Back in the USSA (ISBN ) is a collection of seven short stories by Eugene Byrne and Kim Newman, which was published in by Mark V. Back in the USSA by Kim Newman, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. One of the two superpowers which has dominated the 20th century is on the verge of being torn apart. The old communists regime which has held sway.
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Rambo is played in a film by Raymond Massey. How would the United States uss John rated it it was amazing Mar 19, Ziesing Books- Alternative histories FictionAmerican – pages. No trivia or quizzes yet. Nswman American Civil War. This lets them have fun with presenting historical figures and events in a new way as Al Capone becomes this timeline’s version of Joseph Stalin, and British and Russian soldiers fight American-backed Vietcong forces.
Back in the USSA by Kim Newman
One of my favorite alternate history books. Ironic that Newman’s vision of a shattered USSA isn’t too dissimilar from our current United States, and even the stuff that gets exacerbated by Capone’s Stalinistic tactics magnified by his mafioso tendencies, proving that even through a mirror darkly some things never change aren’t exactly things that went good for the capitalistic reality of the US. The early idealism of this change is misplaced, however; upon Debs’ death inpower is seized by Al Capone an obvious parallel to Joseph Stalinjust as Debs is used to newma the achievements of Vladimir Leninwho proceeds to rule over the USSA with a brutal, repressive fist newjan iron, establishing a cult of personality around himself, exiling and executing his political rivals and ruling the country more brutally and ruthlessly and incompetently than any of the robber barons newmann were previously deposed.
But usda this book, perhaps because of the geography the United States of America is, after all, much-much bigger than the comparatively tiny UK or Britain envisaged by Saki, in his “When William Came” or in the Anno Dracula booksthe gallop never becomes canter.
Gareth Wilson rated it liked it Dec 27, For the song by the Beatles, see Back In the U. After all, klm no way they’d get every detail right no matter how much they research, and there’s no way they could ever know if this is how it’d actually be.
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Speaking of which, they certainly seem to be enjoying themselves in the way that they reimagine historical figures in this timeline. Paul Hasbrouck rated it really liked it Sep 27, The inclusion of such characters doesn’t always work – the last section in particular includes JR Ewing, the Blues Brothers, and The Man with No Name in – but most of the time it makes things just a little more interesting. Following this, his vice president, Charles Foster Kane takes power, and gradually leads the United States into greater levels of oppression, class division and bureaucratic incompetence and corruption — including an earlier entry into World War I in and the assassination of his rival candidate, Woodrow Wilsonduring the election campaign.
The old communists regime which has held sway since the Revolution of is weak and divided. This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil. Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne turn history on its head with this novel of “what if?
Why not just have some fun with it? Thankfully, an inter-library loan request gave me the gift to finally give it a try, and it’s been worth the effort. Oh, and France is China. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Very clever alternate history. Views Read Edit View history.
Oct 29, Billy Roper rated it liked it. Robert Taylor rated it it was amazing Jun 25, One of the two superpowers which has dominated the 20th century is on the verge of being torn apart. But it could have been great. His pseudonymous novels, as Jack Yeovil, play elegant games with genre cliche–perhaps the best of these is the sword-and-sorcery novel Drachenfels which takes the prescribed formulae of the games company to whose bible it was written and make them over entirely into a Kim Newman novel.
The old communists regime which has held sway since the Revolution of is weak and divided.
And there’s something strangely disjointed about “On the Road,” the concluding story written specifically for this collection.
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What if Eugene Debs had a successful revolution? Kunja rated it liked it Jan 08, Patrick rated it really liked it May 15, Try to picture this: Alternative history or slipstream or whatever, idea is absolutely brilliant.
Account Usa Sign in. It’s a shame, then, that this book is so difficult to find. Better still, they do it without pounding it over our heads, meaning no one says, “Man, can you imagine if we hadn’t gone through a communist revolution in ?
A new age of o Te, it is true that the United States today, after the end of the Cold War, has become more Communistic than Russia now is. The way pop culture and history mixes into imagination to give it a pseudo credibility is also very good. When Eugene Debs led the Revolution, few expected it to lead to the iron-fisted regime of Chairman Al gack Capone, a dictatorship that would last into the s. The collection of short stories in Back in the USSA are very entertaining and do a great job of world building without really moving from the obvious plot lines.
This is my second time reading this and I still think it rips. When Eugene Debs led the Revolution, few expected it to lead to the iron-fisted regime of Chairman Al “Scarface” Capone, a dictatorship that would last into the s. This is the story of 20th century where America had a revolution Afterwards, a new socialist order, led by Debs, takes over. Matt Mitrovich rated it really liked it Apr 27, Other althist writers would have been strict in determining exactly how the 20th century would have turned out if the United States had gone communist at its start, but this team does not go for this “hard science fic Kum to picture this: Hardcoverpages.
The stories are linked through their setting, an alternate history of the i century in which the United States experienced a communist baci in and became a communist superpowerwhereas Russia did not.