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In 1781, George Washington's attempt to trap the British under Cornwallis at Yorktown ends catastrophically when the French fleet is destroyed in the Battle of the Capes. The revolution collapses, and the British begin a bloody reign of terror. A group of rebels flees westward and sets up a colony near what is now Chicago. They call it Liberty. The British, looking to finish what they started, send a very large force under Burgoyne to destroy them. Burgoyne is desperate for redemption and the Americans are equally desperate to survive.
Had the Battle of the Capes gone differently, a changed, darker, New World would have been forced into existence. But even under those dire circumstances, Liberty may still find a way!
The long‑awaited sequel to Carousel Tides, enchanting contemporary fantasy by Sharon Lee, award‑winning co‑creator of the popular Liaden Universe® saga. When magic meets mundane, sparks fly: these are exciting times in Archers Beach, Maine! A unprecedented Early Season has united townies and carnies in an effort expand into a twelve‑month resort, recapturing the town's former glory.
Kate Archer, owner‑operator of the vintage wooden carousel, is caught up in the excitement—and is quite possibly the cause of it. Because Kate leads a double life, as carny, and as Guardian of the land. Her recent return to the home she had forsaken has changed the town's luck—for the better—and energized the trenvay—earth and water spirits who are as much citizens of the Beach as their mundane counterparts.
But the town's new energy isn't the only change afoot. Joe Nemeier, the local drug lord, whose previous magical consultant was vanquished by Kate, has acquired a new ally—and this one plays with fire.
A World Cloaked in Darkness
With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a rag‑tag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away.
The Candle Flickers
Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands...
Light a Flame
Now Wolf Squadron must take on another massive challenge: clear the assault carrier USS Iwo Jima of infected before the trapped Marines and sailors succumb to starvation. If Wolf Squadron can accomplish that task, an even tougher trial awaits: an apocalyptic battle to win a new dawn for humanity. The war for civilization begins as the boats of the Wolf Squadron become a beacon of hope on a Darkling Sea.
It’s go time once again for the meta‑heroes including fire‑bender John Murdock, hacker‑witch Vikki Nagy, healer Belladona Blue, super‑quick Mercurye–and most of all for their ghostly ally, Seraphym, the spirit of the world Verdegris knows he must trap and destroy her if he is to take down the metas.
From New York Times best‑seller and science fiction and fantasy mistress of adventure Mercedes Lackey together with a team of topnotch collaborators, the third entry in the blockbuster saga of superpowers–and the very human men and women who must learn to wield them.
A cosmic catastrophe, the Ring of Fire, strands the West Virginia town of Grantville in the middle of Europe during the Thirty Years War. The repercussions of that event transform Europe and, in a few years, begin spreading across the world. By 1636, the Ring of Fire's impact is felt across two great oceans, the Atlantic and Pacific.
Stretching Out: The United States of Europe seeks out resources ‑‑ oil, rubber and even aluminum ore ‑‑ to help it wage war against the foes of freedom. Daring pioneers cross the Atlantic and found a new colony on the Wild Coast of South America. The colonists hope that with the up‑timers' support and knowledge they can prosper in the tropics without resort to Indian and African slavery. Then a slave ship visits the colony, seeking water.... and the colonists must make a fateful choice.
Rising Sun: In 1633, the wave of change emanating from the Ring of Fire reaches Japan. The Shogun is intrigued by samples of up‑time technology, but it's a peek at what fate had in store for Japan in the old time line that has the greatest impact ‑‑ setting events in motion whose tremors are felt thousands of miles away and for years to come, as Japan pulls back from a policy of isolation and stakes out its own claim in the brave new world created by the Ring.
Well, here we are, November 2013, with the fiftieth volume of the Grantville Gazette! Quite the milestone!
This volume contains stories by both old and new authors. Check out Terry Howard and Esther Merriken's "Franklin's Monster, Act III, The Power to Fly" for an interesting take on art, as well as Robert E. Waters and Meriah Crawford's "The Multi-Colored King" for another equally interesting take on art. Bjorn Hasseler brings us "The Winter of '35," a story about a really, really busy day in Grantville. "A Season of Change" is Kerryn Offord's offering, and it's back to our favorite print shop.
Rainer Prem is back with "Ein Feste Burg, Episode 11," this time bringing romance—and fast food—to a different part of Germany. Jack Carroll and Edith Wild continue their serial, "The Undergraduate, Episode Two." All of them ramping up the interest for us all.
Iver Cooper has info about the plague, which he brings to light in "Infectious Pestilence: Part 1, Coping with Plague in Early Modern Europe." It makes a person happy to not have to worry about that! Garrett W. Vance gives us "Time Spike: The Mysterious Mesa, Part One," an interesting story set in a very difficult place.
Edith Maor wrote "Global Village," a story that gives quite another perspective on eyeglasses. Someday we may all be calling people who don't wear them "old two eyes." And Kristine Kathryn Rusch, in her column Notes From The Buffer Zone, discusses "Editing Changes," about how editors are different and have their own impact on popular magazines.
Step right up. Read all about it. Grantville Gazette, Volume 50, is ready now.