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«Luba end Adolf Hitleril kanda tulevikku, kus ainult Feric Jaggar ja tema võimas relv Teraskomandör seisavad tõelise inimkonna ja lõpliku hävingu vahel, võideldes pahade mõjutajate ning nende juhitud mõistuseta mutandihordide vastu.
Hitleri innukad austajad kogu maailmas peavad «Haakristi isandat» tema kõige ilmekamaks romaaniks ning tunnistasi selle 1954. aasta parima ulme...more
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Published June 1998 by Skarabeus (first published 1972)
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Manny
You know those great ideas you have late at night when you're chatting with your friends after a few glasses of wine? Well, if I had been involved in writing this book, here's how I think it might have got started:

[Table is covered with the remains of what looks like a large and pleasant meal. Animated conversation.]

- ... So don't you just hate those fascist science fiction writers who sell right-wing ideologies to suggestible teens? You know, Robert Heinlein and people like that?

- I think Heinl...more
Patrick
Update: I actually did end up finding a copy in a used bookstore for $1.49 or something and it had the cover I wanted and everything and it was awesome.

I'm freaking dying for a copy of this stupid book. I've wanted it for like a year now. All the copies on amazon are way too much money. I actually asked Spinrad about it, but he didn't know where I could get a cheap one. The hunt continues.

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"Let Adolph Hitler transport you to a far-future Earth, where only FERIC JAGGER and his mighty weapo...more
rgb
Mar 30, 2008 rgb rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like insane over-the-top dystopia satire, black humor, strange mirrors of the human soul
The Iron Dream is one of the true classics of science fiction. It is a core work in what I can only describe as a microgenre of sorts that appeared during the late 60's and early 70's -- Science Fiction as seriously black humor and revolutionary social commentary. The principle writers (that I can recall offhand -- I make no claim to this list being exhaustive) were Norman Spinrad and Harlan Ellison ( I Have No Mouth But I Must Scream, Dangerous Visions), but a number of other authors such as L...more
Nicolas
Il est à noter qu'il s'agit d'une deuxième édition, rajoutant à l'originale (apparement) une post-face également savoureuse.
Les seigneurs du svastika est donc le roman posthume d'Hitler, honoré d'un prix Hugo. Il nous narre les aventures de Feric Jaggar, défenseur de la pure race humaine, pourfendeur des mutants, et libérateur de la terre.
A un tout premier niveau, on retrouve là le héros de sf classique, un peu analogue, par exemple aux loups des étoiles de Edmond Hamilton (enfin, c'est le seu...more
Edward Erdelac
This is a spoiler-ific review. So the premise is Hitler has a falling out with the Nazis in their infancy and emigrates to America where he paints pulp fiction covers and becomes a semi-respected writer himself, spawning a Nazi-inspired fashion trend with his penultimate novel, Lord of The Swastika (the book within the book The Iron Dream, about the last true human state in a post apocalyptic world of mutants and mind controlling Dominators). In the bookend world in which Hitler wrote, Germany a...more
David
May 25, 2009 David rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: masochists
I learned that a strong concept doesn't get you anywhere without strong execution. The idea of satirizing the racism/sexism/solipsism of much Sword & Sorcery and "hard" SF by writing a book as if by Adolph Hitler is a good one, but instead of actually critiquing such fiction by demonstrating its links to fascist ideology, Spinrad gets carried away satirizing Nazism itself, an absurdly easy target. For example, rather than introducing a bunch of cardboard characters bearing the barely modifie...more
Terence
An alternate history where Hitler immigrated to America and became a pulp fiction writer.
Jean-marcel
The concept behind this book is great and made me laugh with glee. Adolf Hitler as a hack science fiction writer? Just too good! The front even includes a list of "Other Books by the Author" that stars such alluring titles as "Tomorrow, The World" and "The master Race", and a little biography of Hitler, the SF writer/illustrator.

The story itself purports to be a book called Lord of the Swastika, and the narrator is clearly a stand-in for Hitler himself. In fact, the early parts of the book mirro...more
Jonas
The premise is interesting: after a brief stint in radical politics, Hitler moves to New York, disenfranchised with the German political system yet not with the radical ideas of racial purity. He becomes a hack illustrator, yet his biggest work is that of a science fiction book called "Lords of the Swastika".

Spinrad's writing is harsh, often hackish and unkempt - just as a German speaking SciFi illustrator would. His portrayal of a world 1000 years past the nuclear holocaust and protagonists and...more
Nigel Mitchell
The Iron Dream is a book within a book. It's a sci-fi adventure novel framed by analysis of the text by a fictional critic. The novel tells the story of a stalwart hero whose strength and charisma allow him to lead a post-apocalyptic future nation against the evil mutant hordes threatening to wipe out humanity.

