Reginald Hill (1936-2012), best known for his crime and mystery novels, wrote two science fiction works under the name Dick Morland. Albion! Albion! (1974) charts the rise of fascism in the UK. The twist to the standard formula? The four main football clubs (Athletic, Wanderers, United and City) depose the government. The football games are long disbanded. Instead, each team’s supporter groups, managers, insignia, and chants become vehicles of fascist ideology.
As England devolves into tribalism and turns away from its European neighbors, the Continue reading →
As always which books/covers/authors intrigue you? Which have you read? Disliked? Enjoyed?
1. Blakely’s Ark, Ian MacMillan (1981)
Tom Hallman’s cover for the 1st edition
From the back cover: THE CEPH… A parasitic virus. Invariably lethal. In two generations, it had reduced the population of America to 10 million people.
New Jersey is populated by roving gangs of children, savage and insane. New York City is a sealed-off Dome.
America is a wasteland. And Dave Blakely just may be the last whole man in the world.”
Initial Thoughts: I’ve been in a post-apocalyptic mood for the last year or more. I’ve started (and much to my surprise, enjoyed) my watch through ofSurvivors (1975-1977). And devoured Leigh Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow (1955).