Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekly Update #169

Editor's Note

Well the holidays are upon us and that means I am going into hibernation. No Weekly Update next Monday as I take a break from blogging to write about my Sideways in Time Paper (check out my last update here). Then in mid-December I will be taking an even longer break to spend sometime with the family, but I will be back at the end of the year for my annual wrap-up.

And now the news...

Videos for Alternate Historians

Some good videos this week. We begin with another episode of Epic Rap Battles of History, featuring Romeo & Juliet vs. Bonnie & Clyde:
The last few episodes have been very group heavy. I wonder if we are going to see anymore one-on-ones in the future. Anywho, it looks like Assassin's Creed: Unity has lead to some discussion on revisionist history. Lets watch this video from The Know to learn more:
Interesting. Here in America at least we are taught that both sides in the French Revolution were nuts. O well, lets look at an even more insane period of history, World War II, with this video on tanks featured in Paradox's upcoming grant strategy game Hearts of Iron IV:
The video features a visit to the Arsenalen museum of military vehicles in Sweden, where Hearts of Iron IV’s Project Lead, Dan Lind, talks tanks and their use in the war. What did you think of it?

Links to the Multiverse

Books and Short Fiction

Best Alternate History Novels by Josh Goller at Used Book Search.
Gollancz buys two from de Bodard at The Bookseller.
Priya Sharma’s After Mary included in Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mentions at Alt Hist.
Prologue of The Desert and The Blade by SM Stirling.
Review: Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann at Falcata Times.
Review: The Revolutions by Felix Gilman at Falcata Times.
Review: The Steampunk User’s Manual by Jeff VanderMeer at Geek Dad.
Update on the Alternate Mormon History anthology by William Morris at A Motley Vision.
William Gibson's 6 favorite books at The Week.

Counterfactuals, History and News

The 19th Century Blueprint For A Massive Mind-Control Machine by Mark Strauss at io9.
The Dyess Colony by Larry Amyett, Jr at Dieselpunk.
Have We Stopped Fearing Nuclear War? by Annalee Newitz at io9.
How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization by Annalee Newitz at io9.
The Limits of Alternative Africas by Laura J. Mitchell at Africa Is a Country.
Muslims Discovered the Americas, Claims Turkish President by Berivan Orucoglu at Foreign Policy.
"Pro-American" History Textbooks Hurt Native Americans by Shannon Speed at Huff Post.
S. Korea to raise $500 bln for unification: regulator by Kim Boram at Yonhap News Agency.
Sudan asks U.N. mission in Darfur to prepare to leave at Yahoo.

Film and Television

41 Cancelled Star Wars Projects by Rob Leane at Den of Geek.
The Age of the Airship by Alex Michael Bonnici Far Future Horizons.
Hitler’s Supercity by Alex Michael Bonnici at Far Future Horizons.

Games

Bladestorm: Nightmare carves a path through history in March by Danny Cowan at Joystiq.
Codename: Steam History Told Right by Steve Knauer at Mind of the Geek.

Graphic Novels and Comics

Elseworld: What would be your dream Film Justice League team be? by Gretnablue at io9.
Lee Joining Morrison on "The Multiversity: Mastermen" at Comic Book Resources.
Preview: Django/Zorro #2 (Unlettered) at Comic Book Resources.
Review: Royal Blood by Alejandro Jodorowsky at The Fandom Post.

Interviews

A.M. Dellamonica at Corey Redekop.
Alison Morton at Literascribe.

Podcasts

Show 17 – American Revolution at Twilight Histories.
Vidjagame Apocalypse 90 – Alternate Histories at Laser Time.

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update and a blogger on Amazing Stories. Check out his short fiction. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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