Rick Boatright

Rick Boatright has been a part of the 1632 team since early 2000.
In addition to being the 1632 tame geek, and head geek for Jim Baen's Universe, Rick is a ham radio operator (n0oxf), a professional software developer specializing in unusual database applications, and an active member of the Topeka Kansas Baha'i community.
In his ample spare time he tries to deal with a spouse, two cats and a Pomeranian puppy princess. Rick has been writing for the Gazette since Volume One, mostly non-fiction.

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Canst Thou Send Lightnings?

Canst Thou Send Lightnings?

In like manner the lightning when it breaketh forth is easy to be seen; and after the same manner the wind bloweth in every country. (Deuterocanonical Apocrypha, The Epistle of Jeremiah:61) To: The Provincial of the Society of Jesus in Rome From: Adolph Wise S.J.,...
Dr. Phil’s Aeolian Transformers

Dr. Phil’s Aeolian Transformers

Jena It had been a hard day of almost wasted discussions with the scholars at the university. John Grover and Ken Butcher, accompanied by Derrick Mason, a young radio operator on loan from the army, had been trying to identify the materials and skills available...
Iron

Iron

The most dangerous mammal in North America kills over one hundred thirty people each year, and seriously injures another twenty nine thousand. The most recycled material in North America was dumped in landfills until the late 1970s, but now, nearly 100 percent of that...
So You Want To Do Telecommunications In 1633?

So You Want To Do Telecommunications In 1633?

Introduction David Freer's story in the Ring of Fire anthology "Lineman for the Country" described the beginnings of wired telecommunications in the 1632 universe and the founding of AT&L. Like any good story, much of the technology was mentioned, but not...
Radio in the 1632 Universe

Radio in the 1632 Universe

Introduction The military and diplomatic radio situation in Europe at the end of the novel 1633 is a result of a unique combination of the authors' needs in the story line, the limitations imposed by the authors' choice of town to base Grantville on, and other...
Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand

Tink tink tink . . . The little yellow screwdriver rang against the side of the Cora's mug as Father Nicholas Smithson sat silently in the rectory kitchen. "Why so glum, Nick?" Father Nicholas Smithson looked up from staring into his coffee mug to see his...