Eric Flint's 1632 & Beyond: Alternate History Stories

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 #4: Mrs. Flannery’s Flower Part 1: Acceptance

Previous / Next by Bethanne Kim April 2, 2000 Krystal Reed drove over to her Aunt Bethel and Uncle Raymond Little’s house after she finished her shift at the drugstore. Her parents were supposed to bring Nana over from Bluemont for the afternoon, and if she timed things right, her mom would take over and […]

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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 96 #7: Time Spike: The First Cavalry of the Cretaceous, Part 8: The Righteous and the Wicked

Previous / Next by Garrett W. Vance The Stone Wall Village battlefield The riders of The First Cavalry of the Cretaceous sang songs of victory as they harassed the enemy’s pikemen, dodging between their long lances, sowing chaos among their broken ranks. Lieutenant Tohbi-Oka’ grinned at the sight from the back of his sturdy mesa […]

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Volume 96 #6: Hot off Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press!

Previous / Next by Walt Boyes Hot Off the Ring of Fire Press We continue to publish a book a week, usually dropping on Thursday, so make sure you check. Here are the current and upcoming releases: New Releases PAINTED CATS By NEAL F. LITHERLAND Leo is the toughest alley cat around, but he’s got […]

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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 96 #3: Mrs. Flannery’s Flowers, Part 2: Flowers and Fashion

Previous / Next by Bethanne Kim First Sunday in Advent, 1631 After Mass, Irene Flannery walked over to Krystal and looked her up and down, sniffing in disdain. “I thought your mother at least taught you how to dress appropriately for Mass, young lady.” Caught off guard, Krystal had to bite back an angry reply. […]

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Volume 96 #1: Contra Servitutem

Previous / Next by Walt Boyes Douai, Flanders May 10, 1636 Diogo screamed in the darkness. The dream had come again. “Diogo, are you alright?” Flint scraped and a candle flared, casting light and shadow in the dormitory room. “I, I, I had the dream again, Symao!” Diogo shuddered, arms wrapped around his chest, sitting […]

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Volume 96 #2: Cassini Takes First

Previous / Next Click here for links to all parts of the Cassini story. “He speaks in your voice, American, and there’s a shine in his eye that’s halfway hopeful.” –Don Delillo, Underworld Grantville Mountaineers’ Little League Tryouts July 7, 1636 An assistant coach for the Grantville Mountaineers sent a pop fly into the outfield. It […]

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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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