In STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER, Harry Harrison began the story of the war that never was, but might so easily have happened: the war of the 1860s between the United States of America and the British Empire.
It began with an ill-considered seizure of a British ship, escalated with an ill-considered letter to Abraham Lincoln, and continued with an ill-starred invasion of the territory of the USA by an incensed British government.
The first modern war - with iron-clad ships, rapid-firing guns, trenches, mass armies and massive casualties, was taking place, not between the industrial northern states and the agricultural southern ones, but between the two great English-speaking nations. Who happened also to be the two most powerful nations on the planet.
Harry Harrison has created an utterly believable alternate world with an enormous cast of characters both historical and fictional, locked in a war that could have changed our world.
Harry Harrison is one of the grand masters of science fiction. Besides his action stories - he is the creator of THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT - he has become a leading author of the alternate-world novel. An authority on the American Civil War, his REBEL IN TIME is an exciting look at a different possible ending to that war. In A TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL, HURRAH! he takes a light-hearted look at a modern world where the Americans lost their 1776 revolution and Britain rules the world supreme. This trilog
This pacy novel is an ingenious contribution to the burgeoning genre of "what if?" history.'
Mail on Sunday on STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
Plausible as well as highly entertaining. Harrison does a masterful job of demonstrating how this became the first modern war, and changed forever the way nations conducted their affairs.
Science Fiction Chronicle on STARS AND STRIPES
Verve and pace carry it through.
Time Out on STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
The tight writing and grasp of the period's technology is impressive.
Yorkshire Post on STARS AND STRIPES
One of science fiction's most prolific and accomplished craftsmen.
New York Times Book Review