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5.0 out of 5 stars The most fun and refreshing of �What if �?� stories., 3 Jun. 2004
This review is from: A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! (Paperback)
Alternative history stories are often pretty grim, in the usual "Hitler wins" vein. So, if you enjoy alternative histories but you're fed up with jackboots marching down Pall Mall, refresh yourself with the light touch and easy humour of Harry Harrison's "A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!" In Harrison's world, George Washington was executed by the British in 1776 and America is still uneasily subject to British colonial rule two centuries later. As the bicentennial of Washington's failed rebellion approaches, revolt is stirring once again in the American colonies. Against this backdrop of seething unrest, Captain Augustus ("Gus") Washington, shamed descendent of the infamous George, tries to reclaim a little family honour by helping to construct a vast vacuum-filled railway-tunnel between Britain and America. Needless to say, the dauntless Gus's path is strewn with perils political and romantic. It's edge-of-the-seat stuff all the way. Will Gus get his girl? Will the Tunnel work? And just how did this world get like this in the first place? Harry Harrison has a lot of fun with the attitudes and technology of his hyper-Victorian alternative world and even works in a few sly portraits of friends and colleagues like Brian Aldiss and Kingsley Amis. I doubt that there's another time-travel story as funny as Harrison's "Technicolor Time Machine", and likewise I doubt that there are any alternative histories that are more fun than "A Transatlantic Tunnel ..." Simply topping.
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Dick Pearson says:
Saw this review and had to go looking in boxes for my old copy of it - remember reading it years(decades) ago - wonderful stuff.
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