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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  6 reviews
It’s 1960, and the Axis powers dominate the world. Life goes on, because, as we see in “Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction,” history is driven both by big events and by small temptations…

Following the appearance of her first two novels, The King’s Peace and The King’s Name, Jo Walton won the 2002 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Two years later she won
ebook, 32 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Tor Books (first published February 2009)
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A depressing alternate history short set in the US. It's the year 1960, Nazi Germany and Japan won WWII and lead the scene of world politics. The US is negotiating peace with Britain. Racism and antisemitism are supported by the society. Expose your neighbors or employers as Jews and you are entitled to their property. Humanity forgotten. Short, bleak and to the point. Bleak, bleak, bleak.

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Cynthia Armistead
I've read Walton's columns at with much appreciation, and realized with some ebarrassment that I haven't actually read any of her fiction. I tried this story as a starter.

It is extremely well written, but so chilling that I'm almost scared away from her novels! Fortunately, many of the comments on the story site do point out that her best-known novels aren't as dark as this piece. That's a relief, as I don't think I could stay away from such a marvelous author.
Such a bleak story. Most effective. But, uh, I haven't felt myself in such a miserable world since Brazil.

I bought a copy.
(Dark) Snippets from lives in an alternate history, post, what would be our WWII. Deliciously chilling.
Yuck, this story is depressing. But since it's supposed to be depressing well done! to the writer.
Mike Chrisman
This is an interesting bit of alternative history.
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Jo Walton writes science fiction and fantasy novels and reads a lot and eats great food. It worries her slightly that this is so exactly what she always wanted to do when she grew up. She comes from Wales, but lives in Montreal.
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