Eric Flint's 1632 & Beyond: Alternate History Stories


Table of Contents

Grantville Gazette #5



1. Breaking News Jay Robison

2. Ounces Of Prevention Kim Mackey

3. Burmashave Chris Racciato

4. Schwarza Falls Douglas W. Jones

5. Susan’s Story Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff

6. Of Masters And Men Karen Bergstrahl

7. Murphy’s Law Virginia DeMarce


8. Suite For Four Hands David Carrico

9. Euterpe, Episode 3 Enrico M. Toro


10. In Vitro Veritas: Glassmaking After The Ring Of Fire Iver P. Cooper

11. Dyes And Mordants Lisa Satterlund

12. What Replaces the SRG? Leonard Hollar, Bob Hollingsworth, John Rigby, Phillip Schillawski, Tom Van Natta and John Zeek

13. The Grantville Brickmaker’s Primer Kerryn Offord

Note from Editor:

Just what is going on around Grantville, these days?
Questions are being asked, rumors are flying . . .Tony Adducci is tearing his hair out, wondering if he and his inexperienced staff will be able to track down and bust the perps . . .In Rome, a concerned mother wonders if deciding to send her talented daughter to Grantville didn’t get her a bit more than she bargained for . . .Nikki Jo Prickett, who’s gone to the Republic of Essen, struggles to make a certain ambassador understand that antibiotics aren’t always the right answer . . .What is all that secrecy over in Meiningen about, anyway?Oops! There’s a bit of a shortage of laboratory glassware these days. Where are we going to find what we need to make more?Just what did the Ring of Fire look like from the other side? Hermann Decker knows—he was there . . .Then there’s the wicked Velma . . . How can she get away with that sort of rottenness?The army needs another gun . . . which one will it be?Will Franz ever play the violin again? And what is so attractive about Grantville, that it should attract so many musicians, anyway?Is Maestro Carissimi’s immortal soul in danger because he hangs out with all those Protestants?Will the brick industry ever get off the ground . . .And just how do you get the color red from a bug . . .These and other burning questions will be answered . . .In Grantville Gazette, Volume 5 . . .
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.First printing, September 2005Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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DOI: 10.1125/0009Copyright© 2005 by Eric FlintAll rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.A Baen Books Original
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There are various images, mostly portraits from the time, which illustrate different aspects of the 1632 universe. In the first issue of the Grantville Gazette, I included those with the volume itself. Since that created downloading problems for some people, however, I’ve separated all the images and they will be maintained and expanded on their own schedule.
If you’re interested, you can look at the images and my accompanying commentary at no extra cost. They are set up in the Baen Free Library. You can find them as follows:
1) Go to 
2) Select “Free Library” from the blue menu at the top.
3) Once in the Library, select “The Authors” from the yellow menu on the left.
4) Once in “The Authors,” select “Eric Flint.”
5) Then select “Images from the Grantville Gazette.”

Submissions To The Magazine

If anyone is interested in submitting stories or articles for future issues of the Grantville Gazette, you are welcome to do so. But you must follow a certain procedure:

1) All stories and articles must first be posted in a conference in Baen’s Bar set aside for the purpose, called “1632 Slush.” Do not send them to me directly, because I won’t read them. It’s good idea to submit a sketch of your story to the conference first, since people there will likely spot any major problems that you overlooked. That can wind up saving you a lot of wasted work.

You can get to that conference by going to Baen Books’ web site Then select “Baen’s Bar.” If it’s your first visit, you will need to register. (That’s quick and easy.) Once you’re in the Bar, the three conferences devoted to the 1632 universe are “1632 Slush,” “1632 Slush Comments,” and “1632 Tech Manual.” You should post your sketch, outline or story in “1632 Slush.” Any discussion of it should take place in “1632 Slush Comments.” The “1632 Tech Manual” is for any general discussion not specifically related to a specific story.

2) Your story/article will then be subjected to discussion and commentary by participants in the 1632 discussion. In essence, it will get chewed on by what amounts to a very large, virtual writers’ group.

You do not need to wait until you’ve finished the story to start posting it in “1632 Slush.” In fact, it’s a good idea not to wait, because you will often find that problems can be spotted early in the game, before you’ve put all the work into completing the piece.