It's a very familiar and even stereotypical premise for a sci-fi novel. What makes Iron Dream unique is that the novel is called Lord of the Swastika, written by Adolf Hitler. The framing...more
Michael
Mar 30, 2009 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi fans, World War Two buffs
Recommended to Michael by: Dragon Magazine
This is a book-within-a-book. Author Norman Spinrad asked an excellent counter-historical question: what if Adolf Hitler, rather than going into German politics after the First World War, had instead moved to the USA and become a science fiction writer? This book is the product of that fantasy: the most popular science fiction book written by Hitler in that alternate universe.

Spinrad demonstrates more knowledge of period pulp sci-fi than of German history, but since this is a fantasy of the dera...more
Rhys
What happens when satire is misunderstood?

The point of satire is that it should be accessible on two levels simultaneously. The surface text tells one story, the subtext tells another; or to put it more accurately, the subtext tells the exact opposite story of the surface text. We might even say that the subtext reverses the polarity of the visible story, coinciding with it word for word, image for image, but in the wrong direction. In this case, the wrong way is the right way.

Writers of satir...more
John
A Classic of American Fantasy Literature from Norman Spinrad

Norman Spinrad’s “The Iron Dream” is a book which still confounds many of its fans and critics. Some view it as an over-the-top critique of the worst aspects of fantasy and science fiction, as if it is “The Lord of the Rings” as channeled by LSD or some other mind-altering drug. Others, including yours truly, recognize this as a brilliant satire from Spinrad during one of the most productive phases of his literary career, critiquing Ado...more
Derek
Rating this book in terms of "one to five stars" is a complicated proposition. Are you rating the entire package or the book-within-a-book, Lord Of The Swastika, by Adolf Hitler?

On its own, Lord Of The Swastika is fairly wretched stuff: formulaic, over-enthusiastic pulp tripe.

But packaged as a product of an alternate history, it becomes powerful. It's the study of an embittered politician and possibly a latent homosexual, and a statement about mythic heroes as they apply to history. With the sha...more
Drake
The Iron Dream has to be one of the most difficult books to review. The basic premise (that Adolf Hitler moved to the US and became a pulp sci-fi writer) is patently absurd, yet so weird and savvy, it’s truly brilliant. Of course, the meta-book-within-a-book, Lord of the Swastika by Hitler, is wretched (even as a clear tongue-and-cheek parody), but again, that was Spinrad’s entire point. And the final chapter of faux-analysis summed everything up in one neat and tidy package that was beyond inge...more
Jack
My suggestion - read the reviews of the other readers. They have much to say about this novel.

To paraphrase Jerry Garcia, "What a long, strange book this is."

I mean who could resist the back cover blurb - "What if Hitler wrote science fiction?"

Yes - our very own mad man of the 20th century writing a novel of earth 1,000 years after a nuclear war with a protagonist who unites the pure humans - the Truemen - in a crusade to rid the world of the evil Dominators of Zind, those mind controlling mons...more
Tom Lynch
The Iron Dream imagines a scenario in which Adolf Hitler emigrated to New York shortly after World War 1, where he becomes a Science Fiction Artist and Writer. Because of this, there is no rise of Nazism and as troubles in interest Germany grow, it is the Communists who rise and eventually take over all of Europe, resulting in a Cold War between the US and Communist Europe and the Soviet Union.

The bulk of the Iron Dream is Hitler's acclaimed sci-fi novel 'Lord of the Swastika, set in a world man...more
Fonz
Siempre he pensado que la banda sonora ideal de esta novela ser��a el "Third Reich Rock`n`Roll" de los Residents, un disco de versiones de canciones del acervo pop y rock anglosaj��n como tocadas desde el infierno, en lo que se supone ser��a un hit parade de la m��sica pop que sonar��a sin descanso durante el Reich de los Mil A��os.

Y ambas aciertan, tanto en objetivos como en ejecuci��n. Mientras el disco de los Residents es una s��tira de la tiran��a radiomusical, en la obra que nos ocupa, Spin...more
Bad-at-reading
The Iron Dream has an irresistible hook: "What if Hitler became a science fiction writer instead of the Fuhrer?" Spinrad's clear purpose, confirmed explicitly in the fictional critical afterword to fictional Hitler's fictional novel, is to expose fascist sympathies in the most commercial strains of science fiction and fantasy writing.

I must be reading the wrong (or is it right?) science fiction, then, because I absolutely cannot buy Lord of the Swastika as work of traditional genre fiction, even...more
Thomas Hale
So I picked up this book 'Lord Of The Swastika' from a thrift store, I'd heard the author's name a few times in passing but I never knew he won a Hugo award. I'm always in the mood for fun pulpy SF so I thought I'd check it out! It's not the greatest read - this Adolf Hitler guy has a really purple prose, and a fascination with phallic imagery (discussed in the surprisingly highbrow Afterword) and also RAD BIKER GANGS. There are a lot of weird racial politics in this though - obviously it's a pr...more
Christopher Roberts
When I first heard about this book, soon after I heard about Spinrad as an author that I should definitely read, I immediately knew that this book was the one I wanted to start with. The premise was so irresistible and I convinced myself that this book must be some little known gem. How could it be anything but a masterpiece with a premise like that?

