Alternate history/Counter-factual novels… October 28, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture.
Don’t agree with this list from DJ Taylor in the Guardian of ‘great counter-factual novels’. Where is Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson, The Separation by Christopher Priest, SS-GB by Len Deighton, where is Pavane by Keith Roberts, where indeed are the works of Stephen Baxter, perhaps most interestingly his Iron Winter series? And where is libertarian right opus Moon of Ice by Brad Lineweaver? I may actually be joking about the last to be honest.
As to his list, CJ Samson’s Dominion is no classic, interesting but forced (and with a nasty strand of anti-Scottish nationalist thinking that runs through it), the Alteration is a genuinely great book, Fatherland likewise though a bit airport thriller-like perhaps, The Plot Against America okay, Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union brilliant, Idlewild minor but good, and the rest I have yet to read.
Any thoughts on other classics that went unmentioned?