In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.
"When is a rip-off not a rip-off?"
What would the world be like if the space race started during World War II? If Teddy Roosevelt had fought in World War I? If Joseph McCarthy had been elected President? Those and other questions are answered in these nine stories of alternate histories, when the world as we know it might have turned out different than it is today, if only one minor (or major) change had occurred in history.
Medal of Honor portrays several recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and examines what drove them to go so far above and beyond the call of duty. Among the stories are an accurate account of the life of the only woman ever to receive the medal, and of a soldier from the legendary WWII Japanese-American 442nd, who went on to earn the medal in the Korean War.
The Red Empress is the only home Erzelle has known since the day her family was lured aboard and murdered, victims of a grisly ritual meant to make the elite immortal. Erzelle plays her harp for the diners inside this ghoul-infested riverboat, knowing her own death looms, escaping through the music that's all she has left of her parents.
"Playing the harp, while waiting to die"
Two of America’s most perceptive political reporters join forces for an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the race for the White House in POLITICO’s Playbook 2012, a series of four instant digital books on the 2012 presidential election. The second edition, Inside the Circus, pulls back the curtain on the pursuit of the Republican nomination, as operatives jockey for position and strategists vie to fashion a message that can win over all factions of the fractious GOP.
"Insights into the 2012 election"
The Right Fights Back, follows the campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, which promises to be one of the most hotly contested and closely fought in recent memory, as establishment Republicans, Tea Party favorites, and dark horse insurgents vie to take on President Obama in the November election. From the role of Super PACS and conservative interest groups to the clashes of personality and policy that will define the race to capture the GOP nomination, this is a history-as-it-happens account of the resurgent American right at the crossroads.
"Great Snapshot on Where Things Stand"
Alistair Jones is an ex-Pinkerton agent roaming the West in search of work. Amy Dunston is an angry widow searching for answers. Who knows what those men with matching mustaches and bowler hats are searching for? But Alistair and Amy would both like to know why there are so many of them, why they all look alike, and why they're impervious to bullets--at least until they meet the business end of Alistair's .52-caliber 1874-pattern Sharps rifle.
Tonight on the program, an update on the battle to retake Mosul with Dexter Filkins of The New Yorker.
We continue with a political update from Jonathan Karl of ABC News and Mike Allen of Politico.
We conclude with musician Jon Bon Jovi, his new album is called "This House Is Not For Sale."
Tonight on the program, an update on the 2016 presidential election with Dan Balz, chief correspondent at the Washington Post.
Next, a discussion about President Obama's final trip to Asia before leaving office with Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group.
We continue with Steve Schwarzman, C.E.O. of Blackstone and founder of the international Schwarzman Scholarship, along with three inaugural scholars.
We conclude with Mike Allen of Politico.