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Brandon Clark posts on 12/13/2005 1:00:49 AM Sorry about so many posts but would it be considered wrong to post fan-fiction on-line?
Brandon Clark posts on 12/12/2005 4:35:03 PM I take it the USS Amanda Garrett of the Cobb-class Destroyer is a reference to Cobb's Choosers of the Slain? Any chance of seeing America produce a UH-1 and AH-1?
Brandon Clark posts on 12/12/2005 2:37:17 PM I've seen that there hasn't been a lot said about Italy! And the North African campaign. I thought it would've been great to add an Israeli army unit to the MNF and just explore the results of having Jewish from the future belonging to a Jewish State transported back in time to a point where Jews are on the brink of annihilation.

NuForce posts on 12/9/2005 11:24:21 AM John, You really need to setup a personal website for your fans. After reading the first two books of your Axis of Time series "Weapons of Choice" and "Designated Target" I believe your fan-base is going to increase exponentially. I love the character development and all of the believable techy stuff. (with the exception of the name you used for the super carrier - USS Hilary Clinton) Let's hope that prediction doesn't come true ;-) I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Give us some word on the progress. Nu
Jack posts on 12/3/2005 5:49:15 PM Okay, thanks.

Finished the book about half an hour ago, I enjoyed it though not quite as much as the last one, though still enough that the idea of waiting over a year for the story to continue doesn't appeal. And I must say, I was disappointed that we never heard from Ivanov after he first landed. I get the feeling something very very interesting is about to happen in Russia. . . .

philip long posts on 12/2/2005 4:45:45 PM the reference to Nazi's in south Africa refers to the Draaka" series of books.
George Shaner posts on 12/2/2005 1:13:24 PM Having just had a review of "Designated Targets" published at an online review, I only now tripped over the interview at Del Ray were it was explained that the PT101 was a conceit and not a mistake. While I wondered if such was the case at the time it was still jarring to me.
R. Adams posts on 11/29/2005 12:20:17 PM Is Max Ambrose a reference I should be getting? Or is it just a made up character. I'm not done with the book yet, so no spoilers, please. Just wondering -- can't find a reference on the web to anyone in that area at that time with that name. Thanks.
Jack posts on 11/28/2005 1:55:42 AM I'm about 2/3 through Designated Targets (what can I say, I've been busy, but I hope to have it done by the end of the week) and I've been loving every minute of it. One twist I like is this business of debuting songs and music early (though I have to say, can't stand Slim Jim.) But in the first chapter, when Davidson makes his deal with Elvis--Is releasing all of Elvis's music while training him to sing it a good idea? I can see releasing material from people born after the breakpoint, especially since they might be butterflied out of existence. One tip, I read once that Sinatra hated "My Way" and "Strangers in the Night," maybe you could have him hear it and say "I'll never sing that!"?

Here's another question, I notice you like to make throwaway references to other alternate history works. There were two seperate references to "space lizards" in WoC, one of them to a man named Turtletaub, I assume this is a reference to Harry Turtledove's Worldwar series. Now I read a scene where Yamamoto says nothing surprises him anymore, that Charles Lindbergh could be elected POTUS or a Nazi superrace could emerge in South Africa. The Lindbergh reference I'm guessing is Philip Roth's Plot Against America, but the other one went over my head. What did I miss, or am I reading too much into it altogether?

My vote for post trilogy continuations is for a prequel. I've been wondering about the uptimers' timeline, it's a pretty big fleet that went missing, is this setting the West back much in the war on terror? I don't know whether the Indonesians were about to destabilize things here in our own world and if losing Kolhammer's group is tilting the balance their way.

Fernando San Vicente posts on 11/18/2005 12:55:43 PM As far away as one full year!! The first two parts were so attractive that 12 months seems an eternity. Mr Birmingham's books have become an addiction. Keep up the good work!
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