Five Alternative Histories Reimagined for WWII and the Space Race

Often, the author makes the imagination compatible with reality. While we read, the world around us remains, even when we believe everything the author tells us.exist next history, Kibsu inserts himself into history in an attempt to take us to the stars, but the resulting timeline is what we know. There are few, if any, verifiable facts that contradict the storyline, and instead, if all this had happened, nothing would change where we are now. However, some people are not so kind to our reality, their stories mixed with past events and wreaking havoc on our timelines.

The most inspiring and tragic events in history make good candidates for alternative or secret histories, and the two are often intertwined. For example, the Space Race and World War II are inextricably linked, and alternate or secret histories of one often involve the other.Of course, it’s almost impossible to talk about an alternate history of WWII without mentioning it man in high castle Philip K. Dick. I chose not to include it since it will appear in almost all such lists.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite reimaginings of war and the space race that followed.

computing star Mary Robinette Kowal

So much for avoiding the obvious. computing star is an instant classic and absolutely everyone should read it. In 1952, a meteorite hit Earth, and the resulting global warming threatened all life on Earth. When an international coalition speeds up a space program to save humanity’s hopes, a very smart human-machine sticks with her attempt to land a moon mission despite rampant sexism. Mary Robinette Kowal deftly captures the zeitgeist, and the protagonist is an absolute gem. It’s no surprise that the book has won a Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award. If you know anything about the history of female pilots, Ninety Nine or First Lady Astronaut Cadet (aka Mercury Thirteen), you’ll love this, if not, this is a great introduction to the subject. Bonus: This is the first in a series of female astronauts. There are also two novels: destined sky and relentless moon Available now. There are also two novellas in the same universe.

Oppenheimer Alternative Robert J. Sawyer

All life on Earth is decades away from being forgotten (of course it is), and the world’s greatest minds have come together to stop it. You know many of them. Apparently there was the titular J. Robert Oppenheimer, but also Albert Enstein, Leo Szilard, Niels Bohr, Edward Teller, Wernher von Braun, Richard Feynman, Arthur Compton, Enrico Fermi, and more. Every character in this book is a real person. Yes, both. Some of the dialogue is even real. This is one of the most ambitious books I have ever read. I can’t imagine the amount of research that goes into giving each character a believable voice and personality (actually, I can, the bibliography runs 30 pages on my phone), but this is Robert J. Sawyer so maybe I don’t Should be surprised.In some ways it reminds me of this drama Copenhagen More exciting, cool rockets and apocalyptic scenes from Michael Frayn.

make a fortune by Joe Walton

On the face of it, this is a typical murder mystery set in 1949 England, but this is not our England. This man sold his soul to end the hostilities with Hitler. This is a deeply ingrained England where anti-Semitism runs rampant with impunity. When a politician dies at the famous French estate, the main suspect is naturally the protagonist’s Jewish husband, which may have been the reason he was invited in the first place. Scotland Yard’s inspector Carmichael is to solve the mystery. This book is a wonderful interpretation of fascism and a great detective. As you might have guessed, it’s pretty dark, but the introduction to the alt-history section is pretty neat. Farthing, the house, feels like a creepy Downton Abbey/Blade mansion, and the characters are great. Although the story takes place more than seventy years ago, the themes and plot are disturbing. make a fortune Nominated for the Nebula Award and the Campbell Memorial Award. Bonus: This is the first in a trilogy. Two other novels, Harpenny and half crownare out.

Japan Peter Thias

ok so i didn’t put man in high castle on the list, but this one is heavily inspired. You can guess from the title of who won the war. The story follows a video game censor and an Imperial government agent investigating a subversive game that showcases a world where the Allies win. A riveting reflection on oppression, patriotism, and nationalism, it’s a thrilling detective story with some kick-ass action and a slick cyberpunk vibe. A bit of an anime feel, somewhere between the real and the imaginary. Yes, there are some giant mechs out there. This is not a retelling of the war itself, but come on, alternate history with giant robots. What else do you want from life? Bonus: There are also two separate novels in the same universe: Mecha Samurai Empire (tons of giant robots) and Internet Shogunate Revolution. By the way, the food in those books sounds absolutely amazing. I get hungry just thinking about it.

rise by Jed Mercurio / rise Jed Mercurio and Wesley Robbins

What if the Soviets put the first man on the moon and we’ve never heard of it? This is the story of Yevgeny Remin, an orphan of Stalingrad, who became an ace pilot in the Korean War before being exiled by a military court. He’ll be back on a bold but ill-conceived mission to land on the moon before Americans plant the flag. rise Both a novel and a graphic novel, the latter based on the former. I read graphic novels. Aerial scenes are particularly vivid. Robbins’ art is gorgeous and haunting, subtly creating mood with razor-sharp lines and a delicately muted palette. Tragically, Yevgeny’s life was tragic, from his time in the orphanage to his final mission. I’m not always a fan of graphic novels, but I absolutely love this book.

Originally published January 2021

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at the age of 15. During this time, he has been a journalist, worked on soil purification, sold ice cream in California, and taught linguistics in India. He is also a certified translator, although he wishes he was an astronaut. He uses aliens and giant robots as blatant excuses for building action figures (for his son, of course).

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