Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Update #187

Editor's Note

I had these grandiose plans Thursday and Friday night to record a new video for the channel, do some writing for the blog or maybe even start the long process of cutting 40% of my Sideways in Time paper to meet their recently announced word count. Instead, on both days, I collapsed on the couch and drifted in and out of consciousness before moving to the bed and succumbing to sleep. Its tough having a full time job while trying to be a writer. Even the weekends are no longer the havens of free time because all the things I put off doing during the week that now need to be done before it is too late.

I realize complaining about how tough my life is causing a symphony of tiny violins to be played, but its really frustrating sometimes. The sick part is no one is making do the projects I mentioned above...well, no one except me. I want to do that work and I am putting the pressure on myself to get it done. Not sure how I feel about it exactly, its just a very weird experience. Thankfully I was able to get a few things done on Saturday. I hope you enjoy what I managed to produce.

And now the news...

Videos for Alternate Historians

Actually, except for Liberland, there really isn't much to report from last week. So let's go straight to last week in videos. First up, everyone's favorite YouTuber (for now...*evil laughter*) Cody Franklin shows us what he think a world where the South won the American Civil War would like on the Alternate History Hub:
Speaking of America, lets take a look at all the different iterations of the first Avenger himself, Captain America, with Lindsay Ellis:
Let's be honest, beating Nazis is what America does best!

Links to the Multiverse

Books & Short Fiction


29th Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist Announced at Geek Syndicate.
Coming Soon: GESTAPO MARS by Victor Gischler at SF Signal.
Coming Soon: GHOSTS OF KARNAK by George Mann at SF Signal.
A few of my book synopses by Greg van Eekhout at Writingandsnack.com.
Free Extract of Battalion 202: Set Britain Ablaze by Jonathan Doering at Alt Hist.
Gideon Smith – the Graphic Audio productions at Postcards from the Hinterland.
Inspirations for the Steampunk World of The Diamond Conspiracy at B&N.
The Parallel Worlds of Poul Anderson’s Operation Chaos at Black Gate.
Review: We Install and Other Stories, by Harry Turtledove at Seattle Book Mama.
Review: William Shakespeare’s Phantom Of Menace by Ian Doescher at Bookish Antics.
Some comments on the Hugos and other SF awards by Eric Flint.

Counterfactuals, History & News

5 Creepy Crimes From History No One Can Explain at Cracked.
The Checklist Of What Had To Go Wrong For Apollo 13 To Fail Is Insane at io9.
The Dark Truth Behind California's Strangest Tax Exemption at io9.
The forgotten man who almost became president after Lincoln at Yahoo!
How the Ottomans Ruined the 20th Century by James A. Warren at The Daily Beast.
How the Walter Scott Shooting Would Have Been Reported if the Video Didn't Exist at NBC.
Men Are More Likely to Go Back in Time and Kill Hitler Than Women Are, Says Study at Vice.
MicroCon 2015: Dictators of the world unite at world summit of micronations at The Independent.
What If Lincoln Had Lived? by Eric Niiler at Discovery.
What is Spaceflight History? at DSFP's Spaceflight History Blog.

Film & Television

5 Reasons Conspiracy Shows Don't Work Today by C. Coville at Cracked.
The 10 Best alternate-reality episodes from non-sci-fi TV shows at io9.
Jonathan Strange Team on How the Project Ended up on TV at The Hollywood Reporter.
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Opens Fire With Teaser Trailer at CBR.
Review: Outlander 1.10: A Glimmer of Paradox at Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress.

Graphic Novels & Comics

DC Comics Will Revive TV's Revolution For One Final Story at io9.
Why Do Big Comic Crossovers Always Have To Be About Alternate Universes? at io9.

Interview

Jonathan Barnes at My Bookish Ways.
Steven H Silver at The Qwillery.

Podcasts

Ratchet Retrocast Episode 49 – To Live Long and Prosper at The ESO Network.

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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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