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...
A Matter of Choice

A Matter of Choice

"This may be illegal, Jack—and I'm damn sure it's immoral and ill-advised." Kevin Gallo scowled at the large screen on the wall of Jack Kensington's laboratory. The image being displayed was a depiction of the gene splicing Jack proposed to do. "Illegal? That gets...
Adrift in Space-Time

Adrift in Space-Time

What has gone before . . .   In "On the Shoals of Space-Time" (Grantville Gazette 91, September, 2020), the starship Greater Good, after a near-catastrophic accident, limps at sub-light velocity to a nearby solar system. Its few survivors (four crew, all Doltan)...
Marooned in Space-Time

Marooned in Space-Time

"Are you getting this?" Or so Liam Peterson might have heard. He wasn't one to spend a mind-numbing shift rearranging cargo in silence—nor to endure the endless droning "news" adrift in the short passageway from Andy's compact bridge. And yet, there was something...
On the Shoals of Space-Time

On the Shoals of Space-Time

It began with a distant whump, felt more than heard. Or his subconscious invented those details, in an effort to bring order out of chaos. All that Teljod Kelmar knew for certain, a suddenly keening alarm having jolted him awake, was that something must have gone...
Lord Dampnut Loses His Hair

Lord Dampnut Loses His Hair

  Chapter One   Wherein Lord Dampnut Demands a New Hairpiece   "Junkers!" bellowed Lord Dampnut. "I need a new one!" He threw the hairpiece into the corner on top of a large pile of hair pieces of varying colors and styles. "I want a new one. Perhaps a...