By Harry Turtledove
From Harry Turtledove, the grasp of exchange background, comes After the Downfall, a unique of magic, epic war, and determined offerings. 1945: Russian troops have entered Berlin, and are engaged in a violent orgy of theft, rape, and revenge. Wehrmacht officer Hasso Pemsel, a occupation soldier at the wasting finish of the best conflict in historical past, flees from a sniper's bullet, discovering himself hurled right into a mysterious, very good global of wizards, dragons, and unicorns. There he allies himself with the blond-haired, blue-eyed Lenelli, and Velona, their goddess in human shape, delivering them his wisdom of conflict and weaponry of their genocidal fight opposed to a race of diminutive, swarthy barbarians referred to as Grenye. yet quickly, the savagery of the Lenelli starts off to consume at Hasso Pemsel's soul, inflicting him to question every thing he has lengthy believed approximately race and Reich, correct and flawed, Ubermenschen and Untermenschen. Hasso Pemsel will examine the variation among following orders... and following his moral sense.
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That should be deep space,’ said Martha, pointing upwards. ‘You know, black, full of stars. . And this. . ’ She bent down, forcing her hands through the leaves. ‘This should be a metal floor. ’ ‘Perhaps it is,’ said the Doctor. ’ ‘So this is some sort of. . virtual reality? ’ ‘I don’t think so,’ said the Doctor, cautiously. Martha picked up a leaf by its stalk, twirled it between her fingers, held it up to the sunlight. It was large, copper-coloured and webbed by deep green veins, as angular as a child’s drawing of a splayed hand.
Not quite alive. ’ And he turned the brilliant blue light onto Martha. ’ said Martha. ’ The Doctor grinned, putting the screwdriver away before setting off. Martha hurried to catch up. ’ asked Martha. ‘It appeared to be a wild boar,’ said the Doctor. ‘Sus scrofa – still common in central Europe, even in your time. Then again,’ he went on, ‘I’ve seen pagoda trees from Asia, magnolias unique to North America. . ’ ‘Not from any planet I know,’ said the Doctor. ’ Martha pointed back in the direction they’d come.
If they weren’t dead, if they hadn’t been murdered – and Petr had indicated that all the children had simply ‘disappeared’ – then where had they gone? Martha found Saul standing by the lake, talking to a bright-eyed girl who must have been about twelve. It seemed that school had finished for the day as other children were spilling out from their classrooms, delighted by their long-promised liberation. The girl seemed rather serious for her age, addressing Saul confidently. Martha caught a little of their conversation before both became aware of her presence.
After the Downfall by Harry Turtledove