Welcome to Grantville Gazette 88! This issue is all about the flow of people, information, and technology to and from Grantville. Karen Evans starts us out with a piece of technology from Grantville in "King Christian's Zipper." Next, Cosimo (who appeared in our previous issues) finds himself summoned to a very high-level meeting in Jack Carroll's "A Long-Awaited Proposal." A. P. Davidson tells the story young managers on a Swedish canal project facing an emergency in "Revealed By Fire."
In Michael Lockwood's "A Puritan Voice, Part 3," Nicholas continues his journey toward Grantville, but he is still being tracked. Anne Keener begins a new serial with "Birthing Pains, Part 1," in which an up-time/down-time couple have very different expectations.
With all those airships, where is the helium? Iver Cooper explains in "Hunting for Helium in the 1632 Universe."
In Notes from the Buffer Zone, Kristine Kathryn Rusch remembers Mike Resnick.
Hot Off Ring of Fire Press brings you the latest titles. You have an opportunity to vote for the Grantville Gazette's Best of 2019.
We have two Universe stories this issue. "The Final Problem" by Edward M. Lerner is a new case for our favorite qmind. In Shoshana Edwards' "Easy as Pie, Part 2," Harper's Landing really wants a pushy developer to go away.
Grantville Gazette 87 opens with a pair of short stories from Terry Howard: "A Long-Awaited Proposal" and "Don't Feed Me People Food." Next, Mark Roth-Whitworth fills in some events in Eastern Europe in "Red Makes Friends." Deputy Marshals hunt a fugitive in Mike Watson's "The Searchers." A relative comes to stay in Natalie Silk's "Anya's Story." In Michael Lockwood's "A Puritan Voice, Part 2," Nicholas continues his journey, but he is being tracked. A. P. Davidson tells us about "The Army of Sweden," and Iver P. Cooper concludes his series on "Photography in the 1632 Universe." This issue's two Universe Annex stories are "Crazy Horse's Prodigal Granddaughter" by Allan Dyen-Shapiro and "The Meat Interpreter" by Edward M. Lerner.
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.