In The SFFaudio Podcast #017 I went on a little rant about why so much of the Fantasy fiction written today sucks (half of my idea for which was that a distinct lack of history informs today’s bad Fantasy). Here is an SF novel that embraces History (as much of good SF does). Whether Uller Uprising is good SF, or not, is now for the the listener to decide…
By H. Beam Piper; Read by various
16 Zipped MP3 Files or Podcast – Approx. 5 Hours 8 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: December 24, 2008
Uller Uprising is the story of a confrontation between a human overlord and alien servants, with an ironic twist at the end. Like most of Piper’s best work, Uller Uprising is modeled after an actual event in human history; in this case the Sepoy Mutiny (a Bengal uprising in British-held India brought about when rumors were spread to native soldiers that cartridges being issued by the British were coated with animal fat. The rebellion quickly spread throughout India and led to the massacre of the British Colony at Cawnpore.). Piper’s novel is not a mere retelling of the Indian Mutiny, but rather an analysis of an historical event applied to a similar situation in the far future.
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