Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A fine alternate-history illustration

This fine Richard Hess cover for The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes (Oxford UP, 1985) is a work of alternate history, unlike the book it was commissioned to wrap around. 

I wonder whether Hess read Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series -- though in Farmer's novels, all the world's most famous military leaders didn't wake up on the same patch of riverbank, fortunately.  Moreover, most of Hess' characters are clearly older than 25.

1 comment:

Gina said...

Hi Andy:
I'm not sure if you would remember me, and I'm pretty sure this isn't the best way to reach you, but I'm hoping this will work. I taught for one year at King Academy the year you graduated. I was your French II teacher and the softball coach. After I got married and moved to Columbia with my wife, you and B.J. came to visit and gave us some chili bowls as a wedding gift.
I'm excited but not surprised to read of your success. You were an impressive kid way back then.
If I've reached you, please drop me a note at ad3695@msn.com.
Thanks,
Curt Deming
PS: Now that I've scrolled down to the security stuff, I see that I'm on here with Gina's account. Her e-mail would work also.