The Valley-Westside War (Crosstime Traffic)
by Harry Turtledove
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765314871
Date: 08 July 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The Crosstime Traffic Corporation visits and explores many alternate worlds. Places where the Nazis and Soviets win, as well as worlds so different and backwards that it is hard to believe. In most cases families cross into these worlds, learn to fit in, and trade. Children gain experience that will help them get into good colleges -- an advantage as they try to gain employment with Crosstime Traffic. In this entrant to the series, something is different. People are sent to explore why the bombs flew in the sixties in this alternate world. From official release/information:
From back of book: Usually Crosstime Traffic concerns itself with trade. Our world owns the secret of travel between parallel continuums, and we mean to use it to trade for much-needed resources with the worlds next door. Preferably without letting them know about any of that parallel-world's stuff.
But there's one parallel world that's different. In it, the atomic war broke out in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love. Now, Crosstime Traffic has been given a different sort of mission: find out what on earth, or on the many earths, went wrong.
(Source: Tor Books)