3) While this is happening, the assistant editor of the Grantville Gazette, Paula Goodlett, will be keeping an eye on the discussion. She will alert me whenever a story or article seems to be gaining general approval from the participants in the discussion. There’s also an editorial board to which Paula and I belong, which does much the same thing. The other members of the board are Karen Bergstralh, Rick Boatright, and Laura Runkle. In addition, authors who publish regularly in the 1632 setting participate on the board as ex officio members. My point is that plenty of people will be looking over the various stories being submitted, so you needn’t worry that your story will just get lost in the shuffle.

4) At that point—and only at that point—do I take a look at a story or article.

I insist that people follow this procedure, for two reasons:

First, as I said, I’m very busy and I just don’t have time to read everything submitted until I have some reason to think it’s gotten past a certain preliminary screening.

Secondly, and even more importantly, the setting and “established canon” in this series is quite extensive by now. If anyone tries to write a story without first taking the time to become familiar with the setting, they will almost invariably write something which—even if it’s otherwise well written—I simply can’t accept.

In short, the procedure outlined above will save you a lot of wasted time and effort also.

One point in particular: I have gotten extremely hardnosed about the way in which people use American characters in their stories (so-called “up-timers”). That’s because I began discovering that my small and realistically portrayed coal mining town of 3500 people was being willy-nilly transformed into a “town” with a population of something like 20,000 people—half of whom were Navy SEALs who just happened to be in town at the Ring of Fire, half of whom were rocket scientists (ibid), half of whom were brain surgeons (ibid), half of whom had a personal library the size of the Library of Congress, half of whom . . .

Not to mention the F-16s which “just happened” to be flying through the area, the Army convoys (ibid), the trains full of vital industrial supplies (ibid), the FBI agents in hot pursuit of master criminals (ibid), the . . .

NOT A CHANCE. If you want to use an up-time character, you must use one of the “authorized” characters. Those are the characters created by Virginia DeMarce using genealogical software and embodied in what is called “the grid.”

You can obtain a copy of the grid from the web site which collects and presents the by-now voluminous material concerning the series, Look on the right for the link to “Virginia’s Uptimer Grid.” While you’re at it, you should also look further down at the links under the title “Authors’ Manual.”

You will be paid for any story or factual article which is published. The rates that I can afford for the magazine at the moment fall into the category of “semi-pro.” I hope to be able to raise those rates in the future to make them fall clearly within professional rates, but . . . That will obviously depend on whether the magazine starts selling enough copies to generate the needed income. In the meantime, the rates and terms which I can offer are posted below in the standard letter of agreement accepted by all the contributors to this issue.

Standard letter of agreement 

Below are the terms for the purchase of a story or factual article (hereafter “the work”) to be included in an issue of the online magazine Grantville Gazette, edited by Eric Flint and published by Baen Books.

Payment will be sent upon acceptance of the work at the following rates:

1) a rate of 2.5 cents per word for any story or article up to 15,000 words;

2) a rate of 2 cents a word for any story or article after 15,000 words but before 30,000 words;

3) a rate of 1.5 cents a word for any story or article after 30,000 words.

The rates are cumulative, not retroactive to the beginning of the story or article. (E.g., a story 40,000 words long would earn the higher rates for the first 30,000 words.) Word counts will be rounded to the nearest hundred and calculated by Word for Windows XP.

In the event a story has a payment that exceeds $200, the money will be paid in two installments: half on acceptance, and the remaining half two months after publication of the story.

You agree to sell exclusive first world rights for the story, including exclusive first electronic rights for five years following publication, and subsequent nonexclusive world rights. Should Baen Books select your story for a paper edition, you will not receive a second advance but will be paid whatever the differential might be between what you originally received and the advance for different length stories established for the paper edition. You will also be entitled to a proportionate share of any royalties earned by the authors of a paper edition. If the work is reissued in a paper edition, then the standard reversion rights as stipulated in the Baen contract would supercede the reversion rights contained here.

Eric Flint retains the rights to the 1632 universe setting, as well as the characters in it, so you will need to obtain his permission if you wish to publish the story or use the setting and characters through anyone other than Baen Books even after the rights have reverted to you. You, the author, will retain copyright and all other rights except as listed above. Baen will copyright the story on first publication.

You warrant and represent that you have the right to grant the rights above; that these rights are free and clear; that your story will not violate any copyright or any other right of a third party, nor be contrary to law. You agree to indemnify Baen for any loss, damage, or expense arising out of any claim inconsistent with any of the above warranties and representations.


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