Friday, May 27, 2016

Flag Friday: Rising Sungary by Euthyon

There seems to be a fad to redesign flags using the Japanese Rising Sun flag. First we saw the "US Imperial Naval Ensign" by Hellerick, then there was the "Flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and Japan" by Reesetelford9 and then there is this:
This is "Rising Sungary" by Euthyon (I'm assuming the pun was intended) and it features Hungary's coat of arms and the colors of its flag, but it includes the rays we all know and love from the Rising Sun flag. Euthyon mentioned in the comments that this was inspired by another flag with a similar design created by NothingDotCom. Admittedly I like this flag better since the colors aren't as hard on the eyes. All and all a good flag.

Is there, however, a story? No, not really. This is definitely mash up of existing flags and not something meant to go with a specific timeline. Still I remember in the long, long ago reading an odd timeline where the Bolsheviks lose the Russian Civil War and Russia collapses into smaller states. Slowly but surely Japan expands across the former territory of Russia with their hordes of Chinese conscripts before invading Europe. Can't remember the name of the story, but I could sort of see this flag being used by a Hungarian puppet state of Japan.

Which timeline do you think this flag belongs to?

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger for Amazing Stories, a volunteer interviewer for SFFWorld and a Sidewise Awards for Alternate History judge. When not exploring alternate timelines he enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the day when travel between parallel universes becomes a reality. You can follow him on FacebookTwitterTumblr and YouTube. Learn how you can support his alternate history projects on Patreon.

The Alphabet of Alternate History: A

Guest post by Dale Cozort.

I did a panel at Capricon with a theme of alternate history outside of World War II a few years ago. I decided to do a brainstorming session where I came up with as many alternate history mini-scenarios for a given letters of the alphabet as I could, emphasizing non-western venues as much as possible. When I finished with one letter I planned go on to the next. I ran out of time before I got done with the ‘B’ but there are still some good scenarios seeds and a few saplings in here. I'll try to get at least as far as C before we're done.

 And we’re off, starting with the “A’s”

Argentina without Evita. Eva Peron never reaches national prominence or dies before she is able to gain significant power. What changes in Argentina? A more competent fascist-influenced regime in Argentina? Argentina remains a wealthy first world country? Who takes power in Argentina, and what do they do with it?

Angola captured by the Dutch or Spanish or Brits in the 1600s. Holland munched most of the Portuguese overseas empire and made an attempt to add Angola to its list of trophies, starting in 1641. The Dutch held parts of Angola until 1648, when a large Portuguese fleet from Brazil drove them out. What would have happened if the Dutch had succeeded in holding part or all of Angola? Would Britain have eventually taken the Dutch areas like they did South Africa? Would we have seen Dutch settlers moving inland from Angola like they did in South Africa? Or maybe we would have seen Portuguese settlers playing the role of the Boers, moving inland to escape Dutch domination and setting up an independent state or states. If the Dutch maintained control of part or all of Angola, that would probably cause enough ripples to abort the rise of Napoleon and both of the World Wars, at least in their our-timeline form, so there isn’t much point in speculating on how a Dutch-held Angola would influence World War II.

Angola caught up in the scramble for Africa. In the 1880s, the European powers engaged in a scramble to grab as much of Africa as they could. Boundaries were established as lines on maps in conference rooms in Europe, with little reference to the geography, ethnicity and power on the ground. Those lines got modified somewhat by power on the ground, but generally power or influence in Europe was more important than historical ties or power on the ground in Africa. There were some exceptions to that. By the 1880s Portugal was no longer a great power in Europe, but the Portuguese had held colonies in Africa since the 1500s and had a considerable population there. They ended up with slices of Africa out of proportion to their remaining power in Europe. That didn’t have to be the case. The Portuguese expanded their control in Angola and Mozambique considerably as the scramble for Africa ramped up. The Great Powers tolerated that, but they could have forced Portugal to limit their control to the areas they already settled, or even taken parts of historical Portuguese control away from Portugal and given the land to colony-hungry Europeans. An Italian colony in part of what is now Angola? Not out of the question.

