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The Beacon of Barrington Light: The Keeper

"Are you sure you want this?" she was asked. The freighter's captain floated next to her while the two of them watched the ship's approach to the station in the bridge's central holomonitor. The small ship was old, very old, and hadn't been upgraded with...
The Enigma of Charlie Peabody

The Enigma of Charlie Peabody

Bill Helling was driving a U.S. Mail Model A Ford, delivering mail to country farmsteads and ranches, in one of the more remote and thinly populated corners of Lawton County, Kansas. Like most days this late in summer, it was hot and dry. As the road crested a rise,...
SMC, Part 3

SMC, Part 3

XI   Late February, 1635 The Reservation   The pilot plant consisted of several buildings: the chem plant where the primer compound was made, the primer plant where the compound was added to the cups to make a finished primer, and the brassworks that made...
SMC, Part 2

SMC, Part 2

VI   Mid-October, 1634 Suhl   I wish I'd thought to bring a gavel. Pat Johnson had rented a room to hold the first official meeting of the consortium. The room contained a long table encircled with cushioned chairs. One side of the room contained windows...
SMC, Part 1

SMC, Part 1

I July, 1634 Suhl Archie Mitchell was about to pull the lever on his reloading press when he heard his wife, Marjorie, call from the front of the house, "Pat's here!" Archie was in what the family had come to call the gunroom. It was a room off the Mitchell's portion...
The Marshal Comes To Suhl

The Marshal Comes To Suhl

Early April, 1634 Suhl   Dusk came early that evening with a light, intermittent rain. Four, in the shadows, watched the old man walking down the alley. He used a cane and wore a wide-brimmed hat and a long coat of some heavy cloth that shed the rain like...
Greetings!

Greetings!

Early Spring, 1633 Under most circumstances, Harley Thomas was an even-tempered man—slow to get riled and slow to cool down. It was early morning, before dawn, as he peered into the steamed mirror. He wiped a final trace of beard from his face. The harsh lye soap...