Savage Headhunters by J. Manfred Weichsel may be his most horrible book yet. Given that previous books have involved cross-breeding humans and chimpanzees, angels lusting after human women, and the sexual perversity of Hollywood, this is quite an accomplishment. The target of Weichsel's satire in Savage Headhunters is war. In
If I could pick a musical representation of the twentieth century, it might be VNV Nation’s album, Automatic. Ronan Harris has an ability to write lyrics that distill things to their essence, and the essence of this album is the twentieth century’s technological progress and scientific optimism. This
Dragon and Herdsman: Dragonback book 4 by Timothy Zahn 304 pages Published by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (March 27, 2018) in a set with volumes 5 and 6 ASIN B079N6ZHPG Fourteen year old boys still don’t make good plans. After escaping from the Brummgan slavers, the Chookook family,
I saw a comment on Reddit relating the story of an attempted coup by a Japanese officer to prevent Emperor Hirohito from surrendering after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was interesting enough to reproduce here, in full. Interesting little story, an 8mm Nambu almost destroyed the earth.
Werwolf wasn't the only partisan organization organized in post-WWII Germany. However, Werwolf was probably the best known. Here, John imagines what might have been if the remaining Nazis in 1945 hadn't been too otherwordly to be effective. Werwolf! The History of the National Socialist Guerrilla Movement, 1944-1946 by Perry Biddiscombe
More alternative history from John. Often, the main thrust of his thinking was that the world could have been very much worse than it was, even though it was frequently awful. Hitler may have been a bad leader, but Himmler would have probably been worse.... If the July 20 Plot
Alternative history, which gets the unusual name allohistory in this book review, has been one of my favorite genres. When done well, you tend to learn a lot of real history by proxy, since good alt history is based on real events. One can never invent stories near so wild