Eric Flint's 1632 & Beyond: Alternate History Stories

Volume 101 #11: Danger

Previous by Michael Tinker Pearce “OK, let’s move on to First Contacts. Top of the list is Species 75412, a race called ‘Humans’ from planet ‘Earth.’ Should we contact them or not?” “Great Ghu, no! A thousand worlds of NO!” “Well, that’s a strong reaction. Would you care to explain?” “Have you read the file?! […]

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Volume 101 #10: Pride and Peppers

Previous / Next by J. Kenton Pierce Rosenberry’s Pride, Nuevo Yucatan Prefecture, Hesperides Colony. I’d just waved off a second cup of coffee when a burning woman fell out of the sky and crashed through the bunkhouse roof. She exploded headfirst, straight down through the timber ceiling and smashed the rugged old wooden table that […]

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Volume 98 #11: Understudy Overreach

Previous by Gustavo Bondoni “We’re the backup team,” Rione said in disgust. She tossed the tablet over to Hutch, who scanned the news quickly and grunted. “The bastards. We’re the better crew. They’re just more famous.” Appins decided this was his moment. “That’s why I asked to join you guys even though Montgomery wanted me […]

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Volume 95 #9: The Reformation of Castle Deltle

Previous / Next by Zachary Robbins Once upon a time, there was a boy named Chrys. After his culturally ambiguous coming-of-age celebration, he began to worry that even though he was an adult now, his life had no direction. He felt empty and wanted to fill the void. At that moment, he remembered the story […]

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Volume 94 #10: Sock it To Me

Previous by Arnold wasn’t divorced because of his sock-lost-in-the-dryer humor. At least, Tina hadn’t left him solely (ahem) on account of that specific gag. The argument could be made, however, that his quips collectively did the trick. And within Arnold’s oeuvre, the oft-repeated dryer remark must certainly have ranked high. . . . “Well, I think it’s funny,” Arnold […]

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Volume 96 #8: Though the Night Be Long

Previous / Next by J. Kenton Pierce Narinder Singh’s feet ached terribly in the bitter cold. Each shuffling step across the frozen ground and packed ashfall drove the cold deeper into his feet, like a dull blade being dragged slowly along the bones. He shambled down the remnants of a path the elements had obliterated. […]

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Volume 93 #9: A Matter of Choice

A Matter of Choice Previous / Next by Eric Flint “This may be illegal, Jack—and I’m damn sure it’s immoral and ill-advised.” Kevin Gallo scowled at the large screen on the wall of Jack Kensington’s laboratory. The image being displayed was a depiction of the gene splicing Jack proposed to do. “Illegal? That gets complicated, […]

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Volume 93 #10: Adrift in Space-Time

Adrift in Space-Time Previous by Edward M. Lerner What has gone before . . . In “On the Shoals of Space-Time” (Grantville Gazette 91, September, 2020), the starship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a nearby solar system. Its few survivors (four crew, all Doltan) and three passengers (one Doltan, two Vol’taki) are: […]

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Volume 92 #9: Marooned in Space-Time

Marooned in Servers Previous By Edward M. Lerner “Are you getting this?” Or so Liam Peterson might have heard. He wasn’t one to spend a mind-numbing shift rearranging cargo in silence—nor to endure the endless droning “news” adrift in the short passageway from Andy‘s compact bridge. And yet, there was something compelling about that maybe-heard question. He removed […]

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Volume 97 #10: Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part 3

Previous / Next Part 1 / Part 2 by Edward M. Lerner What has gone before . . . In “On the Shoals of Space-Time” (Grantville Gazette 91, September 2020 issue), the interstellar passenger ship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a nearby solar system. Its few surviving crew (four […]

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Volume 96 # 9: Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part 2

Previous Part 1 / Part 3 by Edward M. Lerner What has gone before . . . In “On the Shoals of Space-Time” (Grantville Gazette 91, September, 2020 issue), the interstellar passenger ship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a nearby solar system. Its few surviving crew (four Doltan) and passengers (one […]

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Black Smoker Curandero

Previous By Ian Pohl Teodoro leaned back in his pilot couch and started the pre-flight. Dios mio, he was weary. The advance team aboard Blue Horizon had flown multiple missions each day for four weeks straight. They’d mapped the hydrothermal vent field three kilometers below the ship down to the decimeter save one final outcrop, […]

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Volume 95 #10: Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part 1

Previous Part 2 / Part 3 By Edward M. Lerner What has gone before . . . In “On the Shoals of Space-Time” (Grantville Gazette 91, September, 2020), the interstellar passenger ship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a nearby solar system. Its few surviving crew (four Doltan) and passengers (one Doltan, […]

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