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Anette Pedersen

Born and raised in Denmark.

B.Sc. in Geology.

M.Sc. in Micropaleontology.

Degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

Deacon.

My father had taught himself English, while sailing on the Far East, where the only books regularly available in the harbors were American paperbacks. He especially liked the Science Fiction, but back in Denmark SF in English was not readily available, and only a few Ray Bradbury had been translated. He arranged to have a local book store import SF, especially anything new by Heinlein and Double Ace books, and as my brother and I grew up and learned to read, he made handwritten translations of Andre Norton’s Solar Queen series, and later of more serious books such as Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land.

Making handwritten translations is a very slow and time-consuming hobby, so long before language lessons started at school I had followed my father’s example, taught myself to read English, and at the age of twelve was reading every SF I could get my hands on.

As an adult I’ve written scientific papers in English, but I’d never considered writing fiction until Eric Flint made an open call for 1632 stories from the Barflies. I decided to give it a try, and write a story about a German priest on the run after rebelling against his superiors after the destruction of Magdeburg in 1631. After a rewrite this became the first Father Johannes story, "Family Faith," published in Ring of Fire I. The second Father Johannes story, "A Question of Faith," was included in Grantville Gazette, Volume 8, and a third, "Faith in Princes," is aimed at the 1635: The Torturer of Fulda project together with five other stories centering on the historical Hatzfeldt family.

I’ve also written a series of non-fiction articles about food in 1632 starting with "The Daily Beer," and followed by "The Importance of having a Pig," "Tell Me What You Eat," and "What’s for Dinner," which are presently being published. I’ve got notes for several more articles, and I’m presently working on one on gardens and gardening methods.

Regards

Anette

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Nobody Wants To Be a Pirate in the Baltic

Nobody Wants To Be a Pirate in the Baltic

Kolberg, Pomerania, March 1635 "Viktor not have all day" Hans Johansson jumped and nearly dropped the musket he gingerly held in his soft, white hands when the gravelly voice broke the silence. He'd been so busy examining the musket that he'd momentarily forgotten...
What’s For Dinner: Typical Dishes From 1632.

What’s For Dinner: Typical Dishes From 1632.

The common dishes in 1632 were quite different from what most western people eat today, and the following article will try to show what would have been prepared and served in the household of a moderately prosperous craftsman—say a printer or a...
Tell Me What You Eat, and I’ll Tell You Who You Are

Tell Me What You Eat, and I’ll Tell You Who You Are

Food and Cooking According to Class in 1632 Introduction In the Germany of 1632 the difference between the food available to the rich and to the poor was immensely bigger than it is today. Not so much because of the various class-based anti-luxury decrees aimed at...
The Feast

The Feast

Guildmaster B in a fair-sized northern European town is giving a party to celebrate his second son’s engagement to the daughter of another guildmaster. Come and let me show you what’s going on.The StreetThe street leading past the house is not one of the...
The Daily Beer

The Daily Beer

The Importance of BeerBeer was food. Before the potato arrived in Northern and Central Europe, barley, rye and oats were the main sources of nutrients. Of these, barley was the easiest and most robust crop. Barley isn’t that good as bread or porridge, so almost...
A Question of Faith

A Question of Faith

Grantville, June 1633 “Could I have a word with you, Father Johannes?” Johannes Grunwald jumped up from the table with a gasp and spun around quickly, sending several maps and notes to the floor. “Sorry, I wasn't expecting anybody. It's rather late.” He...