February . This is the first work in the Assiti Shards fictional universe and the verse. Grantville, West Virginia, in the year , is transposed within an area of southern Thuringia of Germany in the s. Grantvillers subsequently take on the Holy Roman Empire's troops in the Thirty Years' War, in order to maintain their own town's integrity. August .
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Grantville joins sides with Gustavus Adolphus, and tries to recreate the Germanies in the image of the United States. April . A diplomatic and trade mission to the Italies goes awry when youngsters attached to the mission decide to rescue Galileo from the Inquisition, and end up in a plot to assassinate the Pope. The plot is hatched by a French operative turned rebel, who wishes to destroy France to allow the rise of the Huguenots.
October . Cardinal Borja, incensed with the behavior of Pope Urban, decides to assassinate the Pope and his political allies and to have himself declared the new Pope. Though Borja manages to take over the Vatican and establish quorum with cowed Cardinals, the old Pope escapes. May .
Western Europe maneuvers to contain Gustavus Adolphus, resulting in a naval battle in the Baltic, and the conquest of Denmark by Sweden, and victory for Grantville's navy of ironclads. October . The Prince Cardinal Infante of Spain takes on vice-regal duties in the Spanish Netherlands, then decides to separate from Spain and declare himself King. December . The French Huguenot rebel plots to destroy Grantville, by assassinating the heads of Grantville.
This leads to plots to oppose vaccination and destroy the Jews, as covers for assassination, which ends in the deaths of two of Grantville's leaders, and a violent purge of all anti-semitic forces in the area controlled by Grantville's allies. October . Episodes five and six of The Anaconda Project , an interrupted series in Grantville Gazette volumes 12—21, were incorporated into chapters four and five of The Eastern Front.
April . Oxenstierna usurps the power of USE parliament, sides with the nobility, and forces the country into a civil war which is ultimately won by supporters of FoJP and CoC led by Mike Stearns. June . Bernie Zeppi takes a job as technical adviser to the Russians' attempt to bootstrap themselves into an industrial revolution. October . The Pope is pursued across Italian countryside by assassins sent by Borja, while the USE mounts commando raids to rescue Frank Stone and his wife from Spanish captivity.
October . David Carrico. June  . Naval battle ensues with the Spanish and settlers which ends in a standoff. November  . Sequel to Barbie Consortium stories, continues directly with some characters from Saxon Uprising. The Barbie Consortium travel to Vienna as part of a plan to fix the Austro-Hungarian economy and defend its future.
Meanwhile, the Ottomans, flush with victory, turn their gaze to Europe and their old enemy. July . Cardinal Richelieu's position in France is further threatened by Gaston , the younger brother of King Louis XIII , while the same monarch and his wife devise a plan to protect the throne from his ambitious brother and enemies.
January . January . The Ottomans attack Austria. Meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire comes ever closer to their long-sought goal of capturing Vienna. April . Griffin Barber. A delegation from the USE is sent to the Mughal Empire in order to secure both trade deals and establish a new trade route. All the while, various elements in the royal court scheme to usurp Shah Jahan.
December . Cardinal Bedmar is elected as the new Pope but Borja still occupies the Vatican. February . Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett. Sequel to The Kremlin Games . Czar Michael Romanov and his supporters flee beyond the Urals and establish their government in exile. The book details the trials and tribulations of establishing a new nation.
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April . The Ottomans continue with their invasion of Austria. At the same time, Saxony seized control of Lower Silesia, a region that has been in dispute with Poland for almost a century. Polish revolutionaries seized control of Galicia while Bohemia also became involved in that regional conflict. Includes parts from The Anaconda Project , an interrupted series in Grantville Gazette volumes 12— September .
Iver Cooper. Can uptimers, with their knowledge of the future, prevent the destruction of the Ming Empire by the non-Chinese Manchu people that led to large-scale massacres and three centuries of subjugation of the Han in our timeline? Chuck Gannon. Ring of Fire I. January . May . Several intertwining short stories combine to form a narrative that covers the overthrow of the ruling order by the common people, in a democracy drive, led by a political newspaper featuring a political cartoon starring a ram.
