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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse24 Aug 2019 3:31 p.m. PST

… Alternate World War II.

"When it comes to alternate histories, there's no vein so thoroughly mined as World War II. Is it because of that war's relatively recent vintage? The fact that it was America's last "good war" a war that we not only won, but fought from a perceived moral high ground due to the unambiguous evil of the Nazis? Maybe the reason is Hitler himself, a figure so simultaneously evil and ridiculous that he appeals to fiction writers who would never dare create such a character for fear of not being taken seriously. Whatever the cause, a lot of weird takes on history spring from this conflict, including Quentin Tarantino's excellent Inglourious Basterds about a team of elite Jewish commandos who set out to kill Hitler which kicks off the Alamo Drafthouse's The Hateful Great series this Monday, January 11. With Basterds on my mind, I got to thinking about some of my other favorite WWII what-ifs, and I couldn't resist sharing them with you…"
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bsrlee24 Aug 2019 6:26 p.m. PST

He missed that Iron Sky 2 has been released (or should that be escaped) and is out on DVD.

And Iron Sky leans heavily on a story by Alan Dean Foster, with Nazi Flying Saucers, a Moon and Antarctic bases, Aliens in set partly in 'modern' USA.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse25 Aug 2019 3:44 p.m. PST

Agree.


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Covert Walrus01 Sep 2019 5:49 p.m. PST

Barlee, there's also an early David Drake story on the same theme.

My own opinion about Alt- WW2's popularity is that there are so many moments when events hung precisely in bdmalance with far- reaching consequences that are well documented so its easier to speculate on one result over another than during say the Lace Wars.

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