The Long Fall

The Long Fall

To Mi Dimarco, the habitat blister’s common room felt cavernous after her five-month trip in the solo transfer ship. She floated just inside the room while Estevez, in the quick, clipped patter of a salesman, gave her the short-form tour of the asteroid mining...
Me Fecit Solingen Nicht

Me Fecit Solingen Nicht

1632 September 1To: Burgermeister und Guild Masters von SolingenSolingen, WestphaliaGreetings be unto you, the Burgermeister und Guild Masters von Solingen;Ich bin Meister Lawrence Farha. I head the RAND Group of Grantville. I have taken the opportunity of retaining...
Lion’s Tower

Lion’s Tower

January 1634The lion roared.”What a cute little kitty,” said Rita Simpson.Thomas Heneage, keeper of the lions and leopards of the Tower of London, was not amused. “That’s a lion, the king of beasts. Ferocious.”The ferocious king of beasts...
Northwest Passage, Part Six

Northwest Passage, Part Six

Newfoundland April, 1634   The anchorage for the new village of Christianburg bustled with activity. The sound of axes chopping trees echoed across the water. The crew of the fishing boat, Bridget, was busy transferring cod to the drying racks a quarter mile from...
Changing Times

Changing Times

For more than a decade, I'd played with something I called The Freelancer's Survival Guide. I wrote the introduction. I outlined the book, chapter by chapter. I went so far as to write a book proposal, but I never mailed it.I wanted The Freelancer's...
Rotkäppchen

Rotkäppchen

Freyburg, August 1633 Julius Halberstadt plucked at the shriveled leaves on his vines. “I tell you, there is something wrong with the vines,” he insisted. “It’s just a bad year, Julius,” fellow vintager Friedrich Beyerweck disagreed....
The Red Flag of Henneberg

The Red Flag of Henneberg

Grantville, Spring 1635 “What are they?” Hedy Beasley asked her husband. “Bed sheets. King size. Fucking worn out bed sheets that won’t even fit our mattress. Just like everything I get to bring home from the laundry is so worn out that the person who brought...
Euterpe, Episode 4

Euterpe, Episode 4

To Father Thomas Fitzherbert SJ, Illustrissimus Collegium Anglicanum Roma From Maestro Giacomo Carissimi, Grantville, USE Second day of January, in our Lord's year 1634. Dear and illustrious Father, Today I finally sit down to write to you. This is the first letter I...