1636: The Saxon Uprising: N/A (The Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint

By Eric Flint

            The <st1:state>West Virginia</st1:state> city of <st1:city>Grantville</st1:city>, torn from the 20th century and hurled again into 17th century <st1:place>Europe</st1:place> has allied with Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, within the usa of Europe. So, whilst Gustavus invades <st1:place><st1:country-region>Poland</st1:country-region></st1:place>, coping with to unite all of the squabbling Polish factions into repelling the typical enemy, the time-lost americans need to fear approximately getting dragged into the struggle in addition to the Swedish forces.
            yet Mike Stearns has one other challenge. He used to be top Minister of the USE until eventually he misplaced an election, and now he’s one in every of Gustavus’s generals; and he has proven that he’s first-class at being a basic. And he’s approximately to actually desire all his army flair. Gretchen , who by no means observed a revolution she didn’t like, has been arrested in <st1:place>Saxony</st1:place>, and could be done. The progressive teams which she has been operating with usually are not approximately to allow that occur, and without notice there’s rioting within the streets. <st1:place>Saxony</st1:place>’s ruthless normal Baner is set to suppress the rebellion by way of the universal “kill all of them and permit God variety them out” procedure, which simply provides gasoline to the hearth. So Gustavus orders Mike Stearns to visit <st1:place>Saxony</st1:place> and restoration order. yet he makes one mistake.
            He didn’t inform Mike to take his troops alongside at the challenge. yet he didn’t inform him not to, both . . .
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He told me I had no talent, could not write, ought to forget ever trying to make a living from the craft of writing, and that even if I did manage to eke out some sort of low-level existence through dint of sheer, dogged persistence, I would never write anything of consequence, would never make a name for myself, and would sink into the dust of oblivion justifiably forgotten by lovers of properly constructed literature. I told him to go fuck himself. I was thrown out of Ohio State University in January of 1955, went home to Cleveland to marshal my thoughts and consider my options.

If he had been a freak before, what was he now? A horror? He was more than a messenger, now. He was a shining symbol of the end of all humanity on Earth, a symbol of the evil their kind had done. The refugees out there would never treasure him, welcome him, or build proud legends around him. But they could never deny him. He was a messenger from the grave. Whatever else, he couldn’t be ignored. They would see him in the airless cabin, even before he landed. They would never be able to live with him, but they would have to listen to him, and to believe.

It was a vast, ominous, cubed structure with no windows and only one door, guarded night and day. If nothing else, they had terrific security. No one knew the intensive experimentation going on behind those steel-reinforced concrete walls. No one knew, not even the men upon whose bodies the experiments were being performed. It was because of those experiments that Seligman was here now, alone. Because of the myopic little men with their foreign accents and their clippings of skin from his buttocks and shoulders, the prying bacteriologists and the snooping endocrine specialists, the epidemiologists and the bloodstream busybodies—because of all of them-he was here now, when no one else had lived.

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