Eric Flint's 1632 & Beyond: Alternate History Stories

Getting Started Writing

Getting Started Writing Bjorn Hasseler             I don’t remember where the idea for Neustatter’s European Security Service came from.             I remember going to the library—the New Carrollton branch of the Prince Georges County, Maryland library system—looking for Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars trilogy.  I read the first two, but The Last Command was never on […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #13: The Grantville Brickmaker’s Primer

Previous The Grantville Brickmaker’s Primer Kerryn Offord [Author’s note: This article assumes that there are two thousand pounds to the ton, and a standard construction brick with pointing is 9″ x 4.5″ x 3″ (121.5 cubic inches) and weighs eight pounds.] Making bricks is easy you say. Mankind has been making them for millennia. You […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #12: What Replaces the SRG

Previous / Next What Replaces the SRG? Leonard Hollar, Bob Hollingsworth, John Rigby, Phillip Schillawski, Tom Van Natta and John Zeek The SRG is the standard muzzle-loading rifle of forces allied with USE. SRG stands for “Struve-Reardon Gevar,” named after the manufacturer and designer of the weapon. “Gevar” is the German term for rifle. It […]

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Grantvile Gazette 5 #11: Dyes and Mordants

Previous / Next Dyes And Mordants Lisa Satterlund I. Introduction and brief history of dyeing.  By 1630, human beings had been using plants, animals and minerals to change the natural color of plant and animal fibers for at least five thousand years. The oldest written record of dye use goes back to 2,600 BC in […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #10: In Vitro Veritas

Previous / Next In Vitro Veritas:Glassmaking After The Ring Of Fire Iver P. Cooper In the early seventeenth century, there was already a vigorous international trade in glassware. The world center for glassmaking was in Venice, and the Venetians were most famous for tableware and glass mirrors made of the colorless cristallo. Germany and Bohemia were […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #9: Euterpe

Previous / Next Euterpe, Episode 3 By Enrico M. Toro To Father Thomas Fitzherbert SJ,Illustrissimus Collegium AnglicanumRoma From Maestro Giacomo Carissimi,Grantville, USASeventh day of October, in our Lord’s year 1633. Dear and honored father, How are you? I received your letter today. It was waiting for me at the Church of Saint Mary. I’m glad […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #8: Suite for Four Hands

Previous / Next Suite For Four Hands By David Carrico Intrada GrantvilleLate July, 1633  As he turned from closing the door of the Bledsoe and Riebeck workshop, Franz Sylwester found several pairs of eyes focused on him. “Well?” his friend Friedrich Braun asked expectantly. “What did the nurse say?” Franz struggled to keep his expression […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #7: Murphy’s Law

Previous / Next Murphy’s Law By Virginia DeMarce Part I: Grand Scam Spring, 1634  “I have to decide within the week,” Leopold Cavriani said. “I have no hesitation, of course, about leaving my daughter Idelette here with the Reverend and Mrs. Wiley. She will learn practical business from Count August von Sommersburg’s factor, the count […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #6: Of Masters and Men

Previous / Next Of Masters And Men Karen Bergstralh November, 1631   Master Carpenter Herman Glauber walked from the open door to the forge in the blacksmith shop Martin Schmidt ran for him. Putting down his bulging briefcase he stood warming his hands above the coals. Glauber nodded pleasantly at Martin and, looking around the shop, […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #5: Susan’s Story

Previous / Next Susan’s Story By Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff Grantville August, 1632  “I don’t know about you, Susan,” Tina said, “but I’m getting out of here before she wakes up. The last thing I want to deal with is Mom and one of her weepy hangovers.” “C’mon, Tina. The hangovers are easier to live […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #4: Schwarza Falls

Previous / Next Schwarza Falls Douglas W. Jones 1 To: Grantville Emergency Committee. From: John Sterling, Edgar Frost and Francis Kidwell. Date: May 30, 1631? fifth day after the disaster. Re: Road options around Schwarza Falls.  Yesterday, May twenty-ninth, the fourth day after the disaster, we went up Buffalo Creek to the power plant to look into how […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #3: Burmashave

Previous / Next Burmashave Chris Racciato May, 1633  Ernst Frohlich looked at the man sitting across the table from him. He was nondescript, clean shaven, and dressed in contemporary clothing, but his accented German identified him as one of the now famous “up-timers” from Grantville. The fact that the man had requested to meet him […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #2: Ounces of Prevention

Previous / Next Ounces Of Prevention By Kim Mackey When Pieter Paul Rubens entered the Brussels’ home of fellow diplomat Alessandro Scaglia he was surprised to find his friend and patron, Nicolaas Rockox of Antwerp, deep in conversation with the abate. “Nicolaas,” said Rubens, clasping his friend’s arm as Rockox and Scaglia rose to greet him, […]

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Grantville Gazette 5 #1: Breaking News

Previous / Next Breaking News Jay Robison Rome, ItalyAugust, 1632 An apprentice escorted Artemisia Gentileschi into the stifling studio. She was expected. “Maestra Gentileschi, my dear, how pleasant to see you!” Gian Lorenzo Bernini stood in the middle of his studio. The young sculptor’s handsomeness was barely diminished by a layer of rock dust. Apprentices […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #13: A Looming Challenge

