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The Story So Far . . .

Wahoo! Welcome to the wide, wide world of the seventeenth century, with this issue of the Grantville Gazette! Don’t worry that the train only has one rail, we’ll explain that later. Jump on and hang on.

First, we have “The Mark of the Lion,” by Kerryn Offord–what you must do to win a Medal of Honor.

Our peripatetic young journeyman walks again, in “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” by Thomas Scot, and that’s just what they do.

Michael Lockwood’s “The Traitor’s Oath” continues the story of the travails of English Puritans in the now-French colonies that were New England. Will they get away to the help of the Mohicans? Will they get to Grantville?

Tim Sayeau’s story of the little girl who might grow up to be a monster continues in “Protecting the Seed.” In the New Time Line, are people predestined to be what they were in the Original Time Line, or can they be changed by environment and events? Is it nature, or is it nurture?

I said we’d talk about a railroad with one rail, and that’s what happens in Kevin and Karen Evans’ story of a young Welshman, Daffyd Gough, who gets some brilliant ideas while convalescing in Jena’s University Hospital. He takes them home, and gets his mother to invest in a blast furnace. And then it goes downhill on a single rail!

We have, in non-fiction, Iver Cooper’s “Secret Communications, Part 2,” about spies and such like, and how they communicate with each other without getting caught. Cybersecurity is older than you might think.

We have Kris Rusch’s meditation on becoming an Old Fart. I completely identify with this one.

And we have the latest installment in “The Company…” by Edward M. Lerner. This one is “The Company Mole, Part 1.”

Last, but still great, we’ll have the news from Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press on books forthcoming. We have some great books coming out between now and Christmas, so get your lists ready!

Please fasten your seat belts as the train begins to leave the station. The steam whistle sounds as we chug onto the mainline into the seventeenth century. All aboard!


The Story So Far . . .

Well, it is that time again! Welcome to the wonderful, wide world of the seventeenth century, with this issue of the Grantville Gazette! We have a widely-varied offering for you this issue, so let’s get to it. Have a seat on the train . . .

Beginning with radio, “The Stillborn Voice of John the Baptist” raises the issues of religious persecution and bias even in the wonderful town of Grantville.

Caroline Palmer offers us the beginnings of organizing workers against crooked owners with “Charlotte’s Threads.” The owners read history and set up workhouses, but the workers read history, too, and they know what to do.

Tim Sayeau’s “Uprooting the Seed” continues the story of horrifying murders in France that have not yet happened, and if the parents have anything to do about it, never will. This is the sequel to “The Bad Seed” in Gazette 63. Will the butterfly effect save this family?

Iver P. Cooper returns to his Japanese mileu to tell the story of one Portuguese sailor’s “Escape from Nagasaki” to warn Macau that the shogun has interned the Portuguese fleet and is preparing to invade the Philippines.

Thomas Scot brings us “Seeds of Fortune,” another peripatetic tale of journeymen, while Terry Howard writes a quickie farce called “Everyone Wants to Write.”

For non-fiction, Iver P. Cooper writes about “Secret Communications” in the seventeenth century and how the up-timers have brought with them new and interesting mathematics and cyphers. We continue with Sean Little’s “Warship Design, Part Two.” Kristine Katherine Rusch gives us her perspective on the changes in fandom.

We also have an installment of Garrett Vance’s second Time Spike opus, “First Cavalry of the Cretaceous: Snakes in the Grass.” You can look for the first part of his Time Spike work to be published by Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press in the near future.

Last, but still great, we’ll have the news from Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press on books forthcoming.

Please fasten your seat belts as the train begins to leave the station. The steam whistle sounds as we chug onto the mainline into the seventeenth century. All aboard!


The Story So Far . . .



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The Story So Far . . .

At the Minicon in Tarrytown, Bjorn Hasseler and I announced the winner of the 2017 Best of the Gazette award: Nick Lorance’s “The Long Road Home.” Congratulations to Nick.

And . . . after a fun- and snerk-filled Minicon, we are already planning the 2019 Minicon .It will be held in conjunction with Westercon 72 in Layton, UT over the 4th of July weekend. With over a year’s notice, we expect a great turnout.

“Westercon 72 is pleased to announce Eric Flint as a Special Guest. Eric Flint’s writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. His alternate history novel 1632 has led to a long-running series with over thirty novels and anthologies in print. He’s also written many other science fiction and fantasy novels. He resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

“Along with Mr. Flint, we are also pleased to announce the 2019 1632 Minicon will be held in conjunction with Westercon 72. The minicon is the annual event that allows the 1632 fans and authors to get together. (Of course, in the case of 1632, fans and authors overlap substantially.) Each year the minicon is held “inside” a science fiction convention in a different part of the country. Many cons have agreed to host the minicon over the years.”

Ever wondered why Marines do what they do, the way they do it? In Tim Sayeau’s “The Proper and Correct Marine Response,” you’ll find out. Sir, yes, Sir!

In “Lord of the Fruit Flies,” a young Jewish scholar learns about the scientific method, the wisdom of mentors, and paying it forward.