January . December . Several intertwining short stories combine to form a narrative that covers the development subsequent to the Ram Rebellion in Franconia. July . January . The story of the Barbie Consortium , from its origins in competition with the Sewing Circle , to just before the climax of The Viennese Waltz. Ring of Fire IV. May . Includes a short story by Hugo and Nebula awards winning author David Brin. August .
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Book is about a character that was first developed by Offord and Boatright and includes some material that was previous published in the electronic version of the Grantville Gazette plus additional new material. December . Anette Pedersen. Book is about a few characters which Pedersen introduced in the Ring of Fire I anthology and is also a sequel to The Tangled Web. November . The first novela is about a downtimer doing something while the second novella is about the further adventures of the musician Johann Bach and his brothers, characters that were developed in various Grantville Gazette short stories.
This novel deals with events in the timeline that the timeshifted Grantville left behind. The Alexander Inheritance. July . Another novel that deals with events in the timeline that the timeshifted Grantville and a timeshifted Illinois state prison had left behind. Then to the crowd: "According to Melissa Mailey, we now live in a world where kings and noblemen rule the roost.
And they've turned all of central Europe— our home, now, ours and our children's to come —into a raging inferno. We are surrounded by a Ring of Fire. Well, I've fought forest fires before. So have lots of other men in this room. The best way to fight a fire is to start a counterfire. So my position is simple. I say we start the American Revolution—a hundred and fifty years ahead of schedule! Originally published as a serial in 3 parts in Gazette volumes 7—9 as The Essen Chronicles. Originally published as a serial in 9 parts in Gazette volumes 22, 23, 28—31, and 33—35 as Northwest Passage.
Heavily rewritten and includes new material by Herbert Sakalaucks plus a new short story by Eric Flint. Originally published as a serial in 13 parts in Gazette volumes 32—41, and 43— Minor re-write from serial version. A collection of 8 separate non-fiction articles originally published in Gazette volumes 10, 26, 29, 34, 35, and Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff. Time seems to concertina, expanding and contracting to open out pockets of aromatic description. The story deals in oxymorons — bitter desire, weak power — and jolts to a conclusion that is harsh, cool, indelible.
Kevin Barry. Key to a great short story is the tension and torsion created within each sentence. The main character, a nurse, has been taken to the overseas villa of her rich lover. The story is lit with sexual chemistry, but travels a horribly misaligned path.
Its true test lies in finding an exit from the female dream. Sarah Hall. This is a strange, dark little story. Anderson evokes the Ohio town of Winesburg by focusing on the hands of its inhabitants. Guy Gunaratne. Sedaris is in the fifth grade when heavy snow closes the schools. The little Sedarises go off sledding and return to find the door locked against them. They peer through the window to see their mother watching TV and glugging wine.
She closes the drapes on them. A story — more memoir than fiction — that starts with the recognition that the very sight of you drives your mother to drink is attractive to me. He is a genius. Nina Stibbe. Calvino imagines it so close it risks dipping its scales in the sea. Fishermen gather lunar milk as the protagonist writhes in unrequited love.
It is a great example of magic realism — full of texture and motion and mischief and longing. A southern white deputy sheriff tries and fails to have sex with his wife. As she goes to sleep he talks about the vicious beating he gave a black protestor earlier that day, and returns to a deeper and even darker memory from his childhood: the ritual killing of a black man. After the killing, there was a picnic. But with these elements he explored some of the most thrilling ideas in fiction. Labyrinths and strange books are both present here, as is a theory of existence that anticipates the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Extraordinarily, all these elements are enfolded within an account of a wartime espionage mission. From spring to summer the young Polish poet Borowski was a political prisoner in Auschwitz. His stories are some of the darkest documents in world literature. Here we witness a man who has taken his furnishings and arranged them on his lawn: bed, couch, desk, turntable, lamp. But a hangnail of the unknowable remains, and stays long in the memory. Cheever is known as a chronicler of the suburbs, but in this story the leafy neighbourhood of Shady Hill, a recurring location in his fiction, blends the domestic with something much stranger, almost magical.