Ashanti grab their coast. The Ashanti were a powerful West African empire centered in what is now Ghana. They were a minor group until the 1700s, when they became early adopters and effective users of firearms. They conquered a wide area and at some points had a centralized army bigger than that of the better know Zulus. What they didn't have, though they tried very hard to get it, was control of the coast of their empire. The British allied with various coastal groups to keep the Ashanti from gaining control of a strip of coast, over which the British established a protectorate.

The Brits and Ashantis fought a number of wars, with the earlier ones pretty much stalemates, but repeating rifles and machine guns tipped the balance in favor of the British and they beat the Ashanti decisively in 1873-74 and again in 1895, when they exiled most of the Ashanti royal family and annexed the territory. The Ashanti revolted in 1900, but unsuccessfully.

So if the Ashanti were able to extend their control to the coast before Britain could project power there, does that change much? Probably not. The neighboring kingdom of Dahomey held their coast, but France had little trouble taking them over. The key factor here was that the Europeans had a near monopoly on repeating rifles and machine guns for the crucial period when they took over most of Africa. Muskets and spears versus repeating rifles and machine guns wasn't a winnable fight. If the Ashanti had been able to control their coast AND find someone to supply them with modern rifles, that would have been another story, but with few exceptions the Europeans had a common interest in not supplying Africans with modern rifles--most European countries had designs on pieces of Africa, so there was generally common interest in not doing a trade that might bring retaliation in areas that they coveted.

There were exceptions to this, and one exception to the general refusal of Europeans to supply weapons to African powers is significant: The Russians supplied both arms and advisors to Ethiopia, where they played some role in allowing the Ethiopians to defeat the Italians in their first attempt to conquer Ethiopia in the late 1890s. In the key battle of that war, the Ethiopians armed 70,000 men with modern rifles from various sources.

Mussolini belatedly avenged that defeat in 1935-36, which set the Italians on a course toward becoming an Axis junior partner.

So, back to the Ashanti: If they controlled their coast, they would also need to find some source of modern weapons. They did have gold to pay for those weapons, but historically could only trade directly through British-controlled territory. The neighboring kingdom of Dahomey, which did control its coast, was able to buy four to six thousand reasonably modern carbines from German merchants, along with some machine guns and even some Krupp cannon, neither of which the Dahomey kingdom was able to use effectively when the French invaded and took over the Dahomey kingdom in 1894.

So it wouldn't have been impossible for the Ashanti to buy modern rifles and even machine guns and cannons. Keeping them supplied with ammunition in the event of a war wouldn't have been easy though, and evolving modern tactics can't be assumed. The Ashanti were pretty good at using their muskets and had reasonably good tactics, but were vulnerable to British bayonet charges historically. Even a few modern rifles would have made bayonet charges a very bad idea.

So let's say the Brits try to take over the Ashanti empire as part of the scramble for Africa, but the Ashantis have used their gold to buy a stockpile of modern rifles, etc, with some ammunition. They prove that the Ashanti empire can't be conquered on the cheap, like most of the African conquests were. Does Britain go to the expense of fighting a real war over the area? Probably not, though they could, in an era of battleships, probably take the Ashanti coast, cutting the Ashanti off from resupply and eventually making their investment in modern weapons useless unless the Ashanti could make their own ammunition. All of this would take a while though and could easily run into other conflicts that would distract Britain, like the Boer Wars, the last of which historically was fought at about the same time as the British annexation of the Ashanti.

 So maybe Britain tries an on-the-cheap war in the 1890s, discovers that the Ashanti will take more force to beat than they want to invest for the time being. They grab areas of the coast under cover of their navy and wait. Then, before they can do the coup de grace, World War I comes along and makes the Ashanti a very low priority. By the end of World War I, Britain no longer has much imperialist steam left, so by default the Ashanti remain independent, at least for a while. What impact, if any, does that have on the inter-war years and on World War II?

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Dale Cozort is a novelist, editor of Point of Divergence, the alternate history APA, and a long-term Chicago area fan and writer. Check out his website, blog, Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Road to the Sea

Guest post by Joseph T. Major.

It seems like every series has to have a middle book, but going from a troubled beginning directly to a triumphant ending is somewhat unrealistic.  So, here is the middle book of my alternate WWII, titled The Road to the Sea.

