Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekly Update #171

Editor's Note

I haven't been posting any Sideways paper updates because...well, I have been too busy writing the damn things. I am at 5,500+ words at the moment and I am stopping to concentrate on the abstract I need to submit on the 15th. Thanks for everyone who has been assisting me in this endeavor and I look forward to hearing what you guys think of it once it is finished.

And now the news...

Videos for Alternate Historians

Two videos I wanted to point out this week. First we have a horror themed episode of Epic Rap Battles of History. It features Jack the Ripper and Hannibal Lecter:
I was very "meh" about this one, but if you want to learn more, check out the behind the scenes extra:
We finish with part 2 of Majora's Mask African roots:

Links to the Multiverse

Books and Short Fiction

25 Genre Novels That Should be Classics by Emily Temple at Flavor Wire.
50 Pages Friday: Harry Turtledove at Suvudu.
Book Deal Announcement: The Secret History of Science Fiction And Fantasy by Jeff VanderMeer.
Chapter One and Two of The Desert and the Blade by SM Stirling.
Gavriel D. Rosenfeld's "Hi Hitler!" at The Page 99 Test.
The Goodreads Choice Awards Announce Their Best Books of 2014 at Tor.
The Grand War trilogy (plus a preview) by Lynn Davis at Maps, Writing, and Ramblings.
Lavie Tidhar’s THE VIOLENT CENTURY Nominated for IMPAC Award! at Zeno Agency.
New book by Michael Trinklein at Lost States.
Prompt. Professional. Pop! by Walter Jon Williams at Tor.
Review: 1632 by Eric Flint at SkyGiants.
Review: The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher at Lancashire Evening Post.
Review: Destroyermen: Into the Storm by Taylor Anderson at The Great Adventure.
Review: Endsinger (The Lotus War #3) by Jay Kristoff at My Bookish Ways.
Stephen King Lets Down Boxing Fans: The Faux Fight of 11/22/63 at The Sweet Science.

Counterfactuals, History and News

The case of the missing 13th amendment to the Constitution by Scott Bomboy at Yahoo.
Counterfactual History - An essential tool for historians or a fool's errand? at SGS History Blog
More states are pushing for a convention to rewrite the constitution at The Week.
Was Britain's WWI Blockade The First Atrocity Of The 20th Century? by George Dvorsky at io9.
What if the Marathas had won at Panipat? by Shovon Chowdhury at Swarajya.
Which Period in History Is Portrayed The Least Accurately Onscreen? by Ria Misra at io9.

Films and Television

95ers: Time Runners: Original and Entertaining at Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress.
Another Bait and Switch Counterfactual: Hirschbiegel’s Elser at The Counterfactual History Review.
Prestige Author Slams Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy at The Hollywood Reporter.
See How Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Inspired By Ralph McQuarrie’s Concept Art at /Film.
Watch Vladimir Putin Dance in Teaser for 'Iron Sky: The Coming Race' at The Hollywood Reporter.


The Bestest Best FPS Of 2014: Wolfenstein The New Order at Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
Next Year's Big Assassin's Creed Is Set In Victorian London by Jason Schreier at Kotaku.

Graphic Novels and Comics

Boom! Studios' Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return to Debut in March at Comic Book Resources.
ELEVATOR PITCH – The Lion & The Unicorn at Geek Syndicate.
Indiana Jones and the Avoiders of the Lost Ark at Dorkly.


Gail Carriger at Functional Nerds.
Genevieve Valentine at Notes from Coode Street.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro at My Bookish Ways.

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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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