This is the sort of deliciously high concept that practically writes itself once you’ve heard the premise: the Nazis win WWII, and when they spread south to claim India Mohandas Gandhi attempts to use non-violent civil disobedience against them.

That said, ideas that ‘practically write themselves’ unfortunately never do in reality, and Turtledove makes the story live up to the premise. It’s direct, clear and unflinching, and Gandhi is presented as being optimistic about the inherent goodness in humanity even after his early failures, while a story like this could easily have him come across as naïve or foolish.

The Last Article by Harry Turtledove

Availability: Ebook, print

Word count:12,800

Awards: Locus Award for Best Novelette, 1989

First published: F&SF Magazine Jan 1988

Where to find it: The Year’s Best SF: Sixth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois, 1989, St Martin’s Press

What Might Have Been vol 2: Alternate Heroes, 1990 edited by Gregory Benford and Martin H. Greenberg, 1991, Bantam Spectra

Time Machines: The Best Time Travel Stories Ever Written, edited by Bill Adler Jr, 1997,Carroll & Graf

The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century, edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg, 2001, Del Rey / Ballantine – available as Kindle ebook

One Lamp: Alternate History Stories from the Magazine of F&SF, edited by Gordon Van Gelder, 2003, Four Walls Eight Windows

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