Eric Flint’s place on the web

March 13, 2006

Forthcoming

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Last updated, September 2007

That date above is the page-creation date, not the last-update-date. Trust me on this.. — Loyal Minion

OUT - available now

  • January 2007 Flint, editor Grantville Gazette III hardcover (out)
  • February 2007 Laumer The Long Twilight & Other Stories (out)
  • Lackey Bedlam’s Edge (Red Fiddler story) (out in paper)
  • Flint & Weber 1634: The Baltic War (out)
  • Flint, editor The Best of JBU 2006 (hardcover) (out)
  • Flint & Drake The Dance of Time (pb reissue) (out)
  • Flint & Freer Pyramid Power (hardcover) (out)
  • Anvil The Trouble With Humans (out)

Firmly scheduled with dates from Baen.  

  • Eric is currently serializing a 163x story in the online edition of the Grantville Gazette, entitled THE ANACONDA PROJECT.
  • October 2007 Flint & DeMarce 1634: The Bavarian Crisis
  • November 2007 Flint, editor Grantville Gazette II (pb)
  • December 2007 Flint & DeMarce 1634: The Ram Rebellion (pb)
  • January 2008 Flint, editor RING OF FIRE II (hardcover)
  • 2008 Flint, editor Grantville Gazette IV (hardcover)
  • Laumer Earthblood & Other Stories

Known scheduled for writing during 2007:

  • Crown of Slaves 2 (working title) with David Weber

First drafts in Eric’s hands from Collaborators.

  • By any other name (with Sarah Hoyt)
  • Sword on Canvas (with Richard Roach)

Known under contract.

  • Boundary 2 (working title) with Ryk Spoor
  • 1635: The Dreeson Incident with Virginia DeMarce
  • 1635: Symphony for the Devil with David Carrico
  • The Sorceress of Karres, Forthcoming, with Mercedes Lackey and Dave Freer
  • Three more 1632 solo novels from Eric.

Other works in progress

  • Grantville Gazette Volume 14 is now up at http://www.grantvillegazette.com, and e-arcs are available for the next year there to members of that site. Volume 13 is up in Webscriptions.
  • The first six issues ofUniverse! bi-monthly beginning June 2006.
    As of September 2007, Universe is now well into a second year.  Subscription Renewal Announcments will be going out soon.

Other discussion…

Eric’s current plans for 163x:

“With the completion of BALTIC WAR, Andrew Dennis and I will be starting a new sequence (or “thread,” if you prefer) that centers on the British Isles and has as its main characters Julie and Alex Mackay. (With a number of other important ones, such as Darryl McCarthy, Victoria Short, Oliver Cromwell and Gayle Mason.)

“There’s an additional thread/sequence to the series that I’m doing with several other writers, mainly Virginia DeMarce, that runs parallel to the mainline sequence but involves actions that are closer to the ground, so to speak, and feature a much more varied cast — although I may eventually use Jeff and Gretchen as the anchors for it. The first book in this sequence was RAM REBELLION.

“In the nature of things, though, this ‘parellel mainline’ sequence has pretty fuzzy boundaries. The next book in it, 1634: THE BAVARIAN CRISIS, is in many ways part of the mainline developments, certainly in terms of its political importance.

“What Dave Weber and I will do is develop a specifically naval side to the series, which will focus on Admiral Simpson and Eddie Cantrell.

“Finally, although it’s so far been expressed only in one short novel (‘The Wallenstein Gambit’ in RING OF FIRE), I’ll be developing a Bohemian sequence to the series. I use the term ‘Bohemian’ loosely, since Austria and Poland will also figure prominently in it as time goes by. The next story in the sequence will be the story I write for the next RING OF FIRE anthology, coming out in January of 2008. I also have one full novel under contract in that sequence, which I’ll be writing with Mike Spehar, 1635: SOLDIER OF BOHEMIA.”

Also under contract is 1635: SYMPHONY FOR THE DEVIL with David Carrico.
2007, that’s what we know. Check back.

The next in the “Heirs of Alexandria” series is being first drafted by Dave Freer, who expects to finish it by the end of September, 2007. I believe the title will be MUCH FALL OF BLOOD.

March 2008 will see the publication of THE DRAGON DONE IT, an anthology edited by Eric with Mike Resnick.

May 2008 will see the publication of TIMESPIKE by Eric and Marilyn Kosmatka, a different branch of the “Assiti Shards” universe. (Turned in already)

Del Rey having failed to use the pot in time, they were kicked off it. Eric has signed with Baen to continue the “Rivers of War” series. Two novels have been contracted for so far.

A sequel to THE COURSE OF EMPIRE has been contracted for, and Ms. Wentworth was first-drafting as of April 2007. Working title NGC 7293 “that’s the official astronomical designation of the planetary nebula where much of the action takes place” (Eric). IMAO, the team of Flint & Wentworth is better than either alone, which is saying quite a lot.

