1632The only sci-fi/fantasy part of this book is in the very beginning when the town of Grantville, WV is teleported to 17th century Germany; the remainder of 1632 discusses how 1,000 or so "up-timers" manage to survive in "down-time" Germany. Perhaps the most intriguing part about this book is that the reader community is not only allowed to contribute to the canon of the story, but actually encouraged to expand and develop the new universe. There are collections of fan sequels and spin-offs, as well as tomes penned by the original author and many other authors. It's definitely unique.
This geek book recommendation is featured in Jay Garmon's TechRepublic article "The ultimate science fiction book meme."
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