Surprises

Surprises

For years, I’ve heard the younger generation of female sf writers complain that women are underrepresented in the sf field. Mostly, I’ve ignored those complaints because I found them astonishingly ignorant. Some of the most decorated sf writers of the past...
Grandfather’s Attic

Grandfather’s Attic

Amelie had a secret. Not the little stone she held concealed in her jacket pocket, nor the secret about her grandfather she had kept for years, but a brand new one.She sat in the back seat of their car while they drove to visit Grandfather in the hospital. Dad...
All that Glitters . . .

All that Glitters . . .

Somewhere in Spain, 1635 "Pedro, how would you like to have money of your own?" Juan asked as he placed two drinks on the table and sat down uninvited. They were in a shabby cantina not far from the university. Pedro preferred to do his drinking in...
St. George’s Ghosts

St. George’s Ghosts

December 1635, Tetschen, near the border between Saxony and Bohemia   John “Puss” Trelli walked up to the stall where his mount had his head over the door. Thunder locked his eyes on Puss’ hands, looking for the usual treat. With a smile Puss...
Ein Feste Burg, Episode 10

Ein Feste Burg, Episode 10

Chapter 13: Family Gathering Altes Schloss, Dornburg/Saale, Saxe-Altenburg County August 1634   The sun was hot, but fortunately the beer was cold. The Old Castle, built on a cliff high above the Saale, had a deep cellar where the temperature stayed low even in...
Murder at the Higgins

Murder at the Higgins

Room 617, Higgins Hotel, 7:20 AM, June 6, 1636   Alfonso Caparelli heard the knock while he was washing his face. He yelled, “Come on in, Gertrude,” and reached for a towel. He was still drying his face when a hand covered his mouth and a strong arm...
The Undergraduate, Episode One

The Undergraduate, Episode One

Vehra, Thuringia1629   Matthias Ehrenhardt stared in shock at the smoldering embers, the soot-blackened stone half-wall, and the emptiness. The villagers had stopped the fire from spreading to any of the other houses, but his own, and his parents, and everything...