“It’s Only Rock n Roll (But I like It).” That’s the title track from the Rolling Stones album of the same name, and it is the best way I can think of to start off Gazette 82.

Joy Ward brings us another installment in her “Musicians of Bremen” stories, “Rock and Roll Barbie.” Can Barbie get the band together? More importantly, can the Musicians of Bremen figure out how to play rock music on the instruments they have?

Michael Knopp gives us a sobering tale of murder, intrigue, and forensic accounting in “The Railroad Business Is Murder.” Whodunit?

“Clique, Clique, Boom” from Bjorn Hasseler shows how high school cliques can get waaaay out of hand after accusations of witchcraft shake up the school. Will they burn the Anabaptists at the stake?

Michael Lockwood’s “The Savage Oath” is the next installment in his series about the Puritans, the French, and the Mohican nation. It surely shows that the Mohican are the civilized ones here in North America.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s column, “Notes from the Buffer Zone” is about the Las Vegas Rodeo, a furniture convention, and of course, the Consumer Electronics Show. Is it just a bunch of toys or a real glimpse into our future? I still want my flying car!!

You have until April 1 to nominate stories from the Gazette for the 2018 Best of the Gazette award. Don’t be shy! We have had some wonderful stories in the past year, and they deserve recognition!

And now, the Annex! In this month’s issue, we have the next installment of Ed Lerner’s “Company Man”—“The Company Bane, Part 1.” This hard science detective story will drag you through the Asteroid Belt whether you want to go or not. I love it. Ed is working on revising the entire story into a novel that will be published in late August by Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press.

And finally, one of the finest stories we have ever published. “Sh/ft,” by J. D. Jordan is a terrific exploration of Hopi myth, Hopi reality, and a young woman trapped between the two. It is a sure nominee for Best of the Gazette 2019 next year, and if enough people like it, a worthy nominee for the Nebulas, Hugos, and Dragon awards.

Hang onto your hat, the music is starting! “It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It!)”

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