Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Cliched American Civil War Alternate History

What if someone created an alternate history featuring as many American Civil War cliches as they could find?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Male Wish Fulfillment in Alternate History

So why are there so many sex scenes in mainstream alternate history works? The Alternate Historian and Alexander "SpanishSpy" Wallace discuss this very question.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thoughts on Wonder Woman (2017)

Its the most successful female led superhero film of all time, but what did the Alternate Historian and Alana think about it?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

What if Antarctica had a Native Population?

Antarctica is cold as hell, but what if it could support a native population? The Alternate Historian answers that question in this Patreon sponsored video.

PS: I know there are audio issues when I am on screen. Sorry about that. Didn't notice it until the last minute. Will fix the problem in the next video.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Life is Hard Update

Some of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter may have noticed I have been quiet as of late. Well don't worry, I'm still alive (my newest video should prove as much), but I have been...distracted.

First, as many of you may know Alana is pregnant and her due date is July 24. In case you don't know your calendar that well, that is not that long off, so I have been spending a lot of time preparing the house for our new arrival. Mind you, I'm not complaining, but it does cut into my free time.

You want to know what else cuts into my free time? My day job. Yes, sadly being an alternate historian isn't as lucrative career as some might imagine, so I need to work the 9 to 5 like everyone else. My particular job has also been busier as of late, which means I'm working later, coming home later, working to prepare the home for the baby later...I hope you see where I am getting with this.

So yeah, my usual on the hour social media posts about alternate history are on a temporary hiatus until I finish some major projects and/or work calms down a bit. It sucks, but I still want time to prepare and record videos (which includes also preparing my new "set"). That said, I have seriously been considering moving to a video once every two weeks schedule because I think I need to be realistic about how much free time I am going to have in the coming months.

So a little disappointing, but I am hoping the extra time will mean I can spend more time getting videos right. I may even try doing some live streams here and there like my buddy Tristan does at Step Back History. I had a lot of fun the last time I was the guest for one of those and some people have suggested they would approve of me doing the same on my channel.

So in conclusion, please bear with me while I figure out my life. Videos are still on the way, they just might not come out as regularly scheduled.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Top 5 Aliens of Alternate History

Even alternate histories can have a close encounters of the third kind. These are my personal favorite alien races of alternate history.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Step Back History's Subscriber Appreciation Day May 2017 (with special guest...ME!)

In case you missed it, I was the guest for Tristan of Step Back History's Subscriber Appreciation Day May 2017 live stream. You can listen to everything we talked about like alternate history and how screwed up the DC cinematic universe is.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: What If? Infinity: Guardians of the Galaxy

Did you know Marvel published an alternate history featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy? They did and I reviewed it.

Monday, April 17, 2017

MST3K: Alliterative Alternative

Even someone trapped in space and forced to watch bad movies with his robot pals has some time for alternate history. Check out my new video on MST3K's riff of Time Chasers and the show's experiment with changing their own history.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

3000 Subscribers Q&A Responses

You had questions and I had answers. Enjoy and thanks again for being a subscriber.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Plausibility Review: Domination of the Draka by SM Stirling (Part 3)

Its time to conclude our plausibility review of SM Stirling's The Domination of the Draka by showcasing what is awesome about this series.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Plausibility Review: Domination of the Draka by SM Stirling (Part 2)

We continue our plausibility review of SM Stirling's Draka by covering their history from the Great War to the 25th Century...yes there is that much history left to cover.

Friday, March 3, 2017

State of the Channel: March 2017

I'm writing this while I am drinking my second glass of wine with Game Grumps playing in the background. This doesn't mean anything really, so lets see what is coming up this month.

Tentative Schedule

3/5-3/11: Plausibility Review: Domination of the Draka by SM Stirling (Part 2)
3/12-3/18: Plausibility Review: Domination of the Draka by SM Stirling (Part 3)
3/19-3/25: Patreon sponsored Map Analysis video
3/26-4/1: What if Vaccines Weren't Invented?

So this month I am going to be finishing my Plausibility Review of SM Stirling's Domination of the Draka (yes, it will take two more videos to finish) and then I am going to make a Patreon-sponsored map analysis video (subject is TBA).

After that I am going to imagine a world without vaccines because its for some reason become political to not want people to die from horrible diseases and I love to court stupid controversy that can only exist in the First World.

As always, this schedule is tentative.

I Love To Talk Alternate History

In case you don't follow me on social media, I've been talking a lot about alternate history on the Internet. First up, I chatted with Rebecca Monks about why we are fascinated with WWII alternate histories over on iNews. A week after that I chatted about alternate histories outside of WWII with Corey Albrecht at Medium.

