By Harry Turtledove
A Del Rey Book, 598 pp, 1999
Science fiction and alternative
history writer Harry Turtledove continues the magnificent Worldwar
series with Colonization: Second Contact. While not as
action-packed as the first series, this book is a worthy successor to Worldwar
and promises greater conflict in the next book.
It's now the 1960s, about twenty years
after the Lizards reached a truce with the three not-empires of the
earth: Communist Russia, Nazi Germany, and the United States. These
three countries maintained their independence, as did Japan and Great
Britain. Just about the rest of the world - Africa, Central and South
America, Southeast Asia, Australia - went to the Lizards.
But the Race is having a harder time
than they anticipated. A man named Khomeini is stirring up rebellion in
Jerusalem, and the United States works on a top-secret project they call
a space station. Someone blows up some Lizard ships filled with
colonists, but the Lizards don't know who. And ginger continues to wreak
havoc throughout the Race, especially with females.
Most of the characters from Worldwar
are back, and some minor characters from that series play bigger roles
in this book. Unfortunately, one of my favorite characters didn't make
it to Colonization. Oh well.
This is a fine book. I've said this
before, but Turtledove knows his history, and he applies the real stuff
to a fictional setting in a compelling and believable way. Makes for