Upcoming AH books

Discussion in 'Alternate History Books and Media' started by JSmith, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. Major Major Tired Old Man

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    Another new novel . . .

    Well, I do have a backlog.

    The Sun Never Sets: Frederick's Destiny, Volume 1

    Now available from Amazon KDP. In which the Electress of Hannover changes the world by talking too much about a man's inlaws. Much conflict ensues.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K6T6KS0#navbar
     
  4. Greg Grant Well-Known Member

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    Read the first two and they were awesome. I'm glad someone got Enoch Powell right, after what Sansom tried to do to him. And without spoiling an English Word, all of it was wonderful. Including the main character's reaction to learning why exactly he was summoned.

    This on the other hand was not awesome. Look, I really appreciate thought provoking social themes as much as the next man, but this was a bit too preachy and veered got a little too cute with its generalizations. It is well written as a novel. It makes an interesting case for how race-based slavery could have survived as an economic institution into the 21st century despite crumbling piece by piece (and state by state). It has a compelling central character. But...

    It tries to be too familiar by naming the same celebrities and events we have only in a different light. James Brown the entertainer defector to Canada. Jesse Owens the man who defected to the Soviet Union. There was the Soviet Union. There was a WWII. There were Nazis. There is a Denzel Washington James Woods in an-universe movie. There was President LBJ. And all this jars with the serious tone of the book.

    And then are the other characters. It starts off strong, if broad. White ignorant crackers being all racist and terrible. Well meaning Catholic priest on the side of good. And then starts to subtly tweak it. The priest is not that good. Some of the heroes on his side have ulterior motives. Some of the Underground people are described as well meaning white liberals who try to help an African-American persons out of guilt and need to be loved and to be seen enlightened next to the uncouth crackers. It was going well. And then comes the love interest. A white girl with a biracial child. Why yes her father is a runaway slave and yes she fell in love with him at first sight. Why yes the slave was recaptured and she seeks him. And suddenly the deft touch of mocking the impotent do-gooders falls by the way side and this woman is elevated to imperfect sainthood and...

    I learned about this book due to some flamewar on Twitter regarding a reviewer calling the author "brave" for writing this book. The author is white and as was the reviewer and suddenly the Internet Outrage Machine produced Outrage. I won't comment on the bravery of anyone writing a book in a first world nation with no libel laws or history of locking up authors for writing, but I will say this... this book is not bad, just not good.
     
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  6. Grey Wolf Writer, Poet, Publisher, Cat-sitter

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    AHF Magazine which I am publishing under the Wolfian Press marque should be out this week. The final proof is with the contributors to check the appearance of their pieces, and reconfirm their approval for inclusion. I need @Malta to do so too, if you can people on this board?
     
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    Everything looks good.
     
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  8. Marius Member Donor

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    I don't know, I really enjoyed it.

    And any mainstream AH is generally going to have a butterfly genocide, you've got to roll with it and try enjoy the story despite the implausibility, such as an existing Soviet Union, or LBJ becoming President in this ATL.
     
  9. Grey Wolf Writer, Poet, Publisher, Cat-sitter

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    AHF Magazine is now going live. Print ISBN is 978-1539353034 - I have approved it and it will be live by tomorrow, if not already.

    Kindle versions are :-
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LXR9GQ5
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXR9GQ5

    The live Epub versions are :-
    https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/ahf-magazine
    http://www.inktera.com/store/title/4fbd8f42-79a4-454d-a247-d66e06f6221d
    Barnes and Noble, Scribd etc is coming
    iBooks is having another of its restraint-of-trade hissy-fits so they'll have to fuck off, sorry

    AHF Magazine published by the Wolfian Press is a quarterly periodical highlighting new works by up-and-coming authors in alternate history, science fiction, fantasy and steampunk, as well as an opportunity for established writers to share their craft.

    Issue 1 includes fiction from :- DF Pellegrino, Sam McDonald, David C Schwarz, Alex Shalenko, Aaron Sargon, Grey Wolf, Daniel Bensen, John Lewis, Ty Spencer Vossler, Callum McSorley, Daniel McElwain, and Brent Filer. There is art from Denny Marshall, who also provides the cover image, and poetry from himself and Ty. Articles on the art of writing come from Lazlo Ferran and Tim Freriks. Interviews with Lazlo Ferran, DF Pellegrino and Paul Leone. Plus new and recent books press releases.

    ahf issue 1.jpg
    Thanks to Violett Dragonlady for the masthead which I dreamt one night and she managed to make real, and beautiful!
     
