Monday, February 20, 2012

Weekly Update #42

Editor's Note

Got our first reader from Bolivia.  Welcome!

Going to be writing less than usual on Weekly Update in the coming weeks.  You will find out why below.

And now the news...

Coming Soon: Once Upon a Clockwork Tale

Echelon Press has announced the authors participating in the upcoming Steampunk anthology, Once Upon a Clockwork Tale.  The 2013 anthology will feature four authors/stories that effectively retell a specific traditional fairy tale set into a solid Steampunk theme. This anthology will be published in both print and electronic formats.  The authors and stories (with their fairy tale in parentheses) are as follows:
  • Ella Grey: Wings (The Wild Swans)
  • Kat French: Bitter Cold (The Snow Queen)
  • Matthew N. Mitrovich: The Enchanted Bean (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  • Robin Wyatt Dunn: John and Pearl (Hansel and Gretel)
You read that right.  I will be one of the authors showcased in Once Upon a Clockwork Tale.  I promise to keep you updated on the progress of the anthology and I hope you all get a chance to read it.

Want to Write Alternate History?

Want to be a published author?  Well you should read the 10 Worst Mistakes That Authors of Alternate History Make (plus one) over at io9.  Turtledove, Stirling, Priest and others give advice about the common mistakes alternate historians make when writing fiction (including some of their own mistakes).  A must read for anyone who wants to be a published author.

After reading that, why not try submitting your short story to Lightspeed Magazine.  They have a new submission form in place and are waiting to hear from you.  Or you could try being an editor.  Ideomancer, a speculative fiction and poetry magazine, is looking for two new junior editors.

As always, good luck.

Links to the Multiverse


Did Philip K Dick Dream of Electric Sheep? at Fabulous Realms.

Genre Identified #1: The Subgenre of Alternate History by Joyce Alton at Yesternight's Voyage.


The Big Idea: Matt Ruff at John Scalzi's Whatever.


An Alternate history of Frank Reade by Claude Lalumiere at The Montreal Gazette.

King's Book - 11/22/63 and the problem with conspiracy theories by Blaine Pardoe at Notes From the Bunker.

Love Among the Stars by Rebecca Buchanan at Sequential Tart.

Reviews... by Bobby Hardenbrook at Shattered World.

Online Alternate History

Alternate History on Google+, administered by Tyler Bugg.

History Alternate Discussion Board: A place for Historical WI discussion

Video Games

In an alternate reality, video games changed world history by Samir Torres at Bit Mob.


The Emberverse – an RPG Background by zadokofpavis at Alternaties Corporation. 


#56 Alternate History and Monkeying with Memory: Mark Millar’s Superman: Red Son by Craphixia.

Review: Moriarty Vol. 1 by  Daniel Corey and Anthony Diecidue done by Sarah Boslaugh.

Shadowlaw: Action and Alternate History Melded Seamlessly by Corrina Lawson at Geek Dad.

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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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