White Gold

White Gold

As the gentle winds blow, you look out from the veranda of your plantation house over the acres of sugar cane. What you see isn’t fields of cane. What you see is fields of gold. The white gold called sugar, slowly growing to maturity. In Pernambuco in the early...
The Daily Beer

The Daily Beer

The Importance of BeerBeer was food. Before the potato arrived in Northern and Central Europe, barley, rye and oats were the main sources of nutrients. Of these, barley was the easiest and most robust crop. Barley isn’t that good as bread or porridge, so almost...
A Tempest In a Baptistry

A Tempest In a Baptistry

The question of re-baptism and the distress it caused in the sixteen hundreds, including what has at times been described as bloody murder, is still with us.In 1965, President Johnson’s daughter Luci was re-baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. While most of...
The Sound of Mica

The Sound of Mica

It is the year 1634, and the Voice of America is on the air. Since the VOA is an AM (amplitude modulation) radio station, speech and music are encoded as fluctuations in the amplitude (intensity) of a radio-frequency carrier wave. The radio waves, emanating from the...
Radio in 1632, Part 3

Radio in 1632, Part 3

In our two previous discussions of telecommunications in the 1632 series, we focused on radio communications uniquely available to up-timers (“Radio in the 1632 Universe,” Grantville Gazette, Volume One), and to wired communications (“So You Want to...
At the Cliff’s Edge

At the Cliff’s Edge

Friedrich Adelsohn, Captain of the Third Company of the Mounted Constabulary of the State of Thuringia-Franconia, stared at the ox. The ox stared right back. After a moment, it lowered its gaze, and resumed its attempts to convert the roadside into a nicely trimmed...
The Essen Chronicles, Part 3: Trip to Paris

The Essen Chronicles, Part 3: Trip to Paris

Chapter One October 1632 was an eventful month for Josh and Colette Modi. Their first wedding anniversary prompted Colette to make an appointment with Doctor Adams for her first ever gynecological exam, but it was early Ocotober of 1632 before the doctor could fit her...
The Transmitter

The Transmitter

"But the article says that Monsieur Bell's selenium cells had a resistance of one hundred to three hundred ohms!" Piair La Corrian pointed imperiously at a pile of papers on his desk. "That's a variation of two hundred watts. With one positive and the next negative,...