Aluminum: Will O’ the Wisp?

Aluminum: Will O’ the Wisp?

There is no doubt that aluminum is a wonder metal. Pure aluminum has a density only about one-third of iron, it is as reflective as silver, and it is a good conductor of heat and electricity. When exposed to air, it quickly acquires a protective coating of aluminum...
Butterflies in the Kremlin, Part 1: A Russian Noble

Butterflies in the Kremlin, Part 1: A Russian Noble

Spring, 1632   Boris Ivanovich Petrov pulled the horse to a stop and looked around. "This place is almost worth the trip. See the cuts in the earth where the land was changed. Look at these hills. The structure is different from those outside the ring. Everything...
The Essen Steel Chronicles, Part 2: Louis de Geer

The Essen Steel Chronicles, Part 2: Louis de Geer

July, 1631 Louis de Geer refolded the letters from his niece in Grantville. Interesting information, he thought. But he was a powerful and busy man, much like a four-masted battleship. Battleships do not change course easily or on a whim. Verification of...
Three Innocuous Words

Three Innocuous Words

White vapor was blowing out of Hudson's nostrils that frosty mid-morning in late December. Chip Jenkins rode his horse around the small snow-covered copse of trees and saw the von Ruppersdorf manor that Katerina had finally finished building this year. He'd...
Rolling On

Rolling On

January 1632 "Master Ritterhof, Master Eisenbach, may I present my staff?" Martin asked, conscious of the scuffling sounds behind him. He heard Max hiss something at Jakob followed by a 'thwack.' "Certainly, Master Schmidt. Certainly." Master Blacksmith Bruno...
Flight 19 to Magdeburg

Flight 19 to Magdeburg

Prologue Living Room Captain and Frau McIntosh's quarters Formerly 1SGT and Mrs. Hudson's residence Grantville, SoTF, USE Spring 1635, 0955 hours local Britt Strausswirt was bored. A day after being released from the Leahy Medical Center, she rested her badly...