A Trip to Glomfjord

A Trip to Glomfjord

February 1636, Travemünde   George Watson woke to the sound of a crying baby. His first thought was that he was stuck in a nightmare, but while crying babies had long been part of his nightmares, the smell he was getting wasn’t the usual burnt flesh. It was...
The Djinn are Lazy

The Djinn are Lazy

August 1635   “Uncle, I have just been made the strangest offer of my short life. I think it will still be the strangest offer of my life when my old gray head finds its grave.” Diego Nasi looked up from his cup of thick, sweet, Turkish-style coffee....
Designing a Square-holed Flute

Designing a Square-holed Flute

Grantville High School Television Studio June 1637   “Are you ready to go, Bob?” the assistant director in the small high school television studio asked Bob Davidson as he nervously shuffled his papers at the lectern. “I’m about as ready...
Snow White and the r-ARC

Snow White and the r-ARC

Wednesday, July 25, 1635 USE Army encampment near Halle   “More regiments are arriving. Make sure the company area is squared away. Do it right and you probably will not have to do it over,” Leutnant Rupert Spitzer repeated as he passed by. Sergeant...
Bumped

Bumped

  Doug Collins tried to calm his hammering heart while Melissa checked out the string trick, but as the seconds built up without remark, he realized he was pretty much screwed. A first date had only one objective: impress the girl enough to earn a second date....
Infighting

Infighting

The folks in science fiction fandom have always fought. At my second science fiction convention in the early 1980s, I showed up in a stylish skirt and blouse, high heels, and a matching purse. I was a reporter who had just covered a press conference with the governor...
Ein feste Burg, Episode 18

Ein feste Burg, Episode 18

Chapter 27: Days at the Races Marksuhl August 1635 "Where are they?" Johann Ernst looked around in the living room, waving a sheet of paper in his hand. "The women, Hoheit?" Cornelia asked, who was just clearing the coffee table. Then she turned to him and pointed...
Asking the Right Question

Asking the Right Question

October, 1632 Hannover   “Georg! What are you doing in a closet? When I saw the cobbler’s sign out front I was sure I had the wrong place.” Georg knew the cramped shelves lining most of the space made it obvious storage was the small room’s original purpose. “It...
Squarely the Best

Squarely the Best

Piano-making firm of Bledsoe and Riebeck, Grantville, August 1632 “Marcus, you have got to be kidding!” Ingram Bledsoe exclaimed, staring at his long-time friend in disbelief. “No, Ingram, I’m not kidding,” Marcus Wendell replied....