The answer turns out it can be a completely unreadable piece of crap.

It took me a long time to get around to this book because it is hard to fi...more
No Remorse
Imagine two slices of bread made of nothing but shit and then imagine a shiny brick of gold. The intro would be one slice, the main story would be the brick of gold, and the afterword would be another slice of shit. A golden-shit sandwich, that's what this book is.

--SPOILER!--SPOILER!--SPOILER!--SPOILER!--

A great science-fiction story where ancient earth set off nuclear explosions causing mass radiation which in turn created millions of mutants, from giant flying beasts to disgusting little hunc...more
Mathieu
On connaissait déjà le principe de l'uchronie : un récit construit à partir d'un point de divergence par rapport à l'Histoire que nous connaissons. Norman Spinrad nous livre ici, non sans malice, une uchronie et un livre d'anticipation, et ceci à travers un double roman.

Je m'explique. Rêve de fer n'est pas un roman de Norman Spinrad, ou en tout cas, n'est pas présenté comme tel. Tout ce livre est construit comme s'il s'agissait d'une réédition d'un best-seller de la SF américaine dont l'auteur n...more
Matti Karjalainen
Tietokilpailukysymys kaikille kirjallisuuden tuntijoille: kuka itävaltalaissyntyinen kirjailija muutti New Yorkiin vuonna 1919, loi itselleen uraa sanomalehtien kuvittajana 1930-luvulla ja kirjoitti myöhemmin sellaisia scifi-teoksia kuin "Vapauttaja ulkoavaruudesta", "Tuhatvuotinen valtakunta", "Huomenna koko maailma" ja "Hakaristin herra", joista viimeksimainittu palkittiin Hugo-palkinnolla vuoden 1955 World Science Fiction Conventionissa? Aivan niin: Adolf Hitler.

Norman Spinradin "Rautainen un...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in September 2001.

Most alternate histories are simply narratives set in a world which differs from our own because an event in the past is supposed to have had a different outcome. The Iron Dream is, so far as I know, unique in science fiction because it purports to be a novel written in an alternate universe.

For The Iron Dream is supposed to present a posthumously published novel by an Adolf Hitler who emigrated to the States in the twenties to make a living...more
Dominic Green
The act of reading this book was the most amusing part about it, as I read it over several weeks on trains between Euston and Northampton. The cover of the edition I read brazenly announced that it was 'Adolf Hitler's Science Fiction Masterpiece', and the artwork had Adolf riding a gleaming motorcycle out of a monstrous phallus-shaped space rocket, the whole thing backed by a colossal red swastika. I got a few funny looks. It's the sort of book which makes the devil whisper in your ear: "Take th...more
Urpo Lankinen
In 1919, a struggling artist and a former soldier by the name of Adolf Hitler had taken part in a failed German extremist movement called National Socialism, so he packed his things and moved to the United States. He worked as a pulp magazine illustrator and started writing science fiction. This is one of his novels.

Now, this isn't a novel. This is a clever trick. The whole story is nothing but a huge gimmick. Then again, all art is based on clever tricks and interesting gimmicks, so I suppose y...more
Dave Lefevre
Wow.. what a piece of work this is.

Adolf Hitler is one of the most written about people of the 20th century. Despite the fact that history has looked at him from about every angle, Spinrad finds a way to examine Hitler in an entirely different new way. He writes the book the Hitler would have written if Third Reich never existed. Every page of the story is about the madness of Hitler. It's purposefully a story that is more about the author than its plot. Though the story is science fantasy, some...more
Christopher Munroe
Disclaimer: I read seventy pages of this book, and it may well improve later. However, I could bear it no longer and bailed.

I was excited by this book's storytelling device, what if Adolf Hitler had left germany in the 1920s and published a series of hackish sword and sorcery novels, living his weird, racist fantasies through his writing rather than destroying Europe with them. That seems like a good book, right?

And this succeeds admirably in what it sets out to do. It's a very representative pi...more
Al Young
Having been a Spinrad fan for a few years now and reading a half-dozen books, i figured it was time to find his most controversial novel, in which he imagines Adolf Hitler as a sci-fi writer. The book is out of print as far as I know, so the copy I bought off of Barns & Noble was an e-book with tons of misspellings, but ultimately worth it.

There's plenty that has been written about this book, and it's an interesting concept Per wiki:The book's frame narrative and premise is that "after dabbl...more
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