[LMB] Fictional revolutions (was Ravenclaw) OT

David McMillan skyefire at skyefire.org
Thu Apr 20 16:30:31 BST 2006

Irene DELSE wrote:
> redlion at sff.net writes:
>> can anybody think of a sf or fantasy novel  which presented the 
>> realistic course of a realistic revolution, whatever the  epoch?
> How about Jack London's "The Iron Heel"? I think it would qualify as SF. 
> Or "The Extraordinary Reign Of King Ludd", by Roy Lewis,, even though 
> it's more about a counter-revolution ;-)

	I'm going to get some weird looks for suggesting this one, but 
Kratman's "State of Disobedience" actually does it fairly well.  Now, 
SoD's (and Kratman's) politics are one-dimensional, one-sided, and 
very blatant, but his nuts&bolts handling of the scenario where Texas 
ends up in a state of insurrection against the rest of the USA is 
pretty good.  As a War College instructor, Kratman does know his 
stuff, and he plays fair -- his favored side does *not* get any 
deus-ex-machinae assistance.  In fact, the Texans are doomed to 
*lose,* and acknowledge it, and the most of the 'action' arc is less 
about combat (though there's plenty) than about propaganda, politics, 
and playing for time.
	<grin> Besides, after seeing sooo many "Eeevul Conservatives Take 
Over the USA!!!!" novels, it was a bit refreshing to read an unabashed 
rebuttal from the other side, even if I *did* have to keep rolling my 
eyes and skimming past the periodic poltical screeds.
	(oddly enough, the very last chapter of the book makes a sudden move 
towards the center, somewhat moderating the Right Wing Chest Thumping. 
  If the entire novel had been written that way, it would have been a 
lot more palatable)

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