Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about the way times have changed in our time line in her column Notes From the Buffer Zone. Well, what about the way times might have changed in the new time line of 1632?
Lots of differences, don't you think? There's the breakdown of social barriers, as portrayed in James Copley's "Margarete's Rose." Technology makes its mark in Jack Carroll's "Storm Signals." Something as simple as an April Fool joke causes a bit of, er, irritation on the part of one man in Iver P. Cooper's "Lion's Tower," not to mention the changes brought about by the railroads, which you can read about in Iver's "Stitching the Country Together."
Henneberg experiences a wrenching change in Virginia DeMarce's "The Red Flage of Henneberg." Swiss Army knives? Maybe not so much. See Kim Schoeffel's "Me Fecit Solingen Nicht" for what could happen there. Papermaking has lots of potential for improvement, as in Terry Howard's "The Future Is Where You Started."
And not all the things the up-timer's bring are good things. Check out what's happening to the grapes and wine-making industry in Kerryn Offord's "Rotkäppchen." Music we know will be affected, and Enrico Toro and David Carrico demonstrate that in "Euterpe, Episode 4." Herb Sakalaucks is back with the next episode of what might be going on in the New World in "Northwest Passage, Part Six."
Now, back in our own timeline, what might go on in space sometime in the future? Check out Jason K. Chapman's "The Long Fall" for one take on that.
Grantville Gazette 31. Ready for you now.