Time and Chance by Alan Brennert

is a wonderful alternate-universe novel, focusing not on a big divergence in a well-known historical event, but what happens to one man and his friends and relations following a major decision he made on graduation from college. The first couple of chapters show two different paths Richard Cochrane's life has taken in two parallel worlds; then the worlds come close together, and Rick and Richard meet. Since the alternate-history divergence is more a McGuffin to give Mr. Brennert a chance to explore the consequences of choices, rather than the focus of the story, it's perhaps only borderline sf (it was published as general fiction by Tor); but it's very much worth reading. (3/97)

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