There she meets Roy, an ex-prison inspector, and rashly moves in with him. She talks about her characters in a way that makes you feel your own perceptiveness is being worked like a muscle. During her lifetime Gilman was best known for her nonfiction, and she was forgotten after her suicide. The main character of this bleakly hilarious story, the downtrodden government clerk Akaky Akakievich, is arguably the first antihero in modern literature, and his doomed pursuit of a new overcoat one of the most memorably absurd quests in fiction.
This might be an alternative Britain, or a future one. When their shift finishes, they drive into the countryside and reality unravels completely. Johnson rides a line between the sacred and the profane, between hilarity and sadness. Li has a Chekhovian ability to disappear from the text, allowing a remarkable intensity to develop between reader and story.
His expansion on this irresistible detail resulted in one of his greatest stories. Thanks to the publisher for the e-galley! May 10, Ilana C. Myer added it. May 19, Nicole Beaudry rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , sci-fi , adult , short-stories , fairy-tales , jpl. As with any collection of short stories, the majority of these are good, a couple are lacklustre, and a few are spectacular. Samatar draws out, with tenderness, the aches and injuries and wounds of humanity and humans, these being two different things that intersect. Fantastic stories, often science fiction or fantasy with fairy tale elements, that express different pains in exquisite ways, always with a delicate prose and unique voice.
I really enjoyed these, and look forward to reading more bu As with any collection of short stories, the majority of these are good, a couple are lacklustre, and a few are spectacular. I really enjoyed these, and look forward to reading more buy her. Nov 24, Kiki rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy.
And he, sitting up, framed by wild white hair, "Why, Sally, what's come over you, are you mad? Samatar's inventiveness is shown in the variety of forms this quest takes, almost all of them explicitly related to the act of writing. The love letters, research essays, encyclopaedia draft entries, a dream journal--these are the tools for "You called me an ant" she'll say. The love letters, research essays, encyclopaedia draft entries, a dream journal--these are the tools for the quest or the journey itself.
Sometimes it's a first person account, unfettered, or it's an extant document of competing narratives framed by a critique. We get personal imaginative ruminations on immigration, family, identity, displacement, exile, community, rural Vs urban landscapes. These are couched in a familiar character story or let loose in a more abstract entry that ends with the narrator "screeching with joy" as she tumbles "into the the sparkling air, where thousands like me already cavort, rising and falling on stunted wings, like miniature cyclones among the grinding towers.
From Maghreb and the Dogon, through a milky moonlit city in Cairo, to a busy city by the Nile in Sudan, I was eager to google every detail and soak in every unfamiliar reference. It still feels a little stranger to remember that the Nile river exists in other countries beside Egypt.
Yuh really not ready for all the things this book can do. Mi spwoil now. If you've read Samatar's previous novels you'll be treated to far more diverse examples of her style here. The dreamy, heady Olondria books offer more voluptuous, vaguely archaic writing.
But the first story, "Selkies Stories are for Losers", from title to opening line declares that Samatar can and will be flexing different muscles.
With these stories Samatar explores and interrogates the different narratives characters create about themselves, which ones they participate in, or others impose on them, how they do it and what that looks like. They invoke sympathy, suspicion, curiosity, fear, laughter, sadness, hope.
There's been much talk in the literary media about the short stories' renaissance: Tender deserves to be front and centre in that conversation. If you've ever done research on African cultures online, especially as an effort to know more about your history, you must read "Request for an Extension on the Clarity ". It's hilarious and bittersweet. Feb 26, Beth Cato rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , science , , anthology , early-reviewers. I had read one of Samatar's stories before, her acclaimed "Selkie Stories are for Losers," and was happy to read it again as the opener to this collection.
Samatar's stories are eloquent and thought-provoking.
She doesn't use formulaic plots like most short stories writers; her narrative tends to glide along, relying on inference rather than blunt statements. She often draws on themes of isolation. I found some of the works a bit strange for my preference, leaving me in wonder of what happened, but even those were worth reading through.
