Only the Arquebus, by H. Beam Piper by Daniel Eness
Series: Science Fiction Shorts, Book 8.
Approx. 2,130 words.
Published on January 23, 2012.
Famed science fiction and mystery writer H. Beam Piper apparently died in 1964 under mysterious circumstances. One of his manuscripts, Only the Arquebus, vanished in the aftermath.
In this weird short story of the future past, or, more accurately, the alternate near-future, the secret behind Only the Arquebus is finally revealed.