By Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
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Publish yr note: First released October second 2007
The Thirty Years warfare keeps to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is accumulating strength and effect: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the twentieth century led by means of Mike Stearns who have been hurled centuries into the earlier by means of a mysterious cosmic accident.
The CPE has the information of twentieth century know-how, yet wishes iron and metal to make the machines. The iron mines of the higher Palatinate have been rendered inoperable via wartime harm, and American knowledge is required immediate to pump them out and get the steel flowing again--a project that may end up extra advanced than somebody expects. within the maelstrom that's Europe, even a twentieth century replica of the "Encyclopedia Britannica" can precipitate a quandary, whilst readers examine of the 1640 Portuguese insurrection, a difficulty that would contain Naples in addition. one other issue: Albanian exiles in Naples, encouraged through the americans, are plotting to recuperate misplaced Albanian turf, so one can precipitate yet one more problem within the Balkans.
This afflicted century used to be filled with revolutions and plans for extra revolutions earlier than the american citizens arrived, and gave each would-be innovative an instance of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns could have his palms complete when you consider that it doesn't boil over directly to Grantville and the CPE.
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There was something about Mother that chilled people," she went on, disregarding my attempt to be helpful and forcing me to follow her vision of the unrelieved hopelessness of her parents' situation. -I know it. I chill people and put them in the wrong. That's 36 MEMOIRS OF HECATE COUNTY what I did with Sigismund. He always said I made him . feel guilty. But it's really because I always feel guilty. Mother made me feel guilty, too. I can't help thinking that I oughtn't to make claims on people, that I oughtn't to expect them to care about me.
As I looked around the room, I reflected that, though Sigismund had spent much of his time here during the early years of their marriage, though the house had been supposed to be their house, he had left little or no imprint upon it. Dr. Bristead and his daughter and Ellen-both Ellen and her mother were only children -had assembled the things in that room. The low couch on which I was sitting was comfortable but there was something rather stale about it. It had been ministering for too many years to the comfort of too much the same people; the upholstery and the cushions had become almost as personal as a bed, and the pattern of flowers was faded.