Welcome to another wild ride into the alternate Seventeenth Century! 

First, we need to celebrate the fact that the Sidewise Award judges have decided to announce a SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ERIC FLINT. In 2000, Flint published the novel 1632. Following the publication of the novel, Flint has encouraged an extensive online community to expand on his vision and explore the ramifications of alternate history through discussion and publication of fiction and non-fiction that builds off his original work, resulting in dozens of stories and novels and helping to launch the careers of many authors.


Although the Sidewise Award jury did not say so, it is just plain difficult to ignore the largest alternate history shared universe ever created, with over 170 authors, including many whose first professional publication was in the 1632 Universe in the pages of the Grantville Gazette.

So now, on to what’s happening this month! We have four stories, two serial installments, a non-fiction article, Kristine Katherine Rusch’s column, and two stories in the Universe Annex. This issue is just packed with stories.

Terry Howard writes, in “Donauworth or Bust!” about a bet gone crazy, a pair of loons, and a carriage making a run to Donauworth. If you can figure this out, you’re better than most. In “Der Teufel” Robby Klotz looks into the mind of a sniper and sharpshooter. In “The Redemption of Bobby Jones,” Michael Lockwood shows how a chance meeting led to the rescue of a German from a lynch mob, and how it saved the soul of the up-timer. In “Broken Strings,” Robert Waters and Meriah Crawford take a look at a not-very-well-known part of Spanish and art history—slavery.

In our serials department, we have another Michael Lockwood story. “A Puritan Voice, Part One” details the voyage of Nicholas Knapp home to France after the French take over New England. We also have, after a long absence, a new chapter in Rainer Prem’s “Ein Feste Burg, Chapter 24.”

Iver Cooper continues his non-fiction serial with the second part of “Photography in the Seventeenth Century.” 

In “Notes from the Buffer Zone,” Kristine Katherine Rusch talks about the brave new world of publishing through Kickstarter and how that has changed the business of publishing.

In the Universe Annex, we have a David Carrico story, “Requiem,” which is an Honor Harrington story, an Honorverse story, approved by David Weber, and appears here by permission. We also have “Where Lilacs Do Not Bloom” by Yaroslav Barsoukov. Yaroslav has written a poignant story about the death of Earth and who goes on.

So, strap yourselves in and hold on. This rollercoaster is leaving.