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Three Miles Down
by Harry Turtledove
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Tor, 2023 (2022)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Harry Turtledove is a prolific SF author, with both time travel and alternate history series. Now he gives his fans a story of first contact with aliens - Three Miles Down on the ocean floor!

We meet the lead, UCLA marine biology grad student Jerry Stieglitz in 1974. He makes a bit extra by selling SF short stories, and is about to marry his fiancée. His plans are suddenly interrupted, when various agencies pressure him to join Project Azorian in the north Pacific Ocean. They also offer a large cash carrot.

There are cover stories within cover stories, but the bottom line - at the bottom of the ocean - is a dead Russian sub and an alien spacecraft. Of course, all the experts (CIA, RAND scientists etc.) are at a loss and it's the student storyteller who figures out what to do. And, as always, the author brings the 1970s to life.

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