Lest Darkness Fall  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Lest Darkness Fall is an alternate history science fiction novel written in 1939 by author L. Sprague de Camp. It was first published as a short story in Unknown no. 10, December 1939. It was published as a complete novel by Henry Holt and Company in 1941.

The book is often considered one of the best examples of the alternative history genre; it is certainly one of the most influential. Alternative history author Harry Turtledove has said it sparked his interest in the genre as well as his desire to study Byzantine history. The novel shows a serious knowledge of the period in question, but the story is told entertainingly and with frequent humor.

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