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The Solters setup shop in Polisso, selling pocket watches ("hour-reckoners"), sharp razors, mirrors, and Swiss knives, all trinkets slightly above the technological know-how of the people. Things start going awry when [[Melissa Solters|Mrs. Solters]] falls ill. She and [[Jack Solters|Mr. Solters]] leave for the home timeline, leaving their children [[Jeremy Solters|Jeremy]] and [[Amanda Solters|Amanda]] behind. All would be well, except that soon after Jeremy and Amanda lose the communication link to their home timeline, and the neighbouring kingdom of [[Lietuva]] ([[Lithuania]] and possibly parts of [[Russia]] in the Solters' home reality) has once again declared war against Rome, and the siege of Polisso begins.
 
The Solters setup shop in Polisso, selling pocket watches ("hour-reckoners"), sharp razors, mirrors, and Swiss knives, all trinkets slightly above the technological know-how of the people. Things start going awry when [[Melissa Solters|Mrs. Solters]] falls ill. She and [[Jack Solters|Mr. Solters]] leave for the home timeline, leaving their children [[Jeremy Solters|Jeremy]] and [[Amanda Solters|Amanda]] behind. All would be well, except that soon after Jeremy and Amanda lose the communication link to their home timeline, and the neighbouring kingdom of [[Lietuva]] ([[Lithuania]] and possibly parts of [[Russia]] in the Solters' home reality) has once again declared war against Rome, and the siege of Polisso begins.
   
== Literary Note ==
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== Literary Notes ==
   
 
The book's plot has much in common with ''[[Household Gods]]'', written by Turtledove in collaboration with [[Judith Tarr]] - though that book concerns time travel back to the actual [[Roman Empire]]. Both books depict the daily life of a provincial Roman city from the point of view of modern American(s) marooned there, and both deal prominently such issues as facing a society where slavery is taken for granted, and surviving a foreign invasion of the Imperial territory.
 
The book's plot has much in common with ''[[Household Gods]]'', written by Turtledove in collaboration with [[Judith Tarr]] - though that book concerns time travel back to the actual [[Roman Empire]]. Both books depict the daily life of a provincial Roman city from the point of view of modern American(s) marooned there, and both deal prominently such issues as facing a society where slavery is taken for granted, and surviving a foreign invasion of the Imperial territory.
   
 
At one point, [[Jeremy Solters]] plays a game on his PowerBook which involves aliens invading [[Earth]] during [[World War II]]. This is a reference to the ''[[Worldwar]]'' series.
 
At one point, [[Jeremy Solters]] plays a game on his PowerBook which involves aliens invading [[Earth]] during [[World War II]]. This is a reference to the ''[[Worldwar]]'' series.
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Jeremy Solters refers to an alternate in which [[Germany#Germany in Curious Notions|Germany]] won [[World War I#World War I in Curious Notions|World War I]]. This was intended to foreshadow the events of the following novel ''[[Curious Notions (novel)|Curious Notions]]''.
   
 
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Gunpowder Empire  
Gunpowder
Author Harry Turtledove
Cover artist Kazuhiko Sano
Language English
Series Crosstime Traffic
Genre(s) Alternate History
Publisher Tor
Publication date 2003
Followed by Curious Notions
Gunpowder Empire, Tor, 2003, is the first novel in the Crosstime Traffic series. It follows the adventures of the Solters family, who spend every summer in the alternate universe called Agrippan Rome, more precisely in the city of Polisso, in the Dacia region, which is Romania in their reality. Agrippan Rome is a world where the Roman Empire never fell, thanks to Agrippa's survival against disease, which let him lead the Roman armies against the invading barbarians.

The Solters setup shop in Polisso, selling pocket watches ("hour-reckoners"), sharp razors, mirrors, and Swiss knives, all trinkets slightly above the technological know-how of the people. Things start going awry when Mrs. Solters falls ill. She and Mr. Solters leave for the home timeline, leaving their children Jeremy and Amanda behind. All would be well, except that soon after Jeremy and Amanda lose the communication link to their home timeline, and the neighbouring kingdom of Lietuva (Lithuania and possibly parts of Russia in the Solters' home reality) has once again declared war against Rome, and the siege of Polisso begins.

Literary Notes

The book's plot has much in common with Household Gods, written by Turtledove in collaboration with Judith Tarr - though that book concerns time travel back to the actual Roman Empire. Both books depict the daily life of a provincial Roman city from the point of view of modern American(s) marooned there, and both deal prominently such issues as facing a society where slavery is taken for granted, and surviving a foreign invasion of the Imperial territory.

At one point, Jeremy Solters plays a game on his PowerBook which involves aliens invading Earth during World War II. This is a reference to the Worldwar series.

Jeremy Solters refers to an alternate in which Germany won World War I. This was intended to foreshadow the events of the following novel Curious Notions.

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