Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain Fiction It s in socialist Virginia The Deep South is an independent Black nation called Nova Africa The second Mars expedition is about to touch down on the red planet And a pregnant scientist is

  • Title: Fire on the Mountain
  • Author: Terry Bisson
  • ISBN: 9780380753697
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fiction It s 1959 in socialist Virginia The Deep South is an independent Black nation called Nova Africa The second Mars expedition is about to touch down on the red planet And a pregnant scientist is climbing the Blue Ridge in search of her great great grandfather, a teenage slave who fought with John Brown and Harriet Tubman s guerrilla army Long unavailable in theFiction It s 1959 in socialist Virginia The Deep South is an independent Black nation called Nova Africa The second Mars expedition is about to touch down on the red planet And a pregnant scientist is climbing the Blue Ridge in search of her great great grandfather, a teenage slave who fought with John Brown and Harriet Tubman s guerrilla army Long unavailable in the US, published in France as Nova Africa, FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN is the story of what might have happened if John Brown s raid on Harper s Ferry had succeeded and the Civil War had been started not by the slave owners but the abolitionists.

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    1. Terry Bisson

      Terry Ballantine Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his short stories, including Bears Discover Fire 1990 , which which won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, as well as They re Made Out of Meat 1991 , which has been adapted for video often.Adapted from.

    329 thoughts on “Fire on the Mountain”

    1. A fantastic blend of two of my favorite genres: Alternate History and Science Fiction. It is set in 1959 in a vastly different world than the one we know. What if, in 1859, the legendary abolitionist, John Brown had partnered with Harriet Tubman and been successful in his raid on Harper's Ferry? This novel imagines an America in which a rebellion of not only black slaves, but sympathetic whites, oppressed Irish workers, and even international Marx supporters rally to do away with slavery against [...]

    2. The strength of this book, I felt, was the way it captured the epistolary style of the mid-nineteenth century. Reading about the Civil War recently, it was hard to imagine Abraham Lincoln as the leader of reactionary forces. It would have been wonderful if slavery could have been overthrown sooner, and the nation spared the bloodiest war in its history. At the same time, it's hard to fathom how an international coalition of revolutionaries from Ireland, Italy, Germany, etc would be able to find [...]

    3. 3.5 stars-I liked this quite a bit but had two minor complaints; first, it could get a bit heavy-handed at times (especially in the allusion to the John Brown's Body speculative fiction novel. I really liked this idea a lot! But idk it was also like "yes we get it") and second the historical narrative by Abraham was occasionally unnecessarily detailed and dragged on a bit too much. Overall a good read though!

    4. I met Terry Bisson at the Locus Awards and sincerely wish I had read this before I sat down to share a meal with him. Unbeknownst to me, his work has often focused on race and social justice. This is an alternate history in which John Brown and Harriet Tubman joined forces on the raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia and won. In this timeline, it is the 1950s and a black utopia exists in the south. There are black men going on expeditions to Mars. This is interspersed with two accounts from the past [...]

    5. I like Bisson, but of everything I've read from him, I liked this the least. This wasn't a very satisfying story. I like the supposition of what could have been if the Civil War had come about differently, but I didn't really see the value in that supposition. I didn't feel like I had a chance to get to know the world they lived in or invest enough emotion into the characters to really care. The abrupt ending and lack of resolution for the personal lives of the characters also left me a little c [...]

    6. The premise of this book was so incredibly interesting but the execution was very poor. The multiple writing styles really got everything jumbled and made it feel like you were reading three books at one time. It took me awhile to actually get through it even though it was so short. I so longed for this to be something more than it was.

    7. So this book is a romantic alternate history of the Civil War, written by a white man and dedicated to New Afrikan anarchist Kuwasi Balagoon and the Black Liberation Army. It's really entertaining. I don't think it's as accomplished as "Talking Man" (which is an extraordinarily beautiful book), but for people of a certain political persuasion it's immensely appealing. Yasmin is an utterly believable character, the kind of good person who would be unbelievable (to me, b/c I'm a terrible person) i [...]

    8. "Fire on the Mountain" is an alternative history where the fork in the road of time is that John Brown's raid on the Harper's Ferry armory was an all around success rather than a tragedy of errors. This single unsmashed butterfly leads to a hundred years of alternative history. The war between the states turns into a civil war between the whites and the blacks (I may be wrong - since the history was woven into the narrative and is not a textbook what really happened is obscured).The following ma [...]

    9. While I definitely believe that under different circumstances John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry could have been successful, there is absolutely no historical evidence that it could possibly have led to a socialist revolution. This book is nothing but a pipe dream with nothing to back it up. Plus it doesn't even really show us what this socialist society is like, beyond that they are landing on Mars and they have some cool tech.

    10. i read this because the incredible walidah imarisha said this was the sci-fi universe she'd live in if she had to choose one when an audience member asked at her presentation about octavia's brood and emergent strategy. it was so fucking rad. i hope in some parallel universe this turn of history did happen because jesus fuck, if only.

    11. This is an amazing story of what this nation state could look like if John Brown's raid (of 1859) had success. Loved this. I recommend it. This is the book that inspired me to seek out Octavia Butler's "Kindred".Next on my list is to re-read is some Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs.

    12. Obviously wish-fulfillment - and the author is pretty honest on that score - but an interesting book. Well written (though a pretty weak beginning). I think a Brown- and Tubman-founded nation would be some sort of mystic theocracy though.

    13. This book has a few elements I feel are similar to Hard To Be A God by the Strugatsky brothers, in that it takes alternative history and sci-fi from a socialist perspective. Beyond that, it's an interesting lesson in US history and politics. Reading this got me thinking about whether part of why left-wing politics are so derided here is because the white ruling classes know anti-racism and socialism are directly connected together and threaten the position of that ruling class. We can see this i [...]

