The twelve offerings in this collection range from three essays (which I had the least interest in) to his fiction. My favorites were "Father of the Groom" in which a mad scientist is faced with his son's Bridezilla; "Birdwitching" about a neighborhood's fierce annual competition in counting the various species of birds that visit; and two novellas-- "Hoxbomb" and "Down in the Bottomlands."
These last two are both actually mysteries, so I didn't stray that far from my current preferred milieu, and they both concern aliens, alien landscapes, their customs, and the uneasy truces that exist between them. In both novellas, different sides must work together to both solve the crimes and to keep the peace. "Hoxbomb" and "Down in the Bottomlands" both prove that Turtledove can pretty much write whatever he wants and do it well.
If you want an excellent author's tips on how to write alternate history, or if you're in the mood for humor or a bit of alien investigation, We Install: And Other Stories is a good collection with which to spend a few hours.
We Install: And Other Stories by Harry Turtledove
Open Road Integrated Media © 2015
eBook, 282 pages
Short Story Collection
Source: Purchased from Amazon.