Excerpt here: Asimov's. A somewhat different but not completely different Hitler is the POV again. ML4E (talk) 22:28, October 18, 2019 (UTC)

Wonder if that's a prologue akin to "Must and Shall", where the main action is set after whatever the Hitler section is, or if it's a story about Hitler. TR (talk) 00:53, October 19, 2019 (UTC)
One can never be sure, but I should think the latter. If it's an AH of the sort you're suggesting, there should have been some sort of hook. Turtle Fan (talk) 03:18, October 19, 2019 (UTC)
I'm thinking a short story about Hitler. Its called "Christmas Truce" so I think it takes place over the truce period. Either Hitler lets his distaste for the fraternization he sees explode into breaking the truce with ATL consequences or he sees what fine fellows the Tommies are and gets a change in character. ML4E (talk) 15:11, October 19, 2019 (UTC)
The blurb said "dark look", so yeah, I don't think Hitler becomes a better person here. TR (talk) 15:14, October 19, 2019 (UTC)
So far I'm not seeing any POD. I guess that happens afterward. Maybe it's a simple story about Hitler breaking the truce and charging the Tommies, getting killed with history regarding him as one more interchangeable Great War casualty. Or maybe he does something leading to the Third Reich being even more genocidal and effective. Leutnant Rombach appears to be Ernst Rombach, a historical figure who doesn't have a Wikipedia page.Matthew Babe Stevenson (talk) 15:52, October 19, 2019 (UTC)

Non-spoilery reaction[]

A polite "shrug". If I knew this was going to be the start of something bigger, I'd be more excited, but as it stands...

Nor does it give the reader something broader or metatextual to mull over. I think I'm pretty much the only one here who liked "Zigeuner". Sure, it was predictable, but in a world in which Stephen Miller, a Jew, is playing a major role in putting immigrant children in camps, the story felt more timely and relevant than it would have otherwise. Similarly, "Speaker to Emos" is a meditation on role-reversal with little in actual plot or conflict, but it did stop and make me think a bit about having Asperger's in this world. CT doesn't even bring that. TR (talk) 15:18, October 22, 2019 (UTC)


I picked up a copy of Asimov's from the public library and can replace TR's e-book footnotes with ones giving specific page numbers. Should I bother? ML4E (talk) 20:58, November 6, 2019 (UTC)

Feel free. Not sure why e-edition doesn't have any sort of pages or locations. TR (talk) 21:31, November 6, 2019 (UTC)