Previous A Looming Challenge by Pam Poggiani Grantville needs people to work in the munitions factories. And the steel mill. And the brick factories. Where will they come from? Why, all those poor women who have to spin and weave all the time can be emancipated right away—just build a spinning jenny and power up […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #12: How to Build a Machine Gun in 1634

Previous / Next How to build a Machine gun in 1634 with available technology:Two alternate views Editor’s note: The firearms round table that produces these articles on firearms doesn’t always reach agreement on a specific issue. They didn’t on this one, and asked me how to proceed. Since I don’t see any reason the fictitious […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #11: How to Keep Your Old John Deere Plowing

Previous / Next How To Keep Your Old John Deere Plowing: Diesel Fuel Alternatives For Grantville 1631-1639 Allen W. McDonnell The Ring of Fire has left many of the farms around Grantville scrambling to train enough horses for the fall harvest. About half of the tractors that came through the Ring Of Fire were designed […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #10: Drillers in Doublets

Previous / Next Drillers In Doublets Iver P. Cooper I don’t want to be critical of coal mining, especially not where Mike Stearns can hear me. But the fact remains that coal has some serious disadvantages, both as a fossil fuel and as a source of organic chemicals. Extracting coal is labor-intensive; you have to […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #9: Heavy Metal Music or Revolution in Three Flats

Previous / Next Heavy Metal Music or Revolution in Three Flats David Carrico Grantville, March, 1633  Franz hissed in pain as his crippled hand was flexed, twisted and pulled by Dr. Nichols’ strong fingers. Sweat beaded his forehead as he endured the testing manipulation. He sighed in relief when the doctor finally released it. “Sorry,” […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #7: Magdeburg Marines: The Few And The Proud

Previous / Next Magdeburg Marines: The Few And The Proud Jose J. Clavell The Hudson Residence City of Grantville Thuringia Region, Germany Monday, 6 December 1632 AD 1600 hours local  “Well, can you repair it?” Charles “Duke” Hudson asked the question to the pair of legs sticking out from under his sink. He was a tall, no-nonsense middle-aged man […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #6: The Class of ’34

Previous / Next The Class Of ’34 Kerryn Offord The High School Stables  “Isn’t that JoAnn’s horse you have there?” asked Matt Tisdel, walking towards Liz Manning who was saddling her horse. Liz ignored the interruption and continued slipping the headstall and bosal over Speedy’s head. “I mean, you do know that’s ‘Speedy’? Does your […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #5: Dice’s Drawings

Previous / Next Dice’s Drawings Dan Robinson To hell with them all. Dice had lost his Karen, forty-five years of hard work, twenty years as a damned Linotype operator and twenty-five as a damned pressman after the damned computers had taken his damned job away. God how he hated that pressman’s job! A quarter century […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #4: Chip’s Christmas Gift

Previous / Next Chip’s Christmas Gift Russ Rittgers Chip and Joachim had just finished working out with quarterstaffs, six-foot-long hardwood sticks, at the von Thierbach estate manor, absorbing a new collection of bruises to join those of the previous two days. Chip wanted to practice techniques he’d previously learned in the army and Joachim simply […]

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Grantville Gazette 4 #2: ‘Til We Meet Again

Previous / Next ‘Til We Meet Again Virginia DeMarce The worst thing about working for Mechanical Support was that the facilities were scattered out all over Grantville, even now, two and a half years after the Ring of Fire. They’d never been able to take the time to centralize them; they didn’t really have any […]

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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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Volume 3 #11: Flint’s Lock

Previous / Next Flint’s Lock Part one of a series devoted to firearms in the 1632 universeLeonard Hollar, Bob Hollingsworth,Tom Van Natta, and John Zeek [Editor’s note: The Grantville Firearms Roundtable is a group of experts on firearms whom I asked to develop a series of articles for the Grantville Gazette on the issue of […]

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Volume 3 #10: The Impact of Mechanization on German Farms

Previous / Next The Impact of Mechanization on German Farms Karen Bergstralh What will happen when Grantville introduces nineteenth-century farm equipment to seventeenth-century farmers? Will there be a rapid adaptation of the new machines followed by a similarly rapid increase in productivity? Will this in turn lead to an equally rapid decrease in the numbers […]

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Volume 3 #9: Iron

Previous / Next Iron Rick Boatright The most dangerous mammal in North America kills over 130 people each year, and seriously injures another twenty-nine thousand. The most recycled material in North America was dumped in landfills until the late 1970s, but now, nearly 100 percent of that material contains recycled content. The animal? The white-tailed […]

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Volume 3 #8: Euterpe, Episode 2

Previous / Next Euterpe, Episode 2 Enrico M. Toro To Father Thomas Fitzherbert SJ of theIllustrissimus Collegium Anglicanum in RomeFrom Maestro Giacomo Carissimi inThuringen Gardens, GrantvilleAugust 1633 Very Reverend Father, I am sorry it took so long to write you again, but a journey through Europe in these days is everything but short and comfortable. […]

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Volume 3 #7: Hell Fighters

Previous / Next Hell Fighters Wood HughesI: The MissionThe monastery of Subiaco:Home of the Order of St. Benedict “Brother Johann? The fathers are ready.” Brother Johann closed the small book he was studying and rose, straightening his black robe. While he had been aware of the gathering of abbots, he had no idea why the […]

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