In Kerryn Offord’s “Return of the Prodigal Son,” Grantviller Matt Tisdel returns to the scene of his high school years and winds up learning a lot about himself, young women, and how his family really thinks about him.

We also present Part Two of Nick Lorance’s “Honing the Blade,” another chapter in the story of Richard Hartmann, better known as Sergeant Whatsisname. As the best training sergeant, he gets the dregs nobody else wants, and he also gets a young officer who he must train. Unfortunately, the officer still isn’t listening . . .

In our Nonfiction section, we present “The Wind is the Enemy, Part Two” by Iver Cooper, and a discussion of the organization of the USE Army, by Bjorn Hasseler.

The future is here, Kristine Rusch says, just not in small towns. She’s recently moved from a rural existence in Oregon to the bright lights of Las Vegas and experienced some culture clash.

And in the Annex this month,David Carrico leaves the 1632 Universe to give us “Pendragon.” What would you do if you suddenly found out that you were a descendant of King Arthur, and his modern day heir?

All right, straphangers! This train is leaving the station! Next stop, Grantville! Hold on tight because the railroad is a new thing in the seventeenth century.

Welcome aboard!


The Story So Far . . .

Welcome to what might be the best Grantville Gazette so far. In this issue, we have two of the best stories that we’ve bought in years, a great serial starring Sergeant Whatsisname and a short story by Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, and Gorg Huff in an entirely new universe! We also have nonfiction by Iver P. Cooper, and a fantastic column by Kristine Katherine Rusch.

David Carrico’s “Requiem for the Future,” smashes our faces right up into what the up-timers have truly lost. We have seen them as intrepid heroes, most of them, or sometimes villains, but mostly just people; and we don’t always think of what it would really be like to have been ripped out of your life and stuck somewhere where you will never ever see the family members who stayed behind, never ever have all the things that were commonplace, never ever be able to go back. This story will undoubtedly be nominated for the Best of the Gazette award next year. (Because I’m going to do it.)

In Phil Riviezzo’s “The Sicilian Job,” we find ourselves involved in a no-kidding caper. Albrecht leaves Jan Barentsen’s traveling circus because his sister, home in Palermo, sends him a letter begging him to come. Like all capers, “The Sicilian Job” is replete with villains, beautiful women, family, and of course, what would a caper be without an elephant. Here’s the question you must answer: How do you hide an elephant?

We also present Part One of Nick Lorance’s “Honing the Blade,” another chapter in the story of Richard Hartmann, better known as Sergeant Whatsisname. As the best training sergeant, he gets the dregs nobody else wants, and he also gets a young officer whom he must train. Unfortunately, the officer isn’t listening . . .

“We are living in the future,” says Kristine Katherine Rusch. Even though she suffers from technotrauma, she is still in love with tech.

Iver P. Cooper graces us this month with an article about airship handling. It is a great discussion about just how hard it is to handle an airship on the ground, and how to design a hangar for them.

And in the Annex this month, Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, and Gorg Huff give us an introduction to a whole new universe they are writing in: the fourteenth-century Paris of “The Demons of Paris”—a new novel that will be published in March by Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press.

Remember, too, that there is still time to vote for the Best of the Gazette, and now, if you would please sit down, fasten your seat belts, and keep your hands and feet inside the car, we will take you on another rollercoaster tour of the 1632 Universe!

Welcome aboard!


Best of 2017–The Finalists

Thank you for sending in your nominations for the Grantville Gazette‘s Best of 2017. You’ve narrowed it to ten stories, and now you get to select the very best.

Please post your selection to the Grantville Gazette Facebook page or post a comment to this article at or email Walt Boyes at or Bjorn Hasseler at

The nominees are:


“The Company Man,” Ed Lerner, Grantville Gazette 71 (Universe)

“Greta’s Day Off,” Phillip Riviezzo, Grantville Gazette 72

“Blood Brothers,” Eric S. Brown and Robert E. Waters, Grantville Gazette 73

“Etude, Part 3,” David Carrico, Grantville Gazette 69

“Old Habits,” David Dove, Grantville Gazette 74 (Time Spike)

“The Touch of Iron,” Steve Quinn, Grantville Gazette 74 (Universe)

“Whodunnit?” David Carrico, Grantville Gazette 72

“The Long Road Home, Part 2,” Nick Lorance, Grantville Gazette 69

“Barbie and the Musicians of Bremen,” Joy Ward, Grantville Gazette 71

“The Monster Society: From the Ashes,” Eric S. Brown and A. G. Carpenter, Grantville Gazette 71



The Story So Far . . .

Welcome to issue 75 of the Grantville Gazette! It is also the first issue of the year, and you are invited to join us in our journey back in time to the 1630s with the folks from Grantville and the millions of down-timers they have landed in the midst of.

We have some great adventures for you! In “Lex Talionis” David Carrico shows us what happens when the law just isn’t enough. When all else fails, call the CoC!

In “The Martians Are Coming,” we meet Kerryn Offord’s fairly odd group of special forces characters . . . and characters they are.

