Saturday, February 2, 2013

Martinus Publishing's Next Anthology

As the Temporal Element anthology is now closed to submissions and moving into the production stages, it's time to get ready for the next great literary endeavors.  Without further ado, I hereby reveal the next open anthology from Martinus Publishing:

Altered America
Alternate History... Forgotten Possibilities!

What if fate had been a little different in the United States?  That's a great question that speculative fiction writers have been exploring for decades, and the answers are endless.  Whether it's straight alternate history, seeking to explore the possible results of altered history, or more fanciful ideas of magic or aliens in America's past, these are the tales that let our imaginations roam.

Alternate America is an anthology that seeks to explore possibilities, with stories of divergent histories and uncanny possibilities.  Stories taking place in the past, the present, and even the near-future are sought—so long as they incorporate some "alternate" element, something that precludes the events from taking place in our own reality.

First, it was time travel, now it's alternate realities.  We're going through all of my favorite sci-fi devices with these first anthologies!

As the title implies, the stories will be based in these United States, though as always I'm accepting stories from authors worldwide.  I'm sure I'll be seeing a lot of "what if" stories, where people pick pieces of history and rewrite them for a wholly different outcome, but there will also be room for some more fanciful stuff.  Cowboys and Aliens, West of the Warlock; that kind of stuff.  It's about other realities, and anything is possible, so long as it's still somehow linked to America.

The submissions period for Altered America begins May 1, 2013.  Check out the Martinus Publishing submissions page for more details.

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