Eric Flint's 1632 & Beyond: Alternate History Stories

Volume 2 #12: The Secret Book of Zink

Previous The Secret Book Of Zink Andrew Clark [We present to you for the first time translated into English, the remarkable and exciting news from Doctor Erasmus Faustus, as originally printed in the Fraenkische Wochenzeitung.] By vows to God and from pious reflection, this humble man offers to mankind the secret story of the princely […]

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Volume 2 #11: Mente Et Malleo: Practical Mineralogy And Minerals Exploration In 1632

Previous / Next Mente Et Malleo: Practical Mineralogy And Minerals Exploration In 1632 (non-fiction) Laura Runkle One of the advantages that the people of Grantville have in the novels 1632 and 1633 is their technology. With their tools, the people of Grantville can turn out cannon, rifles, and steam engines. With their chemical knowledge, they […]

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Volume 2 #10: So You Want To Do Telecommunications In 1633?

Previous / Next So You Want To Do Telecommunications In 1633? (non-fiction) Rick Boatright Introduction David Freer’s story, “Lineman for the Country” in the Ring of Fire anthology, described the beginnings of wired telecommunications in the 1632 universe and the founding of AT&L. Like any good story, much of the technology was mentioned, but not […]

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Volume 2 #9: A Quick and Dirty Treatise on Historical Fencing

Previous / Next A quick and dirty treatise on historical fencing (non-fiction) Enrico M. Toro “Et l’oggetto di questa scienza altro non è che il riparare et il ferire . . . le quali non potrà alcuno sapere se prima non havrà la cognitione dè tempi e delle misure . . .”[ . . . and the goal of this science […]

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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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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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Volume 100 #15: Notes from the Buffer Zone: 100

Previous by Kristine Kathryn Rusch I’m currently working on a project that I started in the early 1990s. In creative time—the time marked by my muse—that project is older, but not old. I can remember writing it. I might not know all the details, but I’ll be honest: I don’t know all the details of […]

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Volume 100 #14: Hot Off Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press!

Previous / Next by Walt Boyes New Releases Phoenix Rising by Ryk E. Spoor Category: Fantasy Impossible Betrayal . . . First it had been her parents, slain by unknown assassins in their own home; then Kyri Vantage’s brother, Rion, was murdered, body and soul rent asunder. And then her flight to supposed safety reveals […]

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Volume 100 #13: The Beginnings of the 1632 Story and the Grantville Gazette

Previous / Next by Walt Boyes I am the third editor of the Grantville Gazette. But, I was there at the beginning, when Eric posted on Baen’s Bar that he needed help with some issues he had in writing Fire in the Hole which was the original title (thank God, Jim Baen changed it). I […]

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Volume 99 #4: Notes from the Buffer Zone: Foreshadowing

Previous / Next by Kristine Kathryn Rusch I just canceled out of my second concert of the fall. A favorite artist, a concert I was looking forward to, and I still couldn’t pull the trigger. Not because of the artist. Not even because of a lack of Covid protocols. Both concerts required either full vaccination […]

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Volume 98 #7: Notes From the Buffer Zone: Technological Change

Previous / Next by Kristine Kathryn Rusch I have finally lived in Las Vegas long enough to qualify for resident status at the university. I wanted that because I wanted to finish my Spanish major from forty years ago. I have taken Spanish online, and I’ve also taken some classes at those places designed for […]

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Volume 98 #6: Industrial Alchemy, Part 6: Rare Earths and More

Previous / Next by Iver P. Cooper In “Industrial Alchemy, Part 2: Inorganic Chemical Bestiary” (Grantville Gazette 25), I surveyed the sources and uses of most of the elements of the Periodic Table. However, there were some exceptions: Lanthanides: 15 elements (these, together with scandium, yttrium, and lutetium, are called “rare earth” elements). Actinides: 15 radioactive […]

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Volume 95 #6: Notes from The Buffer Zone: Science Will Save Us

Previous / Next by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Exactly one year ago, in April of 2020, I wrote in this column: Science will save us. And volunteers will (are) risking their lives to test these drugs and vaccines. And some of these folks will be unnamed in the history books, and that’s too bad. Because they’re […]

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Volume 95 #5: Tethered Balloons and Kites in the 1632 Universe, Part 1

Previous / Next by Iver P. Cooper Balloons and kites may be used for observation (visual and meteorological) and communication (antenna-lifting) purposes. For these purposes, it may be necessary for the vehicle to stay in one place. Unlike a sailing ship, a free balloon cannot sail in any direction other than directly downwind (sailing ships […]

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Volume 94 #7: Notes from The Buffer Zone: Old SF Roadshow

Previous / Next by Kristine Kathryn Rusch This past month, I wrote a novel in my Spade/Paladin universe. The stories are mysteries, set at science fiction conventions. As the conventions became more acrimonious, ‘long about 2015, my willingness to write more Spade/Paladin slowed down. I hated getting criticized by people of every political persuasion for […]

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Volume 94 #6: Propane, Butane, and Natural Gas in the 1632 Universe

Previous / Next by Iver P. Cooper Introduction Natural gas and its components are important fuels in post-Ring of Fire Grantville. They also have other utilities. In this article, we will try to better characterize Grantville’s natural gas resource and the means by which propane and butane might be extracted from it and put to […]

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Volume 96 #5: Notes from The Buffer Zone: Stepping Into an Uncertain Future

Previous / Next by Kristine Kathryn Rusch I’m tempted to buy a book on the aftermath of the 1918 flu pandemic. I’ve been tempted to buy this (as yet unknown) book for some time now. Because of my interest in history, I know how pandemics end. Slowly and with great unevenness. I truly did not […]

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Volume 96 #4: Tethered Balloons and Kites in the 1632 Universe, Part 2

Previous / Next by Iver P. Cooper In part 1, we considered a variety of operational issues for tethered balloons and kites. Here, we will consider the strength and weight of tether materials available in the 1632 universe, possible tethering systems, and how to size the tethers for a particular balloon type and size. We […]

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Volume 93 #7: Notes from The Buffer Zone: Heroic Lazy Sods

Previous / Next by Kristine Kathryn Rusch The German government has produced a series of amusing Public Service Announcements about Covid-19. (Yes, you saw that. I used “amusing” and “Covid-19” in the same sentence.) The videos resemble those videos that documentarians put together with interviews from survivors of some great tragedy. The older person reminisces, […]

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Volume 92 #7: Notes from the Buffer Zone, Mummies and Fleas

Previous / Next by Kristine Kathryn Rusch I get it: People are panicked—and justifiably so. Everything—everything— is in turmoil. We don’t know exactly how this will all end, and we’re tired. It’s been a long century, these past six months. I have my panic moments, and I find I’m getting superstitious. I find myself unwilling to […]

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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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