The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel

Grantville, 1635   Federico Ballarino took an appreciative sip of the Thuringian Gardens lager. It had been a long day; his train from Magdeburg to Grantville had suffered a breakdown, costing him two hours. When he finally arrived, he dropped his gear off at...
Stolen Reputations

Stolen Reputations

Leiden, June 1634   Bonaventure Elzevir was a happy man as he bustled towards the bookshop nestled in the grounds of Leiden University which he owned with his nephew Abraham. The high sun shone down on Bonaventure’s stylish black breeches and doublet, white...
Engines of Change: A Few Kroner More

Engines of Change: A Few Kroner More

Copenhagen, September 1636   The shop was humming. All around the room, large twelve-cylinder engines sat in various levels of completion. Lars Holgersen, shop supervisor, walked from position to position, inspecting the engines in process. The men knew exactly...
Becket’s Blood

Becket’s Blood

September 1635   One fine morning Robert Smythe, the city of York’s most popular pulpiteer, went to the doctor. “Reverend Smythe! And what can I do for you?” “I have, of late, been troubled by these pains in my breast. Well, it is not so...
Hair Club 250

Hair Club 250

Early Fall 1635   “Ken, when are you going to put up a new sign?” Kim Beasley asked her husband. “I ain’t,” he said, reaching across the breakfast table for the butter. “That sign’s been there all these years. It does a...