Saturday, November 3, 2007

Harry Turtledove's "News from the Front": Internal debate in US during early days of US/Japan conflict during World War II

Most interesting aspect of this very readable non-genre story for me was - many of its episodes sounded like some very familiar conflicts between administration & media in India in recent memory - though in different contexts.

At a less important level, it sheds some light on the conflict - a subject I am completely ignorant of. Until I read this, I did not even know why Japan bombed Pearl Harbor - obviously there must have been provocation, but I didn't know of it.

And since this is a work of fiction, its specific assertions obviously have to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Story is in the form of media clippings covering the first 6 months of conflict - 7 December 1941 to 16 June 1942, & is very critical of Roosevelt administration that was ruling during the period.

By the very nature of the subject of this story, your take is likely to be very different from mine. And if you are from US, I wonder if timing of this story has something to do with the US military presence on Iraq?

Fact sheet.

"News from the Front", short story, review
First published: Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2007.
Rating: Time well spent A