Back in the USSA (ISBN ) is a collection of seven short stories by Eugene Byrne and Kim Newman, which was published in by Mark V. Back in the USSA by Kim Newman, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. One of the two superpowers which has dominated the 20th century is on the verge of being torn apart. The old communists regime which has held sway.

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Some of them are used specifically as replacements for the roles of real-life figures, much like how the world powers switch places – for example, Jean-Luc Godard is this world’s Mao Zedong.

Back in the Ussa

And the outcome of Melvin Purvis’s hunt for a folk hero in “Tom Joad” is something to behold. Debs gains increasing support, and soon the unrest has led to a Second American Revolution and Second American Civil Warfollowing which Kane is ousted from the White Houseoverthrown, and executed for treason. Ironically, it is true that the United States today, after the end of the Cold War, has become more Communistic than Russia now is. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

No eBook available Amazon. In horror novels such as Bad Dreams and Jago, reality turns out to be endlessly subverted by the powerfully malign.

Six of the stories first appeared in Interzone magazine, and the concluding story in the sequence, “On the Road”, was written especially for the collection.

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David Madara rated it it was amazing Mar 15, All this is to say that the worldbuilding is quite excellent. When Eugene Debs led the Revolution, few expected it to lead to the iron-fisted regime of Chairman Al “Scarface” Capone, a dictatorship that would last into the s.


I’ve been looking on and off for this collection for years, and I couldn’t even find it at my local libraries. Refresh jn try again.

Thomas Carter rated it liked it Mar 14, Bakc perhaps they thought it’d be more entertaining and interesting to do it this way. Odlicna knjiga, ussx mastu! How would Russia look with Asminov as an astrologer?

I love history and I love SF and I’m from ex-communist country and in love with this book. Oct 29, Billy Roper rated it liked it. How would Ed Gein as a Marxist Party boss run his district.

Ryan rated it liked it Dec 07, This section needs additional citations for verification. Althist purists may balk, and the question remains: Eugene ByrneKim Newman. Speaking of which, they certainly seem to be enjoying themselves in the way that they reimagine historical figures in this timeline. And there’s something strangely disjointed about “On the Road,” the concluding story written specifically for this collection.

Commonwealth of Independent States. This is the story of 20th century where America had a revolution Gareth Wilson rated it liked it Dec 27, Well, perhaps they just felt that predicting an actual alternate timeline was futile.

Very clever alternate history.

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May 15, Dan rated it really liked it. Robert Taylor rated it it was amazing Jun 25, A new age of openness and reconstruction is dawning But it could have been great. For the song by the Beatles, see Back In the U.


One of the two superpowers which has dominated the 20th century is on the verge of being torn apart. As is common with much of Newman’s work, the stories feature a great deal of intertextualityboth with actual historical events many of the stories feature events which mirror actual events that took place within the real twentieth century, in particular the Russian Revolutions and the Vietnam War and with popular culture.

Back in the USSA

Better still, they do it without pounding it over our heads, meaning no one says, “Man, can you imagine if we hadn’t gone through a communist revolution in ? This is the story of 20th century where America had a revolution Kunja rated it liked it Jan 08, Life’s Lottery, his most mainstream novel, consists of multiple choice fragments which enable readers to choose the hero’s fate and take him into horror, crime and sf storylines or into mundane reality.

Nov 17, Simon rated it it was amazing.

Back in the USSA hits way more often than it doesn’t, and even the lesser stories have great moments and interesting aspects to them. Nov 01, Alejandro Vasquez rated it really liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Want to Read saving…. Open Preview See a Problem?