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Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Nomad of Time by Michael Moorcock

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Alternate History

This book contains three short novels about the main character Oswald Bastable.  Bastable is a soldier in the British army serving in India in 1903.  He mysteriously gets  transported into the future: the year 1973.  But his 1973 is not our 1973.  There are steam powered cars, and gigantic airships.

Bastable survives his first time traveling experience, and travels to two other twentieth century "futures".  In each, he finds many differences, but he finds some similarities.  The world seems to always be at war, although the countries and reasons are varied.  In each future time, someone invents nuclear weapons.

I enjoy science fiction.  I find the sub-genre of alternate history very enjoyable.  In these novels, the author presents a "what-if?" version of the past.  Moorcock's vision of Bastable's future makes for an enjoyable, yet somewhat pessimistic view of the future and human nature.

1 comment:

  1. You might be interested in the new alternate history novel Payback - Hit on Hitler, by Michael FitzGerald, published on 21 October 2016 by Moonshine Cove.

    Payback is available in both paperback and Kindle editions and can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and major wholesalers.

    In a world trembling on the brink of war the death of one man could change history. What if the Mafia and FBI joined forces to assassinate Hitler in 1938? The gangster Bugsy Siegel and an agent to control his volatile nature go to Italy on a mission to kill him. The result of their plan is that the course of world history is changed, particularly in Germany and Italy.

    Comments on Payback by other published authors include: “a first-rate thriller – keeps the heart racing to the very last page” – James Thayer, author of S-Day; “A great read with an amazing plot that kept me always wanting more” – David Avoura King, author of Hitler Out of Time; “Strong characters, excellent research and surprising twists and turns” – Sandra Saidak, author of From the Ashes; “A great novel of what might have been” – Ian Hall, author of the Avenging Steel series; “Gangsters and Hitler – what could go wrong? Read Payback to find out” – James R Benn, author of Rag and Bone; “one of the most original ‘what if?’ novels since Fatherland” – Kim Kinrade, author of Rockets of the Reich

    ISBN numbers for the paperback are: • ISBN-10: 1945181001 and • ISBN-13: 978-1945181006 and ASIN numbers for the Kindle are: ASIN: B01MFABT1Q

    Payback has 268 pages and the price is $13.99 for the paperback edition $5.99 for the Kindle.

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