Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekly Update #43

Editor's Note

Wow, so much to talk about, not sure where to begin.

I am proud to announce that we just broke our monthly page view record for the 5th time in a row.  Thanks to all of our readers for helping us keep the streak alive, but more importantly we are just 80~ page views from surpassing 5000 page views in one month.  Please help us reach this goal by spreading the word through the Internet.  Share our posts on Facebook, retweet on Twitter, vote for us on Reddit and link to us on the forums you like to frequent.  We can't do it without you.

I have started reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King, so expect a review in the next week or two.  I also will be reviewing another novel that I will be posting about later this week.

Speaking of this week, I have two guest posts coming up for you.  One is written by Jordan Harbour, who runs the podcast Twilight Histories, and will discuss some alternate Roman Empire scenarios.  The other is done by Alt Hist Wiki admin Brian W. Daugherty and he will be writing a review of The Mirage by Matt Ruff.  If you would like to write a guest post or be a full-time contributor to Alternate History Weekly Update, just contact me at  Also coming soon will be an interview with Joseph Franciosa Jr., co-author of Young Adolf  author and a post on self-publishing alternate history.

Now if I can take a moment for some shameless self-promotion, work on short story "The Enchanted Bean"  is progressing nicely.  I should have it ready to submit to Echelon Press very shortly.

Finally, we got our first reader from Jersey.  Welcome!

And now the news...

Harry Turtledove spoils his entire series for a sick fan

There are many reasons why Harry Turtledove deserves to be called the master of alternate history and here is one of them:

That was an amazing video and a testament to one author's good heart, the power of friendship and the wonders the Internet is capable of.

Update: The Mirage by Matt Ruff

If you can't wait for Brian's review of The Mirage, I have some things that can hold you over until then.

First you can check out What if Israel Were in Germany? An Alternate History at Religion Dispatches.  There you will find an interview between Haroon Moghul and The Mirage's author Matt Ruff.where they discuss the geopolitical changes in the novel, among other topics.  Meanwhile, Timothy Hodler at Details recommends the novel, calling it a well-handled alternate history and listing it with some of the best.  Check it out here.

Convention Watch: Steamcon IV

Those going to Steamcon IV on October 26-28 in Bellevue, WA can meet Kim Newman.  Newman is the author of the Anno Dracula series and the co-author Back in the USSA.  Let me ask you something: does he look like a vampire in this picture?

Links to the Multiverse


The 1934 Plan To Fill In The Hudson River, Connecting NYC To NJ by Jen Carlson at Gothamist.

Oscars: If Geeks Ran the Academy at Television Without Pity.


Aliette de Bodard at Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Seamus Heffernan (author of Freedom) interview by Newsarama.


Review of Then Everything Changed, Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics by Jeff Greenfield done by Daniel Darling (scroll down).

Chapter 3 of 1636: The Kremlin Games by Eric Flint.

Online Alternate History

The Imperial History of Earth-Regency by Mike at Campaign Mastery.

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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.


  1. William Peter GrassoFebruary 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    I think you'll get a kick out of 11/23/63. I'm almost finished with it (after kicking a few other books to the curb to make room) and it's kept me fascinated. One small quirk: I don't think anyone used the term "you rock" in the early 60s, as one of his non-time travelling characters did (I was there...I think I'd remember). Other than that, his dead-on use of period idioms makes me envious.



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