Mystical, Magical World War II?

11 Nov

My friend who is doing NaNoRiMo is writing a sort of steam punk. From the sound of it, it’s a very good idea. He has set it in Britain during World War II. This I find very interesting. As far as I know, no one else has written a WWII steam punk. But I wonder if we won’t be seeing more of this kind of thing very shortly.
Perhaps enough time has passed that the greatest war in history is about to enter a sort of mythic realm where the materials of history can be reworked in ways that were not possible while the planet was covered with people who could remember what it had actually been like.
There are a couple of useful words in at least one African language that bear on this; sasha and zamani. Sasha refers to a person who is dead, but still remembered by living people. Zamani is someone who has no rememberers. World War II will very shortly be zamani. The last veterans are entering their nineties, and here in the United States they are dying at the rate of over a thousand a day. In a few more weeks it will have been seventy years since Pearl Harbor, and he war was more than one-third over by that point.
So, is it time for World War II to join its predecessor as a romantic background for popular fiction, and if so, what themes are going to emerge from that? Or is the war of Buchenwald and Auschwitz to grim ever to be written about in this way?
Any thoughts?

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