A Most Compelling Proposal

A Most Compelling Proposal

Venice Late Summer, 1634   Cosimo van Castre shielded himself as well as he could from the unseasonably cold wind raising ripples on the canal. He declined to even look up at the gray and foreboding sky. It was a godsend to be in among the city's buildings and...
The Story So Far . . .

The Story So Far . . .

“Tempus fugit” is a Latin phrase that officially translates as “time flies.” What it really is, though, is a hoity-toity way of saying “old farts forget stuff.” The old fart in this instance being me—and what I forgot was that my novel 1632 was published exactly...
Hot Off Ring of Fire Press

Hot Off Ring of Fire Press

Just Out from Ring of Fire Press: Magdeburg Noir (1632 Series), David Carrico The Thief of Cragsport, Robert Waters A Holmes for the Czar (1632), Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett The Rat Rebellion, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett – paperback release March 1 Coming...
Revealed By Fire

Revealed By Fire

Near Trollhättan on the Göta River, Sweden 8:07 PM, May 15, 1635    "Fire in the hole!" The foreman for the demolitions team lit the safety fuse and began running to the trenches. Olof Hansson Svart gave a rueful chuckle as he watched the large clanging man trot...
Hunting for Helium in the 1632 Universe

Hunting for Helium in the 1632 Universe

In the 1632 universe, helium is mentioned repeatedly as an alternative to hydrogen as a lift gas for airships. While providing slightly (7%) less lift, it has the advantages of being non-flammable and having about half the permeation rate of hydrogen (so it leaks out...
Birthing Pains, Part 1

Birthing Pains, Part 1

Wettin Household, Jena August, 1634   Linda sat in the study she shared with her second husband, Peter Wettin, not one of those Wettins but a distant relation, at the secretary desk she had picked up at a Grantville yard sale. Then she heard a tentative knock at...
The Final Problem

The Final Problem

A mile a minute? Piffle. Even meat knows "mind going a mile a minute" is mere metaphor. (Repeat that quickly ten times. I dare you.) But my kind? For us, a light-second per minute would be nearer to apt, if sadly lacking in alliteration. And so, ordinarily, I have my...
Notes from The Buffer Zone:  Mike

Notes from The Buffer Zone: Mike

I have put off writing this essay to the very last minute. Not because I don’t want to talk about Mike Resnick, and not because I have too little to say. I have put it off, because each time I write one of these memorials to Mike, his death becomes a little more...