Story Time Frames

1632 Event Timeline

If you want to write a story set in, say, summer of 1634, it is good to know which stories already in canon are also “running” in the summer of 1634.

“Vague is good” most times, though it still needs a certain choreography

The 1632 Series Timeline is a reference for writers and readers compiled by John Bogan. Its goal is to list the times and places of events occurring across the 1632 universe in all the novels, anthologies and e-magazine stories. In much the same way that The Grid tracks people the Timeframes list tracks the periods of stories and individual events. The goal is not to obsessively place a date on every event (though there is a bit of that here and there), but rather to give writers a better “ballpark” view of what has and has not occurred in the time and place of their potential stories.

Version History:

Dec 2017: Untangling the Web: This release mainly covers the overlapping and interconnected events of the Rhine, Main, and Fulda regions from late 1632 to mid-1635. Also included is the completion of incorporating 1634: The Galileo Affair along with selected events from 1635: A Parcel of Rogues, 1635: Music and Murder, 1636: The Devil’s Opera, 1636: The Cardinal Virtues, 1636: Mission to the Mughals, and the newly-released 1636: The Vatican Sanction.

Other notes:

  • The Vatican Sanction entry merely notes the existence and time of the colloquy, with no spoilers.
  • The provisional ID for ROF Press Bartley’s Man has been changed from “MAN” to “BARTL”.
  • Source list extended to Grantville Gazette #74.

July 2017: Note taking for v7 is in progress. Version nickname is “untangling the web”, as it will cover the books involved in the overlapping 1634/35 Franconia/Fulda/Rhine storylines, plus finishing up 1634: The Galileo Affair, which also connects to those stories via 1635: The Dreeson Incident. (The first 8 chapters of Galileo Affair, which take place in 1633, were incorporated earlier so that the scenes of Harry Lefferts and Giulio Mazarini in Paris could be included prior to the release of 1636: The Cardinal Virtues.)

Currently planned to be incorporated in v7:

  • 1634: The Galileo Affair
  • 1635: The Tangled Web
  • 1635: The Wars for the Rhine
  • 1635: The Dreeson Incident

May 2017: As the first mainline novel released since the current Event Timeline project began, 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught moved right to the top of the “to do” list, and has been incorporated. Related stories were also incorporated: those involving airships and the 1st Marine Recon company. Partially incorporated: “The Things We Do for Love” (GG46- Roesch-02) and additional airship-related events from Kremlin Games and Seas of Fortune. 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught; “Four Days on the Danube” (RF03-Flint-20); “Upward Mobility” (RF03-Gannon-19); “Sailing Upwind” (GG6P-Evans-06); “The Bloody Baroness of Bornholm” (GG18-Offord-5); “The Vice President’s Plane is Down” (GG26-Offord-04); “Modern Medicine” (GG36-Offord-01); “Wings of Chance” (GG41-Offord-02); No Ship for Tranquebar (ROF Press)

Nov 2016: In anticipation of the publishing of 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught, stories involving or related to Austria are incorporated. Source List revamped to cover whole series to date. 1636: The Viennese Waltz; “The Austro-Hungarian Connection” (RF02-Flint-15); “Sunday Driver” (GG6P-Runkle-22); “Turn Turn Turn” (GG6P-DeMarce-23) 

Jun 2016: Finished incorporating all non-superseded fiction from Ring of Fire I (anthology) and Grantville Gazettes 1, 2, and 3 (Print editions). [Superseded stories that have been republished in later forms (e.g., incorporated into a novel like 1636: The Barbie Consortium ) are handled as part of those later works.] Also included are a handful of technical infrastructure stories (founding of Kudzu Werke and some of their spin-offs). All RF1, GG1P, GG2P, and GG3P stories not included previously, plus “One Man’s Junk” (GG4P-Bergstralh-03); “An Electrifying Experience” (GG7P-Carroll-09); “Of Masters and Men” (GG05-Bergstralh-06); “Rolling On” (GG08-Bergstralh-11) v5a

December 2015: Incorporated 1634: Bavarian Crisis, “The Rudolstadt Coloquy,” “The Wallenstein Gambit,” and several related and other stories. Partially incorporated: 1634: The Galileo Affair (chapters 1-8, i.e., those set in 1633).