By now the little changes from the point of departure are beginning to take effect. It’s not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning (to steal from Churchill, always steal from the best) is done, and we can see how the characters and the war situation are both beginning to change and develop. The Allied superiority is beginning to take effect, but there are still problems and difficulties both within and without.

The Allied war effort is beginning to tell, but the enemy is still capable of resistance and of surprises.  I am trying to avoid both the “Victorious Axis Arms” problem, where the Germans and Japanese can pull off all sorts of tricks, and the Allies can’t respond, and the Brute Force problem, where everything goes right for the Allies.  How well I’ve succededed is up to the reader.

Much of the action here is at sea; reading too much Dan Gallery, I suppose.  I am trying to reflect the shift in how naval action went.

As for the secret and covert world . . . One advantage of this is that there were some real colorful characters in that line of work.  There were more covert warriors at that time than just Otto Skorzeny, and British intelligence did have more people working for it than just Kim Philby.

Let’s discuss a few minor matters. Is anyone noticing the “Easter eggs”? The very first book had my lead character have some very strange dreams, and there are more yet to come.  Also General Patton has a few more comparisons to uncork, some of which the widely-read reader will see where they were put on – if you catch the drift before it drives you mad.  (That’s another one.)  Also, I tried to put in references to existing culture, mainly science fiction but others. Having a protagonist who is a wealthy man engaged in spy work makes him look critically at Upton Sinclair’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Lanny Budd series – about a wealthy man engaged in spy work.

Which leads to another matter. I once wrote an essay complaining about how protagonists in science fiction and fantasy never seemed to have any families.  So I gave my protagonist a family. This had the side benefit of making it possible to examine many facets of the war without having to have one character rush about the world seeing everybody and doing everything.

The war is building to a dramatic and surprising climax, so keep a lookout for the next book, which is coming soon with its own set of surprises, references, and family.

Thank you, and everyone please buy the new book The Road to the Sea, available from for a very reasonable price, along with my other works..

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Joseph T. Major learned to read at the age of two and a half and is reported to have stopped to sleep occasionally, if you can believe rumors. Check out his new book The Road to the Sea.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Imagining The Long Century

Guest post by William Weber.

Rather than exploring the infinite permutations of the “century of total war” that began in 1914, the 100th anniversary of the First World War should prompt us to imagine how the “the long century” of relative peace and prosperity might  have continued.  Let me unpack that.

For French historian Raymond Aaron, the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War created a “Century of Total War” where the “immediate causes” and “remote origins” of conflicts have preoccupied historians –and provided alternative historians with a seemingly endless supply of counterfactuals.

Over the Top: Alternative Histories of the First World War is a good recent example of this literature. This anthology presents ten alternate scenarios in which the course of the war is changed forever. How would the war have changed had the Germans not attacked France but turned their main thrust against Russia; had the Greeks joined the allies at Gallipoli; or had the British severed the communications of the Ottoman Empire at Alexandretta? What if there was a more decisive outcome at Jutland; if the alternative plans for the Battle of the Somme in 1916 had been put into effect; or if the Americans intervened in 1915, rather 1917?
On the other hand, for British historian Eric Hobsbawm, the 125 years before the eruption of World War I in 1914 were dominated by the flowering liberal ideals of the French Revolution and the concurrent spread of material progress brought about by the industrial revolution. What events and actions might have carried that period forward into the 20th and 21st centuries?

The Long Century: The Congress of New Niagara, 1920 envisions this alternate history. It is the first installment of a trilogy with the yet-to-be-written second and third installments set, respectively, in 1970 and 2020. The story opens with an announcement of a second great power summit to convene in the City of New Niagara. There, Mayor Roosevelt, who accepted—rather than refused as he did in history—industrialist King Camp Gillette’s one million dollar offer to be the titular executive of the new futuristic metropolis, plans to host a conclave of the heads of state and government of the major powers. Roosevelt has the full support of his successor, President Hiram Johnson, who is running for reelection and present at the summit.

