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THE OPPENHEIMER ALTERNATIVE
The New Novel by Hugo and Nebula Award-Winner
"You can call this alternate history or alternate astrophysics (or both). Whatever term you choose, it's a terrific story." Eric Flint, author of 1632
"Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds," physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer famously exclaimed when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. His Manhattan Project gathered the greatest scientists ever assembled, including Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, Leo Szilard, and Enrico Fermi.
In this meticulously researched novel, Oppenheimer keeps those geniuses together after the war joined by Albert Einstein, computing pioneer John von Neumann, and rocket designer Wernher von Braun in hopes of saving our planet from an environmental catastrophe. If they succeed, they will be able to declare, "Now we are become life, the saviors of the world."
More about The Oppenheimer Alternative:
eBook Editions WorldwideKindle: 978-1-988415-22-2
ePub (Kobo, Nook, Apple, etc.): 978-1-988415-23-9
North American Print Editions
(We'll save you the currency-conversion math: as of the date the books went to press, the two North American editions were within twenty-five cents of each other in price.)
Rest-of-the-World Print Edition
Print edition for the rest of the world:
Why separate editions? The U.S. publisher, which also does work by Robert A. Heinlein and Harry Turtledove, is positioning Rob's book for success in the science-fiction and alternate-history genres, and so wanted a classic-looking SF cover; this one was created by artist Scott Grimando, who has also done the covers for the most-recent issues of Heinlein books.
But the Canadian publisher, which has a sterling literary reputation (their titles have repeatedly won the Governor General's Award, Canada's highest literary honor), is aiming to build on Rob's mainstream national bestsellerdom there with this book. Their cover is by Bibliofic Designs in Alberta and reflects the current style used in packaging high-quality mainstream fiction.
Both editions have the same interior typesetting (except for the full-title and copyright pages), and, for authenticity and to capture the times, both editions use the spelling and punctuation conventions Oppenheimer himself would have employed during the 1940s through 1960s, which is when this book is set. For a detailed discussion of this, see the section on "Period Flavor" in Rob's Notes for the Copyeditor.
Meanwhile, Rob himself retained the print rights for the rest of the world. Trade-paperback editions will be available through all local Amazon stores worldwide starting June 2, 2020, with beautiful typesetting by Bibliofic Designs.
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