Grantville Gazette 96's theme is hope. Find out what happens when the Roman Catholic Church denounces slavery in Walt Boyes' "Contra Servitutem." Then go on to Robert E. Waters' "Cassini Takes First," about a boy who just wants to play baseball. Remember Irene Flannery? She was more complicated than it appeared, and her estate brings hope in many ways in "Mrs. Flannery's Flowers, Part 2: Flowers and Fashion" by Bethanne Kim. Many people in the new timeline want to fly. Iver P. Cooper explains how some of them might be able to in "Tethered Balloons and Kites in the 1632 Universe, Part 2."
Kristine Kathryn Rusch brings us "Notes from The Buffer Zone: Stepping Into an Uncertain Future."
In "The First Cavalry of the Cretaceous, Part 8: The Righteous and the Wicked," by Garrett W. Vance, the battle comes to an end, leading a number of characters to reflect on their hope or lack thereof. In the Universe Annex, we have J. Kenton Pierce's "Though the Night Be Long" and Edward M. Lerner's "Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part 2," which deal with hope in very different ways.