Eric Flint's 1632 & Beyond: Alternate History Stories

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 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 #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 1 #8: Horse Power

Horse Power by Karen Bergstrahl Previous The people of Grantville have been plunged into a world where horsepower literally means horse power. In the 17th century muscle, water, and air provided power. Water wheels provide power for mills but their use is limited by location. Water is also subject to seasonal variations. Air-driven power always […]

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Volume 1 #7: They’ve Got Bread Mold, So Why Can’t They Make Penicillin?

They’ve Got Bread Mold, So Why Can’t They Make Penicillin? by Bob Gottlieb Previous / Next The above is one of the more common questions asked by readers following the 1632 series, especially those who are interested in the subject of disease and medicine. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to the question. There are […]

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Volume 1 #6: Radio in the 1632 Universe

Radio in the 1632 Universe by Rich Boatright Previous / Next Introduction The military and diplomatic radio situation in Europe at the end of the novel 1633 is a result of a unique combination of the authors’ needs in the story line, the limitations imposed by the authors’ choice of town to base Grantville on, […]

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Volume 1 #5: The Rudolstadt Colloquy

The Rudolstadt Colloquy by Virginia DeMarce Previous / Next April 1633 Ed Piazza squirmed as inconspicuously as possible on the hard bench of the University of Jena’s anatomy amphitheater, as the debate on differing Lutheran views of the doctrine of justification by faith alone, both up-time and down-time, flew over and around his head in […]

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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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Down-Time Medical Training

Down-Time Medical Training by Bethanne Kim Previous by Bethanne Kim This focuses on medical training in Grantville and associated institutions, particularly the medical college in Jena. The story “An Invisible War” by Danita Lee Ewing (Grantville Gazette 2, 3, and II) chronicles the efforts during the year 1634-35 to start a training program for professional […]

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The Matthew Grant Letters

The Matthew Grant Letters by George Grant Previous / Next by George Grant Editor’s Note: Capitalization practices, a few spellings, and the signature are taken from the historical Matthew Grant’s letters. June 1635 The Christian of London arrived in Massachusetts Bay, carrying the Stiles party and other passengers, a small amount of cargo, and mail […]

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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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