Winging It In Wismar

Winging It In Wismar

June, 1635   "All I'm saying is, it could have been any one of you," commented Major Dag Rödvinge of the Army of Sweden. "The only reason I got the job is I was closest to the colonel when he had his brainstorm about Engler and Narnia. Why you think I should be...
The Beacon of Barrington Light: The Keeper

The Beacon of Barrington Light: The Keeper

"Are you sure you want this?" she was asked. The freighter's captain floated next to her while the two of them watched the ship's approach to the station in the bridge's central holomonitor. The small ship was old, very old, and hadn't been upgraded with...
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...
The Company Bane, Part 2

The Company Bane, Part 2

What has gone before . . .   In "The Company Man" (May 2017 issue), our eponymous hero, a Belter forensic accountant, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. A mysterious something (chemical? bacterial? nanite infestation?) is about to be released...
1632 Minicon 2019 Panels and Panelists

1632 Minicon 2019 Panels and Panelists

Please join us at Spikecon in Layton, Utah on July 4-7 for the 1632 Minicon. Spikecon is actually four cons in one: Westercon 72, NASFiC 2019, 1632 Minicon 2019, and Manticon 2019. Westercon is the West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, and is held in different cities...
Notes from The Buffer Zone:Neighborhood

Notes from The Buffer Zone:Neighborhood

Years ago, I read an essay by Nora Ephron called “Moving On.” In addition to being one of the best writer-directors of rom-coms ever, Nora Ephron was a hell of a nonfiction writer. Her essays are droll and observant and a bit too spot on. “Moving On” is in her...
With a Hammer, Everything is a Nail

With a Hammer, Everything is a Nail

Early 1636   Danel Nahon found Dora bent over stirring a pot of simmering vegetables. "Wife, my business now takes me to Zaborstadt, and we're going to move there." Dora stopped stirring and turned around to face him, which he took as a good sign. At least she...
Apostate, Part 1

Apostate, Part 1

Grantville May, 1634   Caspar Bauhof sat in his room, meditating . . . or at least attempting to meditate. Not the silliness that the up-timers called meditation, of course. The idea of trying to empty his mind and find peace therein was ludicrous. How could...