The book is presented as a compilation of the articles, notes, and letters of two reporters from the Philadelphia Public Ledger.  My inspiration for this approach was Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston. David Woodhurst who covers Buffalo, New Niagara, and Niagara Falls, focuses on tensions between Roosevelt and the city manager, who actually runs the city. Gregory Sheridan, posted to London, provides the perspectives of the European delegations that sail for America. This approach allows readers to “connect the dots” for themselves as the conclave convenes, deliberates, and adjourns, and as the subplots unfold.      

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Releases 5/24/16

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Continuum: Time Rep by Peter Ward

In Time Rep, Peter Ward took up the mantle of Douglas Adams, penning a dizzying, inventive, giddily fun adventure story of time travel and its discontents. Now comes a sequel with even more excitement! Even more romance! Even more danger! And maybe some better jokes!

Imagine you just saved the world from an alien invasion. If it wasn’t for you, everyone would be dead.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

That’s exactly what happens to Geoffrey Stamp, but there’s just one problem―he can’t tell anyone. You see, Geoffrey is a Time Rep―a tour guide for the 21st Century, meeting people from the future who travel back in time for their vacation. Everything he does needs to be kept a secret from the people in his own time, otherwise he risks changing the course of history.

And that caused enough trouble in the last book.

But now a new company called Continuum is offering holidays to the past, and they allow people to go back and change whatever they like. For Geoffrey, this sounds like a dream come true, until a future version of himself appears out of nowhere with no memory, a bullet in his back, and a Continuum business card in his pocket. Geoffrey soon finds himself in a race to solve his own attempted murder, but begins to wonder if his investigation is the very thing that nearly got him killed.

What is the truth behind Continuum, and after saving the planet, why would anyone want him dead?

The Cthulhu Wars: The United States' Battles Against the Mythos by Kenneth Hite and Kennon Bauman

From the Patriots' raid on the necromancer Joseph Curwen, to the Special Forces' assault on Leng in 2007, this unique document reveals the secret and terrible struggle between the United States and the supernatural forces of Cthulhu. In this war, immortal cultists worship other-dimensional entities, and plot to raise an army of the dead. Incomprehensible undersea intelligences infiltrate and colonize American seaports, and alien races lurk beneath the ice of Antarctica and high in the mountains of Afghanistan. It is only through constant vigilance and violence that the earth has survived. Also included are threat reports describing the indescribable-- humanity's deadliest foes serving Cthulhu and the other Great Old Ones. Strange times are upon us, the world is changing, and even death may die-- but, until then, the war continues.

Ghosts of Karnak: A Ghost Novel by George Mann

A woman is found dead on the streets of New York, ancient Egyptian symbols carved into her flesh. A ghostly figure is seen floating over the rooftops of the city. And an expedition returns from Cairo to exhibit their finds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gabriel’s old friend and lover, Ginny Gray, was part of the expedition, but when Gabriel goes to meet the ship, Ginny is not on board.

Ancient forces are stirring and the Ghost, Ginny and Gabriel’s friend Donovan are caught right in the middle…

Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

Cities were crushed by the falling spacecraft—but one ship didn’t crash. It remained intact, and disgorged hordes of alien soldiers determined to fight to the death.

The abandoned vessels also contained a wealth of advanced technology. Led by David Levinson, the greatest minds of our world developed deadly new hybrid weapons. Bases were built on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

A new generation of defenders had to be trained, for the invaders would return. In the headlong rush to prepare, however, not everyone would survive…

Making the Rounds by Allan Weiss


...when a word decides to get up and leave your holy book?
...when you’re a mayor and your city is literally crumbling around you?
...when the evil Haman, villain of the Purim story, seems to have arisen from the dead to terrorize your town?

Eliezer ben-Avraham, wizard, Kabbalist, and kvetch, not only can but must help. Because he poked around in areas of forbidden knowledge, he is obliged to wander the world and use the powers he gained to perform good deeds—mitzvot—for anybody who asks, no matter how bizarre the task. Ably assisted by his trusty but cynical steed, Melech, Eliezer does what he can, although transforming into a bird and flying around is difficult when you have arthritis in your shoulder.

Humorous, philosophical, and very weird, Eliezer’s adventures as he makes his rounds demonstrate how important it is to be generous with your gifts, even to the craziest goyim.