In “Kudzu Werke: Safety First and Always” Bob and Amanda Teeter take up the mantle of the stories and characters of the late Karen Bergstralh. They do a great job bringing Kudzu Werke back to life! Join us as we welcome this new chapter.

David Carrico concludes his serial, “Letters from Gronow” with the sixth installment. Will Gronow buy the story or not?

Iver Cooper concludes his non-fiction treatise on weather prognostication with “Fair or Foul, Part 4,” and Chuck Gannon and David Carrico continue their piece on technological change over time in “Time May Change Me, Part 2.” And Kristine Katherine Rusch gives us a column on what Joy Ward calls “techno-trauma.” Kris talks about having “gadget patterns” and demands that Apple quit messing with her phone—and “get off my lawn!”

And Bjorn Hasseler brings us up to date on the “Best of 2017” story nominations.

Welcome to 2018!


The Story So Far . . .

Welcome, my friends, to another ride through the magical wormhole we call the Grantville Gazette. Be prepared! Look carefully, because things in an alternate universe aren’t always what they seem.

In this issue, we have Alyse Glaser proving that a woman can always do a man’s job in “WWJD is the Wrong Question.” And in the first of his two pieces in this issue, “Quelles Misérables,” David Carrico writes of the impact of the works of Victor Hugo and how Cardinal Richelieu reacts.

Terry Howard and Thomas Hare concoct a “flying ace” story as the French, who have no idea what they are doing, try to build a working heavier-than-air craft. Maybe it will fly. Maybe it won’t. “Air France” is a great story about those magnificent men in their flying machines.

In his second piece, David Carrico carries on his “Letters to Gronow” in the fifth installment. Will Phillip actually sell a story to Gronow?

In our Nonfiction section, Iver Cooper continues his series on weather, “Fair or Foul, Part Three” with a discussion of meteorology, and how instruments might be made to conduct meteorological analyses.

In “Notes from the Buffer Zone,” Kristine Katherine Rusch gives us a column about the future that didn’t come, and the one that did. Mid-Century Modern? What?

Bjorn Hasseler, our nifty managing editor, wrote a short piece announcing the start of the Best of 2017 contest. This will be the second year we’ve held a contest, and we were pleased to see that the first year produced an excellent winner—”The Winter Canvas: a Daniel Block Story” by Robert Waters and Meriah Crawford. Pick your nominees and get them in. The minicon is early this coming year, and that’s when we make the choices.

In our Time Spike department, David Dove deals with the issue of what to do with an unemployed car thief—or rather, what kind of trouble can an unemployed car thief get into in the Cretaceous Era? It’s some fun with a serious side.

And in the Universe Annex, we present “The Touch of Iron” by Steve Quinn. I get to see the stories first, of course, and I think this one is a sure nominee for Best of 2017.

So, buckle your seat belts, and hold on tight. This train is leaving the station . . . now.


Best of 2017 Award

Best of 2017 Award


Bjorn Hasseler



             Grantville Gazette readers chose “The Winter Canvas: A Daniel Block Story” by Meriah Crawford and Robert Waters as our Best of 2016 story.

             This is the last issue of 2017, and it is time to choose another best of the year story. Minicon 2018 comes early—March—so start considering and rereading now.

             Please nominate a story from 2017—Grantville Gazette Volumes 69-74. You may post it to the Grantville Gazette Facebook page or post a comment to the story at or email Walt Boyes at or Bjorn Hasseler at Nominations are open until December 15, so that we can post finalists in Grantville Gazette Volume 75, which will be out January 1, 2018.


The Story So Far…

Welcome once again to the rollercoaster that is the 1632 Universe. The cars are starting so keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times as we take our tour of the universe that Grantville created.

This month, we’re featuring nonfiction, with articles by Iver Cooper, Walter Hunt, and Jack Carroll, as well as Kris Rusch’s monthly column. Iver’s contribution is the continuation of his “Fair or Foul” article “Observing Pressure and Wind.” Walter Hunt, whose day job is being the Librarian of his Masonic Lodge, gives us a detailed look at “Freemasonry in the 1632 Universe.” Jack Carroll’s article is “1636, Land Radio Communications in Europe,” just in time for the Ottoman invasion.

Fear not, however. There’s plenty of fiction this month, too. Starting with “Chafing” by Tim Roesch, which asks the eternal question, “Is Blaise Pascal a tomato?”

Anne Keener brings to life one of the great names in publishing, with the story of the Elzevier family and their reaction to the huge, rapid changes in the world of printing.

Eric S. Brown and Robert Waters return to Eric’s fastest man alive, with a new story, “Blood Brothers.” David Carrico continues his “Letters from Gronow” with Episode 4. Will Phillip get his novel published or will Cthulhu eat him for breakfast?

Mike Watson finishes up the story of Suhl Inc., with Part 3 of “SMC.” Garrett Vance continues his stories in the Time Spike universe, “First Cavalry of the Cretaceous, Part 5.”

Last but absolutely not least, Edward M. Lerner gives us a wonderful long novelette or short novella, depending. It is called “The Company Dick.” It’s a great story!

Enjoy your ride!