“CLIMB THE WIND is a most enjoyable and entertaining new alternate history adventure which I believe brings a new dimension to the form which has up to now never really been explored…the reader of CLIMB THE WIND will also encounter such oversized characters as Calamity Jane, generals Sherman and Sheridan, George Armstrong Custer, Mark Twain, Buffalo Bill Cody, Thomas Alva Edison, Annie Oakley, Teddy Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglass…All of them are employed very interestingly and insightfully.”
–Gahan Wilson, Realms of Fantasy
Pamela Sargent doesn’t write showily and doesn’t rely on action set-pieces to make her fiction. She creates original and intriguing premises and she uses fascinating and convincing detail along with well-executed and believable characterization to tell stories that deliver sneakily powerful visions of imaginary reality. This alternate-historical take on the frontier expansion of post-Civil War America takes us to a place we hadn’t expected but can still see as a possibly better world than the one we know. Sargent is an SF writer but she works magic with her imagination and we’re the richer for it.
“…we can expect any full-length counterfactual novel to be a complex and masterful affair. And Pamela Sargent does not disappoint….Sargent fulfills the SF writer’s credo by rigorously exploring the historical dialectic between impersonal forces and individual human actors with wisdom and real insights, all the while delivering a stirring account of a revolution-that-never-was embodied in flesh and blood participants who demand our sympathy and affection.”
–Paul Di Filippo, Asimov’s Science Fiction
If you enjoyed Climb the Wind you will want to explore a dozen other works of Pamela Sargent.