Thursday, June 13, 2013
Civil War Fantastic edited by Martin H. Greenberg
"Ghosts of Gettysburg, bah."
"The War Between the States is synonymous with romance, tragedy, bravery, and lost causes. The only war fought by Americans against Americans, it nearly irrevocably tore the nation apart. Yet the United States of America did survive, though at a terrible cost. Even today, more than 130 years after the end of the Civil War, people are still fascinated by this pivotal point in American history. Writers, too, find this a fruitful period to investigate. And in Civil War Fantastic, some of science fiction's finest take us back to this turbulent time with their own special visions of what might have been. So don your uniform, load your cap and ball rifle, raise the colors, and perpare to charge into Civil War Fantastic where:
---A mysterious old man shows a Confederate soldier how one well-placed shot can change the course of history...
---He was only a horse used for children to ride on tours of Gettysburg, but he could see things on the battlefield that no human was aware of...
---Could General Lee bring himself to sanction a terrible sacrifice if it guaranteed that the South would win the war?" -- from the back cover
This was a good collection of alternate history stories. My favorites included William Keith's "A Place to Stand" and R. Davis's "Across Hickman's Bridge to Home."
Date read: 6/12/2013
Book #: 14
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Alternate History/Historical Fiction
Publisher: DAW Books
# of pages: 308
Binding: Mass Market Paperback