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October 19, 2004
SOME READERS WANT a followup commentary on John Birmingham's alternate-history novel Weapons of Choice, which I mentioned I was taking on the plane with me last week. I enjoyed it very much, though I wouldn't put it in the absolute top rank of such novels. It's not quite Harry Turtledove -- though Turtledove makes a cameo.
The most interesting bit is the culture clash between the folks from our time and the folks from the World War II era. It's a good reminder of just how much things have changed. And they really have changed -- just read the passage from Jack McCall's World War II history quoted here for an example.