one minor (or major) change had occurred in history. Included in this collection are: "A Massachusetts Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Harry Turtledove; "Ike at the Mike" by Howard Waldrop; "Looking for the Fountain" by Robert Silverberg; "The Return of William Proxmire" by Larry Niven; "The Arrival of Truth" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; "Goddard's People" by Allen Steele; "Over There" by Mike Resnick; "Bloodstained Ground" by Brian Thomsen; and "We Could Do Worse" by Gregory Benford.
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The book could barely do worse.
The alternate histories had some high points, but there were too many low points. "Looking for the Fountain" seemed like it would be the worst until I reached the story from which the book took its name. The JFK and Ike stories were really good. The "Arrival of Truth" was pretty good too, though left me wanting a view of the bigger picture- what did it really change in history.
The Teddy Roosevelt story was really good with an ending that I saw coming, but it could have easily gone a less realistic way and been just as good. My favorite was probably "Goddard's People." It was probably the most fun to read (hear).
Next time I will probably just stick to Turtledove or another really good alt-hist author.