Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekly Update #52

Editor's Notes

I have been making some changes to the layout of the blog.  I made the layout wider, I removed the labels, I added a search bar and I changed up the popular posts to reflect the most viewed posts of the month instead of all time.  The last change was done because I noticed that certain posts, like Ben's alternate map of America, were not showing up in the lists despite having the numbers to do so.  Expect more changes as we approach the one year anniversary and please give me any feedback you have.

One thing we need to remember is that I could not run this blog without the help of the other contributors who share their thoughts and ideas on alternate history.  So please show them some appreciation by checking out their websites.  Chris Nuttall has launched a new website called The Chrishanger that showcases his works and even has some free stuff you can download. Sebastian P. Breit has also launched a new Facebook page where you can keep up to date on his writing news.  When you finish reading this week's Weekly Update, click on those links above and take a look around.

Good news, we got our first reader from Uzbekistan.  Welcome!  Hopefully we can begin to fill in Central Asia on the map.

And now the news...

Update: Kim Newman

Kim Newman (author of the Anno Dracula series and co-author of Back in the USSA, The Wandering Christian and the unpublished The Matter of Britain) has a lot to celebrate recently.  His novel The Bloody Red Baron was republished by Titan Books on April 10, 2012, and contains a new novella called Vampire Romance. Brendan Wright at Book Geeks reviewed the novel and said that "[t]ogether, the books are a welcome addition to Kim Newman’s alternate history, creating additional colouring and background to his already excellent vampire-filled world."

The award winning author recently did a live web-chat with The Guardian and the entire chat can be found here.  Newman talks a lot about vampires, among other subjects, so I highly recommend that you check it out.

Submissions wanted

Would be authors should take note, there are plenty of opportunities to get published.  For example, you can check out British speculative fiction publisher Elsewhen Press.  They are currently accepting submissions, so if you have a manuscript that has been gathering dust, perhaps you should send it to Elsewhen.  You never know what might happen.

As always good luck.

Links to the Multiverse

Interviews

Matt Forbeck on Angry Robot Podcast #16.

Articles

5 Plans That Could’ve Changed Philly Forever by Johnny Goodtimes at The Philly Post.

Alternate History: Newspaper reveals Gay faith schools promote petition to ban Catholic marriage by Pink News.

Has Beverly Hills Fallen Yet? by Shelby Coffey III at The Daily Beast.

New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant To See at The New Yorker.

On counterfactual history and Israel by underlankers at Live Journal.

Steampunk reigns at 'Alternate History Day' by Steve Date at Minn Post.

Weekly Document: The Third Shot and Beyond (1945) by Alex Wellerstein at Restricted Data.

Books

Alt Hist Issue 3 (Historical Fiction and Alternate History magazine) reviewed by Lee at Fantasy Book Review blog.

BOOK REVIEW: The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle done by montoc1701 at Geek Syndicate.

BOOK REVIEW: The Great Game by Lavie Tidhar done by montoc1701 at Geek Syndicate.

Early Review: By the Blood of Heroes by Joseph Nassise done by Kristina at All Things Urban Fantasy.

Review of Destiny's Shield by Eric Flint & David Drake done by Kilobooks.

Review of Fortune’s Stroke by Eric Flint & David Drake done by Kilobooks.

Review of The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Pat Moriarty done by Greg Leitich Smith at GregLSBlog.

Online Alternate History

Fake Fort Wayne: chronicle of an alternate history

Film

The Raven featurette rounds out the poet by CB Droege at TG Daily.

Images

Ozark Airlines by sentinelchicken

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Mitro is founder, editor and contributor of Alternate History Weekly Update. When he is not busy writing about his passion for alternate history, he spends his time working as a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois and dreams of being a published author himself one day.

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