Sonata, Part Two

Sonata, Part Two

Movement II - Andante espressivo Grantville - Monday, January 9, 1634 Franz looked at his traveling companions, and Maestro Carissimi. They were standing outside the office of Lady Beth Haygood, talking and waiting for Hermann. As Marla turned to ask il maestro a...
The Anaconda Project, Episode Five, Delayed

The Anaconda Project, Episode Five, Delayed

Folks, due to illness, Eric will be unable to complete Episode Five in time. We will be running Episode Five and Six in Grantville Gazette, Volume 17 and we will ensure that all members will be able to read it then, whether or not their membership has expired.The...
Seeing the Heavens

Seeing the Heavens

“The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope,” according to Henry Ward Beecher. In the seventeenth century, solar system astronomy lay at the center of the debates as to place of mankind in the universe, and the...
Stretching Out, Part Four: Beyond the Line

Stretching Out, Part Four: Beyond the Line

Trinidad, April, 1634 It was a lake, but one unlike any other they had seen. This was the famous Pitch Lake of Trinidad. A hundred acres of tar. David Pieterszoon de Vries, captain of the fluyt Walvis, studied it for a few moments. The lake was nearly circular,...
Sure Thing

Sure Thing

Sunrise, Monday, March 13, 1634, Magdeburg Elisabetha Schmelzer was sure the shadow walking behind her was a man, and that he was following her. Every time she stopped, he stopped as well. She wasn't quite ready to panic just yet, but a woman alone in this area at...
Doc

Doc

"Get out of the goddamned way, Little Ferdie!" Ferdinand Bader got out of Sergeant Sandler's way as quickly as he could. Not that he was really in the way, but it was typical of Sandler to shout, just as it was typical of Captain Lehrer to look down his rather pointed...
Duty Calls

Duty Calls

  March, 1634 The room was packed with villagers happy to see visitors and hear the latest news and gossip. Rob Clark, stretching his legs, found two young boys under the table. It seemed to him that every inch of space was crammed with people. Some youngsters...
Hunting Traditions

Hunting Traditions

Walt Dorrman looked up at the cold blue skies of an early October morning and knew that it was time to go hunting. He went to his small but well loved gun collection and held them one by one, as if greeting old friends. He had grown up hunting; it was a tradition in...