Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekly Update #44

Editor's Note

Not only did we break our page view record again last month, we also surpassed 5000 page views in one month.  Our new record now stands at 5504 and that was during the shortest month of the year.  Thanks again to the contributors and readers who helped make this possible.

I hope you guys enjoyed the guests posts from Jordan Harbour and Brian Daugherty.  Remember, if you would like to guest post or even become a full-time contributor, just contact me at

And now the news...

Submissions Wanted

Theresa Meyers posted on Twitter that wants four original speculative fiction: SF, fantasy, horror, alternate history or related genres, as long as the stories are under 12,000 words.  Now I could not find the exact post she was referencing, but does have a submissions guideline that you can check out if you are interested in submitting one of your stories to them.

You could also try On Fiction Writing's writing contest: The Flip Side.  They are looking for an alternate history or alternate reality story under 2,500 words by September 1.  The downside: there is an entry fee of $10.  If that does not stop you, good luck.

In other writing news, Mark Lord, editor of the Alt Hist magazine, announced on his blog that the last story for Alt Hist #4 has been selected.  We can expect to see that issue sometime after April.  If you are interested in submitting a story to Alt Hist, you can enter your story for the chance to appear in #5 by going to the submissions page.

What if you want to be a part of the publishing industry, but are not interested in being a writer?  Well Chronicle Books is looking for an editorial assistant.  You can apply here.

Teramis' New Podcast

Deborah Teramis Christian (who posted a series of articles on this very blog) announced that she is starting a new podcast.  You can learn more about it below:

I've been wanting to do this since I started the Lizard Lair blog, but I was so tied up with book obligations for so long that I didn't see my way clear to starting a whole new endeavor on top of all that. Now that Splintegrate is finally in-house at Tor (and sorry, I've received no word back yet on that front so I can't update you yet in that regard) - as I say, now that that's (mostly) off my plate, I am finally able to move on to the podcasting I've had planned for a long time.

I'm regarding these podcasts as a shorthand version of things I don't want to write up long-form at my blog. The theme of my show will reflect my underlying interest in the question of "what if?", focusing on futurism and change and the challenges this presents to us all as we (like in the Chinese curse) live "in interesting times." Also of course I won't neglect my sf/f interests, and the areas of writing, gaming, world building and general thinkishness that I have already staked out at the blog. 
Now, this all brings me to you. 
I'd like to talk about things you specifically want to hear about. And so, I am hereby formally inviting you, if you are interested, to send me questions, topics, comments, rants, and strong opinions about anything you'd like me to engage with in my upcoming podcasts. I can't promise that I will be able to answer all comments/questions on the air, but I will do my best to fit them into some show where they're appropriate. (I'm not dealing with religion or politics, though, so those will be non-starters unless we are talking about them in a fiction-related sense.)

Also, if I may attribute your comment to you by name, I'd love to do so. People would much rather hear a question from "Sharon in San Francisco," than from "someone I know from the internet." So if you do write, let me know if and how I may identify you in the program. If you'd rather not be publicly identified, no problem (I know there are times for all of us when we'd rather not be out there that way). I'm soliciting your name only if you're comfortable with that.
Those interested should contact Teramis at her blog, Notes From the Lizard Lair.

Links to the Multiverse


2012 Arthur C Clarke Award Submissions by Shana at Torque Control. (Several alternate history works were submitted, check it out).

The Common Denominator – The “Superfly Effect” (Hulk Hogan, Nick Bockwinkle, WWE, AWA, Roddy Piper, Bob Backlund, The Iron Sheik) by Ralph Hardin at Inside Pulse.

Books and Short Stories

Alternate History Lessons in Boilerplate and Frank Reade by James Floyd Kelly at Geek Dad.

New alternate history story sold by Mike Resnick.

Review of “Electrica” by Sean McMullen done by Lois Tilton at Locus.

Review of The Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card done by Fabulous Realms.

Online Alternate History

Chapter 4 of Lord of Mountains by S. M. Stirling.

The Sideways Multiverse Club at Tribe.

An Unexpected Union: A 1983 Doomsday Tale by mdc1957 at

Video Games

Gotham By Gaslight Video Shows Canceled Elseworlds Batman Game by Spencer at Siliconera.


Altoids Alternate History at glossy.

WIP -- Alternate History Rendering by Shaw Driscoll.

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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. Seems the Tales of Alvin Maker have had quite the media blitz lately. Hopefully it bodes well for book seven.

    Glad to see more submissions are open. Got any more info on the TOR request?

  2. Not yet. If I find any more info I will let you all know.


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