Vol. 98, Nov 2021

Read Me First . . .

By Walt Boyes

Welcome once again to the roller coaster we call the 1632 Universe and the Grantville Gazette. We are going to dip into the minds and hearts of people like Alyse Ballentine, Georg Nusch and Kilian Albrecht, Yamazaki Genzaburo, and Brother Brenn, as well as Maria Anna von Habsburg, the Wheelbarrow Queen. Alyse Ballantine lives for [...]

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1632 Fiction

By Tim Sayeau

Brussels, Royal Palace Early Spring, 1635   Maria Anna, Queen in the Low Countries, idly skimmed the latest catalogue from Trommler Records of the United States of Europe. As usual, the offerings of the up-time group ABBA were showcased. Understandable, what with the prominence of Gustav II Adolf of Sweden and his daughter Kristina in [...]

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By Joy Ward

The Buchner Farm, outside Nuremberg Early November, 1636   "Up-timers and their filth must burn!" The crowd around the slender, enraged priest roared their approval. The hungry bonfire threw its firelight across their snarling faces. Demons or humans, it would be hard to tell in the early November evening. A crowd of Nurembergers filled the [...]

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By Sean Little

Shimatsuno Village Tosa Domain, Japan August, 1634   Deep in the mountains of Tosa in southern Japan, a tiny farming village lay at the bottom of a valley on the banks of the Yoshino River. The hills were filled with terraces of rice paddies that flashed gold in the sun with the ripe seeds of [...]

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By Chuck Thompson

Rothenburg September 20, 1634 The council chambers were cold and smelled of smoke and the rank of angry men. Councilman Bernhardt Betzold slammed his tankard down on the table to interrupt the other councilors' arguments. "Gentlemen," Bernhardt said, "Please. We simply must accept the situation. The emperor has rejected our request for military help. We [...]

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By Sarah Hays

Late April, 1638   Halfway down the next-to-last porch post, Alyse Ballentine set down the draw-knife. She ran a faded blue bandanna over her face, pulled in a deep breath, and stretched her aching back. "When y'all talked me into a front porch," she all but growled, "nobody told me I'd be doing this much [...]

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1632 Nonfiction

By Iver P. Cooper

In "Industrial Alchemy, Part 2: Inorganic Chemical Bestiary" (Grantville Gazette 25), I surveyed the sources and uses of most of the elements of the Periodic Table. However, there were some exceptions:   Lanthanides: 15 elements (these, together with scandium, yttrium, and lutetium, are called "rare earth" elements). Actinides: 15 radioactive elements. Non-Metals: The noble gas [...]

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Columns

By Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I have finally lived in Las Vegas long enough to qualify for resident status at the university. I wanted that because I wanted to finish my Spanish major from forty years ago. I have taken Spanish online, and I've also taken some classes at those places designed for tourists, and none of them were adequate. [...]

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By Walt Boyes

Recently, we have had some new authors joining the Ring of Fire Press team: Bethanne Kim, J. Dharma Windham, and some authors back for another book, like Shane Gries, David R. Palmer, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett, and Nathan B. Dodge. Jack By Cecelia Holland Jenny Dolf doesn’t like being a girl. She doesn’t like [...]

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By Walt Boyes & Bjorn Hasseler

Thank you for voting. You selected "First Kiss," by Tim Roesch, as the Best of 2020. Tim's stories about Blaise Pascal and Logan Sebastian have been reader favorites for years. Please join us in congratulating Tim. Here is part of the story to whet your appetite: INSIDE THE MIND OF BLAISE PASCAL, BLAISE LABORATORIES AND [...]

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By Bjorn Hasseler

Ring of Fire Con / Capclave The first 1632 minicons were held in Mannington, West Virginia. That's the town Grantville is based on. Then the minicons started being embedded in a larger science fiction/fantasy convention, usually one that invited Eric Flint as a Guest of Honor. This allowed the minicons to travel around the country [...]

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By Garrett W. Vance

40   This Issue’s Cover- 98 "Satanic Up-time things must burn!" Inspired by Joy Ward's gripping story Up-Timers Must Burn! 

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Universe Annex

By Gustavo Bondoni

"We're the backup team," Rione said in disgust. She tossed the tablet over to Hutch, who scanned the news quickly and grunted. "The bastards. We're the better crew. They're just more famous." Appins decided this was his moment. "That's why I asked to join you guys even though Montgomery wanted me on his crew," he [...]

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