Hunting for Helium in the 1632 Universe

Hunting for Helium in the 1632 Universe

In the 1632 universe, helium is mentioned repeatedly as an alternative to hydrogen as a lift gas for airships. While providing slightly (7%) less lift, it has the advantages of being non-flammable and having about half the permeation rate of hydrogen (so it leaks out...
The Army of Sweden

The Army of Sweden

"Swedes do not defend their men with walls, they defend their walls with men." In the 1632 Universe, the Swedish Army is one of the most powerful forces in northern and central Europe. Yet the inner workings of this army remains mostly unknown. How did a rather...
Portable Power

Portable Power

There are numerous portable electronic devices in Grantville that will be very handy to keep in operation in the new time line. However, many of those devices run only on battery power. If the batteries are non-rechargeable, then the point will be reached when they no...
Oil Prospects in the New World

Oil Prospects in the New World

At the time of the Ring of Fire, five European powers had colonies in the New World. By 1632, all of these powers were aware of the growing military power of Grantville and its allies, and of its dependence on oil (and more precisely, gasoline and diesel fuel) to...