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The Woman Shall Not Wear That

The Woman Shall Not Wear That

Summer, 1634 No. Pastor Ludwig Kastenmayer put it out of his mind. His eyes must have deluded him. The cleaning woman at Countess Katharina the Heroic Lutheran Elementary School, here on the outskirts of Grantville, could not have been wearing . . . that. He put it out of his mind until, while walking along the road [...]
  
The Dalai Lama's Electric Buddha

The Dalai Lama’s Electric Buddha

"Respectful greetings from His Majesty Gegen Setsen Khan to Your Holiness, Kundün," said the emissary. It was not really warm in the library, but the atmosphere felt warm and friendly. "Let me present you this surprise from the Western lands." Dalai Lama V Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, who—in another universe—would later be called "The Great Fifth," [...]
  
Old Folks' Music

Old Folks’ Music

July 1, 1633 "You reckon we could afford to do something special for the Fourth?" Ella Mae Jones was sipping iced chamomile tea and making faces at it at the same time. "Lord above, I wish a person could afford sugar," she muttered. Nancy Simmons ignored the comment. Ella Mae was always griping about something. [...]
  
Mightier than the Sword

Mightier than the Sword

Magdeburg, Early winter, 1634 Frank Jackson looked out across Magdeburg from the window of his office. Under a blanket of snow, the capital of the months-old United States of Europe looked deceptively tranquil. Underneath the blanket, though, Frank knew there was a dynamic city, still growing, still filling out. A city that was ugly and [...]
  
Live Free

Live Free

Tom Musgrove peered carefully around the door. This close to midnight few of the staff should be around. Down at the end of the hallway he could hear moaning. "That's the way, Stan, get the nurses' attention," Tom muttered under his breath before he remembered that Stan Zaleski had been dead a year or so. [...]
  
Grantville is Different

Grantville is Different

It was late August, 1632, when Georg Bauer climbed out of the ditch he'd been digging for Jena's new sewer line. Sweat was still pouring off him when he first heard about Grantville. Almost twenty-two, with dark hair and a strong build, Georg was the fourth son of a farmer who threw him out after [...]
  
Federico and Ginger

Federico and Ginger

Federico Ballarino stopped his mule, and studied the guards at the roadblock. They were too well uniformed to be brigands, but it wasn't unheard of for a local lord to decide to boost his income by imposing a toll. Or even robbing travelers outright. Indeed, it was out of concern of being robbed that he [...]
  
A Taste of Home

A Taste of Home

It was raining. Daphne Pridmore was getting thoroughly sick of the rain. It meant that she had to stay inside for the most part. Going out to check on the hives was pointless. If they could use the truck, it might be worthwhile, but they'd decided to save the wear and tear on their only [...]
  
Recycling

Recycling

"Hey! Watch it with that broom." Officer Preston Richards hastily pulled his feet back away from the stiff bristles that threatened the shine of his newly polished shoes. He glanced up from the night sheets he was going over, and looked over the unprepossessing figure before him. The small gray-haired woman in dumpy clothes, with [...]
  
The Doctor Gribbleflotz Chronicles, Part 1: Calling Dr. Phil

The Doctor Gribbleflotz Chronicles, Part 1: Calling Dr. Phil

Sunday. After Church Lunch, Drahuta Property Deep in the middle of "Kubiak Country" the extended Kubiak clan had gathered at the home of Belle and Ivan Drahuta for Sunday lunch. Grown men and women were messing about playing touch football in the yard with some of the children. Others congregated around the grill chatting and [...]
  
Dr. Phil's Amazing Lightning Crystal

Dr. Phil’s Amazing Lightning Crystal

Jena, Freedom Arches Tasha Kubiak tried to tune out the pompous ass who was still pontificating. Somehow both Tracy Kubiak and Danielle Kowach, the two other members of the Kubiak Country partnership who could speak competent German, had managed to be needed elsewhere when this trip had come up. It was now two weeks since [...]
  
Dr. Phil's Aeolian Transformers

Dr. Phil’s Aeolian Transformers

Jena It had been a hard day of almost wasted discussions with the scholars at the university. John Grover and Ken Butcher, accompanied by Derrick Mason, a young radio operator on loan from the army, had been trying to identify the materials and skills available down-time for the manufacture of earphones for crystal radios. They [...]
  
The Jews of 1632

The Jews of 1632

Foreword With Jewish characters occupying such a prominent place in the 1632 story universe, it is important to accurately recreate the Jews of that era. What I have written in the following is intended as a handy resource for anyone contemplating using Jewish characters in fiction they set in this world. I have tried to [...]
  
Editor's Preface

Editor’s Preface

The Grantville Gazette originated as a by-product of the ongoing and very active discussions which take place concerning the 1632 universe I created in the novels 1632, 1633 and 1634: The Galileo Affair (the latter two books co-authored by David Weber and Andrew Dennis, respectively). This discussion is centered in one of the conferences in [...]
  
On the Design, Construction and Maintenance of Wooden Aircraft

On the Design, Construction and Maintenance of Wooden Aircraft

Introduction This essay started out to be about what it takes to build an airplane using wood, wire, dope and fabric. It's still about that, but it's also about why there shouldn't be a down-time aerospace industry, nor much of an air force, in the first decade or so post Ring of Fire. I say [...]
  
Exegesis and Interpretation of Up-timer Printed Matter

Exegesis and Interpretation of Up-timer Printed Matter

Derived from my Hobson's Choice story, this article is about a subject that I think people frequently think is simpler than it actually is. It is my belief that down-timers who get their hands on purloined up-time books will generally have a hard time figuring out what is being talked about. Of course, in Grantville [...]
  
Bouncing Back: Bringing Rubber to Grantville

Bouncing Back: Bringing Rubber to Grantville

Chemistry Professor Joe Schwarcz writes, "It's hard to fight an effective war without rubber. Fan belts, gaskets, gas masks, and tires are critical to the war effort." While he had modern warfare in mind, Grantville's war machines—modified cars and trucks—need rubber to remain functional. In 1633, Quentin Underwood insisted that "developing a rubber industry should [...]
  

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