Vol. 93, Jan 2021

Read Me First…

Happy New Year! May 2021 be far better than 2020 was. We can help a little with that right here. We have a terrific collection of stories and articles, just for you! And we have a special treat! We have a piece of flash fiction written by Eric Flint! Called "A Matter of Choice," you'll [...]

1632 Fiction

Sömmerda, SoTF Spring, 1636   "Hans, can you come over here?" Hans Bechstein frowned. Slowing down production in the travertine quarries was not smiled upon by the foremen. They were taking stone out of the Steinrinne here at Bilzingsleben much faster than they had ten years before. The Ring of Fire had been good to [...]

Higgins Hotel Dining Room, Grantville July 4, 1636 (The Day of Departure)   Eleven-year-old Giovanni Domenico Cassini sat across from his uncle while picking at the small pile of freshly-scrambled eggs and two slices of bacon slick with grease. He wasn't very hungry. All he had wanted was a glass of milk and a spot of [...]

Palazzo Contarini dal Zaffo, Venice  Late Summer, 1634    Alvise Contarini stood at the open window as the welcome breeze stirred his sweat-damp hair, releasing some of the long day's tension and driving the heat away. Lost in his thoughts, he let a few moments slip by before he became aware of a rattle of [...]

Continuing Serials

Chapter 8: Grantville   This entire trip had been a waste. Nicholas had come to Grantville looking for answers. Instead, he found only more questions. Instead of solidifying his faith, the sand that it was built upon was being washed away. The waves of doubt those questions raised eroded away certainty. Had his faith been [...]

1632 Nonfiction

Next, 8 Free Imperial Cities:   There are eight free imperial cities of the United States of Europe. Each city also owns a more-or-less small amount of hinterland. The cities are not part of any particular province or state, and each has representation in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.   Augsburg [...]

On Aug. 31, 1773, Samuel Johnson said, "No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned." In 1765, Wilkinson claimed that on average 4200 British seamen drowned annually (WilkinsonSP vi). It is [...]

Columns

So Fan-Girl
The German government has produced a series of amusing Public Service Announcements about Covid-19. (Yes, you saw that. I used "amusing" and "Covid-19" in the same sentence.) The videos resemble those videos that documentarians put together with interviews from survivors of some great tragedy. The older person reminisces, and some actor portrays that older person [...]

The best news for the new year is that Ring of Fire Press is now publishing a book a week, so we have lots of stuff to tell you about: The Portals of Spring Nathan Dodge Davin Blackthorn, the scion of a powerful family of the Northern Republic, has discovered a great potential to harness [...]

  This Issue’s Cover- 93 Cassini at the Plate, Signed This issue's cover is inspired by Robert E. Waters' wonderful story, Cassini at the Plate. In an imagined future Cassini actually becomes a pro baseball player in the NTL's major leagues to be.                         [...]

Time Spike

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Universe Annex

"This may be illegal, Jack—and I'm damn sure it's immoral and ill-advised." Kevin Gallo scowled at the large screen on the wall of Jack Kensington's laboratory. The image being displayed was a depiction of the gene splicing Jack proposed to do. "Illegal? That gets complicated, especially when you've got patents covering your ass—which I do. [...]

What has gone before . . .   In "On the Shoals of Space-Time" (Grantville Gazette 91, September, 2020), the starship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a nearby solar system. Its few survivors (four crew, all Doltan) and three passengers (one Doltan, two Vol'taki) are: —LARROK, the lone engineer, reluctantly [...]

Vol. 93, Jan 2021

Read Me First…

Happy New Year! May 2021 be far better than 2020 was. We can help a little with that right here. We have a terrific collection of stories and articles, just for you! And we have a special treat! We have a piece of flash fiction written by Eric Flint! Called "A Matter of Choice," you'll [...]

1632 Fiction

Sömmerda, SoTF Spring, 1636   "Hans, can you come over here?" Hans Bechstein frowned. Slowing down production in the travertine quarries was not smiled upon by the foremen. They were taking stone out of the Steinrinne here at Bilzingsleben much faster than they had ten years before. The Ring of Fire had been good to [...]

Higgins Hotel Dining Room, Grantville July 4, 1636 (The Day of Departure)   Eleven-year-old Giovanni Domenico Cassini sat across from his uncle while picking at the small pile of freshly-scrambled eggs and two slices of bacon slick with grease. He wasn't very hungry. All he had wanted was a glass of milk and a spot of [...]

Palazzo Contarini dal Zaffo, Venice  Late Summer, 1634    Alvise Contarini stood at the open window as the welcome breeze stirred his sweat-damp hair, releasing some of the long day's tension and driving the heat away. Lost in his thoughts, he let a few moments slip by before he became aware of a rattle of [...]

Continuing Serials

Chapter 8: Grantville   This entire trip had been a waste. Nicholas had come to Grantville looking for answers. Instead, he found only more questions. Instead of solidifying his faith, the sand that it was built upon was being washed away. The waves of doubt those questions raised eroded away certainty. Had his faith been [...]

1632 Nonfiction

Next, 8 Free Imperial Cities:   There are eight free imperial cities of the United States of Europe. Each city also owns a more-or-less small amount of hinterland. The cities are not part of any particular province or state, and each has representation in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.   Augsburg [...]

On Aug. 31, 1773, Samuel Johnson said, "No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned." In 1765, Wilkinson claimed that on average 4200 British seamen drowned annually (WilkinsonSP vi). It is [...]

Columns

So Fan-Girl
The German government has produced a series of amusing Public Service Announcements about Covid-19. (Yes, you saw that. I used "amusing" and "Covid-19" in the same sentence.) The videos resemble those videos that documentarians put together with interviews from survivors of some great tragedy. The older person reminisces, and some actor portrays that older person [...]

The best news for the new year is that Ring of Fire Press is now publishing a book a week, so we have lots of stuff to tell you about: The Portals of Spring Nathan Dodge Davin Blackthorn, the scion of a powerful family of the Northern Republic, has discovered a great potential to harness [...]

  This Issue’s Cover- 93 Cassini at the Plate, Signed This issue's cover is inspired by Robert E. Waters' wonderful story, Cassini at the Plate. In an imagined future Cassini actually becomes a pro baseball player in the NTL's major leagues to be.                         [...]

Time Spike

No articles Found

Universe Annex

"This may be illegal, Jack—and I'm damn sure it's immoral and ill-advised." Kevin Gallo scowled at the large screen on the wall of Jack Kensington's laboratory. The image being displayed was a depiction of the gene splicing Jack proposed to do. "Illegal? That gets complicated, especially when you've got patents covering your ass—which I do. [...]

What has gone before . . .   In "On the Shoals of Space-Time" (Grantville Gazette 91, September, 2020), the starship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a nearby solar system. Its few survivors (four crew, all Doltan) and three passengers (one Doltan, two Vol'taki) are: —LARROK, the lone engineer, reluctantly [...]