Robert Oldham

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Robert Oldham (born 1950) is a Canadian writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Besides his many poems and short stories, his published writings include two alternate history novels: in Saving the King and New Britain KZ1, Germany has occupied Britain after having won World War II. Book Three in the series, Napoleon IV 1943, was published in 2007.

Born in Epsom, England, Oldham immigrated to Canada in 1963. He worked for several years as a lab technician and completed a B.A. in History from the University of British Columbia in 1974. After receiving a Masters’ Degree in Library Sciences from the University of Toronto in 1978, he worked as a cataloguer for the Royal Ontario Museum Library before joining the staff of the Hamilton Public Library in 1979, where he currently works as a reference librarian. He has been married since 1976 and has three children. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Saving the King: Book One of the Alternative History of World War Two (2001). In the first book of the series, the Germans are victorious in the Battle of Britain, kill King George VI during an attack on Buckingham Palace and invade Ireland.

New Britain KZ1: Book Two of the Alternative History of World War Two (2005). In Book Two, the Germans turn Britain into a Fascist state, operate a concentration camp called KZ1 and manufacture a new secret weapon on the Isle of Wight.

Napoleon IV 1943: Book Three of the Alternative History of World War Two. A French general leads a coup against the Saigon-based Vichy regime, and the U.S. is attacked from Mexico by German, Latin American and Japanese forces.

Go For A Soldier: Book IV of the Alternative History of World War Two (2009). Hitler plans to invade the Soviet Union and find the fabled sword Zulfiqar, which will give him power over millions in Asia. John and Alan Stafford must stop him at all costs.

Sources: biography of Robert Oldham in New Britain KZ1 (Hamilton: Raven Press, 2005); interview with Oldham, Aug 14, 2006.