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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But when the stories don’t feel light and don’t have trouble finding their tone, they’re great.

Leigh Kimmel rated it it was amazing Nov 09, The stories are significant in that they feature famous fictional characters particularly from American and British texts interacting with real personages; President Charles Foster Kane, for example, is the main character from Orson Welles ‘ motion picture Citizen Kanewhereas Tom Joad — hunted by real-life law enforcers Elliot Ness and Melvin Purvis in ‘Tom Joad’ — is the protagonist of John Steinbeck ‘s The Grapes of Wrath. Oct 29, Billy Roper rated it liked it.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. One of the two superpowers which has dominated the 20th century is on the verge of being torn apart.

May 15, Dan rated it really liked it. Eugene ByrneKim Newman. 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.

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. And there’s something strangely disjointed about “On the Road,” the concluding story written specifically for this collection. The inclusion of such characters doesn’t always work – the last section in particular includes JR Ewing, the Blues Brothers, and The Man with No Name in – but most of the time it makes things just a little more interesting.

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Speaking of which, they certainly seem to be enjoying themselves in the way that they reimagine historical figures in this timeline. Ironic that Newman’s vision of a shattered USSA isn’t too dissimilar from our This is my second time reading this and I still think it rips.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. The yssa communists regime which has held sway since the Revolution of is weak and divided. This section possibly contains original research. The early idealism of this change is misplaced, however; upon Debs’ death inpower is seized by Al Capone an obvious uswa to Joseph Stalinjust as Debs is used to mirror the achievements of Vladimir Leninwho proceeds to rule over the USSA with a brutal, repressive fist of iron, establishing a cult of personality around himself, exiling and executing his political rivals and ruling the country more brutally and ruthlessly and incompetently than any of the robber barons who were previously deposed.

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In horror novels such as Bad Dreams and Jago, reality turns out to be endlessly subverted by the powerfully malign. For the song by the Beatles, see Back In the U.

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An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies newmaj Millennium MoviesKim Newman’s novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy.

Back in the USSA.

I’ll readily admit that some of the novellas are weaker than others. The way pop culture and history mixes into imagination to give it a pseudo credibility is also very good. Jack Kerouac and Howard Hughes are noncomformist drifters roaming the country by barnstormer, Isaac Asimov still lives in Russia and reads people’s fortunes, and Alfred Hitchcock is a restaurant owner with a habit of poisoning past critics, among many others.

Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. Instead, they try a “space opera” approach and recast the historical roles of the century’s major world powers: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One of my favorite alternate history books. Certainly it is interesting to have very clear and identifiable events that occurred in both the real history and this fake one, but its hard to believe you could simply displace roles usa transfer them to other nations like is done for much of the history in the book.

The collection of short stories in Back in the USSA are very entertaining and do a great job of world building without really i from the obvious plot lines. Kunja rated it liked it Jan 08, A new age of o