The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump - Harry Turtledove

The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump

By Harry Turtledove

  • Release Date: 2015-06-09
  • Genre: Contemporary


In an alternate America that runs on magic, a potential environmental disaster plunges an overworked bureaucrat into a deadly conspiracy of evil gods and darkest sorcery

David Fisher pushes paper for the EPA in a world that’s a lot like ours . . . only different. In this California—and throughout the alternate United States—all gods are real, science doesn’t exist, and magic rules everything, running imp-driven computers and creating anxiety-inducing bumper-to-bumper flying-carpet rush hours. Unfortunately, unchecked magic use can leave dangerous residues, creating hours of mind-numbing deskwork for David and his fellow bureaucrats at the Environmental Perfection Agency. Now a leakage at a toxic spell dump in Angels City is about to complicate David’s life in ways he never imagined, unleashing vampires, werewolves, and soulless babies. Even the actual spooks at the CIA concerned. But looking too closely into what might be more than just an accident could have David stepping on the toes of some very nasty deities indeed, imperiling his future on the Other Side . . . and on this one, as well.
When it comes to creating alternate histories—and worlds—no one does it better than the great Harry Turtledove. The multiple-award-winning master of the fantastic carries readers on a droll thrill ride through a richly detailed, ingeniously imagined fantasy reality where the impossible is mundane—and absolutely anything can happen.

“A very talented science fiction writer, with a gift for finding a way to present a fascinating idea through strong, believable characters.” —Orson Scott Card
“The Hugo Award winner continues to delight in exploring the world of ‘what if?’ ” —Library Journal

Harry Turtledove is an American novelist of science fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy. Publishers Weekly has called him the “master of alternate history,” and he is best known for his work in that genre. Some of his most popular titles include The Guns of the South, the novels of the Worldwar series, and the books in the Great War trilogy. In addition to many other honors and nominations, Turtledove has received the Hugo Award, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and the Prometheus Award. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a PhD in Byzantine history. Turtledove is married to mystery writer Laura Frankos, and together they have three daughters. The family lives in Southern California.


  • Great setting!

    By Sekia V
    I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved the world in this book, although I don't think I would care to live in it! This story takes place in a world where all the "technological advances" are based in magic instead of science. For example, telephones use imps to communicate information over long distances and flying carpets are a commonplace mode of transportation. The writing was really well done. I really enjoyed the main character's sense of humor and his interactions with the other characters in the book just as much as the setting. Looking forward to reading some more of his novels!