Who would have thought I love sharing my passion with other people? In case you are interested in writing an article on alternate history and want to talk to an obsessed fanboy like myself, email me at ahwupdate at gmail dot com.

Most Viewed Video from February 2017

Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

What if all women gained the power to shoot lighting from their hands? You'd get The Power by Naomi Alderman. Check out my review on Amazing Stories.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Plausibility Review: Domination of the Draka by SM Stirling (Part 1)

Are SM Stirling's Draka plausible? I analyze their pre-Great War history of this aggressive slavocracy in an effort to answer this question.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

State of the Channel: February 2017

I am a little late making my State of the Channel post, but here it is now. Enjoy.

February 2017 Schedule

Week of 2/5: The Bowling Green Massacre (That Never Happened)
Week of 2/12: Map? (or bye week)
Week of 2/19: Plausibility Review: The Domination by SM Stirling
Week of 2/26: Map?

So as you can probably tell from my upcoming video, current events are pushing me to change my schedule once again. To be honest I didn't think I would be covering a government official saying something stupid so soon after my video on San Escobar...but here we are.

After that I may either post a map analysis video or skip that week. That's because I may need more time to do justice for "Plausibility Review: The Domination by SM Stirling". This is one of most analyzed alternate histories ever created and I want to make sure I do it justice and I may need more time then I usually give myself.

As always, this schedule is subject to change.

A Comment on Banning

In these divisive times I am doing my best to not discourage people from being honest with me on social media or the comment section of my videos...but do you want to know a sure fire way to get yourself banned going forward? Saying something like: "You are bias! Either change or I am leaving."

That always reminds me of a kid who doesn't like how the game is being played and thus threatens to take his ball and go home if you don't start playing "right". In some of my videos I do try to be neutral and present different points of view, but there are times when that is not possible for me. Occasionally I will tell you what I think and you are more than willing to disagree with me. In fact I encourage it, but I will not change my views or hide it just to keep you as a viewer. That said I will always try to back my statements with facts, hence why I always cite my sources in the credits.

I'm thankful for everyone who has joined me on this journey from blogger to YouTuber and I hope I can continue to present you great videos about alternate history and related topics while I continue to learn more about making videos. I appreciate your input and if I ever offend you, I'm sorry. You have every right to stop subscribing to me, but for both our sakes, if you want to leave, then just leave. No need for an angry comment causing me to figure out how to block you from Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Most Viewed Video from January 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

All Hail Glorious and Eternal San Escobar!!!

San Escobar is the best fake nation ever created by a slip of the tongue. And now it has an awesome map! 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review: Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

Didn't want to go a whole week without posting a video, so here is an audio-only review of Harry Turtledove's Joe Steele.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

What if Arthur Tudor was King?

King Arthur is only legend, but Britain almost had a real King Arthur...Arthur Tudor that is.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

How does Neal Stephenson's classic cyberpunk novel, Snow Crash, hold up in 2017? Find out in my review on Amazing Stories.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Trope Talk: Pin the Zion on the Map

In today's Trope Talk we look at: Pin the Zion on the Map!

State of the Channel: January 2017

Happy new year everybody!

So 2016 is done and we have new year to fill ourselves with unimaginable dread and despair. I for one am trying to stay optimistic and will hopefully meet my scheduling goals. Speaking of that...

January 2017 Schedule

1/1: Trope Talk: Pin the Zion on the Map
1/8: Do Flat Earthers Think Pearl Harbor Was an Inside Job?
1/15: What If video
1/22: Map video
1/29: What If video

So you may have noticed that I didn't even get close to meeting my schedule for last month. Sorry guys, but with work, the holidays and some personal issues, I was left struggling to get even the couple videos I did get up published. Hopefully January will be better for me.

This week I should be finally posting "Trope Talk: Pin the Zion on the Map" (title card pending) and then next week I will post a map video which I am calling: "Do Flat Earthers Think Pearl Harbor Was An Inside Job?" Trust me, once you see the map we are focusing on that title will start making a lot more sense. After those videos I have a couple more untitled What If videos coming up and another map analysis stay tuned.

Book Reviews

Do you guys want to see more book reviews? I've been thinking that a way to make my one video a week goal easier would be to throw in a few short, audio-only book reviews. That said, my book based videos have always been rather "meh" when it comes to views, so please let me know if this is something you want to see more of.

Amazing Stories

As some of you may know, I am a weekly contributor to Amazing Stories...and I have missed a couple of weeks. I hope to turn things around on that front soon, so my apologies for those who have missed my posts.

Most Viewed Video from December 2016