A Looming Challenge

A Looming Challenge

Grantville needs people to work in the munitions factories. And the steel mill. And the brick factories. Where will they come from? Why, all those poor women who have to spin and weave all the time can be emancipated right away—just build a spinning jenny and...
Drillers In Doublets

Drillers In Doublets

I don't want to be critical of coal mining, especially not where Mike Stearns can hear me. But the fact remains that coal has some serious disadvantages, both as a fossil fuel and as a source of organic chemicals. Extracting coal is labor-intensive; you have to dig...
Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Frank Jackson took a swallow of beer and settled back into his chair. "Ah," he said. "Nothing better than beer on a summer day. Now, about the transportation problem we were discussing, Dan, we're going to have to support a larger army in the field. We've done pretty...
Magdeburg Marines: The Few And The Proud

Magdeburg Marines: The Few And The Proud

The Hudson Residence City of Grantville Thuringia Region, Germany Monday, 6 December 1632 AD 1600 hours local "Well, can you repair it?" Charles "Duke" Hudson asked the question to the pair of legs sticking out from under his sink. He was a tall, no-nonsense...
The Class Of ’34

The Class Of ’34

The High School Stables "Isn't that JoAnn's horse you have there?" asked Matt Tisdel, walking towards Liz Manning who was saddling her horse. Liz ignored the interruption and continued slipping the headstall and bosal over Speedy's head. "I mean, you do know that's...
Dice’s Drawings

Dice’s Drawings

To hell with them all. Dice had lost his Karen, forty-five years of hard work, twenty years as a damned Linotype operator and twenty-five as a damned pressman after the damned computers had taken his damned job away. God how he hated that pressman's job! A quarter...
Chip’s Christmas Gift

Chip’s Christmas Gift

Chip and Joachim had just finished working out with quarterstaffs, six-foot-long hardwood sticks, at the von Thierbach estate manor, absorbing a new collection of bruises to join those of the previous two days. Chip wanted to practice techniques he'd previously...