What to read after Connie Willis’ Blackout/All Clear

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Last week I discussed how Connie Willis’ Blackout/All Clear was made of awesome and the problems I have with rebound books after such a terrific read. Well, I finally found something to sink my teeth into after those amazing books:

I am now reading Winston Churchill’s The Gathering Storm (on the Kindle, of course).

Connie’s rich descriptions of life in London during the Blitz made me want to stay there for a while. I didn’t know of any other science fiction off the top of my head that takes place in this setting, but in addition to science fiction, I love to read history and what better place to go than the first volume of Churchill’s own history of WW-II (which, incidentally, is just about the same length as Connie Willis’ All Clear).

I imagine this will be my main reading for the next couple of weeks, although I’ll be peaking at short fiction along the way. I started the book a few days ago and got distracted with chores, but what I have read so far is very promising. Not quite Connie Willis, but it puts me in the same setting which is part of what I was looking for.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.