Second Chance Bird, Episode Five

Second Chance Bird, Episode Five

Chapter Twenty-Four: AftermathCaptured Oriental Junk, South Coast of Mauritius Pam watched while the sailors cleaned the blood from the decks of their prize. The flickering light of the torches made their shadows leap and dance, lending the scene an eerie,...
The Comfort of Your Wake

The Comfort of Your Wake

The joyous din of feeding time—bursts of conversation, crunching bredfish, the wandering ghosts of lost echolocation clicks—faded when a sobering message of silence spread through the gathered pod: They’re here. Fear sapped the strength from...
As Ye Have Done It Unto One of the Least

As Ye Have Done It Unto One of the Least

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.Amideutsch Lunch CounterGrantville, Early December 1632Johannes Vorkeuffer squirmed...
Credit Where It’s Due

Credit Where It’s Due

October 1633 “Marie is a member of the radio guild!” Johan Kreger said with surprising heat. Well, shocking heat really, at least to Marie. The fact that he had said it at all left her a bit stunned. They were in a village to install a new radio with a...
Equal Rights, Part One

Equal Rights, Part One

June 3, 1631 The phone stopped ringing before Olivia Villareal could snap the spring into place and reach for a rag to wipe her hands. Then it started again. Four quick strides and she was out of the kitchen and across the front room. "Hello?" "Mom, you gotta get down...

A Trans-Atlantic Airship, Hurrah

 This is a report of the process I followed as I tried to put together design specifications for a Spanish airship for the Cadiz-Havana trade. It is provided "for your information," in case anybody might be interested in the process. Other than the hard...
Highways of the Sky

Highways of the Sky

In late twentieth-century America and Europe, freight and passengers are transported by autos and trucks, trains, ships and aircraft. However, there was once a dream that lighter-than-air airships, capable of powered flight, could play an important role in the...
The Future of The Field

The Future of The Field

Maybe it's my age. Maybe that's why I've recently taken refuge in the history of science fiction. Or maybe it's just the realization that I'm now one of the old-timers. I can actually remember meeting or knowing many of the legends of the...
Modern Medicine

Modern Medicine

1632, near Puerto Real, Andalusia Juan Antonio de Aguilera was sitting trying to read while he waited to hear sounds from above. He glanced across the room at his father, who looked a lot more relaxed than he felt. He put down the book he wasn’t managing to read...