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Does anyone know the title and author of an alternative history from the late 70s-80s with a plot based on a scenario of British victory in the Revolutionary War? I recall a scene which took place in what is now Washington D.C. describing the entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro. It might have been a short story published in Analog or Galaxy.

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  • What made this a parallel universe/alternate history? Can you edit to explain? – TheLethalCarrot Apr 23 '20 at 15:50
  • The plot was based on a scenario of British victory in the Revolutionary War. – Mark Apr 23 '20 at 15:57
  • This is pretty vague. There's literally thousands of alternate history stories about America losing the Revolution – Valorum Apr 23 '20 at 15:57
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    There's a whole novel by Harry Harrison, called Tunnel through the Deeps, aka A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! – Spencer Apr 23 '20 at 16:05
  • I don't think it was the Revolutionary War -- there would be no Washington DC and no Dupont Circle. However, I think there may be a story where Britain reconquered North America. There's a recent series where the Civil War is still raging as a proxy war between European powers. – Spencer Apr 23 '20 at 16:30
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Possibly: 1973's For Want of a Nail by Robert N. Sobel?

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Does anyone know the title and author of an alternative history from the late 70s-80s

Partial Match: A bit earlier than you noted, 1973. But relatively close.

with a plot based on a scenario of British victory in the Revolutionary War?

Match: the American Revolution failed and the British colonies become the Confederation of North America (CNA), while the defeated rebels go into exile in Spanish Tejas, eventually founding the United States of Mexico (USM).

I recall a scene which took place in what is now Washington D.C. describing the entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro.

Partial Match: IIRC, there is an analog city built where D.C. is today. (a bit of an irony since Washington D.C. primarily exists today because we did win the war). I don't remember the exact scene you are mentioning. But, what you noted could be in it.

It might have been a short story published in Analog or Galaxy

No Match. This was a full novel.

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Harry Harrison's novel Tunnel through the Deeps, aka A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! was serialized in Analog in 1972. The whole point of building the tunnel was to unite Britain with the fractious colony who had a rebellion two centuries or so ago but that was put down, and its leader executed.

There is no Washington DC (who would name a city after a traitor?) but Georgetown, Maryland may have had this "Dupont Circle".

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  • There is no mention of the Dupont Circle in A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! – John Rennie Apr 23 '20 at 16:19
  • @JohnRennie What, is there a fulltext to search? I had to go upstairs and dig in a box. – Spencer Apr 23 '20 at 16:21
  • Yes, a lot of the classics have been digitised by enthusiasts. – John Rennie Apr 23 '20 at 16:23
  • @JohnRennie well, back in the box it goes, then. – Spencer Apr 23 '20 at 16:25

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