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Grantville Gazette #9 Contents:

“Mail Stop” by Virginia DeMarce

“Those Daring Young Men” by Rick Boatright

“NCIS: Young Love Lost” by Jose J. Clavell

“Those Daring Not So Young Men” by Rick Boatright

“A Matter Of Taste” by Kerryn Offord

“Anna the Baptist” by Terry Howard

“Fly Like a Bird” by Loren Jones

“Gearhead” by Mark H Huston

“Water Wings” by Terry Howard

“Under the Tuscan Son” by Iver Cooper

“Wings on the Mountain” by Terry Howard

“Pocket Money” by John and Patti Friend

“Moonraker” by Karen Bergstralh

“The Minstrel Boy” by John Zeek

“Ultralight” by Sean Massey

“Tool or Die” by Karen Bergstralh

“If at First You Don’t Succeed…” by Paula Goodlett

“Waves of Change” by Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff

“Try, Try Again” by Paula Goodlett

“Little Jammer Boys” by Kim Mackey

“Safe at First Base” by Mark H Huston

“The Order of the Foot” by Richard Evans

“The Transmitter” by Gorg Huff

“The Essen Chronicles, Part 3: Trip to Paris” by Kim Mackey

“At the Cliff’s Edge” by Iver P. Cooper

“Butterflies In The Kremlin, Episode 2: A ‘Merican in Moscow” by Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett


“Radio in 1632, Part 3” by Rick Boatright

“The Sound of Mica” by Iver P. Cooper

“A Tempest In a Baptistry” by Terry Howard

“The Daily Beer” by Anette Pedersen

“White Gold” by Kerryn Offord

From the Editor:

Wow. Here we go again. Grantville Gazette, Volume Nine.

Who knew, back a few years ago, just how many people would be interested in the continuing soap opera of Grantville, WV, United States of Europe? I certainly didn’t, but I spend part of every single day being happy that I picked up that book with the pickup truck and hillbillies on the cover.

In this issue, as usual, we continue telling the “little” stories. By that, I mean the stories about the regular, everyday people who wound up in a situation they never could have anticipated, even if they’d been science fiction readers in the first place. The everyday sort of young man who misses speeding on the highway—as many young men would, I suspect. Read about him in Mark Huston’s “Gearhead.” The everyday sort of young soldiers, who always complain about the food in the dining hall on base. You can read about them in Kerryn Offord’s “A Matter of Taste.” Terry Howard’s “Anna the Baptist” looks at religion in a manner that Pope Urban just might not appreciate all that much. And Richard Evans’ postulates a “super secret” organization of up- and down-timers in “Order of the Foot.” “Pocket Money” by John and Patti Friend shows us just how determined kids can be . . . if there’s something they want badly enough.

For European everyday sorts of people, try “Mail Stop” by Virginia DeMarce—although I must admit that Martin isn’t the sort of guy you run into just any day of the week. He’s a touch unusual, what with that newly acquired hillbilly accent of his. “NCIS – Young Love Lost,” by Jose J. Clavell shows us a grittier side of the coin, while Iver P. Cooper’s “Under the Tuscan Son” takes us to Italy and a young man with ambitions. John Zeek’s “The Minstrel Boy,” tells us about the desire and longing for family, while Karen Bergstralh’s earnest blacksmith faces misfortune in “Tool or Die.”

What changes will having crystal radios cause? Gorg Huff and I explore a bit of that in “Waves of Change,” while Kim Mackey’s “Little Jammer Boy” presents the more, ah, reactionary side of that argument. We’re still talking about Russia in “Butterflies in the Kremlin, Part 2,” and Kim brings his “Essen Chronicles” to a close in Part 3 of that story.

Non-fiction this issue covers the usefulness of mica, from Iver P. Cooper’s “The Sound of Mica,” while Rick Boatright’s “Radio, Part 3” tells us one of the uses. Food—and yes, it is food—is covered in Anette Pedersen’s “The Daily Beer,” while Kerryn Offord explains sweeteners in “White Gold.” Terry Howard discusses just why the Anabaptists were so unpopular in “A Tempest in a Baptistry.”

Finally, we have a new feature in this issue. For lack of a better term, we’re calling them “European Interludes.” They began with a multi-part challenge: Write me something that doesn’t use a single up-timer. It can’t be set in Grantville or Magdeburg. Tell us what starts happening in the rest of the world, when all the knowledge that Grantville has starts leaking out. The characters don’t have to succeed, they just have to try.

We had a lot of takers. Quite a number of challenge stories are included in this volume and more have been written. Those will be included in future volumes.

We hope you enjoy it.


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