Welcome once again to the Grantville Gazette for issue 92. This year we are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the publication of 1632. So, we just did a much larger “Minicon” than we have normally done. We called it Ring of Fire Con, or RoFCon, and it happened online from October 8 through 11. We hope you were able to make it, but if you weren’t, you can still experience a lot of it by watching the recorded panels on our YouTube channel. If you have any desire to write a story for the 1632 Universe, one of the panels I hope you watch is “Writing for the Grantville Gazette.”
At the con, we presented the “Best of the Gazette” award to Bjorn Hasseler for his fantastic story, “Clique, Clique, Boom!” Congratulations to Bjorn.
In this issue, we have Virginia DeMarce’s Et Docere Et Rerum Exquirere Causas (“To teach and inquire into the nature of things”). Among other things, that’s the original motto of the University of Georgia. What happens when Archbishop Laud names Tom Simpson the Anglican Bishop of Grantville? What happens when some players are invited to perform at a fundraiser for the diocese? Ya gotta read the story.
Next is the story, Lamb of God, in which Armenian merchants and patriots go looking for Swedish and USE help because of Ottoman oppression. They find out that Ottoman oppression continues to the end of the Ottoman Empire!
Last on the list of fiction for this issue is Last Will by Matias Travieso-Diaz. The full horrific story of the Thirty Years War can be seen through the life and last will and testament of Georg Ernsting.
For serials, we have the continuation of “A Puritan Voice,” by Michael Lockwood, and the final installment of “The Aethers of Magdeburg” by David Carrico and Mark Huston. We will have to see if the bad guys get their comeuppance or not.
We continue with Mike Nagle’s “Flags of the World: The USE, Part 2” in our non-fiction section.
In her column this month, Kristine Rusch talks about the incredibly prescient George Carlin, speaking from the grave. Do we dare 2020 to do its worst, or, in the words of George Takei, “maybe we should wait until 2021” to open the mummy’s tomb?
And in our Universe Annex, we present a great story by Edward M. Lerner, Marooned in Space-Time. What happens when a spaceship full of galactic citizens has to try to get the backward people of Earth to rescue them after a space accident?