Don’t forget the sequel “Herbig-Haro” “Herbig-Haro” is a short story by Harry Turtledove, published under his pen name Eric Iverson. HERBIG-HARO ERIC G. IVERSON (HARRY TURTLEDOVE) Like all the ships Loki flew. Erasmus Chang’s scout Praise of Folly was too old. She went into or out. “The Road Not Taken” is a short story by Harry Turtledove, set in , in which he presents a fictitious account of a first encounter between humanity and an alien race, the Roxolani. “Herbig-Haro” is another short story by Turtledove, which is the sequel to this.

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The story was first published in Analog Science Fiction in Herbig-Haro Roxalani by Harry Turtledove.

Carrie marked it as to-read Sep 18, Lists with This Book. As Togram and another Roxolani captive realize the impact of the narrow but critical Roxolani technology for another, generally more advanced society, the story closes with the two asking themselves, “What have we done?

Within this genre he is known both for creating original scenarios: And every species we know that reached what the old Terrans would have called a seventeenth-century technological level did what was needed — except us. The Roxolani anticipate a simple and rewarding campaign, as they can detect no use of gravity manipulationthe cornerstone of their civilization.


Books by Harry Turtledove. Llama Glama rated it it was amazing Aug 31, If that sort of thing actually herbig-hark it really does seem to be one of those things that someone should’ve noticed at some point in the past, with no moving parts and just microwaves it’s kind of stupidly simple.

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The Road Not Taken (short story)

This short story contains ideas which were later more developed in the Worldwar seriesin which hergig-haro invading aliens have an initial technological edge that hfrbig-haro soon surpassed by human ingenuity and innovation. Urth Lin rated it really liked it Jul 16, Learning how to do FTL stunts you, because it’s absolutely counter-intuitive to the principles that allow you to discover the scientific method, sound engineering principles, or any of the rest of humanity’s cleverness.

Zince marked it as to-read Oct 31, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Alan rated it it was amazing Jun 19, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is a prequel story to “Herbig-Haro”—set several centuries after humanity has conquered the galaxy— published a year before under the name “Eric Iverson”. Shame about the typos around the luofi or whatever they are called, but a very readable short story. Thomas rated it liked it Aug 17, It was a rude shock when they found that a couple of simple experiments could have given them the key to contragrav and the hyperdrive three, four, even five centuries earlier.


When they are interrogated, the truth becomes evident: With attention focused on them, too, work on other things, like electricity and atomics, never gets started.

Pataz rated it it was ok Aug 05, While set in the same universe as “The Road Not Taken”, it has not been reprinted. Return to Book Page. Yorick rated it it was ok Dec 19, Maybe turtledovd so silly though. Message scifi and let your friendly mods know! Turtledove has been dubbed “The Master of Alternate History”.

Humans retaliate with automatic weapons and missiles. When submitting please include a bit of greater context about the submission so as to help start the discussion about it.