1636: Seas of Fortune

A cosmic catastrophe, the Ring of Fire, strands the West Virginia town of Grantville in the middle of Europe during the Thirty Years War. The repercussions of that event transform Europe and, in a few years, begin spreading across the world. By 1636, the Ring of Fire's impact is felt across two great oceans, the Atlantic and Pacific.

Stretching Out: The United States of Europe seeks out resources ‑‑ oil, rubber and even aluminum ore ‑‑ to help it wage war against the foes of freedom. Daring pioneers cross the Atlantic and found a new colony on the Wild Coast of South America. The colonists hope that with the up‑timers' support and knowledge they can prosper in the tropics without resort to Indian and African slavery. Then a slave ship visits the colony, seeking water.... and the colonists must make a fateful choice.

Rising Sun: In 1633, the wave of change emanating from the Ring of Fire reaches Japan. The Shogun is intrigued by samples of up‑time technology, but it's a peek at what fate had in store for Japan in the old time line that has the greatest impact ‑‑ setting events in motion whose tremors are felt thousands of miles away and for years to come, as Japan pulls back from a policy of isolation and stakes out its own claim in the brave new world created by the Ring.

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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, January 2014

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4516-3939-1
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Copyright 2014 by Iver Cooper

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Note: Several of the stories in the “Stretching Out” section of this book were published, in slightly different form, in the online magazine Grantville Gazette, as follows:

“Stretching Out, Part One: Second Starts,” Grantville Gazette, Volume 11, © 2007 by Iver P. Cooper; “Stretching Out, Part Two, Amazon Adventure,” Grantville Gazette, Volume 12, © 2007 by Iver P. Cooper; “Stretching Out, Part Three: Maria’s Mission,” Grantville Gazette, Volume 14 © 2007 by Iver P. Cooper; “Stretching Out, Part Four: Beyond the Line,” Grantville Gazette, Volume 16; © 2008 by Iver Cooper; “Stretching Out, Part Five: Riding the Tiger,” Grantville Gazette, Volume 18, © 2008 by Iver P. Cooper; “Stretching Out, Part Six: King of the Jungle,” Grantville Gazette, Volume 21, © 2009 by Iver P. Cooper.

Map 1 © 2014 by Iver P. Cooper and Gorg Huff, used by permission. Maps 2–6 © 2014 by Iver P. Cooper.

The sources for the epigraphs for the stories in the Rising Sun section of this book are given in footnotes.