This Issue’s Cover -60

This Issue’s Cover -60

This issue’s cover features a pair of State of Thuringia-Franconia national guardsmen mustering in a Grantville parking lot. The soldiers were painted by an unknown period artist, the photo of Mannington, West Virginia is courtesy of 1632.org. The (non-canon)...
Childish Joy

Childish Joy

These past few weeks, I’ve accidentally rediscovered one of the joys of my childhood. I had honestly thought it lost. Here’s what happened: Like everyone else who cares about and/or works in science fiction, I have watched the culture wars develop inside the field....
Painted Into a Corner, Episode One

Painted Into a Corner, Episode One

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. —Pablo Picasso   PART ONE   Magdeburg, September 1636   Sophia crashed through the door of...
What Price For a Miracle?

What Price For a Miracle?

Augsburg, an Imperial City in the USE December 1634   “Horatio Alger Burston! Why is this piece of junk cluttering up our eingang?!” This gale force greeting assaulted H.A. Burston’s ears as he walked through the front door of his home at five minutes...
The Vanity Fair

The Vanity Fair

My name is Roger Crowley, formerly of Hutton Manor in England. I shall not say which county, for fear of embarrassment, save to say it lies in the North. From my Lady Mother, Alys Hutton, I inherited a small manor house and estate, in such a state as to make the rents...
Engines of Change: More Power

Engines of Change: More Power

Aksel Nørgaard walked into the shop like always. Just watching the machinery made him feel good. The overhead mainline shaft clattered away as it rotated, belts came down from pulleys to each machine tool, small wisps of smoke curled up from each machine. Everywhere,...
The Chosen of the Red God

The Chosen of the Red God

Fast As Lightning In The Sky felt the magic flow through his body, the power pulsing perfectly in time with his beating heart. There were those who claimed it was not real, but he knew it was. Ever since he had taken the symbol of the Red God upon himself, he felt he...