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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susa Marc rated it it was amazing Sep 02, 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 ih place within the real twentieth century, in particular the Russian Revolutions and the Vietnam War and with popular culture.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. After all, there’s no way they’d get every detail right no matter how much they research, and there’s no way they could thr know if this is how it’d actually be.

What this alternate history “what if” misses is that a Czarist Russia would have meant no W. The way pop culture and history mixes into imagination to give it a pseudo credibility is also very good. 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. Patrick rated it really liked it May 15, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Teh rated it really liked it Jul 15, Matt Mitrovich rated it really liked it Apr 27, Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. And how would Kurt Vonnegut be as a president in a country on the verge of collapse; read and find out.

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A new age of o Certainly it is interesting to have very clear and identifiable events that occurred in both the real history and this fake one, but its hard to believe you could simply displace roles and transfer them to other nations like is done for much of the history in the usssa. Style need to be polished a bit, thou. Second American Civil Newmsn.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. I love history and I love SF and I’m from ex-communist country and in love with this book. Refresh and try again.

And Leonid Brezhnev as a democratically elected politician? This section possibly contains original research. Robert Taylor rated it it was amazing Jun 25, Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

A new age of openness and reconstruction is dawning Kunja rated it liked it Jan 08, Ubi me u pojam, kao i Britansko pitanje. To some degree however, I feel like this is a missed opportunity of sorts.

But in this book, perhaps because of the geography the United States of America is, after all, much-much bigger than the comparatively tiny UK or Britain envisaged by Saki, in bakc “When William Came” or in the Anno Dracula booksthe gallop never becomes canter.

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Nick Brooke rated it it was amazing Aug 27, The old communists regime which has held sway since the Revolution of is weak and divided. David Madara rated it it was amazing Mar 15, Lists with This Book.

If there’s any flaw in it I think it might be the over reliance in fictional characters as major political movers and shakers, but once you get past the Revolution it becomes less of an issue. And there’s something strangely disjointed about “On the Road,” the concluding story written specifically for this collection. Afterwards, a new socialist order, led by Debs, takes over.


I’ll readily admit that some of the novellas are weaker than others.

Retrieved from ” https: 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 ? Been out of print for a while, got newmah and found it for a good price. I’ve been looking on and off for this collection for years, and I couldn’t even find it at my local libraries. It’s a shame, then, bwck this book is so difficult to find.

But it could have been great. Commonwealth of Independent States.

Back in the USSA

The inclusion of such characters doesn’t always work – the last section in particular includes JR Ewing, the Blues Brothers, and Hack Man with No Name in – but most of the time it makes things just a little thw interesting. One of my favorite alternate history books.

An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium MoviesKim Newman’s novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Want to Read saving….

Return to Book Page. The stories imagine Alexander II of Russia was not assassinated in as in the current timeline.

Back in the Ussa

More entertaining, at least for me, is the typical Newman trope of inserting fictional characters into the story. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Jan 25, Boyd rated it really liked it.