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The Story So Far . . .

After the blinding and painful flash of light that they call the Ring of Fire, the people of the little town of Grantville, West Virginia, had to come to terms with the notion that they were . . . well, not in West Virginia anymore. It took a while for them to figure out that [...]
  

Ultimate Airport Magdeburg: Blacktop

09:30, Wednesday, 13th June, 1635 Magdeburg Airfield, Magdeburg   Lance Corporal Johann Fabricius of the USE Marine 1st Reconnaissance Company lay back in his deck chair and admired the activity on the runway. “I love hard work,” he muttered loudly enough for his companions to hear. “Just as long as you aren’t doing it,” Lance [...]
  

Engines of Change: Digging Deeper

On the Docks of Copenhagen August 1636 The heat was stifling today, and the sun beat down like the baker's oven. Bertel Kierulf made clicking sounds at his horses. Their ears flickered towards him, and they leaned into the yoke. With the reins, he guided the horses to settle the bucket into the strait. The [...]
  

In That Place

Pascal Residence in Bamberg Late May, 1636   “Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.” Etienne Pascal smiled down at his plate as his daughter Jacqueline finished saying grace. Etienne was silent at the end of grace. The Pascal children [...]
  

The Wampus of Grantville (A Monster Society Story)

Grantville, 1635   Natasha Clinter had seen her share of odd things since the Ring of Fire had picked up her little town of Grantville and deposited it smack-dab in the middle of Germany, 1631. The man standing at the end of the street had to be one of the oddest, though. He wore a [...]
  

The Bad Seed

Paris, 22 July 1633 Master Antoine Dreux d'Aubray, Prefect of Paris in The Year of our Lord 1633, stood listlessly against a door jamb, staring into the room in which his little daughter Marie Madeleine Marguerite slept. The moonlight coming in from a window illuminated her sleeping features, her blonde hair loose upon her pillow, [...]
  

The Invisible Dogs of Grantville

  Magdeburg Railway Platform September 1634   “Who said anything about there being invisible dogs in Grantville?” Allan Dailey, coordinator of the Imperial College’s Military Engineering program, demanded of the hapless young soldier. The private flinched and stammered out, “Um, uh, nobody in particular, Lieutenant, you know, just rumors.” With a sideways wink to his [...]
  

You’ve Got To Be Kidding!

As Colonel Nils Ekstrom worked his way through the various reports sent to Lübeck from Torstensson's adjutants, he spotted an oddity. Thorsten Engler, that sergeant the princess wanted made a count, had captured both the French cavalry commander and the French army commander! "Oh, splendid! That's one problem solved at least!  Bring me a map," [...]
  

Ein Feste Burg, Episode 22

Chapter 31: The Stars Lie . . . not?   Darmstadt, Former Capital of the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt Late October, 1635   “È morto, è morto!” Georg, landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, looked up from the papers on his desk. “Who is dead?” he asked frowning. Gianbaptista Zenno, his court astrologer, was always ambiguous in his statements—most [...]
  

About the Faces on the Cutting Room Floor: Part One

It isn’t just in films where story arcs get truncated or cut, or where characters get altered at the last minute. It happens in novels too—particularly the kind of sprawling novel that 1635: The Papal Stakes became. Now it may have become this sprawling (some uncharitable folks suggest) because I have a tendency toward either [...]
  

The Age of Chapelle: Warship Design After the Ring of Fire, Part I

Part 1: Ships of the Line and Frigates   One of the major naval sources that was canonized early on in the 1632 series are the books on U.S. naval history by Howard Chapelle. These are notable for having extensive ship drafts drawn by the author, who conducted much of the research and preservation of [...]
  

Notes from The Buffer Zone: A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

I write this column at the beginning of December, before I’ve had a chance to see the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Let me confess something first: I fell in love with Star Wars as a starry-eyed 16-year-old, in a movie theater in Duluth, Minnesota. I was there with a lot of my [...]
  

This Issue’s Cover -63

                                                  This Issue’s Cover -63 Fledge Sometimes it’s the little things. I found Tim Sayeau’s You’ve Got To Be Kidding! so charming I knew I wanted to base the cover on [...]
  

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