The Grantville Brickmaker’s Primer

The Grantville Brickmaker’s Primer

[Author's note: This article assumes that there are two thousand pounds to the ton, and a standard construction brick with pointing is 9" x 4.5" x 3" (121.5 cubic inches) and weighs eight pounds.] Making bricks is easy you say. Mankind has been making them for...
What Replaces the SRG?

What Replaces the SRG?

The SRG is the standard muzzle-loading rifle of forces allied with USE. SRG stands for "Struve-Reardon Gevar," named after the manufacturer and designer of the weapon. "Gevar" is the German term for rifle. It is based on the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle, one of the most...
Dyes And Mordants

Dyes And Mordants

I. Introduction and brief history of dyeing. By 1630, human beings had been using plants, animals and minerals to change the natural color of plant and animal fibers for at least five thousand years. The oldest written record of dye use goes back to 2,600 BC in China,...
Euterpe, Episode 3

Euterpe, Episode 3

To Father Thomas Fitzherbert SJ, Illustrissimus Collegium AnglicanumRoma From Maestro Giacomo Carissimi, Grantville, USA Seventh day of October, in our Lord's year 1633. Dear and honored father, How are you? I received your letter today. It was waiting for me at the...
Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law

Spring, 1634 "I have to decide within the week," Leopold Cavriani said. "I have no hesitation, of course, about leaving my daughter Idelette here with the Reverend and Mrs. Wiley. She will learn practical business from Count August von Sommersburg's factor, the count...
Of Masters And Men

Of Masters And Men

November, 1631 Master Carpenter Herman Glauber walked from the open door to the forge in the blacksmith shop Martin Schmidt ran for him. Putting down his bulging briefcase he stood warming his hands above the coals. Glauber nodded pleasantly at Martin and, looking...
Susan’s Story

Susan’s Story

Grantville August, 1632 "I don't know about you, Susan," Tina said, "but I'm getting out of here before she wakes up. The last thing I want to deal with is Mom and one of her weepy hangovers." "C'mon, Tina. The hangovers are easier to live with than what's really...
Schwarza Falls

Schwarza Falls

1 To: Grantville Emergency Committee. From: John Sterling, Edgar Frost and Francis Kidwell. Date: May 30, 1631? fifth day after the disaster. Re: Road options around Schwarza Falls. Yesterday, May twenty-ninth, the fourth day after the disaster, we went up Buffalo...