Saturday, April 29, 2017

Night Fever, by Will Ludwigsen

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(Alternate History) Charles Manson spends ten years in prison and doesn’t start his cult until 1977 instead of 1967. (15,738 words; Time: 52m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Night Fever," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|17, published on by .

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Pro: If you're very familiar with Charles Manson and want to see how his madness might have played out in the culture of the 1970s vs. the 1960s, this might be interesting.

Con: Otherwise, it's long, dull, and pointless.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I thought this was well done. However, I wouldn't rank it any higher than you did (and I'm an admirer in general of Ludwigsen's fiction). I didn't think it was boring, but I thought it was pointless. Alt-history is not one of my favorite sub-genres anyway, but "What if the Manson family was created in the 1970s instead of the 1960s?" is not a question that needed to be asked or answered. (P.S. Obviously, I'm way behind in my Asimov's reading.)

    1. One of the goals of the site is to make it easier for you to dig through that two-year-old pile of unread magazines. :-)