Welcome once again to the rollicking adventure of the Seventeenth Century’s new timeline. We have some fascinating looks at civilization in Grantville and beyond.
First, Terry Howard brings us “A Long-Awaited Proposal”— a bittersweet piece of flash fiction about what happens when two old lovers meet. For Terry’s second offering in this issue, “Don’t Feed Me People Food,” the Mountain Top Baptist Bible Institute goes “Mr. Ed” one better by having two horses hawking oats.
For years now, followers of the series have been asking, “What ever happened to Red Sybolt, the Commie organizer?” Now you’ll find out in Mark Roth-Whitworth’s “Red Makes Friends.” Eric Flint highly recommended this story to us.
Mike Watson returns to the pages of the Gazette with “The Searchers” as the USE Marshals’ Service rides again. Natalie Silk returns too, with “Anya’s Story.”
Michael Lockwood’s New World/Old World serial, “Puritan Voice, Part Two” continues the story begun in the last issue.
In nonfiction this month, we have Iver P. Cooper’s “Photography in the 1632 Universe, Part Three,” and A. P. Davidson’s detailed study of the Swedish Army in the early Seventeenth Century.
We round out the issue with Kristine Katherine Rusch’s column, and this very column, “Hot Off the Ring of Fire Press” with all the news from Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press, and Bjorn Hasseler’s article on the Best of 2019.
Finally, we have two outstanding offerings in the Gazette Annex for you. New to the Gazette author Allan Dyen-Shapiro’s “Crazy Horse’s Prodigal Granddaughter” is just plain great storytelling. Edward M. Lerner’s terrific look at the unused computational cycles of an AI, “The Case of the Meat Interpreter,” begins a new series in the Annex.
We hope you enjoy this journey into the immersion pool of the 1632 Universe.