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The Queen’s Gearhead

The buggy was running good. The open exhaust behind Trent’s head roared into the night with just the right tone, a low rumble with a harsh rasp at the end of the note. It sounded right. The breeze in his face over the windscreen felt great. Trent Haygood was motoring toward home after visiting what [...]
  

Perception

March 2000 “Just me here, Mom. Aunt Marian and Uncle Hunter went to do some errands.” “How are things going for you?” “School’s fine. Church is fine. It’s just . . . other stuff.” “Like what?” “Things keep going wrong.” “What do you mean by things?” “Well for one thing, not everyone here is nice.” [...]
  

Franklin’s Monsters, Act IV: Apples of Love

Grantville, 1633 While tying his bag behind his saddle, Pierre Le Blanc said to his wife, “Odette, I am not at all comfortable with my leaving you and your sister alone here in Grantville for a month or two. It just does not seem like a good idea. What if something goes wrong while I’m [...]
  

An Uneasy Kind of Peace, Episode Three

Innsbruck, Tyrol “It is a good protocol,” Claudia de' Medici said. “We agree with Dr. Guarinonius that We need for it to be uniform.” She gestured at Dr. Bienner. “Let it occur.” Bienner, having a considerable amount of experience in understanding the regent, scheduled a “plague summit.” Innsbruck, not Bolzen. Matthias Burglechner, the Innsbruck chancellor, [...]
  

Ein feste Burg, Episode 15

Chapter 24: Make the Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak The North Sea off Husum, Nordfriesland November 1634 Lorenz Melffsen looked over the water, his tears flowing. "Are you sure," he asked the captain of the fishing boat. "That this is the place where Morsum was?" The old man shrugged. They had come here at [...]
  

The Undergraduate, Episode Six

Previously . . . In 1628 Matthias Ehrenhardt was orphaned at the age of 14, when his family home in the small village of Vehra burned to the ground. To have any sort of future, he was forced to leave his Heimat, the place where he grew up and truly belonged, and go live with [...]
  

Clash of Cultures—School Systems at (the) Stake, Part 2

Wolfgang Ratke and the “Ratichians” Since the ideas of Wolfgang Ratke, aka Ratichius, influenced all of his successors, friends and foes alike, the whole bunch of pedagogues of the seventeenth century interested in reforms is routinely called “Ratichians.”   Wolfgang Ratke (Ratichius, Ratich) On May 7/17,1612, when the princes of the Holy Roman Empire gathered [...]
  

Notes From The Buffer Zone: A Different World

I’m really not nostalgic for the past. The world I was born into had elevated racism to an art, didn’t believe that women could contribute anything of value to society, and the average US life expectancy was less than 70 years (66.6 for men; 73.10 for women). The poor were what we called dirt poor—without [...]
  

The Mysterious Mesa, Part Four: Giants in the Earth

Ni-T’o stood at the outer edge of the slightly tilted meadow, a chunk of terrain that had slid down intact from the collapsed tip of the mesa. It was grassy, and lined with trees, so they had made it their camp. Ni-T’o knew its foliage well, the same grew in his homeland. Perhaps all of [...]
  

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