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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!


The Story So Far . . .

Welcome to the July issue of The Grantville Gazette! I’m your friendly tour guide to the wonders and sometimes head-shaking strangeness of the Ring of Fire. You would think that we are in love with the fiction of David Carrico by how many of his stories appear in this issue. And you’d be right. He continues to nail down what the 1632 Universe looks, sounds, and even smells like. In “Whodunnit?” he gives us another story about our favorite attack lawyer, Andy Wulff, and the case of the dogtag that went woof in the night.

In “Letters from Gronow, Episode 3” he again brings to life the diary of a young man who is desperate to become a science fiction writer—of the seventeenth-century variety. And in “Time May Change Me, Part 1” he and series author Charles E. Gannon discuss why the technology of the up-timers just isn’t taking over as fast as some people think it should.

Did I mention the dancing bear?

Also for your delectation in this issue, we have Mike Watson’s “SMC Part 2” continuing the story of the wild wild east, as the marshals and their friends and fellow investors start ‘Suhl Inc.’

Iver Cooper gives us both fiction and non-. His “Between East and West” talks about what has happened to the handful of samurai that accompanied a daimyo on his visit to Europe just at the time of the Ring of Fire happening. In non-fiction, we have “Fair or Foul, Part 1,” first in a four part series on meteorology.

Kristine Katherine Rusch gives us a review of the new Wonder Woman movie and gets down with it, and your host gives you a quick rundown on the Minicon at Balticon in an after-action report.

Last, we have Dominic diCiacca’s conclusion to “Time’s Angel” in the Universe Annex.

And did I mention the dancing bear?

We hope you enjoy this issue. Come back and see us again soon.


The Story So Far . . .

Welcome once again to another peek at the alternate world of 1632. The up-timers and down-timers are busy living their lives in the Early Modern Era, but with, of course, the twist that makes this universe alternate history.

In “An Iconic Mystery” we see the effect of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest hero on the lives of impressionable French schoolboys, with fascinating, hysterical, and occasionally lamentable results.

In the new Monster Society story, “From the Ashes,” Eric S. Brown and Anna G. Carpenter deal with the aftermath of the death of one of the LARPers, and the relationships between those left behind.

In “Small is Good,” we see what happens when a master gunsmith figures out he needs to change, and change his products, or lose his biggest customer. What he comes up with is certainly a big gun.

“Barbie and the Musicians of Bremen” tells the story of what happens when a group of teenagers start a garage band, featuring rock ‘n roll from up-time, and the collision of one young girl with her extremely conservative and very controlling father. This is a continuation of the story arc started in “The Night Soil King.”

In “Letters from Gronow, Part 2” we see a young down-timer get hooked on up-time horror and try to get his own stories published. In “SMC Part One” the Wild West meets the State of Thuringia-Franconia, with expected, explosive results.

Iver Cooper concludes his non-fiction “Life at Sea” with Part Four, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers her column.

We feature a Time Spike story from Garrett Vance in this issue, “First Cavalry of the Cretaceous, Part Four,” and for the first time, we have not one but TWO stories in the Universe Annex. The first is by well-known author Edward M. Lerner: “The Company Man,” and the second is by Domenic diCiacca, called “Time’s Angel.” Due to the length of Domenic’s story, we’re serializing it, so what you have here is “Part One.”

Welcome to the world of 1632! We hope you enjoy your stay. Please keep your hands and feet inside the car, as getting involved with the series might just turn you into a writer.


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The Story So Far . . .

Our story continues in Grantville Gazette 70. In 1631, or 2000, the town of Grantville and a ring around it were transported to an alternate universe and plunked down in the middle of Thuringia in Germany, during the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Figuring out where and when they were, the inhabitants of Grantville needed to preserve themselves from what was the bloodiest war to date in human history. To do that, they geared down and reached out, taking in the immigrants that were coming to them displaced by the war and making them Americans.

As war-torn Germany sometimes resembles the Wild West, the State of Thuringia-Franconia set up a Marshals Service, based on what was remembered of the U.S. Marshals Service back in the Original Time Line. Mike Watson gives us “The Marshal Comes to Suhl.”

Eric S. Brown and Anna G. Carpenter give us another chapter of the Monster Society, “Even Monsters Die,” which brings the LARPers down to earth and back to reality.

In “A Little Help from His Friends,” Nick Lorance provides another look at Sergeant Richard Hartmann—Sergeant Whatsisname. With his wife and newborn child dead in childbed, Hartmann takes refuge in soldiering and finds he has to fight off all the predatory females who want to displace Marta in his memory and his bed.

Tim Roesch gives us an only partly hysterical look at schizophrenia in “The Monster Under the Bed.”

Bjorn Hasseler graces us this issue with another NESS (Neustatter’s European Security Service) story, this time on a train. The story is “Kristallnacht on the Schwarza Express.”

David Carrico gives us the beginning of a new serial, “Letters from Gronow, Episode 1.”

Gábor Szántai finishes his series on Hungary and Transylvania with a look at key players in those areas.

Kristine Katherine Rusch talks about “Escapist Fiction” in her Notes from the Buffer Zone column, and Chuck Gannon concludes his outtakes from “Papal Stakes: Faces from the Cutting Room Floor.” We have had a unique look at what it takes to edit a novel—what stays in and what goes out.

Finally, we are announcing a “Best of 2016” award. Check it out, and nominate and vote.