Vol. 85, Sep 2019

Read Me First…

Woo. The Grantville Express is leaving the station. Please take your seats and have your tickets ready for the conductor. That's me. I'll be conducting this tour of the Grantville Gazette. First, we have "Angels Watching Over Me" by Virginia DeMarce. Ryan and Meg got married, not knowing that she had a fatal heart defect, [...]

1632 Fiction

May, 1637 Grantville "There's no sense in blaming yourself for it, Ryan," Dr. Jeff Adams said. "Meg has a congenital heart defect. Nobody is doing open-heart surgery down-time. Nobody will be for decades. That's just the way it is." "But if I hadn't gotten her pregnant . . ." "If she had died a virgin, [...]

They say that Scots are crazy. Now, many folk say that, but I have that on the best authority—my own mother. She would say it often, with a laugh or a grin, even though she herself was a Scot, from the Isle of Skye. Caitrion MacDonald—Ma—had the red hair and blue eyes of the MacDonald [...]

Jean-Baptiste de Sade, Seigneur de Sade, Seigneur de Saumane et Beauregarde, read again his copy of a 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica entry. The one entry upon the Sade family. The disgraceful, embarrassing, demeaning, outrageous, degrading entry. The one stating Jean-Baptiste's probable descendant Donatien Alphonse François was a 'licentious writer' known for 'vicious practices' and 'obscene novels.' [...]

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1632 Non Fiction

Let there be light. For without light, there can be no photography. Photography is the art of capturing an image of a scene in such a manner that it can be viewed in the absence of that scene. The sine qua non is a visible light-sensitive material (call it "film" for now). In part 1 [...]


We’ve been busy at Ring of Fire Press! Here are a few of the latest books we’ve published and a look at some forthcoming books. In Mark Huston’s Up-Time Pride and Down-Time Prejudice a young up-time woman battles the Fugger for her own soul. Set in the Ring of Fire universe, this is the story [...]

Best of 2018   Grantville Gazette's Best Story of 2018 is "Requiem For the Future" by David Carrico. A lot of 1632 stories focus on what the up-timers have accomplished and inspired, how everyday men and women have risen to the occasion. David's story reminds us that there's another side, people who lost loved ones [...]

So Fan-Girl
For me, moving to Las Vegas makes my life feel like a perpetual convention. Everyone comes to Las Vegas eventually, so I'm seeing a lot of friends I haven't seen in years. Many people here wear costumes for their jobs, so I often see Spider-Man or that stupid IT clown walking down the street. The [...]

This Issue’s Cover- 85 Up-time Shades

Time Spike

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Universe Annex

Run, whispered the monkey part of Andrew's brain. Scramble back the way you came. His head only reached up to the djinn's nipples, although the creature sat in a mockery of the Buddha pose: a mound of flesh rising in the warehouse's center. Those sausage fingers, Andrew thought, could crush a spinal cord as easily [...]

The fortune teller smiled at Mak, his toothless betel-blackened gums barely visible in the pale light of dawn. Mak said, “It is a beautiful morning to see the sunrise, my friend.” The fortune teller shrugged. He was half-naked and dirty, and his leathery skin reminded Mak of a crocodile’s hide. Mak had no idea of [...]

"Two cups of flour, one-half cup of leaf lard, one teaspoon of salt," muttered Maggie, "and ice water on hand, use sparingly." Maggie Farmington had been making pie crust since she was fourteen. Her grandmother had taught her how. "Never, ever use anything but leaf lard," said Grandmama, "and always use ice water. Also, don't [...]