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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It’s a shame, then, that this book is so difficult to find. 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. As is common with much of Newman’s work, the stories feature a great deal of intertextualityboth with actual historical events many of the stories feature events which mirror actual events that took place within the real twentieth century, in particular the Russian Revolutions and the Vietnam War and with popular culture.

Books by Kim Newman. 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 Try to picture this: Newman applying his considerable skill to alternate history is incredibly fun.

Perhaps the authors would give it a new flourish, adding a few more taut novellas to the main body, when they hopefully re-release this book at some point of time.

Makes me wonder what the Soviet equivalent was, if any. Gradually, by the United States is unstable politically and socially, with overwhelming civil unrest stemming from the massive and seemingly pointless loss of American lives in the mud of the Western Front and the increasing gap between the wealthy ‘ robber barons ‘ and the poor workers, and the massive corruption and exploitation this has resulted in.


This is the story of 20th century where America had a revolution And the outcome of Melvin Purvis’s hunt for a folk hero in “Tom Joad” is something to behold.

Nov 17, Simon rated it it was amazing. Account Options Sign in. The old communists regime which has held sway since the Revolution of is weak and divided.

Ironically, it is true that the United States today, after the end of the Cold War, has become more Communistic than Russia now is. 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.

Some of them are used specifically as replacements for the roles of real-life figures, much like how the world powers switch places – for example, Jean-Luc Godard is this world’s Mao Zedong. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

A new age of o Charles Mcclain rated it it was ok Jul 16, How would Russia look with Asminov as an astrologer? Back in the Bacj. Jan 25, Boyd rated it really liked it.

What this alternate history “what if” misses is that a Czarist Russia would have meant no W. Wikipedia has a list of them, usaa I didn’t see Bill Clinton, listed as this world’s Vladimir Putin, while reading the book.

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Return to Book Page. Views Read Edit View history. Really looking forward to this. A new age of openness and reconstruction is dawning 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. Dec 13, Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it.

Dissident voices, silent for too long, have been raised against the corrupt and inefficient gangsterism of a morally and financially bankrupt ruling party.

Back in the Ussa

Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne turn history on its head with this novel of “what if? This is the story of 20th century where America had a revolution And how would Kurt Vonnegut be as a president in a country on the verge of collapse; read and find hewman.


Alternative history or slipstream or whatever, idea is absolutely brilliant. The way pop culture and history mixes into imagination to give it a vack credibility is also very good. Thankfully, an inter-library loan request gave me the gift to finally give it a try, and it’s been worth the effort. May 26, Diamond Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Commonwealth of Independent States.

John rated it it was amazing Mar 19, It ends the book not with a bang, but with a whimper and some really weird imagery. Speaking of which, they certainly seem to be enjoying themselves in the way that they reimagine historical figures in this timeline. 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.

Back in the USSA by Kim Newman

Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. This is the United Socialist States of America. Certainly it is interesting to have very clear and identifiable events that occurred in both the real history and bacm 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 the USSA are very entertaining and do a great job of world building without really moving from the obvious plot lines.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

Hardcoverpages. But it could have been great.

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