Weekly Update #106 Part 1

Editor’s Note

Holy crap what a long Weekly Update, I genuinely had to split it into 2 parts. You volition come across the residuum of final week’s word this afternoon.

No fourth dimension to editorialize, also much to beak about. All I desire to state is that tomorrow’s New Releases transportation is cancelled since in that place is only 1 alternate history function coming out this calendar week in addition to I am moving its statement to adjacent week. Instead I volition hold upwards sharing a mass giveaway that I mean value yous volition all enjoy.

And forthwith the news…

What if Romney had won?

It soundless powerfulness hold upwards also early on to dust of your President Romney timeline (although that hasn’t stopped some people) since it has only been a twelvemonth since the 2012 the States presidential election, but people wanting to write such an alternate history should banking concern agree out the Romney Readiness Project: Retrospective & Lessons Learned by Christopher Liddell, Daniel Kroese in addition to Clark Campbell. Here is the description from Amazon:

The importance of effective in addition to well-planned presidential transitions has long been understood. The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 provided a formal recognition of this regulation past times providing the President-elect funding in addition to other resources “To promote the orderly transfer of the executive ability inwards connector alongside the expiration of the term of role of a President in addition to the Inauguration of a novel President.” The Act received shaver amendments inwards the next decades, but until 2010 all back upwards provided was solely post-election. The Pre-Election Presidential Act of 2010 changed this past times providing pre-election back upwards to nominees of both parties. Its passing reinforced the belief that early on transition planning is prudent, non presumptuous. The Romney Readiness Project was the foremost transition endeavor to operate alongside this enhanced pre-election focus. While Obama’s re-election prevented a Romney transition from occurring, it is hoped that the content of this mass tin give notice render a valuable insight to hereafter transition teams of both parties.

In summary the mass explains Romney’s excogitation to reorganize the White House along the lines of the trouble organisation in addition to start out implementing novel policy (rolling dorsum Obamacare, taxation reform, deregulation in addition to increased military machine spending). Of course of didactics this mass has spurred some commentators to imagine what a counterfactual Romney direction would accept been like.

Mark Whittington at Yahoo used the mass to highlight “what a Romney Administration would accept been to the reality of the instant term Obama Administration, careening from scandal to scandal, flailing virtually rudderless alongside no prospect for anything ameliorate for the adjacent iii or thence years…The tragedy is that the American voters chose chaos over order, incompetence over audio management. Elections accept consequences.” Despite these potent word, Whittington did acknowledge Romeny would accept to bargain alongside a divided Congress only every bit Obama has OTL.

David Gee at Staffing Talk, however, was a petty critical of Romney’s excogitation in addition to shared an example of a customer who was trying to honor a successor in addition to picked soul who was “a existent my agency or the highway type.” The termination wasn’t pretty: “The staff basically mutinied in addition to ran the VP in addition to would-be CEO out, leaving the wounded society leader to start out his succession excogitation anew.”

Again, it is soundless pretty early on to start guessing whether a Romney presidency would hold upwards ameliorate in addition to then a instant term Obama. The people who forthwith mean value Obama’s presidency is finished look to accept forgotten the failed predictions of an all but for sure Romney victory. Let history go history, your counterfactual volition hold upwards ameliorate for it.

Chris Nuttall’s Great Week

Long-time contributor in addition to friend of The Update Chris Nuttall has been having a Bookworm in 2015.

Set inwards a fantasy basis of magic in addition to political intrigue, Bookworm is a night tale of ability in addition to temptation, fearfulness in addition to lust, secrets in addition to destiny. When foremost published inwards Jan of this twelvemonth it soared upwards the fantasy best-selling charts on Amazon inwards the US, UK of Britain in addition to Northern Republic of Ireland in addition to Germany, alongside pregnant sales across 12 dissimilar countries inwards both ebook in addition to impress editions.

This bargain marks a pregnant milestone for Chris in addition to for Elsewhen Press. Chris began self- publishing his novels inwards 2011. He also submitted his historical fantasy novel The Royal Sorceress to Elsewhen Press, outset a successful relationship. Bookworm was the instant of his fantasy novels to hold upwards published past times Elsewhen Press. In July, Elsewhen Press volition pose out their adjacent Chris Nuttall title, Sufficiently Advanced Technology, patch August volition come across the liberate of The Great Game, the much- anticipated sequel to The Royal Sorceress. The acquisition past times Blanvalet of rights for the High German linguistic communication edition of Bookworm serves to underline the character in addition to appeal of Chris’s writing to a global audience.

On top of this bang-up news, Chris also started blogging at Osama) in addition to and Cherie Priest (Boneshaker). Priest also did an interview alongside Apex that yous tin give notice banking concern agree out.

The number is gratis to read inwards its entirety at the Apex Magazine website., but formatted eBook editions are available at Apex Digital, Amazon, Nook, Weightless in addition to other.

By the way, all of yous aspiring authors out in that place should know that Apex Magazine is currently opened upwards for submissions.

Links to the Multiverse


5 Conspiracy Theories That Are Shockingly Easy to Debunk by Douglas A. McDonnell in addition to M. Asher Cantrell at Cracked.
11 Jaw-dropping Weapons From World War II You Probably Never Heard Of past times George Dvorsky at io9.
Counterfactualism inwards Monuments by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld at The Counterfactual History Review.
D is for DIVERGENCE POINT (part 2) past times Guy Saville.
Guest Post (& Giveaway): Clifford Beal, writer of Gideon’s Angel at My Bookish Ways.
On the Rhetorical Power of Counterfactuals by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld at The Counterfactual History Review.
Recent Novels That Use Time Travel to Great Effect by John DeNardo at Kirkus.
RFK: What nosotros lost, what nosotros learned by Jeff Greenfield at Yahoo!
Romulus Buckle, Steampunk in addition to the Female Swashbuckler past times Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. at The Qwillery.
Story behind Ha’Penny past times Jo Walton at Upcoming4me
The Man inwards the High Castle past times Philip K. Dick at Dieselpunk.
The Watcher inwards the Shadows past times Chris Moriarty at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.


Beth Ciotta at My Bookish Ways.
Jay Lake at Oregon Live.
Jay Lake in addition to Austin Sirkin at Locus Roundtable.
Alan Moore at The Believer.

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder in addition to editor of  in addition to a blogger on Amazing Stories. His novel floor “The Enchanted Bean” tin give notice hold upwards flora in Once Upon a Clockwork Tale from Echelon Press. When non writing he industrial plant every bit an attorney, enjoys life alongside his beautiful married adult woman Alana in addition to prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You tin give notice follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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