1632 Tech

The 1632 universe operates on a different set of rules than other SF or Alternate History shared universes.  

To the extent possible, we try to write the stories in such a way that they are plausible in the real world. To that end, to the extent possible, we use real science and real technology. 

The 1632 tech section of this web site documents the rich and complex results of our author’s and reader’s contributions to that plausibility. 

Some of the sections or items listed in the 1632 Tech menu above are constantly shifting lists of posts about that material.  Others are pages that link to semi-static resources. Feel free to dive deep and enjoy what you find. 

The 1632 Editorial Board. 

1632 Discussion Forums

Baen’s Bar WebBoard
Baen publishing runs the Bar, a lively WebBoard for readers and fans of all the Baen publications. The fans and authors of the 1632 series hang out in 1632Tech, submit new stories in 1632Slush and talk about the stories in 1632SlushComments. The Bar is accessible by web browser, email or NNTP.
Baen’s Bar Archive
The searchable Bar archive is currently offline.

Other 1632 resources:

1632 Search Engine
Mike Watson has created a search engine with the full text of 1632 / 1633 / Ring of Fire I & II / The Galileo Affair / 1634: The Ram Rebellion / 1634: The Baltic War / 1635: The Cannon Law / 1634: The Bavarian Crisis / 1635: The Dreeson Incident / Grantville Gazette, Vols I throuugh XXIV at <http://www.crucis.net/1632search/>. This site solves many problems in researching 1632 canon.
1632 Wiki
Rainer Prem maintains a 1632 Wiki at http://1632wiki.org.
Story Snippets
At the Collected Driblets of Baen Joe Buckley collects the story snippets posted to Baens Bar by various authors. He has parts of drafts of several 1632 universe novels, including the long anticipated 1634: The Bavarian Crisis.
Hallvard B Furuseth <h.b.furuseth@usit.uio.no> has a collection of snippets of stories posted on the Bar.
1632 Roleplaying Game
Check out the 1632 Roleplaying Game from Battlefield Press.

Non-1632 Sites

Checking Period Names
  • To find names and check location and period go to the WorldConnect Project <http://worldconnect .rootsweb.com/>
  • In the advanced search (left column) enter any surname and given name.
  • In the next “page” go to the bottom and clear everything, then input the name you want to check, and enter the date(s) you want to check…

(This information brought to you courtesy of Virginia)

Can’t sprechen Sie mit die Völkern? Try Google Translate. Paste in text and it gives a rough transliteration into and from many languages. Google is constantly improving this site. It also will display a translated web page.
1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica
Among the books that made it through the Ring of Fire, the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, stands out as the ultimate premodern resource. Peter Klancic has written a FAQ listing online sources for the 1911EB.
Mannington, WV
Visit the Mannington web site. Mannington, of course is the town upon which Grantville is based. If it wasn’t in Mannington in May of 2000, it missed the Ring of Fire.
View Mannington From Space
Microsoft Research Maps has both picture and topographic data down to one-meter resolution.