Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekly Update #153

Editor's Note

So my wife and I will be moving to our new home at the end of July. Due to the massive amounts of stress involved in any move, I will probably be posting less than usual over the next few weeks and may even disappear entirely. I promise to do my best to continue providing with quality news and reviews on alternate history and related genres, just don't be upset if the quantity drops significantly. If you would like to lend me a hand, I would appreciate any guest posts you may have available.

Thank you in advance for your patience.

And now the news...

Preview: Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica

A curious parallel universe fantasy caught my eye last week. It is titled Child of a Hidden Sea and is written by A.M. Dellamonica. Here is the description from Amazon:

One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles.

The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and a language different from any Sophie has heard.

Sophie doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered...her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay.

But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don’t know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world...or is doomed to exile, in Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica.

The book received a 4 1/2 star review from Paul Weimer at SF Signal who said it gave a "bright and clear view to an interesting world with an engaging heroine who is our entry ticket into it." Good to know and if you would like to learn more, check out these interviews with the author on My Bookish Ways and Tor.

Links to the Multiverse


Alternate History SF: So Many Worlds to Explore by Shlomo Schwartzberg at Critics At Large.
BVC announces The Clockwork Fairy Kingdom by Leah Cutter at Book View Cafe.
Exclusive Cover Reveal! THE STEAMPUNK USER’S MANUAL by Jeff VanderMeer and Desirina Boskovich at SF Signal.
Historical Research by J. Kathleen Cheney at Magical Words.
Review: William Shakespeare's Star Wars®, William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher at The Qwillery.
Victorians In Egypt ~ Researching Timeless by Gail Carriger.

Counterfactual and Traditional History (Plus News)

All History is Alternate History by Sean Sherman at Other Times.
A Counterfactual Anniversary: “What Ifs?” of World War I by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld at The Counterfactual History Review.
John Smith's Political Legacy by Wyn Grant at British Politics Group Blog.
Pocahontas: Fantasy and Reality by Laurie Gwen Shapiro at Slate.
What if King George had been paying attention? by Bryan Le Beau at LV Times.


Dave Elliott at SF Signal.
Greg Pak at Weekly Comic Book Review.

Films and Television

Demonspotting: Penny Dreadful Ep. 7 “Possession” by Ryan Britt at Tor.
What if they hadn’t stuck the landing? New film will tell an alternate history of Apollo 11 by Chris Knight at National Post.


Dieselpunk RPG ‘InSomnia’ Launches Kickstarter by Will Morin at Indie Love.
What A Call of Duty In Vietnam Could've Looked Like by Evan Narcisse at Kotaku.

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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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