Vol. 83, May 2019

Read Me First…

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Seventeenth Century! In the five or six years since the West Virginia town of Grantville and its environs suddenly found themselves in the middle of Thuringia, and that the year was 1631, things have been wild and woolly and sometimes more than a bit crazy. In this issue, in Tim [...]

This year there's something of a consensus. You've nominated the following two works for the Grantville Gazette's Best of 2018:   "Requiem For the Future," David Carrico, GG 76 (March, 2018) "The Company Mole, Part 1," Edward M. Lerner, GG 80 (November, 2018)   Please send your vote for one of these to walt@waltboyes.com or [...]

1632 Fiction

June, 1635   "All I'm saying is, it could have been any one of you," commented Major Dag Rödvinge of the Army of Sweden. "The only reason I got the job is I was closest to the colonel when he had his brainstorm about Engler and Narnia. Why you think I should be happy about [...]

Early 1636   Danel Nahon found Dora bent over stirring a pot of simmering vegetables. "Wife, my business now takes me to Zaborstadt, and we're going to move there." Dora stopped stirring and turned around to face him, which he took as a good sign. At least she was going to listen. "What?" she asked [...]

Continuing Serials

Grantville May, 1634   Caspar Bauhof sat in his room, meditating . . . or at least attempting to meditate. Not the silliness that the up-timers called meditation, of course. The idea of trying to empty his mind and find peace therein was ludicrous. How could emptiness be anything but waste? No, he was attempting [...]

1632 Non Fiction

At the time of the Ring of Fire, five European powers had colonies in the New World. By 1632, all of these powers were aware of the growing military power of Grantville and its allies, and of its dependence on oil (and more precisely, gasoline and diesel fuel) to energize its vehicles of war. In [...]


Years ago, I read an essay by Nora Ephron called “Moving On.” In addition to being one of the best writer-directors of rom-coms ever, Nora Ephron was a hell of a nonfiction writer. Her essays are droll and observant and a bit too spot on. “Moving On” is in her collection I Feel Bad About [...]

Please join us at Spikecon in Layton, Utah on July 4-7 for the 1632 Minicon. Spikecon is actually four cons in one: Westercon 72, NASFiC 2019, 1632 Minicon 2019, and Manticon 2019. Westercon is the West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, and is held in different cities each year. NASFiC is the North American Science Fiction [...]

Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press is having a wonderful time putting out great books. In fact, we have so many books coming out that we have a kind of bottleneck in production. Recent publications include a hero story Legend by Ryk Spoor, a great fantasy by a great author, to follow his great novels [...]

This Issue’s Cover- 83 "Oh, Just TRY it!" Inspired by Natalie Silk's very amusing story, With a Hammer, Everything is a Nail.  

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Universe Annex

What has gone before . . .   In "The Company Man" (May 2017 issue), our eponymous hero, a Belter forensic accountant, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. A mysterious something (chemical? bacterial? nanite infestation?) is about to be released into the underground habitat at a platinum mine on a remote [...]

"Are you sure you want this?" she was asked. The freighter's captain floated next to her while the two of them watched the ship's approach to the station in the bridge's central holomonitor. The small ship was old, very old, and hadn't been upgraded with pseudo-gravity. It probably never would due to the cost. The [...]