    14. An often confusing book (it’s not always clear that there has been a time switch,) I also didn’t feel that it fully developed any of the situations. Much of that could be because, at less than 170 pages, the book isn’t long enough for there to be time, but the author could certainly have remedied that. But I guess it being so short is what made me able to finish it.Because of its brevity, I could never come to really care about any of the characters. Nor was the world they lived in fully f [...]

    15. The story takes you through a history that presupposes what life would be like if the abolitionist John Brown was successful in his attack at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (in truth they were defeated by U.S. Marines lead by Robert E. Lee and was hanged for "treason").At first the story is a little hard to follow because it bounces back and forth between a time in 1859 when the attack took place and 1959, 100 years after the attack. But once you learn more about the characters in each time period it [...]

    16. This book is a breath of fresh air. Once I settled into it (I may have been tired when starting it, but I had to go back to figure out who was who after about 30 pages.). It's hard to think of moving on to anything less elegant, interesting, and inspiring now. Do I just go read some action romp? No. This book is timely and interesting, and at the same time inspiring - What if we did have a different history as a country?

    17. Another alternate history, this one Civil Was based? What if Harriet Tubman hadn't fallen ill & the Harper's Ferry attack had been carried out successfully on July 4th 1859 as originally planned, sparking a guerrilla war leading to the establishment of Nova Africa? Told from the point of view of a young boy who was a witness to the events, in papers read by his great-great-granddaughter 100 years later.

    18. This is three intertwining stories: one in (alternate) present and two in the time where history diverged. The current story is set in Nova Africa which seceded from the slave-owning United States in the 1860s. Yasmin is an archeologist and single mother who has just returned from Africa and is connecting with her daughter Harriet. Her husband died in space during an attempt to reach Mars five years earlier. As a result, Yasmin refuses to look at the sky and can't deal with news stories about th [...]

    19. Recommended by Gregory Zobel2.5 starsI wanted to like this more, as the concept is fantastic. From the historic starting point to characters to setting, this book (novella?) hums. What I didn’t love was the converging narratives that felt like I was missing/ forgetting parts of the plot. I realize all the voices together build a tableau, but, as is, it is not an effectively-realized tableau. The world building gets left to the imagination and, in this instance, that shouldn’t be the reader [...]

    20. I bought this book in an anarchist bookstore (16$!!), so do not think i think this book is terrible because of the central idea of its plot. The idea of a socialist black-majority country forming out of the south is neat. I can dig epistolary novels, so its not that either. Terry Bisson is merely a terrible writer who could not execute this book. I just cant conceivably reccomend this book to anyone, and I didnt enjoy reading it.- Flat, boring characters.- Alternative history that doesnt make se [...]

    21. I picked up this alternative history book because I enjoy Civil War alternatives, but was surprised to find a complex, admirable bit of imaginative fiction. The dates are a challenge, since the book was written in the 1980s, the main story takes place in the 1950s, and is greatly comprised of letters written in 1910 regarding events of the 1860s. ! But the quilt that is patched together of these interlocking times and stories is really quite attractive. A great granddaughter of a young slave and [...]

    22. Okay, everyone take this review with a big fat grain of salt because this one, no, I didn't get done with it. It got me too upset. I purchased it at a book faire. I like the publishers--PM Press. I read some other stuff from them and it was good stuff and I thought I'd give this one a chance, based on the reviews of the author. Also the reviews for this one weren't bad. So why not?The premise is pretty cool. What if John Brown's revolt had worked? Cool, right. How do you not want to at least pic [...]

    23. It is not often that I get to read non-regional literature set in West Virginia much less a science fiction story. While not a literary bombshell like Colson Whitehead's "John Henry Days", it is a tale of WV as seen from an outsider's perspective. It is also a journey through the Valley of Virginia both in time and space. Set in an alternative history like Dick's "The Man in the High Castle", the novel reflects on not a White Supremacist, fascist future but on a Utopian, African socialist future [...]

    24. This is less a story than a curated collection of primary sources for an alternate timeline in which the American Civil War was preempted by the success of abolitionist John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, which leads to formation of an independent, black-majority state instead of the Confederacy.The book is highly readable and a good case study in the construction of alternate timeline settings. Unfortunately, Bisson seems to have had trouble deciding between telling the story of [...]

    25. I had no idea, really, what I was getting into with this book--and it was so much better than I expected.The year is 1959. The second Mars expedition is about to land. Yasmin is making the long trip from Nova Africa into backwoods U.S.S.A. to take her great-grandfather's writings to a museum. Interspersed with Yasmin's story is the story of her great-grandfather, a former slave who lived through Brown and Tubman's 1859 abolitionist uprising The one where Tubman didn't fall sick, the supplies arr [...]

    26. This has been the third time I've read this book and it continues to be a favorite. It's a real shame that there isn't the same kind of futurist fiction that offers a vision of a new world that we want to build. Generally, the past-history is far more engaging then the future-history. You only get a vision of the lives of a few people in a future built on the successful revolutionary war led by John Brown, but you never really get a vision of how there society works on a macro-scale (I have the [...]

    27. A high-quality piece of alternative history-style science fiction, complete with a successful slave rebellion that truly liberates African-Americans, instead of subjecting them to another 150 years of post-emancipation repression. In this version, Lincoln is a figure remembered for his failed attempt to keep the union together, thus preventing both liberation and socialism. The "actual" history of the past century is instead represented in dystopian fiction, which is a nice twist on reality. Ter [...]

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