Before the Barbed Wire’s Strung

Before the Barbed Wire’s Strung

Grantville 1637   "Thirty days," intoned the judge, gavel thundering onto its wooden target. "Auctioneers for the sale will be paid by the court, and all belongings not for sale—there being no joint property—removed beforehand, by order of this court." That...
Proposal and Counterproposal

Proposal and Counterproposal

Late Summer, 1634   The bell at the Torre dell'orologio, the clock tower, struck the hour. Conrad Ursinus gestured meaningfully at the fifty yards of tiled pavement that still separated the party from the doge's palace. "Half a minute late. You think it's better...
On the Shoals of Space-Time

On the Shoals of Space-Time

It began with a distant whump, felt more than heard. Or his subconscious invented those details, in an effort to bring order out of chaos. All that Teljod Kelmar knew for certain, a suddenly keening alarm having jolted him awake, was that something must have gone...