Day": The New Allen Steele Novel
An expansion of Allen's earlier short story,
"Goddard's People", "V-S Day" paints a
alternate picture of WW2 where victory will be defined high
above the U.S., at the edge of space. It's 1941 and German
rocket scientist Wernher von Braun is ordered to abandon the
V-2 rocket and turn German resources in a daring new direction:
construction of a manned orbital spacecraft capable of attacking
the continental U.S. Work on the sub-orbital, manned rocket-bomber,
called Silbervogel, begins at Peenemunde.
British intelligence discovers the plan and
brings word to Franklin Roosevelt. The American President
determines that there is only one logical response: the U.S.
must build a spacecraft capable of intercepting Silbervogel
and destroying it. Robert Goddard, inventor of the liquid-fuel
rocket, agrees to head the classified project.
So begins a race against time between two
secret military programs and two brilliant scientists whose
high-stakes space race plays out with deadly consquence in
the brutal skies above America. "V-S Day" releases
Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Hardback, Kindle, and
Audible formats. See the links below to order or go here to read an excerpt.
An interview with Allen has appeared on an Italian SF website, Nocturnia. It's in Italian, of course, but an English translation appears at the bottom; just scroll down a bit.