Understudy Overreach

Understudy Overreach

"We're the backup team," Rione said in disgust. She tossed the tablet over to Hutch, who scanned the news quickly and grunted. "The bastards. We're the better crew. They're just more famous." Appins decided this was his moment. "That's why I asked to join you guys...
Black Smoker Curandero

Black Smoker Curandero

Teodoro leaned back in his pilot couch and started the pre-flight. Dios mio, he was weary. The advance team aboard Blue Horizon had flown multiple missions each day for four weeks straight. They'd mapped the hydrothermal vent field three kilometers below the ship down...
Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part III

Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part III

What has gone before . . .   In "On the Shoals of Space-Time" (Grantville Gazette 91, September 2020 issue), the interstellar passenger ship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a nearby solar system. Its few surviving...
Ill-Met In Space-Time, Part 2

Ill-Met In Space-Time, Part 2

Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part II   What has gone before . . .    In "On the Shoals of Space-Time" (Grantville Gazette 91, September, 2020 issue), the interstellar passenger ship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a...
Though the Night Be Long

Though the Night Be Long

Narinder Singh's feet ached terribly in the bitter cold. Each shuffling step across the frozen ground and packed ashfall drove the cold deeper into his feet, like a dull blade being dragged slowly along the bones. He shambled down the remnants of a path the elements...
Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part 1

Ill-Met in Space-Time, Part 1

What has gone before . . .   In "On the Shoals of Space-Time" (Grantville Gazette 91, September, 2020), the interstellar passenger ship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a nearby solar system. Its few surviving crew...
The Reformation of Castle Deltle

The Reformation of Castle Deltle

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Chrys. After his culturally ambiguous coming-of-age celebration, he began to worry that even though he was an adult now, his life had no direction. He felt empty and wanted to fill the void. At that moment, he remembered the...
Shivering Cinderella

Shivering Cinderella

Natalie cursed. Whoever had coined the truism that if you felt the cold through your spacesuit you were already dead had never spent any time in a Volov 17. The designers had had decades to perfect a suit cheap enough that even people on the nascent asteroid colonies...
Sock It To Me

Sock It To Me

Arnold wasn't divorced because of his sock-lost-in-the-dryer humor. At least, Tina hadn't left him solely (ahem) on account of that specific gag. The argument could be made, however, that his quips collectively did the trick. And within Arnold's oeuvre, the...