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John Zeek

John Zeek was born in 1946. He began reading Science Fiction when he was 10 years old with the stories in Boy’s Life magazine, since then there has been no going back. He also reads westerns, Police and military fiction, but SF is his true love. John is a retired High school teacher and former police officer. He has a BS in History and Government and an MSED.

Over the course of his teaching career he has taught a number of subjects ranging from European History to Marriage and Family living, with stops between teaching Math, Economics, Sociology and Computer Literacy. He has coached Jr. High football and girl’s basketball, and once for two weeks was a band director.

He has an interest in black-powder weapons and is an avid target shooter. He is a new writer and so far has concentrated on the 1632 universe and has had short stories and factual articles published in the Grantville Gazette.

John presently lives in Southern Ohio with his wife of thirty-five years. They share their home with Sly, a Maine Coon Cat.

John's story "The Suhl Incident" cowritten with Eric Flint appears in 1634: The Ram Rebellion

In addition, John is a member of the Firearms Round Table and has cowritten several gun articles.

Editor's Note: Sadly, John Zeek passed away in July 2012.

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One Fine Day

  Dec. 23, 1633 “Where is it? It’s late,” Heinrich muttered under his breath as he waited impatiently for the tram. Soon he would be out of this nest of heretics. Soon he would far away from this cursed city, this Grantville, the so-called city...
Big Iron

Big Iron

Johan Frey was enjoying the day. It had been a cold, wet week, but now the clouds had broken and it was a lovely fall day. He and Watchman Thomas Weiss were sitting outside the watch headquarters. Their main activity was waving greetings to the passing crowd....
Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder

Martin Meurer was hanging by his fingers from the eaves, with his feet braced over the shuttered window below, when the shutters crashed open. Martin had a good view—too good a view—of the bald spot on the head of the man who leaned out of the window. Martin silently...
Going Home

Going Home

Suhl For once it was quiet in the garage. G.C. Cooper and his mechanics were eating lunch in the living quarters upstairs, and the drivers, with an audience of admiring young boys, were washing the trucks out in the square. Anse Hatfield took advantage of the moment...
King of the Road

King of the Road

Spring 1635 Johan Frey enjoyed the breeze coming through the open window. The cool evening air seemed to wash away his cares. The city watch office was overly warm and Watch Captain Rolf Nestmann tended to mutter when he read; Johan found that annoying. Since the...
Dark as a Dungeon

Dark as a Dungeon

Henry Johnson was happy to see the three horses the family owned in the field. That meant that Anse and Hagen were back from the medical center. Maybe, just maybe the waiting was over. Henry pointed the horses out to Wendel Schultz and Suse Eckhard who were seated...
The Whippoorwill

The Whippoorwill

"I'm getting too old for this shit." Anse Hatfield swung off his horse, the dull pains in his back and legs reminding him that camping rough and riding all day was a young man's game. He waved to Sergeant Albrecht. "Hold off making camp. Now that we've finally caught...
The Minstrel Boy

The Minstrel Boy

Saturday morning, February 1634 "Well, that's that." Bill Frank lowered the hood of the new rail engine. "Though I have no idea how we're going to deliver it." Hagen Filss, who had been handing him tools, responded, "Maybe when Sergeant Hatfield and Private Schultz...
Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Frank Jackson took a swallow of beer and settled back into his chair. "Ah," he said. "Nothing better than beer on a summer day. Now, about the transportation problem we were discussing, Dan, we're going to have to support a larger army in the field. We've done pretty...