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  1. Man In the High Castle question

    Is there any evidence that Dick ever read William L. Shirer's "If Hitler Had Won WWII" (Look Magazine December 19, 1961)? http://www.papermags.com/12-19-1961ifhitlerhadwonwwiibywilliamlshirer.aspx http://www.uchronia.com/label/shirhitler.html
  2. Book Enquiry - 1942 Sealion vs. Americans

    Back in the seventies I read an AH novel -- even if it wasn't inteded -- where the Nazis invaded Britain in 1942 and the only troops available to resist them were American. The commanding officer of the U.S. troops was having an affair, I recall. There was a scene where one side was spraying...
  3. Sidewise Awards 2019, 2020

    The Sidewise Awards for Best Alternate History have been announced. For 2019: Short Form: Harry Turtledove. “Christmas Truce” Asimov’s, November 2019. Long Form: Annalee Newitz. The Future of Another Timeline. Tor, 2019. For 2020 : Short Form: Matthew Kresal. “Moonshot”...
  4. Book query: Atom Bomb at the Coronation Fleet Review

    There was a novel from the fifties that was about a Soviet attempt to disrupt the North Atlantic Alliance and severely damage Britain, by planting a nuclear weapon in a ship and having it detonate during the Coronation Fleet Review. I have a copy of it in my house . . . somewhere. Does anyone...
  5. Robert A. Heinlein, Rhodes Scholar

    After Heinlein graduated from the Naval Academy (class of 1929) he was assigned to the USS Lexington, homeported in San Diego. While there, he was considered as a candidate to be a Rhodes Scholar. Problem -- Heinlein had got married to Elinor Curry on what seems to have been a whim, and Rhodes...
  6. The Last Man in Europe, by Ernest Hemingway

    THE LAST MAN IN EUROPE by Ernest Hemingway [In the spirit of Fighters from Mars (1897, 1898) an American publisher asked Papa to do his version of this Limey’s novel. So . . .] It was a bright cold day. It was a day in April. All the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith was...
  7. Now Hear This, Now Hear This, Dinner Is Served, Dinner Is Served

    There is a dinner party with Daniel V. Gallery, captor of U-505 and author of Now, Hear This!, Ned Beach, captain of USS Triton, and author of Run Silent, Run Deep, and Nicholas Monsarrat, convoy escort ship commander, diplomat, and author of The Cruel Sea. What do they talk about (aside from...
  8. Le G o u v e r n e m e n t d e l a R é p u b l i q u e décrete

    POD: Premier Reynaud falls under the influence of General de Gaulle. As a result, Marshal Petain stalks off in a huff, and the French government resolves to continue the fight from Algeria. And in France: Er . . .
  9. The Oppenheimer Alternative

    Robert J. Sawyer's book The Oppenheimer Alternative will be released June 2. This is a link to an interview of him about the book: http://file770.com/robert-j-sawyer-interviewed-by-mike-glyer-about-the-oppenheimer-alternative/ There is one interesting passage in the interview: I recall...
  10. Sidewise Awards for 2019

    The 2019 Sidewise Awards have been announced. The winners are: Sidewise Award for Best Long Form Alternate History Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars (Tor Books) Sidewise Award for Best Short Form Alternate History Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez & Emmanuel Valtierra, Codex Valtierra, Special...
  11. Sidewise Awards Nominees for 2018

    Steven H. Silver has announced the Sidewise Award Nominees for 2018: Short Form Rick Wilber: "The Secret City", Asimov's, 9/10, 2018 Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez and Emmanuel Valtierra, Codex Valtierra Long Form Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars, Tor Hannu Rajaniemi, Summerland, Tor...
  12. Proofs of a Conspiracy

    After the Constitutional Convention was called in May of 1787, many people were concerned. The Polish activist J. L. Neil Neil, herald of the Revolution, came out with a pamphlet criticizing the effort which was distributed through the streets of Philadelphia . . . Proofs of a Conspiracy, by...
  13. 2018 Dragon Award for Best Alternate History Novel

    Dragon*Con in Atlanta has its own awards, selected through some process. One of the categories is Best Alternate History Novel. This year's nominees are: Uncharted by Kevin J. Anderson and Sarah A. Hoyt Witchy Winter by D.J. Butler Minds of Men by Kacey Ezell The Dream of the Iron Dragon...
  14. A Technocracy Movement That Was Successful

    Not quite Technocracy, Inc., but suspiciously close. This is for Strategos' Risk, ParachronicsInc, and all the rest of the posters. So be terrified at learning how It Could Happen Here . . .
  15. Contrafactual History and Alternative History

    Joseph Wurtenbaugh, author of A Prophet Without Honor: A Novel of Alternative History, makes a difference between what he writes and and what most of us go for: I apologize for having given such a large amount of quoted matter, but he only put it up on his Facebook page, which I don't think...
  16. Bitter Weeds in Paperback

    Bitter Weeds, the first volume of my Alternate WWII story, has been submitted to Amazon KDP and should soon be on sale.
  17. THE INVASION OF HAWAII!! (well, sorta)

    As part of the planning for the strike against Pearl Harbor, Genda and his staff carefully seek out advice. Among the people they go to for advice is a consular officer who was stationed in Honolulu until earlier that year. He reports on one of his duties. Once a month, he would take the...
  18. Victory Through Air Power

    Victory Through Air Power (1942), by Russian flying ace and American aircraft entrepeneur Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky is one of the more famous How-to-Win-the-War books. The book was made into a very popular Disney documentary of the same title (1943). Seversky called for the...
  19. A Little Problem with "Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror"

    In a studio somewhere in Hamburg, William Joyce looked over the paper given him by the man from the Abwehr and smiled. The might of his adopted land and Leader was so great that they could openly confront the Jews and their despised puppets. They must be punished, and how better than to...
  20. L'Invasion de la Mer -- Creation of the Sahara Sea

    In 1877 Donald Mackenzie proposed the creation of a Sahara Sea. He argued that much of the desert of central Tunisia and southern Algeria was beneath sea level, so a canal dug from the Mediterranean to these places would flood them and create an inland sea, with consequent improvement to the...
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