Days of Infamy by Harry Turtledove

By Harry Turtledove

Alternate-history grasp Turtledove (Ruled Britannia) provides a starkly life like view of what could have been had the japanese the bombing of Pearl Harbor with a land invasion and occupied Hawaii. U.S. airman Fletch Armitage, held in a POW camp less than frightening stipulations (the jap by no means signed the Geneva Convention), retains wish alive while he slowly starves. His ex-wife, Jane, retains her head down in occupied Wahiawa, tending her assigned backyard plot and hoping she won't be raped. Fisherman Jiro Takahashi, a local eastern, welcomes the emerging sunlight in Hawaii, yet his sons, who contemplate themselves American, aren't so yes, even supposing the white american citizens start treating Japanese-Americans with contempt, relatively those that act as translators for the invaders, extra widening the racial divide and lengthening tensions. because the eastern develop their carry at the islands, either side involves grudgingly settle for the braveness of the opposite, regardless of the cultural chasms that separate them. The american citizens vow to retake the islands, atmosphere the scene for a last showdown that pits mastermind Commander Genda and maneuverable 0 airplanes opposed to American approach that incorporates expertise the japanese lack: radar. A under well wrapped-up finishing leaves room for a sequel. With an emphasis on strategies and battle expertise, this fascinating, well-researched exchange heritage will please background buffs and SF fanatics alike.

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That one question became deeply engraved on our maturing minds during the war years. My response was simple enough: serve the best way I could. There was nothing specific in that except for the vague notion of belonging to a group which would have more than its normal share of duties. It was long after midnight on that night in September 1942 when we ended our talk. I put out the light and opened the curtains, drawn closed for the blackout, to let in fresh air. Moonlight poured into the room, and I could see the outlines of two familiar objects on top of the bookcase by the window: my father's World War One steel helmet and his sword.

For me, the Gothic War had all the elements of a drama; it was full of conflicts of characters and ideas, of love and death, of fortune and of ruin. * The events lay far back in the mist of history, some fourteen hundred years ago, the age when great myths were born: the Nibelungen, King Arthur, Lancelot, and, last but not least, Dietrich von Bern, the great Theoderich, king of the Ostrogoths. Altogether, it was a setting that let the contesting figures and concepts appear untainted and flawless in the way the young of any age want the world to be.

I probably used some more arguments and talked somewhat more gently and certainly more clumsily. In my father's ears, what I said might have even sounded like propaganda but I did say that I was going my own way and why. He must have understood, for he dropped the matter without further comment. Perhaps it was also because of his strong dislike for discussing abstract subjects, all "isms" in particular. He often covered what was going on inside himself with a quick change to cheerfulness. He looked at his watch and briskly put on his gloves.

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