In the death
throes of the Second World War, the British High Command capture
the cream of Nazi rocket science and create a new Empire where
the sun never sets. Instead, the sky is lit by the red glare
of a fleet spaceships bound for the Moon, Mars - and beyond.
But who funds this epic endeavour? The road to space, it transpires
is paved with a secret dark enough to bring the Empire to
easiest way to describe Ministry of Space is as a twisted
take on a Dan Dare style tale. It's written from the
perspective of a 1940s writer looking at how the future may
well have unfolded between the 1940s and 2001. What's interesting
is that Britain is the major power in the early 21st century
due thanks to the fact that our scientists (or more accurately
- captured German scientists under our control) design and
build the latest advancements in rocket technology.
means that the British are the first to travel into space
(1950), the first to land on the moon (1953), the first nation
to have a permanent presence on the moon (1960) and the first
to colonise Mars (1969).
the early 21st century Britain still has a powerful empire
- in fact Britain is the world's most powerful nation. However,
this nation is built on a terrible secret. This collection,
which jumps backwards and forwards in time, examines an alternative
future which, given the right circumstances, we could be living
those who grew up on Dan Dare, Ministry of Space is
a must read collection. This is also going to be of interest
to anyone who enjoys intelligent story telling.
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