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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812520203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812520200
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hitler did not lose World War II in Linaweaver's alternate history. After developing his own atom bomb, he conquered most of Europe and Russia but reached a stalemate with America. In the ensuing cold war, Germany suffers renewed inflation and is stifled by an overstratified bureaucracy while America prospers but becomes Balkanized with an ever-weaker Federal government. This warped mirror image of our world is seen through the eyes of New York editor Alan Whittmore and through two of his publications: the diaries of aging Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and his rebellious, anarchist daughter Hilda. Linaweaver's relegating the Holocaust to a small corner of his sometimes comic opera plot is sure to offend some, but he also offers a provocative rereading of the last half century, comparing FDR's powers to Hitler's, considering the war crimes trial of Winston Churchill and, in the book's grabber, describing a hugely popular Nazi propaganda film that turns out to be Raiders of the Lost Ark with every ethnic stereotype intact.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

In an alternate universe in which Hitler won World War II and America has devolved into a fractured country of rugged individualists, the radical daughter of Joseph Goebbels dares to publish her late father's secret diaries, revealing the bizarre fantasies at the core of Nazi doctrine. Considerably expanded from his short story of the same title, Linaweaver's first novel takes a satiric look at national insanity of many kinds. Recommended for sf collections. JC
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Jason Fleming on April 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Winner of the 1989 Prometheus Award for Best Libertarian Fiction of the year, Mr. Linaweaver's "Moon of Ice" is incredibly frustrating.

It is not a bad book. In fact, the bulk of it is a rather good alternate history based on the premise that Germany won WWII. The frustration lies in the jarring lack of cohesion or integration.

There is a prologue which is not explained, and is brutal and cryptic at once. The meaning and context of the prologue are largely hidden until the final chapter, when it is revealed that they have no bearing on the main plot, but are merely a future (and rather arbitrary) consequence of it.

Then there is the first chapter, in which the consequences of the alternate history on the US are hinted at. This is a mixed bag, but drew me in. In essence, rather than creeping socialism taking control of all aspects of civilian life, the consequence of WWII in this time track was a creeping libertarianism and decreasing size of the federal government.

This is handled both well (the consequence of privately owned roads is that some roads are not owned or maintained, leading to moon crater potholes and the market solution of tires that can handle anything, but give a bone-jarring ride -- a concession to reality that few other libertarian novels ever make) and not so well (if a customer tips a waitress exceedingly well, she will serve him in the nude -- something I just don't buy at a posh restaurant in America, since the Puritan strain of our culture predates WWII by centuries).

But the various awkwardnesses are made up for in the fascinating background.

Then Mr.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Sipos VINE VOICE on April 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was originally a novella published in the 1982 AMAZING. It's one of the earlier examples of alternative history, now a big subgenre.
Highly original vision of "what if" the Nazis won WW 2 (author predicts they would have ended up much like the USSR -- a corrupt and declining totalitarian state, whose Party leaders only give lip service to their early "ideals," and whose children are spoiled Party brats).
The heroine is a libertarian revolutionary.
This book won a Prometheus award.
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