Sixth Column
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Sixth Column

by Robert A. Heinlein
Release date: 1949
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Originally published as a serial in Astounding Science Fiction 1941, as by Anson MacDonald. Also known as The Day After Tomorrow (1951).

It’s six against six million in a brilliantly-waged near-future war for nothing less than liberty and justice for all.

The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip via concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace.

A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander who knows how to get the best out of his rag-tag assortment of American discontents, wily operators, and geniuses.

It’s going to take technological savvy and a propaganda campaign that would leave Madison Avenue aghast, but the U.S. will rise again. The counterinsurgency for freedom is on, and defeat is not an option.

(updated 2012-11-11)

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