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.
I love history and I love SF and I’m from ex-communist country and in love with this book.
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Refresh ki, try again. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The stories are linked through their setting, an alternate history of the twentieth century in which the United States experienced a communist revolution in and became a communist superpowerwhereas Russia did not. This one is a series of short stories set in a world where the USA, not Russia, underwent a communist revolution. Bakc Newman and Eugene Byrne turn history on its head with this novel of “what if?
May 26, Diamond Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: The old communists regime which has held sway since the Revolution of is weak and divided.
To some degree however, I feel like this is a missed opportunity of sorts. Alex rated it it was amazing May 25, How would Ed Gein as a Marxist Oim boss run his district. Open Preview See a Problem? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Views Read Edit View history.
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Ryan rated it liked it Dec 07, It ends the book not with a bang, but with a whimper and some kkm weird imagery. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.
Afterwards, a new socialist order, led by Debs, takes over. Dissident voices, silent for too long, have been raised against susa corrupt and issa gangsterism of a morally and financially bankrupt ruling party. Oct 29, Billy Roper rated it liked it.
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.
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The collection of short stories in Back in the USSA are very entertaining and do a great job of ki building without really moving from the obvious susa lines. Certainly it is interesting to have very clear and identifiable events that occurred in both the real history and this fake one, but its hard to believe you could simply displace roles and transfer them to other nations like is done for much of the history in the The collection of short stories in Back in fhe USSA are very entertaining and do a great job of world building without really moving from the obvious plot lines.
Want to Read Uswa Reading Read. 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.
John rated it it was amazing Mar 19, Lists with This Book. After all, there’s 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. Speaking of which, they certainly seem to be enjoying themselves in the way that they reimagine historical figures in this timeline.
And who made Hannibal Lecter the head of the Department of Health?! Life’s Lottery, his most mainstream novel, consists of multiple choice fragments which enable readers to choose the hero’s fate and take him into horror, crime and sf storylines or into mundane reality.
Six of the stories first appeared in Interzone magazine, and the concluding story in the sequence, “On the Road”, was written especially for the collection. For the song by the Beatles, see Back In the U. Newman applying his considerable skill to alternate history is incredibly fun. Ironic that Newman’s vision of a shattered USSA isn’t too dissimilar from our This is my second time reading this and I still think it rips.
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A new age of o Style need to be polished a bit, thou. This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat Makes me wonder what the Soviet equivalent was, if any.
Wikipedia has a list of them, though I didn’t see Bill Clinton, listed as this world’s Vladimir Putin, while reading the book.
July Learn how and when to remove this template message. But it could have been great. It’s exciting to see meek boy scout Charles Holdin Holley known to most as Buddy Holly stand up to his heroes, and by extension the communist government, in “In the Air. I’ll readily admit that some of the novellas are weaker than others. This is my second time reading this and I still think it rips.
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