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The Multi-Colored King

The Multi-Colored King

Magdeburg, June 1636 Rebecca Abrabanel greeted Dr. James Nichols at her front door.“James, please come in,” she said, standing aside to let him in.In a room on the floor above them, her children, Sepharad and Baruch, were playing with a new friend:...
The Persistence of Dreams

The Persistence of Dreams

Grantville, May 1636Daniel Block stretched his aching back, then tilted his canvas to capture more of the fading light of the evening. The reddish hue changed the colors on his palette, giving Fraulein Barnes’s pale arms and shoulders an orange tint that he...
The River of His Memory

The River of His Memory

“Our memories are the only paradise from which we can never be expelled.” —Jean Paul Richter, German Novelist PART 1 September, 1636, Grantville What is my name? He sat on his porch, sipping tea, trying to remember. It was late summer, and he knew where he...
The Great Grantville Gander Pull

The Great Grantville Gander Pull

April, 1635, Western PomeraniaJoe Plotz could barely hear himself think over the hissing and honking of the geese in the pen before him. It was the loudest and most bellicose display he had ever heard, and he was pleased. Back up-time in West Virginia, his grandfather...
The Heirloom

The Heirloom

March, 1626, Darmstadt, GermanyNina Weiss watched the soldiers assemble in the Schlossplatz from a safe place behind her father’s crates and barrels. Not soldiers really, but boys, many of whom were not much older than she. Children playing at war, with their...
The Game of War

The Game of War

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” —Sun TzuApril 1635, somewhere near Zernez, Lower Engadin, Switzerland . . . Klaus Gremminger stared into the lifeless eyes of...