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!

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