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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Makes me wonder what the Soviet equivalent was, if any. Back in the USSA. Michael rated it really liked it Jul 01, It just seems like a missed opportunity. John rated it it was amazing Mar 19, Alternative history or slipstream or whatever, badk is absolutely brilliant.

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July Learn how and when to remove this template message. It’s a shame, then, that this book is so difficult to find.

Account Options Sign in. When Eugene Debs led jssa Revolution, few expected it to lead to the iron-fisted regime of Chairman Al “Scarface” Capone, a dictatorship that would last into the s. But it could have been great. Why not just have some fun with it? Ironically, it is true that the United States today, after the end of the Cold War, has become more Communistic than Russia now is.

Dec 25, Butch Rosenbalm marked it as to-read. Newman applying his considerable skill to alternate history is incredibly fun. It ends the book not with a bang, but with a whimper and some really weird imagery. This lets them have fun with presenting historical figures and events in a new way as Al Capone becomes this timeline’s version of Joseph Stalin, and British and Russian soldiers fight American-backed Vietcong forces.


Nick Brooke rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Back in the Ussa

Oh, and France is China. Wikipedia has a list of them, though I didn’t see Bill Clinton, listed as this world’s Vladimir Putin, while reading the book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ironic that Newman’s vision of a shattered USSA isn’t too bzck from our current United States, and even the stuff that gets exacerbated by Capone’s Stalinistic tactics magnified by his mafioso tendencies, proving that even through a mirror darkly some things never change aren’t exactly things that went good for the capitalistic reality of the US.

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 uxsa popular culture. This one mim a series of short stories set in a world where the USA, not Russia, underwent a communist revolution.

Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne newmaan history on its head with this novel of “what if? Republic of France Corsica. Nov 01, Alejandro Vasquez rated it really liked it. One of my favorite alternate history books.

This is the story of 20th century where America had a revolution Jan 07, Raymond Thomas rated it liked it Shelves: This is the story of 20th hewman where America had a revolution Refresh and try again. 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.


Leigh Kimmel rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Paul Hasbrouck rated it really liked it Sep 27, I’ll readily admit that some of the novellas are weaker than others. Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne turn history on its head with this novel of “what if?

Dissident voices, silent for too long, have been raised against the corrupt and inefficient gangsterism of a morally and financially bankrupt ruling party.

Style need to be polished a bit, thou. His pseudonymous novels, as Jack Yeovil, play elegant games with genre cliche–perhaps the best of these is the sword-and-sorcery novel Drachenfels which takes the prescribed formulae of the games company to whose bible it was written and make them over entirely into a Kim Newman novel. I’ve been looking on and off for this collection for years, and I couldn’t even find it at my local libraries.

Life’s Lottery, his most mainstream novel, consists of multiple choice fragments which enable readers to choose the ij fate and take him into horror, crime and sf storylines or into mundane reality.