Eric Flint's 1632 & Beyond: Alternate History Stories

1632 & Beyond Issue 4 #4: The Birds of the Muses

Previous An Alexander Inheritance Story AthensJanuary 21, 319 BCE The cart bearing Melissa Hoffman and her precious cargo heaved up and down as the cart’s owner and driver bore down the dirt road to the port of Piraeus. From the back, there was an angry buzz, which slowly subsided. “Slower, you idiot!” she hissed. “You’ll […]

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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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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 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 #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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Into The Dark

Previous / Next by Iver P. Cooper An Alexander Inheritance Story Queen of the Sea In the Atlantic Ocean, en route to Trinidad Early November, 321 BCE “David Palacio, report to the staff captain.” The loudspeaker announcement didn’t say “immediately,” but that was understood. The staff captain was the second-highest ranking officer on a cruise […]

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