Yes, Dear

Yes, Dear

“Wives . . . more trouble than the Methodist church.” The Devil, in Damned Yankees. Lili Trainer entered the office and without a word to the receptionist, the clerk or Dwight Rogers’ secretary, walked straight into the site manager’s private...
No Ship for Tranquebar, Part Three

No Ship for Tranquebar, Part Three

Copenhagen September 1636 Marlon burst through the door of his townhouse. "Reva! You won't believe it!" Reva seemed to be waiting in the salon, tapping her foot. "I've already heard. You're off on a wild goose chase halfway around the world." Marlon was caught by...
NCIS: No Greater Love

NCIS: No Greater Love

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 Chapter One The Alley 20 Breinhart Strasse Magdeburg City, USE August, 1635, 0930 Hours Local Time Stop me if you’ve heard this. A navy cop, a military police...
Northwest Passage, Part Four

Northwest Passage, Part Four

London, September 1633 "Another political delay!" Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore, maintained an outward calm but seethed inwardly. Years of political maneuvers to secure a charter for a new colony had taught him the benefit of maintaining an appearance of calm in the...

The Red Menace: Latency

  Wednesday, 28 November, 1635 Grantville High School Gymnasium, 1500 hours. Caspar Weybrecht’s forehand smash had the shuttlecock shooting through the air straight at Anna Krause. It was only by virtue of her lightning reflexes that she was able to get her...
Industrial Alchemy, Part 5: Polymers

Industrial Alchemy, Part 5: Polymers

In The Graduate (1967), Mr. McGuire told Benjamin, “There’s a great future in plastics.” Those “plastics” were a metaphor for the phoniness of (adult) society, but as a chemist, I have to admit, McGuire was right. And there’s an...
Speaking of Uncle Abner

Speaking of Uncle Abner

Grantville, October 1634″That is the most perverse use of the law that I have ever heard of,” Samuel Krapp exclaimed.Thomas Price Riddle closed the law textbook he had been balancing on his lap and looked at his “student body.” If a man could...