Vol. 95, May 2021

Read Me First . . .

By Walt Boyes

This is usually a very upbeat column, talking about the great stories in the magazine this issue. And we will get to that. But before we do, I want to take the time to remember two of the Gazette's favorite authors. In December, right before Christmas, Kevin Evans passed away suddenly. Then, shortly after that, [...]

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1632 Fiction

By Kerryn Offord

Frost Agricultural Services Ltd., the House on Greys Run, GrantvilleSeptember, 1634 Egon Rohfritsch made his way carefully from the kitchen to the desk with the typewriter. He put his mug of coffee down on a heat mat before gently lowering the plate with his still-steaming apricot Danish pastry to the scribble-pad beside the typewriter. Then [...]

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By Natalie Silk

Dora slept lightly in spite of the long and tiring day. She stirred in bed. Her instincts were always attuned to her children and their sounds. As usual her husband, Danel, was deep in sleep. She listened over her husband's snoring and heard Deborah whispering, "I miss you too." Dora threw the thick blankets off [...]

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By Virginia DeMarce

GrantvilleOctober, 1636 "That's the kind of mistake that tends to come one to a customer," Rob Clark commented. Tom Quiney's The Invisible Bishop, as performed by Massinger's men, had caused a considerable amount of controversy among the parishioners of St. Alfred's Episcopal church. "Imprudent, at least." That was Gillian, the young English jeweler who had [...]

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Continuing Serials

By Bethanne Kim

April 2, 2000   Krystal Reed drove over to her Aunt Bethel and Uncle Raymond Little's house after she finished her shift at the drugstore. Her parents were supposed to bring Nana over from Bluemont for the afternoon, and if she timed things right, her mom would take over and finish the stack of laundry [...]

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1632 Nonfiction

By Iver P. Cooper

Balloons and kites may be used for observation (visual and meteorological) and communication (antenna-lifting) purposes. For these purposes, it may be necessary for the vehicle to stay in one place.  Unlike a sailing ship, a free balloon cannot sail in any direction other than directly downwind (sailing ships take advantage of the balance of aerodynamic [...]

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Columns

By Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Exactly one year ago, in April of 2020, I wrote in this column: Science will save us. And volunteers will (are) risking their lives to test these drugs and vaccines. And some of these folks will be unnamed in the history books, and that's too bad. Because they're on the front lines of this war [...]

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By Walt Boyes

Hot Off the Ring of Fire Press This month we are bringing out Cheryl Brin’s (yes, that Brin) first novel, “The Melody of Memory.” For centuries the colonists of Tyra suffered unexplained cycles of collapse and dark ages. Now, just as civilization seems to be clawing its way back, is that curse repeating, yet again? [...]

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By Bjorn Hasseler

Each year our readers select the best story of the year. Here are the Grantville Gazette stories published in 2020. Please send your vote to waltboyes@1632.org, bjorn@1632.org or post in the comments. Thank you!   Grantville Gazette 87 A Long-Awaited Proposal by Terry Howard Don't Feed Me People Food by Terry Howard Red Makes Friends [...]

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By Garrett W. Vance

This Issue’s Cover- 95 The Sky Lit Up With Fire Inspired by Bethanne Kim's deeply moving story Mrs. Flannery’s Flower, Part 1: Acceptance. The depiction of Grantville is adapted from a photo by Iris Barimen, 2005.

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Time Spike

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Universe Annex

By Edward M. Lerner

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

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By Zachary Robbins

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Chrys. After his culturally ambiguous coming-of-age celebration, he began to worry that even though he was an adult now, his life had no direction. He felt empty and wanted to fill the void. At that moment, he remembered the story of Dr. Good, the witch who [...]

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