Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekly Update #244! Motherland is a Military Fantasy where the United States uses Witches to Fight Terrorists

Editor's Note

I'm writing this the morning after seeing Let's Play Live at the Chicago Theater. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, its like a concert for video game players, with an intentionally bad variety show thrown in to fill time when they are setting up their systems for the next game. It was fun...but surreal. I sat for several hours and watched people play video games and put on absurd skits. I definitely recommend checking it out if you like gaming.

Don't forget to check out my review of "Discards" by David D. Levine on Amazing Stories. It was enjoyable short story to read and a good place to start if you want to get into the Wild Cards universe.

Also the winners of Sidewise Awards were announced this weekend at WorldCon in case you missed it.

And now the news...

Motherland is a Military Fantasy where the United States uses Witches to Fight Terrorists
If that title sounds weird to you...you're correct, but most alien space bat timelines can be.

Freeform, formerly ABC Family, is producing a new one hour drama called Motherland. It will be produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick executive producing. Eliot Laurence (Welcome to MeClaws) is listed as the writer. According to Deadline:

Motherland is described as an epic military fantasy set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country. The project is set in contemporary times where young women conscript at 18 and receive basic training in combat magic at a base called Fort Salem. The show follows three young women from basic into early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped. Women are on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world, but their tactics and weapons are supernatural.

So do you think this story can work? Using witches in the military or law enforcement isn't a ridiculous idea. Richard Matheson published "Witch War" which follows a similar concept and then there is Lou Antonelli's "The Witch of Waxahachie". But can the story work on the small screen? I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Video of the Week

Gladiator, the unintentional alternate history film, gets the Honest Trailer treatment:


Congrats also to the Honest Trailer guys for getting an Emmy nomination. If you want more alternate history videos, don't forget to check out my recent video on this upside down map of Africa:

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger for Amazing Stories, a volunteer interviewer for SFFWorld and a Sidewise Awards for Alternate History judge. When not exploring alternate timelines he enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the day when travel between parallel universes becomes a reality. You can follow him on FacebookTwitterTumblr and YouTube. Learn how you can support his alternate history projects on Patreon.

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