Welcome once again to another peek at the alternate world of 1632. The up-timers and down-timers are busy living their lives in the Early Modern Era, but with, of course, the twist that makes this universe alternate history.

In “An Iconic Mystery” we see the effect of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest hero on the lives of impressionable French schoolboys, with fascinating, hysterical, and occasionally lamentable results.

In the new Monster Society story, “From the Ashes,” Eric S. Brown and Anna G. Carpenter deal with the aftermath of the death of one of the LARPers, and the relationships between those left behind.

In “Small is Good,” we see what happens when a master gunsmith figures out he needs to change, and change his products, or lose his biggest customer. What he comes up with is certainly a big gun.

“Barbie and the Musicians of Bremen” tells the story of what happens when a group of teenagers start a garage band, featuring rock ‘n roll from up-time, and the collision of one young girl with her extremely conservative and very controlling father. This is a continuation of the story arc started in “The Night Soil King.”

In “Letters from Gronow, Part 2” we see a young down-timer get hooked on up-time horror and try to get his own stories published. In “SMC Part One” the Wild West meets the State of Thuringia-Franconia, with expected, explosive results.

Iver Cooper concludes his non-fiction “Life at Sea” with Part Four, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers her column.

We feature a Time Spike story from Garrett Vance in this issue, “First Cavalry of the Cretaceous, Part Four,” and for the first time, we have not one but TWO stories in the Universe Annex. The first is by well-known author Edward M. Lerner: “The Company Man,” and the second is by Domenic diCiacca, called “Time’s Angel.” Due to the length of Domenic’s story, we’re serializing it, so what you have here is “Part One.”

Welcome to the world of 1632! We hope you enjoy your stay. Please keep your hands and feet inside the car, as getting involved with the series might just turn you into a writer.