At the Minicon in Tarrytown, Bjorn Hasseler and I announced the winner of the 2017 Best of the Gazette award: Nick Lorance’s “The Long Road Home.” Congratulations to Nick.

And . . . after a fun- and snerk-filled Minicon, we are already planning the 2019 Minicon .It will be held in conjunction with Westercon 72 in Layton, UT over the 4th of July weekend. With over a year’s notice, we expect a great turnout.

“Westercon 72 is pleased to announce Eric Flint as a Special Guest. Eric Flint’s writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. His alternate history novel 1632 has led to a long-running series with over thirty novels and anthologies in print. He’s also written many other science fiction and fantasy novels. He resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

“Along with Mr. Flint, we are also pleased to announce the 2019 1632 Minicon will be held in conjunction with Westercon 72. The minicon is the annual event that allows the 1632 fans and authors to get together. (Of course, in the case of 1632, fans and authors overlap substantially.) Each year the minicon is held “inside” a science fiction convention in a different part of the country. Many cons have agreed to host the minicon over the years.”

Ever wondered why Marines do what they do, the way they do it? In Tim Sayeau’s “The Proper and Correct Marine Response,” you’ll find out. Sir, yes, Sir!

In “Lord of the Fruit Flies,” a young Jewish scholar learns about the scientific method, the wisdom of mentors, and paying it forward.

In Kerryn Offord’s “Return of the Prodigal Son,” Grantviller Matt Tisdel returns to the scene of his high school years and winds up learning a lot about himself, young women, and how his family really thinks about him.

We also present Part Two of Nick Lorance’s “Honing the Blade,” another chapter in the story of Richard Hartmann, better known as Sergeant Whatsisname. As the best training sergeant, he gets the dregs nobody else wants, and he also gets a young officer who he must train. Unfortunately, the officer still isn’t listening . . .

In our Nonfiction section, we present “The Wind is the Enemy, Part Two” by Iver Cooper, and a discussion of the organization of the USE Army, by Bjorn Hasseler.

The future is here, Kristine Rusch says, just not in small towns. She’s recently moved from a rural existence in Oregon to the bright lights of Las Vegas and experienced some culture clash.

And in the Annex this month,David Carrico leaves the 1632 Universe to give us “Pendragon.” What would you do if you suddenly found out that you were a descendant of King Arthur, and his modern day heir?

All right, straphangers! This train is leaving the station! Next stop, Grantville! Hold on tight because the railroad is a new thing in the seventeenth century.

Welcome aboard!