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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Marc rated it it was amazing Sep 02, The usssa are significant in that they feature famous fictional characters te from American and British texts interacting with real personages; President Charles Foster Kane, for example, is the main character from Orson Welles ‘ motion picture Citizen Kanewhereas Tom Joad — hunted by real-life law enforcers Elliot Ness and Melvin Purvis in ‘Tom Joad’ — is the protagonist of John Steinbeck ‘s The Grapes of Wrath.
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 fiction” approach. Thomas Carter rated it liked it Mar 14, Debs gains increasing support, and soon the unrest has led to a Second American Revolution and Second American Civil Warfollowing which Kane is ousted from the White Houseoverthrown, and executed for treason. Barry Hammock rated it it was amazing Dec 20, 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 mirror the achievements of Vladimir Leninwho proceeds to rule over the USSA with a brutal, repressive fist of 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 who were previously deposed.
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. To some degree however, I feel like this is a missed opportunity of sorts.
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. 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.
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.
Althist purists may balk, and the question remains: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. May 26, Diamond Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: No eBook available Amazon. Return to Book Page. And there’s something strangely disjointed about “On tbe Road,” the concluding story written specifically for this collection.
And the outcome of Melvin Purvis’s hunt for a folk hero in “Tom Joad” is something to behold. Byrne and Newman are both experienced in writing althists, and it doesn’t take long at all before they manage to immerse the reader in this familiar yet disturbing world. Plus, the parts set during the war itself blend the first and superior half of Full Metal Jacket with the dark journey of Apocalypse Now. For the song by the Beatles, see Back In the U.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Alex rated it it was amazing May 25, I’ll readily admit that some of the novellas are weaker than others.
This one is a series of short stories set in a world where the USA, not Russia, underwent a communist revolution. Debs for Russian socialist leader Vladimir Lenin? Dec 13, Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it. Gareth Wilson ln it liked it Dec 27, Really looking forward to this. One of the two superpowers which has dominated the 20th century is on the verge of being torn apart.