The Feast

The Feast

Guildmaster B in a fair-sized northern European town is giving a party to celebrate his second son’s engagement to the daughter of another guildmaster. Come and let me show you what’s going on.The StreetThe street leading past the house is not one of the...
Herd Immunity

Herd Immunity

Life, disease and death in the 1630sImagining life in a small town in Germany in the 1630s is difficult for the average twenty-first century dweller. Picture awaking from an interrupted night’s sleep, courtesy of the local swine brawling in the alley below your...
Crude Penicillin: Potential and Limitations

Crude Penicillin: Potential and Limitations

“That which we know frequently impedes us in acquiring new knowledge.” Claude Bernard (1813-1878), French physiologist.Background and Early History of Penicillin The Age of Disinfection began with the work of Pasteur and Lister in the 1860s and 1870s....
Franconia!  Part 1

Franconia! Part 1

Grantville, February 1634 "No, no, no, no, no, no, n-o-o-o-o." Amber Higham threw both of her hands up in the air. The class came to a stop. "This unit worked last year. It worked like a charm. Why isn't it working this year?" She glared at her students. "So, tell me!...
Little Angel

Little Angel

Grantville, January 1634 Maria Helena Kolb slowly searched the line of trees. Somewhere, hidden in the shadows, she was sure Benji Matheny was hiding in ambush. Time to send in the cannon fodder. "Daisy, Regina, when I give you the word, I want you to run around that...
The Prepared Mind

The Prepared Mind

"Chance favors the prepared mind." Louis Pasteur Grantville, May 1632 When Amy Kubiak walked into the biology classroom, Lori Fleming had her head on her desk. Amy smiled. Pete Farmer had been a good biology teacher when Amy had had him in high school. But now that...