That was amazing, because as a young and silly reader, I genuinely thought that would happen myself at one point, to the point that thinking the mention of an unexpected attack in the blurb of "The Centre Cannot Hold" (actually about Japan) would be about the Race.This was worth it just for that nugget about his wife encouraging him to have the Race attack in TL191!
As ever when there's a coup, my main role is to announce it rather than actually do anything.Once again major props to Gary for pulling off this coup!
Given all the other writers who cite Turtledove it is very 'for want of a nail' isn't it. Sprague as the grandfather of the genre without which it would be unrecognisable.Apart from getting an interview with Turtledove himself in the first place, I liked how he said his biggest inspiration was Lest Darkness Fall.
I know from my own experience how various individual works can serve as excellent "gateways" into entire genres.Given all the other writers who cite Turtledove it is very 'for want of a nail' isn't it. Sprague as the grandfather of the genre without which it would be unrecognisable.
I think that's just the way how some of the broad themes are applicable across different events- like the MCU updating Tony Stark's military contacts and kidnapping to being contemporary Afghanistan rather than the original VietnamInteresting to hear about Vietnam as a parallel for Worldwar (if not perhaps a conscious one), the First Gulf War parallels seemed clear to me but that shows you how much is in the eye of the beholder.
Makes sense. While I haven't written nearly as much, or to as wide an audience, as Turtledove, there is some stuff I wouldn't necessarily put in my writings if I did them today.Historical and present-day political discourse around Confederate figures like Robert E. Lee has changed in the decades since you wrote the popular Guns of the South. Were you writing the book today, would you change anything about your depiction of Lee or other Confederate characters? Would you revisit any charged topics you have presented in your work so far?
You do what you do when you do it. You are a part of history, too. Perspectives and opinions change, which doesn't necessarily mean that those held now will continue to be held 100 years from now. I have no idea what I'd do if I were writing from that idea today rather than 30 years ago. It was a different time, and I was a different person.