The Lucky Strike [NOOK Book]

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Combining dazzling speculation with a profoundly humanist vision, this astounding alternate history tale presents a dramatic encounter with destiny wrapped around a simple yet provocative premise: the terrifying question of what might have happened if the fateful flight over Hiroshima had gone a bit differently. An extensive interview with the author, offering insight into his fiction and philosophies, is also included.

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Overview

Combining dazzling speculation with a profoundly humanist vision, this astounding alternate history tale presents a dramatic encounter with destiny wrapped around a simple yet provocative premise: the terrifying question of what might have happened if the fateful flight over Hiroshima had gone a bit differently. An extensive interview with the author, offering insight into his fiction and philosophies, is also included.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hugo-winning novelist Robinson (Galileo’s Dream) began his career with short fiction. “The Lucky Strike,” a novelette first published in 1984, posits an alternate history in which the Enola Gay crashes on a test run before dropping the first atomic bomb. Replacement bombardier Capt. Frank January deliberately misses Hiroshima, but the Japanese analyze the explosions and surrender anyway. January is executed for disobeying orders, becoming a martyr who inspires total nuclear disarmament by 1956. Robinson’s skill with human drama lends credibility to an otherwise wildly optimistic scenario. The volume also includes a short essay on whether history follows laws akin to physics, and an interview with Robinson conducted by fellow radical SF author Terry Bisson. This stimulating little chapbook would work very well as a basis for classroom debate on speculative fiction, history, or the notion of free will. (Mar.)
Time magazine
The foremost writer of literary utopias.
Los Angeles Times
It's no coincidence that one of our most visionary science fiction writers is also a profoundly good nature writer.
The Ends of the Earth
The best nature writer in the U.S. today also happens to write science fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604862492
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Outspoken Authors
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • File size: 563 KB

Meet the Author

Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of Antarctica, Fifty Degrees Below Zero, The Martians, Sixty Days and Counting, and The Years of Rice and Salt, as well as the award-winning Mars trilogy. He lives in Davis, California.

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Table of Contents

The Lucky Strike 9

A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions 59

"A Real Joy to be Had": Outspoken Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson 77

Bibliography 109

About the Author 123

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