Grantville Gazette 86's stories all seem to have a new twist on a familiar theme. In "Donauwörth or Bust," Terry Howard gives the story of an up-timer who has it made . . . and gets drawn into a bet. Then Michael Lockwood tells us the story of down-on-his-luck up-timer in "The Redemption of Bobby Jones." In "Der Teufel," Robby Klotz lets us into the head of a down-time sniper who is just a bit different. Meriah Crawford and Robert E. Waters bring another down-time artist to Grantville in "Broken Strings"—but will he gain his freedom?
Our serials continue the theme. In Michael Lockwood's "A Puritan Voice, Part 1," a Puritan leaves the New World to journey to Grantville. Rainer Prem's "Ein Feste Burg" returned with episode 24, in which romantic plans go awry.
Iver P. Cooper explains color photography in "Photography in the 1632 Universe: Touching the Rainbow." "Hot Off Ring of Fire Press" has upcoming books. Kristine Kathryn Rusch discusses "Inspired Content."
In the Universe Annex, we have "Requiem," an Honor Harrington story by David Carrico and "Where the Lilacs Do Not Bloom" by Yaroslav Barsukov.