THE LIFE EATERS

David Brin and Scott Hampton (illustrator)


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DAVID BRIN's The Life Eaters

IDW, 2015

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legends walk — and the world shakes

Roused by sorcery and a stench of holocaust, Norse gods have returned to the mortal plane, tilting the scales of World War II and cheating the Allies of victory.

Nearly a generation later the war still rages, this time in the jungles of Southeast Asia. The tide has been set for a final battle as a few heroes gather their courage — and their most advanced technology — for a final stand against the Nazis and their Aesir partners.

Is this mankind's last chance?

In the end, it will be an epic struggle to reclaim the sovereignty of the human race, one that will pit our basest instincts against ... our own humanity.

Now in a 2015 special edition from IDW — this dramatic and gorgeously illustrated volume is based on David Brin's Hugo-nominated novella "Thor Meets Captain America."


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The script has been wonderfully illustrated by Scott Hampton, one of the best graphic artists around. Hampton's painted artwork for projects as varied as Batman: Night Cries and The Upturned Stone has won accolades from fans around the world and established his reputation as one of the finest painters working in the graphic novel medium.

Scott Hampton also illustrated another Brin graphic novel, ST:TNG FORGIVENESS.

le jour du désastre

The French, who love graphic novels, have voted the translated, large format version of The Life Eaters a finalist for "best first album." Its title in France? D-Day, le jour du désastre.

back when it was unthinkable...

... it was not un-imaginable! The Life Eaters is one of many works of fiction that looked at the expansion of fascism in the 1920s and 1930s and asks, "What if things had turned out differently?" Here are some other "what if?" books:

  • Katharine Burdekin (writing under the pseudonym Murray Constantine), Swastika NightSwastika Night. Published in 1937, it's recognized for its predictive hits.
  • Noël Coward, Peace in Our Time (World Classics Vol 7)Peace in Our Time. This play was written in 1946 by Coward, (whose name was on a Gestapo 'death list' in the event Germany conquered Great Britain).
  • Len Deighton, SS-GBSS-GB.
  • Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High CastleThe Man in the High Castle.
  • Robert Harris, Fatherland: A NovelFatherlan.
  • Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen HereIt Can't Happen Here.
  • Philip Roth, The Plot Against AmericaThe Plot Against America
  • Norman Spinrad, The Iron DreamThe Iron Dream. Adolf Hitler as an American Sci-fi writer!
  • Harry Turtledove, In the Presence of Mine EnemiesIn the Presence of Mine Enemies.
  • Guy Walters, The LeaderThe Leader.

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    David Brin's science fiction novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages. They range from bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future to Brin's Uplift series, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (and star-faring dolphins!). Learn More


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    praise for Brin's science fiction

    As a bestselling science-fiction writer himself (Earth, Startide Rising, The Postman), Brin gets paid handsomely to look into the future and report back on what he's seen.
    — Metroactive Books

    praise for Insistence of Vision

    "David Brin excels at the essential craft of the page turning, which is to devise an elegantly knotted plot that yields a richly variegated succession of high-impact adventures undergone by an array of believably heroic characters."
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    "This is one of my favourite short stories by any author, both for the unique concept of time as a true river with tributaries and currents, and for its tight execution. It made me stop and consider the linearity of time in an entirely new way."
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    historical horrors avoided?

    DAVID BRIN quote

    "What if this was all a fight between two factions of the government or aristocracy? Such things happened all the time, and when dragons battle each other, peasants are better off ducking out of the way."
    — from Existence

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