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All that Glitters . . .

All that Glitters . . .

Somewhere in Spain, 1635   "Pedro, how would you like to have money of your own?" Juan asked as he placed two drinks on the table and sat down uninvited. They were in a shabby cantina not far from the university. Pedro preferred to do his drinking in better quality establishments, but it was the [...]
  
Murder at the Higgins

Murder at the Higgins

Room 617, Higgins Hotel, 7:20 AM, June 6, 1636   Alfonso Caparelli heard the knock while he was washing his face. He yelled, “Come on in, Gertrude,” and reached for a towel. He was still drying his face when a hand covered his mouth and a strong arm pulled his head back. Then he felt [...]
  
St. George's Ghosts

St. George’s Ghosts

December 1635, Tetschen, near the border between Saxony and Bohemia   John “Puss” Trelli walked up to the stall where his mount had his head over the door. Thunder locked his eyes on Puss’ hands, looking for the usual treat. With a smile Puss pulled an apple from his pocket and broke it before offering [...]
  
Ein Feste Burg, Episode 10

Ein Feste Burg, Episode 10

Chapter 13: Family Gathering Altes Schloss, Dornburg/Saale, Saxe-Altenburg County August 1634   The sun was hot, but fortunately the beer was cold. The Old Castle, built on a cliff high above the Saale, had a deep cellar where the temperature stayed low even in summer. So the three dukes could enjoy the cold beverage, standing [...]
  
The Undergraduate, Episode One

The Undergraduate, Episode One

Vehra, Thuringia1629   Matthias Ehrenhardt stared in shock at the smoldering embers, the soot-blackened stone half-wall, and the emptiness. The villagers had stopped the fire from spreading to any of the other houses, but his own, and his parents, and everything they owned but the clothes he stood in and the schoolbook in his hand [...]
  
Naval Armament and Armor, Part 5: Thrust and Parry

Naval Armament and Armor, Part 5: Thrust and Parry

In the first four parts, we talked about the guns, the mounts, the projectiles, and the ballistics of the projectile in the bore and in flight. We also discussed how to make the shots effective in terms of actually hitting the target. But there’s another aspect of effectiveness, penetrating the target’s hull and armor.   [...]
  
The Grantville State Library

The Grantville State Library: A Guide for Writers and Fans

Both authors attempting to write stories set in the 1632 universe, and down-timers in that universe have to deal with any number of changes that the presence of Grantville imposed. Some things are cultural; food, clothing, music, the role of women, religious tolerance, republican democracy. They all force the down-timers to deal with new things [...]
  
Surprises

Surprises

For years, I’ve heard the younger generation of female sf writers complain that women are underrepresented in the sf field. Mostly, I’ve ignored those complaints because I found them astonishingly ignorant. Some of the most decorated sf writers of the past twenty years are women—Connie Willis, Nancy Kress, Lois McMaster Bujold, and yes, me. In [...]
  

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Grandfather's Attic

Grandfather’s Attic

Amelie had a secret. Not the little stone she held concealed in her jacket pocket, nor the secret about her grandfather she had kept for years, but a brand new one. She sat in the back seat of their car while they drove to visit Grandfather in the hospital. Dad complained about the traffic while [...]