Fire on the Mountain by Terry Bisson
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Presenting an alternative version of African American history, this novel explores what might have happened if John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry had been successful. Chronicling life in a thriving black nation founded by Brown in the former southeastern United States, this dramatic story opens 100 years later, just as Nova Africa is poised to celebrate its first landing of a spacecraft on Mars. The prosperous black state will soon be tested when the granddaughter of John Brown returns from Africa to reunite with her daughter and share with her a secret that will alter their lives forever.

About Terry Bisson

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Terry Bisson is the host of the popular reading series SF in SF, the editor of the Outspoken Authors pocketbook series, and the recipient of the Hugo and Nebula awards for his work in science fiction. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Published October 1, 2009 by PM Press. 177 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One aspect of the story is related by old Dr. ""Ayrab"" Abraham, as he recalls his youth as an educated slave, the exciting and frightening arrival of Brown's raiders, and the bloody and astonishing development of the revolution--which results in an independent, black, socialist South, known as N...

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When Bisson ( Voyage to the Red Planet ) began to publish short fiction a few years ago, his flair and sharp but homey good humor brought him instant celebrity and won him a Nebula Award for the title story in this, his first collection.

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Fantasy Literature

What if America’s Civil War had been, not a war of unification, but a war to end slavery?

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