Thursday, July 5, 2018

Liberating Alaska, by Harry Turtledove

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Alternate History) In 1929, in a world where the US never purchased Alaska, American troops fight Stalin’s soldiers over the territory. (8,330 words; Time: 27m)

"Liberating Alaska," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|18, published on by .

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Pro: This story is pretty much about how Houlihan’s squad liberated Siknazuak, Alaska (aka Nome), and, more importantly, found a reason to be fighting.

Con: Nothing in the story made me care about the characters nor the war they were fighting, so I found it long and dull.

Lots of events in this timeline (e.g. Lenin’s death, the US occupation of Nicaragua, commissioning of the U.S.S. Lexington) take place at exactly the same times as in our timeline, which seems more than a little strange.

The story has a few problems with infodumps and even as-you-know-Bob dialogue.

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