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Drakas!


Synopsis:
    Collection of short stories from different eras about the super "nazis" from South Africa.

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Prequels & Sequels:

This book is one of a series of books that share a common alternate history background. There are links between each of the books in the main series, but each is a separate story. This book, Drakas! is a series of short stories which share a common alternate history background with the novels.
  1. Marching Through Georgia
  2. Under the Yoke
  3. The Stone Dogs
  4. Drakon

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Review of Drakas!:

Drakas! is an anthology of short stories written against the background of S. M. Stirling's Draka universe. Each story stands on its own, and they are set at various times and places from the 19th century to the 21st and beyond. Towards the end of the book, we also see the same kind of cross-time travel that featured in Drakon.

Contributors to the anthology include a wide range of authors, some of whom are very well-known (including Harry Turtledove and David Drake). The quality of the stories themselves is variable - many are excellent, but there are a couple of weaker ones.

My other main issue with this book, and I guess with the type of anthology where other authors enter an existing universe, is what is the status of the stories? Are they cannon? How do you reconcile inconsistencies? For example, in John J. Miller's story, "Hewn in Pieces for the Lord", Charles Gordon is quoted as saying "Besides, neither China or the Ottoman Empire hardly exists any more. They've both been swallowed by your Domination" - yet according to the timeline in Marching Through Georgia, the Domination is at this time known as the "Dominion of Draka", most of the Ottoman Empire is still intact until World War I, and the Draka are nowhere near China until about 1918 or 1919.

Criticisms aside, there is a lot in this book that I think will captivate readers' interest, especially if you enjoyed the previous Draka books. It's also interesting to see authors other than S. M. Stirling offering their perspective on the Draka.


   

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Drakas!

By S.M. Stirling

Stirling, S. M.
Released: 2000-11-01
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Product Description:
THINK ABOUT HISTORY. NOW MAKE IT WORSE...

The Domination of the Draka begins as a British possession in Africa, but soon becomes far more. Absorbing refugees after the American Revolution, and later the Civil War, the Draka become a people bred to rule with an iron fist. They permanently enslave the peoples of Africa, when they do not simply kill them.
But this does not slake the Draka thirst for power. Sweeping across the world, the Draka empire engulfs nation after nation, shackling into servitude all who are not Draka. Europe, Asia, and finally all the Earth and its colonies throughout the Solar System fall before the might of the Draka.
But empires are not faceless monoliths; they are made of individuals, complex humans with their own hopes and dreams. And so one might ask: Who are the Draka? What sort of people does the Domination rule? The Draka would have many different answers...
...and this is their story.

The Domination (Draka Series combo volumes Book 1)

By S. M. Stirling

Baen Books
Released: 2013-12-03
Kindle Edition (796 pages)

The Domination (Draka Series combo volumes Book 1)
 
Product Description:
In this omnibus of Marching Through Georgia, Under the Yoke and The Stone Dogs, S.M. Stirling traces the rise of the Domination of the Draka and its long struggle with the United States and the American-led Alliance for Democracy. In this alternate history, the Americans who rejection the Revolution did not scatter to the four winds and Canada; a slight change in the course of events brought them to the new Crown Colony of Drakia instead... starting with the Cape of Good Hope and soon encompassing the whole of the right subcontinent of Southern Africa. Soon burning resentment and limitless ambition spurred the expansion of the people who called themselves the Draka.

There they built the Domination, an empire of inconceivable wealth and savagery, founded on conquest and slavery. It grew until it spanned the African continent, and then in the Great War of the early twentieth century, to include much of Asia as well. In the Eurasian War, Germany and the Soviet Union exhausted each other and the Draka stepped in, leaving the Domination triumphant from the English Channel to the China Sea. Only the United States and its allies stood between the Draka and their dream of an enslaved humanity.

By the 1990s, the Draka commanded the stuff of life itself, mastering biotechnology until they could create new species at will... and transform themselves into the Master Race of their savage dreams. The Alliance for Democracy traveled another path, into the mysteries of the physical universe and the technology based on such knowledge. The final confrontation would settle which was more powerful... or leave the earth a lifeless rock where nothing human remained but bones.

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

S. M. Stirling is the author of the Draka trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, a nation founded on slavery and the United States battle for domination of the world. The trilogy was recently republished in one huge volume as The Domination. Stirling has also written Drakon, a novel of a Draka warrior hurled into our world, and edited a companion volume, Drakas! Among his collaborations are the popular General series with David Drake, the novel, The Children's Hour, with Jerry Pournelle, and the national bestseller, The City Who Fought, with Anne McCaffrey. He and his wife live in Santa Fe, NM.

Product Description:
In this omnibus of Marching Through Georgia, Under the Yoke and The Stone Dogs, S.M. Stirling traces the rise of the Domination of the Draka and its long struggle with the United States and the American-led Alliance for Democracy. In this alternate history, the Americans who rejection the Revolution did not scatter to the four winds and Canada; a slight change in the course of events brought them to the new Crown Colony of Drakia instead... starting with the Cape of Good Hope and soon encompassing the whole of the right subcontinent of Southern Africa. Soon burning resentment and limitless ambition spurred the expansion of the people who called themselves the Draka.

There they built the Domination, an empire of inconceivable wealth and savagery, founded on conquest and slavery. It grew until it spanned the African continent, and then in the Great War of the early twentieth century, to include much of Asia as well. In the Eurasian War, Germany and the Soviet Union exhausted each other and the Draka stepped in, leaving the Domination triumphant from the English Channel to the China Sea. Only the United States and its allies stood between the Draka and their dream of an enslaved humanity.

By the 1990s, the Draka commanded the stuff of life itself, mastering biotechnology until they could create new species at will... and transform themselves into the Master Race of their savage dreams. The Alliance for Democracy traveled another path, into the mysteries of the physical universe and the technology based on such knowledge. The final confrontation would settle which was more powerful... or leave the earth a lifeless rock where nothing human remained but bones.

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

S. M. Stirling is the author of the Draka trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, a nation founded on slavery and the United States battle for domination of the world. The trilogy was recently republished in one huge volume as The Domination. Stirling has also written Drakon, a novel of a Draka warrior hurled into our world, and edited a companion volume, Drakas! Among his collaborations are the popular General series with David Drake, the novel, The Children's Hour, with Jerry Pournelle, and the national bestseller, The City Who Fought, with Anne McCaffrey. He and his wife live in Santa Fe, NM.




   

 
 
 
 

 
 
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