The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown by Paul Malmont
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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.
 

About Paul Malmont

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Paul Malmont works in advertising. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children. Please visit the author at www.paulmalmont.com. You can follow his blog postings at amazon.com or on Facebook.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 432 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 1943, alerted to German scientific advances that could turn the tide of World War II, the U.S. government calls upon a group of noted young science-fiction writers to halt the Nazi threat by making imagined phenomena real.

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Publishers Weekly

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Malmont returns to the pulp magazine-inspired territory of The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, this time assembling a clutch of science fiction writers to defeat the Germans in WWII.

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As the Second World War draped its way across Asia, the battle between the Nazis and the Russians only came to a stop when Hitler’s Blitzkrieg warfare got bogged down in heavy winter snow against a defiant population used to such severe conditions.

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NJ.com

Ron Hubbard, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein contributed futuristic stories to the hot magazines of the day — Astounding Stories, Amazing Stories and Unknown.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Taking place in 1943, it recounts a story partially based in fact about how the guiding lights of science fiction’s heyday were brought together by the military and tasked with making science fiction real in order to defeat the Nazis.

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SF Signal

A science fiction blog featuring science fiction book reviews and with frequent ramblings on fantasy, computers and the web.

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Fantasy Literature

Far from eliciting a gosh-wow response from me, the retreading made me impatient, but if you haven’t read Knight’s book, and don’t check out these authors on Wikipedia, you may enjoy The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown.

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Geeks of Doom

Fans of Isaac Asimov‘s legendary science fiction series, “Foundation,” found themselves having nightmares at the news that 2012 and 1998’s Godzilla director Roland Emmerich was making a CG-heavy, Avatar-style trilogy of movies based on the books.

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Geeks of Doom

The Astounding, The Amazing, And The Unknown is a vibrant, highly suspenseful race to solve a Nikola Tesla mystery, defeat the Nazis, and help end World War II.

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Culture Mob

Paul Malmont’s The Astounding, The Amazing and The Unknown (Simon & Schuster, $26) merges science fiction with historical fact for a tremendously entertaining caper that sees the founding fathers of the emerging genre band together to save the world from the Nazi’s in World War II.

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