Underground airlines by ben h winters i found underground airlines to be an interesting novel that drifts between speculative fiction and noir victor the protagonist is a contractor for the us marshals service usms. Ben h winters is white and the narrator of his new novel underground airlines is notin fact the narrator victor is african american an ex slave in a contemporary version of the united states with a speculative fiction twist the civil war never happened meaning that slavery is still legal in portions of the country anyway. underground airlines is a work of astonishing originality and ambition like the best art it forces us to question our own assumptions is the machine of modern civilization really that far removed from the alternate reality that winters presents here were all implicated in this unsettling and visionary novel ben winters is one brave writer. Underground airlines has generated some controversy although most of this was sparked by a clumsy and uninformed new york times profile of winters who is white
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