Monday, May 7, 2012

Weekly Update #53

Editor's Note

Last month we failed to break the previous month's page view record ending our six month streak.  Though disappointing, I am still pleased with how fast this blog has grown and I am looking forward to another year as editor of Weekly Update as we fast approach our one-year anniversary.  In fact, if we keep going at the same rate this month, we should break our monthly page view record and set the foundation for an even longer streak.

To help us break that record I have some quality content coming your way.  Besides the New Releases coming out tomorrow, we will have an article on the Trent Affair from Chris (plus a review of The Man with the Iron Heart) and an interview with Rhys Davies, author of Timewreck Titanic.

Good news, we got our first readers from the Dominican Republic and Sudan.  Of course, Google does not recognize South Sudan, so I am not sure if that reader from Sudan hailed from the north or the south.  Hopefully Google will catch up with the times.

And now the news...

Submissions Wanted

More opportunities to be a published author await you on the web.  World Weaver Press is now open for fiction and nonfiction submissions, so dust off that alternate history manuscript and send it there way. Or perhaps you have a work of pure historical fiction?  Try the Historical Novel Society.  They are running a competition for the Historical Novel Society International Award.  They are looking for novels between 60k and 150k words.  The closing date for submissions is September 30th.

Is the Historical Novel Society too serious for you?  Well why not have Prince Charming lose his mind trying to rescue a princess from a Lovecraftian horror?  Once Upon An Apocalypse is an upcoming, two-volume anthology.  Both focus on taking popular fairy tales and changing them so you ruin the childhoods of millions.  Volume 1 will focus on zombies and Volume 2 will focus on the Cthulhu Mythos.  Deadline in July 31st or until filled and submissions should be between 2k to 4k words.

As always, good luck!

2012 Locus Award Finalists

The 2012 Locus Award Finalists have been announced.  Alternate history works that got the nod include 11/22/63 by Stephen King, Goliath by Scott Westerfield and Steampunk! by Kelly Link & Gavin Grant.  You can check out the rest of the nominees here.

Links to the Multiverse

Article

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Steve Jobs play FDR in Apple's long-lost takeoff on famous '1984' Macintosh TV commercial by Paul McNamara at Network World.

Gemini on the Moon (1962) by David S. F. Portree at Wired.

What Robert Caro’s LBJ biography ‘The Passage of Power’ could teach Obama and Romney by Walter Shapiro at Yahoo News.

Why 2012 election predictions are rubbish: Fear the Black Swan! by Jeff Greenfield at Yahoo News.

Books

Exclusive cover reveal and excerpt: 'Infinity Ring' by Lindsay Deutsch at USA Today.

Great Dragons of the Americas, in Naomi Novik’s Crucible of Gold by Annalee Newitz at io9.

Review of Coup d'Etat by Harry Turtledove done by Steven H Silver at SF Site.

Review The Dance of Time by Eric Flint & David Drake done by Kilobooks.

Review of Ganymede by Cherie Priest at Lincoln Crisler.

Review of Irenicon by Aidan Harte done by Marc Alpin at Fantasy Faction.

Review of The Sword of the Lady by S. M. Stirling done by Ryan at Wordsmithonia.

Review of The Tide of Victory by Eric Flint & David Drake done by Kilobooks.

Online Alternate History

1636: The Kremlin Games by Eric Flint – Snippet 313234 at Eric Flint's place on the web.

Caesar’s Starships by Chris Nuttall at The Chrishanger.

Comics

Steampunk Comic Books (Part 1) by Maeve Alpin at Steamed!

Video Games

Will you shoot Hitler? by Richard Lee at Historical Novel Society.

Podcasts

Geekiest Show Ever #60 discusses How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove.

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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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