Grantville Gazette 98 is about the call of the new. In Sarah Hays' "One Woman's Treasures," Alyse Ballentine brings rodeo to the new timeline. The leaders of Rothenburg in Chuck Thompson's "Two Drinks For Rothenburg" are extremely wary about Grantville and the changes it brings. On the other hand, a samurai reaches for the opportunity in "Genzaburo's Gamble" by Sean Little. Others, like Brother Brenn in "Up-Timers Must Burn!" by Joy Ward, are adamantly opposed to the new. Still others, like Maria Anna in Tim Sayeau's "The Stars Were Bright" are embrace aspects of the new enthusiastically.
In "Industrial Alchemy, Part 6: Rare Earths And More," Iver Cooper discusses what the timeline can (and can't) do with certain elements. Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about "Technological Change in Notes from The Buffer Zone. See what's just been released and what's coming out next in "Hot Off the Ring of Fire Press." Find out which story readers chose as "Best of 2020" and read the report on "Ring of Fire Con 2021." Finally, Gustavo Bondoni brings us "Understudy Overreach," in which characters go charging out to get to the new first.