The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown

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The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown

Format:  Hardcover,

418 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Jul 2011

ISBN-13: 9781439168936

ISBN-10: 1439168938

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Based on an incredible true episode of World War II history, Paul Malmont's new novel is a rollicking blend of fact and fiction about the men and women who were recruited to defeat the Nazis and ended up creating the future.
In 1943, when the United States learns that Germany is on the verge of a deadly innovation that could tip the balance of the war, the government turns to an unlikely source for help: the nation's top science fiction writers. Installed at a covert military lab within the Philadelphia Naval Yard are the most brilliant of these young visionaries. The unruly band is led by Robert Heinlein, the dashing and complicated master of the genre. His "Kamikaze Group," which includes the ambitious genius Isaac Asimov, is tasked with transforming the wonders of science fiction into science fact and unlocking the secrets to invisibility, death rays, force fields, weather control, and other astounding phenomena--and finding it harder than they ever imagined.
When a German spy washes ashore near the abandoned Long Island ruins of a mysterious energy facility, the military begins to fear that the Nazis are a step ahead of Heinlein's group. Now the oddball team, joined by old friends from the Pulp Era including L. Ron Hubbard (court-martialed for attacking Mexico), must race to catch up. The answers they seek may be locked in the legendary War of Currents, which was fought decades earlier between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. As the threat of an imminent Nazi invasion of America grows more and more possible, events are set in motion that just may revolutionize the future--or destroy it--while forcing the writers to challenge the limits of talent, imagination, love, destiny, and even reality itself.
Blazing at breathtaking speed from forgotten tunnels deep beneath Manhattan to top-secret battles in the North Pacific, and careening from truth to pulp and back again, "The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown "is a sweeping, romantic epic--a page-turning rocket ship ride through the history of the future.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Jul 2011
ISBN-13: 9781439168936
ISBN-10: 1439168938
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 418
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 1.4 x 9.1

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Review by Library Journal (2011-04-15)

In 1908, did the mad genius Nikola Tesla, who beat out Edison in the Battle of the Currents (which should it be, AC or DC?), invent but then hide a death ray, a weapon that could blow a fleet of enemy bombers out of the sky in one instant? By 1943, it looks like the Germans have some very nasty tricks up their sleeves. So writer Robert Heinlein, in charge of the "Kamikaze Group", a think tank composed mainly of his fellow science fiction writers-Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, and L. Ron Hubbard are among them-sets out to find the truth.

If a death ray exists, they're determined to locate it and make it work-for America's side! Time and again, you'll think there couldn't possibly be any more new plot twists in this madcap adventure by the author of The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril and Jack London in Paradise, but five pages later a new one will hit you on the head.

Verdict: Anyone who loves the science fiction of the 1930s and 1940s will want to read this delightful romp. It's so much fun that it virtually defines what light fiction should be.

[See Prepub Alert, 1/24/11.] - David Keymer, Modesto, CA

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Based on an incredible true episode of World War II history, Paul Malmont’s new novel is a rollicking blend of fact and fiction about the men and women who were recruited to defeat the Nazis and ended up creating the future.

In 1943, when the United States learns that Germany is on the verge of a deadly innovation that could tip the balance of the war, the government turns to an unlikely source for help: the nation’s top science fiction writers.

Installed at a covert military lab within the Philadelphia Naval Yard are the most brilliant of these young visionaries. The unruly band is led by Robert Heinlein, the dashing and complicated master of the genre. His “Kamikaze Group,” which includes the ambitious genius Isaac Asimov, is tasked with transforming the wonders of science fiction into science fact and unlocking the secrets to invisibility, death rays, force fields, weather control, and other astounding phenomena—and finding it harder than they ever imagined.

When a German spy washes ashore near the abandoned Long Island ruins of a mysterious energy facility, the military begins to fear that the Nazis are a step ahead of Heinlein’s group. Now the oddball team, joined by old friends from the Pulp Era including L. Ron Hubbard (court-martialed for attacking Mexico), must race to catch up. The answers they seek may be locked in the legendary War of Currents, which was fought decades earlier between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

As the threat of an imminent Nazi invasion of America grows more and more possible, events are set in motion that just may revolutionize the future—or destroy it—while forcing the writers to challenge the limits of talent, imagination, love, destiny, and even reality itself.

Blazing at breathtaking speed from forgotten tunnels deep beneath Manhattan to top-secret battles in the North Pacific, and careening from truth to pulp and back again, The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown is a sweeping, romantic epic—a page-turning rocket ship ride through the history of the future.

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