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell

The ghost of Sherlock Holmes is dead, but who will solve his murder? The Great Detective's ghost has walked London's streets for an age, given shape by people's memories. Now someone's put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. But what's the motive? And who - or what - could kill a ghost? When policing London's supernatural underworld, eliminating the impossible is not an option. DI James Quill and his detectives have learnt this the hard way. Gifted with the Sight, they'll pursue a criminal genius - who'll lure them into a Sherlockian maze of clues and evidence. The team also have their own demons to fight. They've been to Hell and back (literally) but now the unit is falling apart ...


Independence Day #3 by Victor Gischler and Steve Scott

Tensions arise aboard the sub as specimens are shipped back for study. Meanwhile, Adams and co. get to grips with their extraterrestrial armaments and discover the real motivation behind the alien crash...

L-2011 (Future of London Series #1) by Mark Gillespie

The Revolution Will Be Televised, Retweeted And Liked
August 2011
The London riots - coordinated by technology and social media - have brought the city to its knees.

Historic buildings have been burned to the ground. Shops are looted, businesses and homes destroyed at random.

The politicians try to resolve the crisis, but the Houses of Parliament are no longer a match for the influence of the Internet, where two alternative leaders have emerged in an online battle for the future soul of London.

Chester George - a masked man whose real identity is unknown, uses YouTube, punk rock and fierce intellect to spread the anarchy.

Sadie Hobbs - Reality TV star and blogger. Loathed and controversial, she urges 'normal’ society to fight back against Chester George and the 'feral rats’ destroying the city.

The fate of London hangs in the balance. And when the day of reckoning comes, hundreds of thousands of people - including sixteen-year-old Mack Walker - will descend upon the city for the final showdown - and a day that London will never forget.

The Long Century: The Congress of New Niagara, 1920 by William Weber

Having won the Presidential election of 1912, Theodore Roosevelt intervened to end the European War of 1914 by hosting the Congress of Annapolis. Shortly thereafter, he invaded and annexed "Norte Mexico." Now mayor of industrialist King Champ Gillette's futuristic City of New Niagara, Roosevelt has invited the major powers to this nascent metropolis to strengthen international cooperation by defusing rising tensions, resolving issues left over from their previous summit, and combating threats from nationalists and anarchists. He has the full support of his successor, President Hiram Johnson, who is running for reelection, but some of his former progressive allies have their doubts. He also has the talents and skills of his chief aide, William Donovan, who has served as his roving foreign ambassador and finds himself charged with overseeing the security of the Congress.

The story is revealed through a compilation of the articles, notes, and letters of two reporters from the Philadelphia Public Ledger. David Woodhurst who covers Buffalo, New Niagara, and Niagara Falls, focuses on tensions between Roosevelt and the city manager, who actually runs the city. Gregory Sheridan, posted to London, provides the perspectives of the European delegations that sail for America aboard RMS Lusitania. Their competition in covering the planning and execution of the summit gradually unveils the diplomatic struggles, as well as the conspiracies, that threaten to upend the Congress and wreak havoc on Gillette's shining new city.


Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G. S. Denning

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only things he really has going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.

An imaginative, irreverent, and addictive reimagining of the world's favorite detective, Warlock Holmes retains the charm, tone, and feel of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while finally giving the flat at 221b Baker Street what it's been missing for all these years: an alchemy table. Reimagining six stories, this riotous mash-up is a glorious new take on the ever-popular Sherlock Holmes myth, featuring the vampire Inspector Vladislav Lestrade; the ogre Inspector Torg Grogsson; and Dr. Watson, the true detective at 221b. And Sherlock. A warlock.

To readers, authors and publishers...

Is your story going to be published in time for the next New Releases? Contact us at ahwupdate at gmail dot com.  We are looking for works of alternate history, counterfactual history, steampunk, historical fantasy, time travel or anything that warps history beyond our understanding.

