Vol. 96, July 2021

Read Me First . . .

By Walt Boyes

July, 2021 Welcome to the July issue of the Grantville Gazette. We have some new rides that have opened up this issue. First, we present "Contra Servitutem" or "Against Slavery." When Urban VIII was martyred by Cardinal Borgia's assassins, he had given his legacy, including no more killing because of doctrinal differences, no more slavery, [...]

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1632 Fiction

By Robert E. Waters

"He speaks in your voice, American, and there's a shine in his eye that's halfway hopeful." --Don Delillo, Underworld   Grantville Mountaineers' Little League Tryouts July 7, 1636   An assistant coach for the Grantville Mountaineers sent a pop fly into the outfield. It was a soft, shallow hit that gave eleven-year-old Giovanni Domenico Cassini [...]

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By Walt Boyes

Douai, Flanders May 10, 1636   Diogo screamed in the darkness. The dream had come again. "Diogo, are you alright?" Flint scraped and a candle flared, casting light and shadow in the dormitory room. "I, I, I had the dream again, Symao!" Diogo shuddered, arms wrapped around his chest, sitting up in his narrow bed. [...]

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Continuing Serials

By Bethanne Kim

First Sunday in Advent, 1631   After Mass, Irene Flannery walked over to Krystal and looked her up and down, sniffing in disdain. "I thought your mother at least taught you how to dress appropriately for Mass, young lady." Caught off guard, Krystal had to bite back an angry reply. "Mrs. Flannery, you know I [...]

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1632 Nonfiction

By Iver P. Cooper

In part 1, we considered a variety of operational issues for tethered balloons and kites. Here, we will consider the strength and weight of tether materials available in the 1632 universe, possible tethering systems, and how to size the tethers for a particular balloon type and size. We will also look at manned kites, and [...]

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Columns

By Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I'm tempted to buy a book on the aftermath of the 1918 flu pandemic. I've been tempted to buy this (as yet unknown) book for some time now. Because of my interest in history, I know how pandemics end. Slowly and with great unevenness. I truly did not expect the U.S.'s emergence from the pandemic [...]

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By Walt Boyes

Hot Off the Ring of Fire Press We continue to publish a book a week, usually dropping on Thursday, so make sure you check. Here are the current and upcoming releases:   New Releases   PAINTED CATS By NEAL F. LITHERLAND Leo is the toughest alley cat around, but he’s got some soft spots. One [...]

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By Garrett W. Vance

This Issue’s Cover- 96 “I refuse to accept!” Inspired by Walt Boyes' heartening story Contra Servitutem.

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Time Spike

By Garrett W. Vance

The Stone Wall Village battlefield    The riders of The First Cavalry of the Cretaceous sang songs of victory as they harassed the enemy's pikemen, dodging between their long lances, sowing chaos among their broken ranks. Lieutenant Tohbi-Oka' grinned at the sight from the back of his sturdy mesa cayuse, but his sense of celebration [...]

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Universe Annex

By Edward M. Lerner

Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part II   What has gone before . . .    In "On the Shoals of Space-Time" (Grantville Gazette 91, September, 2020 issue), 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 [...]

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By J. Kenton Pierce

Narinder Singh's feet ached terribly in the bitter cold. Each shuffling step across the frozen ground and packed ashfall drove the cold deeper into his feet, like a dull blade being dragged slowly along the bones. He shambled down the remnants of a path the elements had obliterated. Before the war, it had been clearly [...]

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