Dec 10, Charlotte rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , release. The best book of Each story contains a whole world. Each object, each tiny thing, has so much metaphorical or symbolic weight, and is also itself. Potatoes, lassi, American soda, cigarettes made from scraps of written records. Stories made up of letters and other documents that question that very materiality, the ethics of writing and recording and excavating.
Excavat The best book of Excavating is not always a kindness. And sometimes it is all that we have. The words that have special meanings, and let those who dream of them escape to the land of mourning Nov 28, Erin rated it really liked it. The story "Fallow" was incredible and worth reading this whole collection for. Sep 21, Donna Miele rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed And then something turns, or a heart opens, or a scar more often something worse, like a cyborg implant or a synthetic sky is revealed, and nothing matters more than being right there, right now, until I get to the last page.
Plus there are often moments like the one below, appealing especially to acolytes of the written word. I'm smitten, give me up for lost. I have submitted a number of works, more than I care to remember. All have been rejected. I have submitted dreams, fantastical stories, novels of Old Earth, children's tales, even hymns. At this point, merely to pass by the archives gives me a queasy feeling.
For this reason, I rarely go into town, and if I need something unavailable in Housing, I pick it up from Sister Bundle's little stand, rather than visiting the stores.
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It is a terrible feeling to have your work pulped. Brother Chalk at the archives--whom I call Ezera, since I knew him at school--tries to comfort me by telling me that pulped paper makes fresh paper possible, that destruction and renewal is the cycle of Life. His remaining hair clumped at the back of his head, his chubby jowls fringed with beard, he is a good man, a father, sympathetic, and one of my best friends. The last time I spoke with him, I thanked God that I had no pencil with me, for I might have succumbed to the temptation to drive it into his hand.
May 26, Nathaniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , lgbtq , science-fiction , short-fiction , recs , african-lit , all-time-favorites , diverse-specfic , academic-specfic , african-american-lit. And generations later, these Kushite artists used these images, images of their own people, to depict their enemies!
As if the images have no character at all. As if they are vessels that can be filled again and again. Simply the enemy. Only that the figures are identical, and that they are many. Oct 03, gwayle rated it really liked it Shelves: black-writer , small-press , writers-to-watch , fantastical , to-read I remember loving this creative, consistently moving, and varied short story collection. Sofia Samatar is in a class of her own, and since I don't read short stories that often my analogs are limited, but she reminded me of the best parts of George Saunders's CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Karen Russell St.
Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. Sep 23, jess b rated it it was amazing. God, this collection is so good. Not every single story landed for me, but the vast majority were remarkable. Several of the stories were re-reads, and they were all even better the second time around. Samatar is a genius, and I really feel like she ought to be much more widely read and acclaimed. Nov 27, Andrea Blythe rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , fic-fantasy , fiction , fic-scifi , fic-short-stories.
Sofia Samatar's collection of stories reveals human or not-so-human tenderness as the aching of a wound, or the gentle kindness from another, or the vulnerability of the young.
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It's a stunning collection of powerful stories with beautiful writing and many with creative ways of expressing the tale essay format, journal entries, letters that provides a unique depth and texture. I love "Selkie Stories Are for Losers," a story in which a young woman comes to terms with her anger at the loss of he Sofia Samatar's collection of stories reveals human or not-so-human tenderness as the aching of a wound, or the gentle kindness from another, or the vulnerability of the young.
I love "Selkie Stories Are for Losers," a story in which a young woman comes to terms with her anger at the loss of her mother, sharing the stories with the reader, she keeps hidden within herself. The phrases "I don't tell" and "I won't tell" are repeated throughout, highlighting the need for new stories free of the pain and mistakes of the past. The story sings with love and compassion. The woman is ill, the husband frustrated and over protective.
She holds to her daughter with such affection in a world that is slipping away, dying. The ending of this story — which I will not spoil — shattered me. Love is so powerful. So is hope, however small. Another deeply moving story is "Walkdog," which is presented as an class essay about knowing one's environment. The author chooses to write about walkdogs, creatures said to steal people away, forcing them to walk behind them for years and years.