Triumph Author:Ben Bova The prolific SF author of the Voyagers series suggests what might have happened at the end of WW II if Stalin had died and Roosevelt had lived. In Bova's scenario, Winston Churchill presents Joseph Stalin with a ceremonial sword at the 1943 conference in Tehran. Fearing a Soviet attempt to dominate Europe once Germany is defeated, and loathing S... more »talin as a dictator worse than Hitler, Churchill slips a piece of plutonium into the sword, dooming Stalin to death by radiation poisoning. Further, FDR has given up smoking, thus preventing the stroke that in reality caused his death toward the end of the war. And so a radically different postwar Europe comes into being. Featuring Eisenhower, Patton and other known figures, and covering the 30 days of April 1945, this tale had potential. Written in functional, mechanical prose and devoid of narrative drive, it seems less a work of fiction than facile historical speculation. -- Publishers Weekly« less
As World War II winds to its inevitable close, a secret message from London to Moscow launches a daring strike at the "heart" of the Soviet Union, the infamous Josef Stalin. Part wishful thinking, part historical re-creation, Bova's venture into alternate history demonstrates his talent for revealing those lucky or unlucky "accidents" by which history is made. World War II buffs and sf readers in general will want this sf veteran's latest work.