“B-36”by Douglas W. Texter – Free Story Extract

Originally posted on Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History:

We will be providing extracts of each of the stories in the latest issue of Alt Hist . Check out the first one below.

Set in a world in which the early Cold War grows very hot, “B-36”by Douglas W. Textertells the tale of what might have happened if the Soviet Union had taken Berlin during the Berlin Airlift. In this world, Secretary of Defense James Forrestal orders a B-36 piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Drummond and a very special mission commander to fly to the Soviet Union with a secret “gimmick” on board.  The results of the mission are world-changing.

Visit the page for Alt Hist Issue 6 if you want to order a copy to read more of this and other stories.

Free Extract from “B-36”by Douglas W. Texter

As Soviet troops overwhelmed US forces in West Berlin on July 5th, 1948, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Drummond soared over Key…

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What’s Coming up in Alt Hist Issue 6

Originally posted on Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History:

We’re still working busily on the production of Alt Hist Issue 6 – all coming together nicely with final proofs being checked and the cover being designed. If you’re intrigued about what to expect then here’s a draft of the back cover copy for the next issue. Issue 6 should be available by the end of January/start of February at the latest.

Alt Hist Issue 6 includes four wonderful alternate history stories, plus a great “straight” historical fiction set in 1914 about a teenage girl accused of war crimes. The alternate history stories cover some classic areas for speculative fiction and of interest to alternate history buffs: what if Hitler one the war, what if the Germans invaded Britain in WW2, who really killed JFK and what if the Cold War turned hot? But none of these tales are just speculation on alternative versions of history. They all share what…

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Originally posted on Ibukun Taiwo:

PLEASE!!! Could everyone just SHUT UP!

Everywhere I go, it seems there is always a new definition of science fiction and fantasy and the difference between the two genres.

It’s really confusing. And exhausting.

Here’s one and here is another one. They both make valid points but it just doesn’t help me. The debate keeps going on without any resolution in sight. What is the distinction between science fiction and fantasy fiction? Can the lines truly be drawn?

Some really creative writers have stretched the genre, further complicating the lives of experts who’re trying to help people like me understand what the hell is going on. There was a time when it was easy to tell them apart. Elves never wandered into the future and time travelers didn’t faceoff against wizards.

Distinguishing between the two genres really bothers me because I eventually have to categorize my novel.

When the…

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Interview with Douglas W. Texter, author of AD 1929

Originally posted on Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History:

This is the second of our interviews of author’s from our fifth issue. Douglas W. Texter contributed the alternate history story AD 1929 for Alt Hist Issue 5. Read on to find out more about the story and about Doug’s career in writing.

Al Capone has a charismatic allure that attracts fiction writers. What is it about his character that attracted you to write about him?

To me Al Capone is fascinating. He was certainly brutal. He really did beat people to death. Then again, look at the leaders of some of the countries that the US supports and calls friend and you’ll see that this brutality is there as well. We turn a blind eye to foreign thugs as long as they help us. Criminals have no monopoly on physical violence. Capone also had a few other qualities that make him interesting to me. First, he was generous. He did…

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Hell has its Demons – Editor Blows Own Trumpet

Originally posted on Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History:

Hell has its Demons coverI don’t usually mention any of my own work on the Alt Hist website, but I’m afraid I couldn’t resist giving a bit of a shout out to a new novel that I have just published in eBook format – only available on the Kindle at the moment and currently FREE this weekend.

If you like historical fantasy and stuff set in the Middle Ages it might be for you, so please be my guest and take a quick look. Thanks!

You can get it at:

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

What if the demons portrayed in the Middle Ages were real and could be conjured by necromancers?

And what if those seeking power decided to use demons to get what they wanted? In Hell has its Demons a plot unfolds to use demons to take the ultimate prize of all – the crown of Edward III, King of England.

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The Secrets of Writing Fantasy Heroes

Writing Fantasy HeroesA How To Guide for writing fantasy heroes? Sounds ideal doesn’t it for any aspiring epic fantasy writer – and especially for anyone who would want to get published in Fantasy Short Stories?

Well now there is a book giving you tips on just how to write fantasy heroes and its called … Writing Fantasy Heroes!

Here’s some more info about the book:

Fantasy heroes endure. They are embedded in our cultural fabric, dwarfing other literary figures and the mere men and women of history. Achilles and Odysseus, Gilgamesh and Beowulf. King Arthur and Robin Hood, Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes, Conan and Luke Skywalker. They dominate our legends, and tower over popular culture. The stories we tell each other begin and end with fantasy heroes, and the 21st Century is as thoroughly captivated with them as ever. From Batman to Gandalf, Harry Potter to Tyrion Lannister, the heroes of fantasy speak to — and for — whole generations. But what makes a fantasy hero? How do the best writers create them, and bring them to life on the page? In Writing Fantasy Heroes some of the most successful fantasy writers of our time-including Steven Erikson, Brandon Sanderson, Janet Morris, Cecelia Holland, Orson Scott Card, and Glen Cook-pull back the curtain to reveal the secrets of creating heroes that live and breathe, and steal readers’ hearts. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or simply a reader who loves great fantasy and strong characters, this book is for you.

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Apex Magazine Announce Their March Issue

Apex Magazine - March 2013 IssueApex Magazine, a science fiction, fantasy and horror magazine has just announced its March issue is available.

Contents include:

“Death Comes Sideways to the Mall” by William Alexander
“Mermaid’s Hook” by Liz Argall
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky
“The Fairy Library” by Tim Pratt

“Editorial: Blood on Vellum” by Lynne M. Thomas
“I Married a Fake Geek Girl; A Defense of Casual Fandom” by Kelly McCullough
“Interview with Tim Pratt” by Maggie Slater

It looks like there’s lots of great stuff there for fantasy fans to read.

For more details go to http://www.apex-magazine.com

Subscriptions and the individual issue are also available to purchase.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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Fantasy Short Stories moving to Print Publication as well as eBook

The first issue of Fantasy Short Stories was only available as an eBook. However, print is not dead, so for subsequent editions we will be making Fantasy Short Stories available in a print edition as well as an eBook. Hopefully that will give it an even wider readership than currently as there are a lot of people out there (myself included actually) who prefer to read in print.

This means that our terms and conditions on acceptance of a story will now ask for first serial rights for both eBook and printed book formats.

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