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger for Amazing Stories, a volunteer interviewer for SFFWorld and a Sidewise Awards for Alternate History judge. When not exploring alternate timelines he enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the day when travel between parallel universes becomes a reality. You can follow him on FacebookTwitterTumblr and YouTube. Learn how you can support his alternate history projects on Patreon.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Map Monday: Colonisation of the Japanese Archipelago by Rubberduck3y6

In our timeline, Japan managed to maintain its independence even as the European colonial powers were gobbling up as much territory as possible. But what if it had succumbed to European territorial ambitions?
This is the "Colonisation of the Japanese Archipelago" by Rubberduck3y6. In this world it seems that the Tokugawa shogunate ended four years earlier due to a failure to modernize and European pressure. The Dutch, British and French all carve out spheres of influence, but a small area around Edo and Nagoya managed to maintain its independence before kicking out the Emperor and declaring a republic. Otherwise information about this alternate history is scarce.

There is a brief mention of "British Tartary". Wikipedia tells me that Tartary refers to territory in between the Ural Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. How the Hell did the British get there? Sadly I couldn't find any additional information on this timeline so I can only speculate about how such a place came to be. Otherwise the map is nice looking and the text doesn't have any major spelling and grammar issues. Good job, Rubberduck3y6.

Honorable mentions this week go out to "A Different Reality In These Splendid Islands" by Gian, "The Kingdoms of North America" by Zek Sora and "The Continent of Europe in 1450 AD shortly before the voyages of Nicklas Lund" by Rebecca "Upvoteanthology" Stirling.

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger for Amazing Stories, a volunteer interviewer for SFFWorld and a Sidewise Awards for Alternate History judge. When not exploring alternate timelines he enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the day when travel between parallel universes becomes a reality. You can follow him on FacebookTwitterTumblr and YouTube. Learn how you can support his alternate history projects on Patreon.

Weekly Update #234! Paradox Uses Alternate History in New Hearts of Iron IV Trailer (and more)

Weekly Update

Every time I think of turning in my gun and badge (ever alternate historian has those, right?) something happens that keeps me in the game. The next few months should be fun. I got a lot of interesting things coming up including new videos for the channel and some recognizable names doing guest posts on the blog. I got some awesome interviews line up with SFFWorld and I got plenty of books to review for Amazing Stories. It is going to be a great summer and I hope you guys join me for the ride.

And now the news...

Paradox Embraces Alternate History in New Hearts of Iron IV Trailer

Hang around alternate historians long enough and you will probably here about the grand strategy games produced by Paradox. Last week they announced the start of the pre-order for Hearts of Iron IV, the latest grand strategy game about World War II. The great thing about these games is that you get to decide the fate of the nation you control and thus can alter history as you play.

To Paradox's credit, they know this and work this into how they market their games. For example, check out their new trailer which posits a Japanese attack on a heretofore triumphant Soviet Union:

I got to admit that video had some amazing visuals, but that is not the only way they are promoting how you can change history. Apparently, every pre-order comes with additional rewards such as the Hearts of Iron: War Stories Gamebook. According to the press release, this is a "branching interactive narrative where the player’s choices matter. War Stories is written by Aaron Rosenburg and features a young British RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain."

I'm just glad to see Paradox going all in on promoting the alternate history nature of their game. If you want to learn more, don't forget to check out the Hearts of Iron website.

Video of the Week

Since we talked about World War II, lets keep it going by looking at what would happen if Hitler was killed during Operation Valkyrie:
Doing a scenario was fun. I may do more of those in the future in between videos discussing the genre in general.

You should also check out...
  • All the news about Battlefield 1, which may not be an alternate history, but it could still be the best WWI game according to Robert Whitaker of History Respawned. Considering that prediction, its surprising to learn that EA initially rejected the setting according to PC Gamer.
  • The top 10 steampunk films according to Seen On, which may be covered by the steampunk documentary Vintage Tomorrows. It was announced last week on Variety that Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired worldwide rights to the documentary, so expect me to watch and comment on it in the future.
  • The fact that most of the Assassin's Creed film will be mostly set in the modern day according to Birth Movies Death...because that is what people are most interested in when they play those games. Seriously, why is it so hard to make a decent video game movie?
  • Timeless, NBC's new time travel drama (via io9).
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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger for Amazing Stories, a volunteer interviewer for SFFWorld and a Sidewise Awards for Alternate History judge. When not exploring alternate timelines he enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the day when travel between parallel universes becomes a reality. You can follow him on FacebookTwitterTumblr and YouTube. Learn how you can support his alternate history projects on Patreon.