By Harry Turtledove
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The 20th century used to be awash in warfare. international powers have been pouring males and machines onto the killing fields of Europe. Then, in a single dramatic stroke, a divided planet used to be replaced perpetually. An alien race attacked Earth, and for each kingdom, each person, new conflict traces have been drawn.
Homeward Bound is the final booklet during this trade heritage. Now the battle has settled to an uneasy peace, with the people and extraterrestrial beings every one ruling a part of the Earth, however it is the americans, with their primitive inventiveness, who find a approach to release themselves via far away space–and succeed in the Race’s domestic planet itself.
Warriors, and diplomats locate themselves strangers on an odd international, and on the heart of a flash aspect with terrifying strength. The destiny of 2 species is in danger.
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In her threadbare loincloth and dusty as an unearthed root, Floribunda stood wheezing and snot-nosed and miserable. “You have to go back to your parents,” he said to her. ” “No tengo parents,” she gasped. ” “Who cares for you in the village? ” The gesture he made, running a hand through his hair while he looked down at the problem she represented, was the gesture any god, or any natural, might make in answer to a stymie. He might scoop her up and carry her back like a sack of meal, if he could put up with the indignity of returning, of appearing before the vulgaris like one of them, like some harried uncle with a kicking child under his arm.
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Homeward Bound by Harry Turtledove