June 2015: Moved 1629 and 1630 events to “Before the ROF” page to keep the ROF event on (or as close to as possible) the opening page. Fixed typos in the name of the Crown Loyalist party, and various other small edits. Partially incorporated: “The Monster” (GG12-Huff-03). Fully incorporated: 1636: The Barbie ConsortiumThe Danish Scheme (ROF Press); The Essen Steel Chronicles (ROF Press); “A Trip to Amsterdam” (RF02-Huff-06); “A Cardinal Relief” (GG7P-Flint-25); “The Class of ’34” (GG04-Offord-06); “Land of Ice and Sun” (GG11-Mackey-04); “Plugging Along” (GG13-Offord-13); “The Spark of Inspiration” (GG13-Huff-14).

December 2014: Incorporated Ram Rebellion; changed the citation style to be more in synch with the established format used in the Timeframes list; added cover, guide, and version history pages; added jump links on cover page to (hopefully) improve navigation and reduce excessive scrolling. [Fully incorporated: 1634: The Ram Rebellion]

September 2014: The initial release incorporates events from the “main line” novels plus selected major events from other novels and anthologies in the overall series, and currently only a few events from the Grantville Gazette. [fully incorporated: 163216331634: The Baltic War1635: The Eastern Front1636: The Saxon Uprising]

The older Story Time Frames spreadsheet

Story Time Frames spreadsheet was an attempt to track how the stories making up 1632 Universe canon fit together chronologically. It is no longer being updated and has been replaced with John Bogan’s time frames project above.  It is retained here for reference purposes and contains information not yet incorporated into John’s time frames document. 

The spreadsheet is color coded to provide a graphical representation of the story time frames, with a precision (where possible) of one month. The start month is usually shown by bright green shading and the end month by red shading, with yellow shading in-between. If the start is less precise than a particular month, it is shown in a pale green; if the stop is less precise, in rose. If the start and stop periods overlap (e.g., the story starts and stops in summer 34), the overlap months are shown in grey.

The spreadsheet also includes, for each story, the author, title, place of publication and, in most cases, the word count. The last may be helpful for would-be authors wondering what story lengths are most likely to be accepted for publication.

Download the last completed version:
timeframes  thru gg 29  
(230K file) [XLS]
May 20, 2010

Time frames is based on (in order)

  • Explicit date slugs in the story
  • Inferred dates (e.g., if the story is said to begin a month after the death of Quentin Underwood, and we know the date of the latter from a second story, then we can infer when this story began)
  • Questioning the author (if all else fails, Iver sent an email asking the author to identify the start and stop dates).

Flashbacks were usually ignored.

Because there are so many stories, by so many authors, the Ed Board can’t allow authors to be as vague about story starts and stops as in the good old days. You don’t have to specify the month, but we prefer to at least specify a particular 12 month period for each. 

If the time frames document conflicts with the listed story, the listed story prevails. If time frames is merely more specific as to the time of the start or stop than the story is, then time frames is “protocanonical.” 

On the “Notes” page of the workbook, Iver has notes explaining how the dates were arrived at for certain stories.

Credits: The time frames were based initially on the text version created by Virginia DeMarce (draft 7), converted to Excel graphical rep by Iver Cooper with assistance in data conversion from Kerryn Offord and Allen Bryan. Gazette 9 and later by Iver Cooper.

We also have a later version of the original Time Frames spreadsheet through Grantville Gazette 47, however, this copy was never color coded and sorted because it lacked dates for some of the stories.  Never the less, this version can be useful to some authors. 

Download the final version:

Story Time Frames through Gazette 47

253 KB xls file