Fire on the Mountain - Terry Bisson 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. Terry is the regular moderator at SFinSF, and a very funny personality. He did well when he attended my class at USF when my students read this book, but they were ultimately underwhelmed by the book. I wasn't surprised. College students have so little sense of history, the very idea of alternate history simply perplexes them.