Despite an unfortunate and misleading cover, this title is sure to be enjoyed by "what if" aficionados and reality fiction
pragmatists alike.--Kim Carter.
"The Energy Caper: Or Nixon in the Sky with Diamonds" is an alternative reality fiction
diving into a world where less tragic assassinations occur, Vietnam never happened, and Nixon was not a crook.
Stein is master of both, and his chief argument is that eleventh- and twelfth-century historiography developed in close connection with other forms of reality fiction, including romance and epic, to cope with novel political questions, especially under the pressure of growing royal power.
Reality Fictions: Romance, History, and Governmental Authority, 1025-1180.
Through "reality fiction
," titles such as Once (Gleitzman, 2005), Helicopter Man (Fensham, 2005), and Parvana (Ellis, 2002), they can be introduced to concepts such as the Holocaust, mental illness, and the plight of refugees in a more gentle way than that of the nightly news or a Discovery documentary.
When reality fiction
is as strange as this, you certainly need some normality at home.