I almost didn't write up a Weekly Update for today because I was at a wedding this weekend and was pretty exhausted when I finally had time to sit down and blog. Still I didn't want to go two weeks without a Weekly Update, especially as we celebrate 5 years of The Update, so I cooked up something quick regarding last week's news.
Speaking of the 5 year anniversary celebrations, thanks everyone for all the interest I have seen in our special guests post I have published so far this month. I have even more articles on the way so stay tuned for some high quality alternate history content.
And now the news...
Coming Soon: 1066 Turned Upside Down
Alison Morton announced on Facebook last week that to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, she and several other authors are releasing short alternate histories stories based on the battle and the events surrounding it. They will be collected in 1066 Turned Upside Down. The authors are Helen Hollick, Joanna Barnden, Anna Belfrage, Annie Whitehead, Glynn Holloway, Richard Dockett, Carol Mcgrath Eliza Redgold and, of course, Alison. The book cover was designed by Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics.
I'm excited by the announcement of this anthology. The Battle of Hastings has a lot of alternate history potential, especially on what England would look like if the Anglo-Saxon kings continued to rule the country. Although many of the authors involved don't appear to have written alternate history before, that doesn't bother me much. It is always fun to see new faces craft divergent Earths.
There isn't a hard publication date, but Alison told me to expect to see the book available for purchase either late July or early August. Stay tuned for more details.
Video of the Week
Today's video of the week comes from the guys over at History Respawned. In their most recent episode, our host Bob Whitaker and historian Christopher Heaney talk about Uncharted 4 and real life treasure hunters:
And don't forget to check out my newest video on alternate histories centering around Zheng He:
You should also check out...
- The Man in the High Castle Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz addressing the news that he is stepping down as the showrunner of the series (via Deadline).
- An excerpt from Alison Morton's Insurrectio on Unusual Historicals.
- A list of alternate history books written by women and compiled by Shannon Selin.
- Tyler Bugg asking: What if Abraham Lincoln Wasn't Assassinated?
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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 Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube. Learn how you can support his alternate history projects on Patreon.