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  11. gmavrom Member

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    My AH War thriller is presently out in Kindle format with book soon to follow. Its Called the Empire
    https://www.amazon.com/Empire-George-Mavro-ebook/dp/B01FY0GQ9E/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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    While escorting a supply convoy to an off base communications site north of Bagram Airbase Afghanistan, Master Sergeant George Mavrakis and his team are ambushed by the Taliban. Running for their lives with the few survivors of the ambush they manage to flee to an underground mine, but are trapped inside when a Taliban suicide bomber blows himself up in the entrance, sealing them inside. Traveling deeper into the mine they discover an underground base left there by the Soviets. While exploring the base they find a control room filled with computers and equipment which activated after generator power was restored and a countdown is automatically started.
    The arrival of George and his troops from the future have drastically altered the timeline. The Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II will soon put the city of Constantinople under siege with over 80,000 troops and 60 huge guns that can tear down the city’s walls. In the American’s past time line, the Ottomans do capture the city and the emperor is killed in battle. It will be race against time to assist the Byzantines in building up their technical and military capabilities with the skills and knowledge, they brought back from the future, to stop the Ottomans. If they are unsuccessful the future is very bleak for George and his team, whom are lost in time.
     
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  12. CalBear Your Ursus arctos californicus Moderator Moderator Donor

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    Congratulations.


    Please limit advertising your published works to a ling in your sig (see mine as an example).
     
  13. Grey Wolf Writer, Poet, Publisher, Cat-sitter

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    Issue 2 of AHF Magazine is taking submissions, if anyone is interested. PM me
     
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    Snapshot-42:Stalingrad Run is out in Kindle format, with paperback coming soon.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XHDBHZB/

    Blurb: On November 6, 1942, an apparent time anomaly cuts Europe and part of the Middle East off from the rest of the world. Trapped in Northern Iran, United States Army Engineer Jim Edwards is forced to flee from both the Germans and the Soviets. His only companions are a mysterious Russian woman who may be trying to assassinate Stalin, and a man who calls himself “Loki”. Is he any more trustworthy than the Norse trickster god he’s named after?

    In a desperate bid to get to Great Britain, Jim finds himself in a race across Nazi-occupied Europe, but first he has to get past Stalingrad before the Soviets close their trap on German forces there. His ultimate mission? To prevent the Nazis from overrunning Europe, then sending their war machines against an alternate United States that’s still armed with black powder muskets.

    This is part of the Snapshot universe, so if you're familiar with the Snapshot concept you understand a bit more about what is going on than what the blurb says. This is more directly AH by other means than previous books in the Snapshot universe. Part of a very rough early draft is posted in the AH.com writers's forum.
     
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    Mark Twain & The River of Timeless Temptation – now on pre-sale til March 15 in digital form.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XF37J6H…

    In 1866 a young Mark Twain went on his first international trip, crossing Central America through Nicaragua on a popular route used by 49ers and others before the Panama Canal construction. His real-life travelogues included a mysterious companion named Mr. Brown. But what Clemens didn’t describe was Brown’s satanic purpose in taking them on a journey back in time, meeting other famous and local travelers in the Rio San Juan area including Cornelius Vanderbilt, future Lord Nelson, pirate Henry Morgan and even Christopher Columbus. Gathering experiences and story ideas, the future-great-author also has opportunities to disrupt the narrative of time. Will Sammy trade his soul for fame & fortune? Or will he rewrite history forever?

    Find out here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XF37J6H… Soon also in print and possibly audio!

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  17. Charles RB Well-Known Member

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    Currently on the Amazons, "Events: Prime Ministers during the Alien Era" - my "Governing With Aliens" ASB from here with the fanfic stripped out and replaced with original material, large rewrites of all the PMs used, and entirely new chapters with no parallel on the thread here.

    "We may never know if Harold Macmillan ever said "events, dear boy" are what derail governments, but we do know an alien attack on Barry Island derailed his.

    "Events" seeks to cast a new eye on Britain's leaders during the so-called 'Alien Era', from the Roswell cover-up to the current interstellar war - from the Swinging Sixties and space race to the Sordid Seventies and the Third World War - the revival of the Liberals and the creation of the British Union Party - the secret invasions and shadowy counter-alien units to the Occupation of '96 - and the political civil wars over everything from the EEC to Section 28.

    In the midst of both calm and chaos, with pacifists undone by war and leaders by backbenchers and establishments by Grand System infiltrators, the question remains: how much of the premier's success comes down to their own personal skills and how much of it from events outside their control?"

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    (Yes, that IS a cover based on an EEC referendum leaflet)
     
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  18. mudhead Little-Known Member

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    William Gibson's forthcoming novel Agency is set in a world where Hillary Clinton won the presidential election.

    Book is due out early next year. Guardian feature here.
     
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  19. wilcoxchar Free City Fanatic

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    I wonder if Verity is a stealth reference to To Say Nothing of the Dog's character Verity Kindle. That's the only other time I've ever seen Verity as a given name.
     
  20. mudhead Little-Known Member

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    I haven't read any of the series, but there was a well-known person of that name in the UK - Verity Lambert, the first producer of Dr Who, and much else besides.
     
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