Eric Flint's 1632 & Beyond: Alternate History Stories

Volume 4 #1: Poor Little Rich Girls

Previous / Next Poor Little Rich Girls Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff “Will you two just give it up?” Heather asked, exasperated. “What good is that valley girl impersonation going to do you? No one here in Badenburg has ever heard of a valley girl.” “For sure, Heather, for sure,” Vicky Emerson answered. “We’re just […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 5 #7: Buzz! Beekeeping in the 1632 Universe

Previous Buzz! Beekeeping in the 1632 Universe, Part I Iver P. Cooper Honey is the oldest sweetener; there is an eight thousand-year-old rock painting in Spain that shows someone climbing a tree to gather honey from a bee hive. By ancient Egyptian times, humans had learned to manage honey bee hives to ensure a reliable […]

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1632 & Beyond 5 #5: Among the Faithful

Previous / Next Among the FaithfulBob Finegold “What have I done unto thee?” – Numbers 22:28 Worms, Rheinpfalz (Rhineland Palatinate) June 1635 “Grandfather! A Korrespondenzausschüsse column occupies Mainz!” Christian burst into his grandfather’s study, the horrible news of protestors being shot and summary hangings trembling on his lips. At the sight of the dour-faced men […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 5 #3: Mail From Up-Time

Previous / Next Mail From Up-TimeGeorge Grant Grantville Post Office May 1635 “Shit!” Bernita Jenkins’ day had started normally. The work had even been rather light. She and Selma had sorted the flats and letters, thrown parcels, sorted and distributed the accountables, and gotten a start on putting up the box mail before the window […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 5 #1: A Rose By Any Other Song

Previous / Next A Rose By Any Other SongVirginia DeMarce Grantville, SoTFSeptember 1635 “And now, we bring you News from the Netherlands.” The general manager of the Voice of America pondered as he listened. “It’s a good skit.” The VOA disk jockey grinned. “Tom and Dick Quiney are, if nothing else, reliably irreverent,” John Grover […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 4 #2: A Knight’s Tale – Therapies

Previous / Next Down the road from Leahy Medical Center, GrantvilleFebruary 2, 1637 Amalia had slammed the closet door down the hall. She’d searched the closet for her proper gloves, and that broke her mood. My better gloves, she realized, ARE A CRUMPLED MESS! “Arrrrghhh! These are disgusting!” She held up a glove, glared at […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 4 #3: Another Country Heard From

Previous / Next General Electronics laboratory, GrantvilleDecember 1634 John Grover gave in to the urge to swing by the lab building for a look at the lumpy-looking prototype tube before going to his desk to start the day’s work. Much to his relief, it looked good, and it was still perking along after three weeks […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 4 #4: The Birds of the Muses

Previous An Alexander Inheritance Story AthensJanuary 21, 319 BCE The cart bearing Melissa Hoffman and her precious cargo heaved up and down as the cart’s owner and driver bore down the dirt road to the port of Piraeus. From the back, there was an angry buzz, which slowly subsided. “Slower, you idiot!” she hissed. “You’ll […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 4 #1: Fire on the Mountain

Previous / Next This story takes place between chapters six and seven of Security Threats, the third NESS novel. It is also a sequel to “Clique, Clique, Boom” (Grantville Gazette 82). Calvert HillTuesday, May 8, 1635 When the three o’clock bell rang, Amalia Ramsenthalerin packed up her books and papers and joined the exodus of […]

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Volume 102 #8: Hot Off Ring of Fire Press!

Previous New Releases Russian Amerika by Stoney Compton Category: Alternate History Alaska, 1987. In a world where Alaska is still a Russian possession, charter captain Grigoriy Grigorievich has a stained past–as a major in the Czar’s Troika Guard he was cashiered for disobeying a direct order. Now, ten years later, Grisha charters out to a Cossack […]

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Volume 102 #7: Notes from The Buffer Zone: Peering at the Future

Previous / Next by Kristine Kathryn Rusch This morning, as I write this, news broke of another mega-bestselling writer complaining that publishing is being ruined by diversity. I’m sure his book sales are down, because every traditionally published writer’s book sales are down. I’m sure some of his friends can’t sell books into traditional publishing […]

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Volume 102 #4: Too Many Cooks

Previous / Next by Virginia DeMarce Grantville, SoTFJuly, 1635 “They’re gone,” Martha Brauerin said. “The old woman and the girl. For good, probably. She’s off to Magdeburg to live with relatives. The girl’s going to college. So—has anyone heard of a good opening? If you ask me, too many of the best employers are abandoning […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 3 #5: Something Old, Something New: A Materials of Construction Survey

Previous Iver P. Cooper What we can construct—whether it be a building, a boiler, or a toaster—and how well it performs its function depends on the materials incorporated into it. One of the effects of the Ring of Fire will be an ever-expanding palette of materials of construction for the engineer. Depending on their properties […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 3 #4: Disturbance at the Nishioka House

Previous / Next by Garrett W. Vance The second in a three-story series. See Eric Flint’s 1632 & Beyond Issue 1 for “Ill-Met in the Marshes.” Phnom Penh docks The day before Blom Corneliszoon leaned on the rail of his ship Groenevisch as he watched a small army of dockworkers load cargo aboard. He had […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 3 #3: A Meeting at Midsummer, Part 2

Previous / Next Marc Tyrrell See Eric Flint’s 1632 & Beyond Issue 2 for “A Meeting at Midsummer, Part 1.” Hilltop off West Main Street Saturday, June 21, 1631, 9:20 p.m. From the hilltop where Paul sat, he could see the lights of Grantville spread out below him. An hour ago, he had kindled a […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 3 #2: A Fitting Tribute

Previous / Next Bethanne Kim My dad introduced me to the 1632 series, and we enjoyed it together for many years. This particular story is for my beloved father, may he rest in peace. Grantville October 1635 Angela Ugolini wrapped her coat tighter and leaned against her husband, Alberto, glad to be wearing wool stockings […]

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1632 & Beyond Issue 3 #1: Cassini Rounds Third

Previous / Next Robert E Waters Author’s Note: This story is the fourth in the Cassini Plays Ball series. It follows the events in the previous three stories which were published in the Grantville Gazette: “Cassini at the Plate,” (Grantville Gazette 93);“Cassini Takes First,” (Grantville Gazette 96); and “Cassini Slides to Second” (Grantville Gazette 101). […]

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A Meeting at Midsummer: Part I

Previous / Next by Marc Tyrrell See Eric Flint’s 1632 & Beyond Issue 3 for “A Meeting at Midsummer, Part 2.” Outside Morgantown, WV Tuesday, March 21, 2000 “The Circle is open, but unbroken!” The voice rang through the wooded dell. “Merry meet!” More voices joined the leader. “And merry part. And merry meet again!” […]

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Farm Equipment That Came Through the Ring of Fire

Previous / Next by George Grant If those who came through the Ring of Fire had any higher priority than defending themselves, it can only have been providing enough food. To that end, they needed and continue to need appropriate farm equipment. This article will elucidate what equipment they likely had upon arrival, based on […]

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Into The Dark

Previous / Next by Iver P. Cooper An Alexander Inheritance Story Queen of the Sea In the Atlantic Ocean, en route to Trinidad Early November, 321 BCE “David Palacio, report to the staff captain.” The loudspeaker announcement didn’t say “immediately,” but that was understood. The staff captain was the second-highest ranking officer on a cruise […]

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