History on the Horizon

Fata Morgana by Steven Boyett and Ken Mitchroney
What happens when you cross a World War II story with time travel and alternate timelines that are often prominent in science fiction? A result of such a mixing of elements is found in Fata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney.
As the crew of the Fata Morgana bomber flies over Europe on a mission to drop bombs in Germany in 1943, they encounter some strange electric energy and find themselves transported to a vastly different looking world than the one they left. In a desolated and war-ravaged world where two technologically advanced groups are fighting against each other, the stranded bomber crew works with the the group that found them, headed by the woman none of them had ever met who just so happens to be painted on the nose of the Fata Morgana, to fix their bomber and try to get back to their own time and their war.

An interesting take on an alternate history story with elements of time travel to provide a glimpse of what might have been. Some of the world-building of the future wasn’t as strong or detailed as it could have been (or I would have liked) as it took a while to develop a moderate depiction of the situation. The many characters of the story were decently developed, which made it easy to envision them and root for their success. The wise-cracks the crew made were chuckle- and groan-worthy, but enjoyable nonetheless as it infused the more serious war-time narrative with some levity. The more abstract concept of the mortal and moral ramifications of actions taken during war and the possible technological advances were addressed in the culmination of the narrative, even if perhaps a little too conveniently.

Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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