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Good but Uneven,
This review is from: The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century (Paperback)
There are some very good alternate history tales, some that are not so good and a few that seem to be less alternative history as merely action stories in another time. Three long stories stand out: THE LUCKY STRIKE - how the US dropped the bomb, won the war, and spared Japanese civilians. BRING THE JUBILEE manages to include the Civil War while still maintaining a small shred of credibility by starting in the 20th century. MOON OF ICE is one of the best Hitler Wins stories ever written. Unlike other tales in which the world is a giant slave camp, civilization evolves and Germany evolves along with it. ALL THE MYRIAD WAYS has my vote for the best short story.
A few are downright silly - SUPPOSE THEY GAVE A PEACE about the election of George McGovern. MOZART IN MIRRORSHADES is likewise unworthy of conclusion. One is struck that perhaps the most important event of the last century - the Russian Revolution & the advent of Marxist dictatorships - is strangely absent. In sheer numbers of people affected and human beings killed for ideology, nothing else comes close. All in all, a good, uneven collection.