COS II should get written in the fall or winter of 2007. Btw, at last report, Big Dave was at work on SoSII, or about to start it, as soon as he finished a final polish on the second and third books in the OFF ARMAGGEDON REEF series (the titles will be BY SCHISM RENT ASUNDER and BY HERESIES BESET respectively).

The next in the “Heirs of Alexandria” series is being first drafted by Dave Freer, who expects to finish it by the end of September, 2007. I believe the title will be MUCH FALL OF BLOOD.

75 Comments »

  1. While I am at the edge of my seat awaiting anything 1632ish, what book is going to address the group in the Tower of London? Will that be Baltic War? Cannon Law? Which?

    Comment by Steve Perrin — March 24, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  2. The tower group solution was GOING to be a seperate book. However, the press of other things has resulted in modified plans. The resolution of the group stranded in the tower of London is now planned as part of Baltic War, which is the next book to be written (if not the next one released.)

    –Loyal Minion

    Comment by webmaster — March 24, 2006 @ 6:13 pm

  3. When do you plan to begin COS2,and how soon may we expect snippets?see post at Baens Bar.

    Comment by chris brownell — April 4, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

  4. COS2 will be written after Baltic War. Writing for Baltic war is expected to begin in late May/early June.
    – Loyal Minions

    Comment by webmaster — April 4, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

  5. Thank you,webmaster.That is precisely what I hoped to see.Does that mean that in late June,a snippet of the Prologue could be available?Chapter 1 in July,2 in August and so on?

    Comment by chris brownell — April 6, 2006 @ 12:49 pm

  6. Yahoo! Whupee! Hurray!

    I am a long time fan of anything Schmitz, particularly anything Karres. The original I read when I was a child, and in time I completely forgot the title name and author. Finally about 5 years ago I came across something that prompted a memory of the book and author. I eventually found a paperback of the original, then came across the Baen website. I was overjoyed that several talented authors were going to collaborate on a new book in that universe, and wow! Another one! I am overjoyed. While I can definitely sense a difference in the storytelling of the latest book, Wizard of Karres, the over-all feel of that universe and it’s characters has been kept intact, leaving me eager to find any new material in that universe. On another note, I definitely enjoy those works you do not collaborate on, and I am eagerly awaiting your new releases.

    Comment by Chris Michler — April 7, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  7. Just wanted to post a quick comment on two future books that I am especially looking forward to:

    1) 1634: The Baltic War - I’m sorry to hear it will be another year before we see this, but I suppose their is enough other “1600″ stuff to keep me satisfied until then. I’m really looking forward to reading more about all the folks from Grantville.

    2) The Sorceress of Karres - Yeah!!! I loved the original Witches of Karres, and really enjoyed the Wizard of Karres, so I’m *really* looking forward to the third book. What *will* happen to Captain Pausert and Goth? I can’t wait to find out!

    Keep up the good work, Eric! :-D

    Mike

    Comment by Mike — April 17, 2006 @ 5:09 pm

  8. Mr Flint
    I am a die hard fan of the 16** series . When are all the short stoys in the Gazette going to be put out in a hardcover or softcover form. I do not have the abilty to down load the web books and would love to read all of them. Also when is the story arc about Lt Cantrell going to be finshed.
    Thank You
    SSGT
    Mike

    Comment by lonewolf2bt — April 25, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

  9. Of course, two of the gazettes are out. Baen will continue to publish them as long as they sell.

    – Loyal Minions

    Comment by webmaster — April 25, 2006 @ 11:02 pm

  10. I understand the COS2{Honorverse 18}plot will focus primarily on Torch according to what a Baen’s Bar poster said.What are some details about this?Has a title been chosen yet?Will the first snippet be ready soon-late June perhaps?COS1 remains one of my favorite Honorverse novels and eagerly await replies to these 3 questions.

    best of regards,Onewhowishes to read HONORable science fiction .

    Comment by onewhowishes — April 26, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

  11. The ‘category’ being snippeted (Turned In and/or being snippeted) begs definition. Seems to me I could write a thousand words and snippet 900, without producing a cohesive work. So does that mean you’re in final stages of self-proofing and polishing, or what. While you’re at it, the whole cycle including what stages a work goes through at a publisher would be illuminating and appreciated!

    Comment by fabartus — May 11, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  12. I was wondering if a release date for 1634: the Bavarian Crisis has been set ?

    Comment by willomally — May 29, 2006 @ 8:47 am

  13. Update on publication date of COS2?

    Comment by onewhowishes — June 4, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

  14. PLEASE try to get the time lines of the 1632 universe stories to progress in such a way that I don’t have to read about something which happened in 1634 when I have already read what has happened in 1635. The suspension of disbelief and the production of plot tension are at stake here (in my opinion).

    Comment by Lon — June 6, 2006 @ 11:53 am

  15. Good to see that the Tower situation is being resolved in Baltic War. Too bad one of the reveals shows up in the snippets presented for Cannon Law (which I realize takes place a year after Baltic War). As another commenter said, getting books out of sequence does confuse things. Really like the snippets from Cannon Law, but the Stones and Sharon Nichols and the invincible Ruy are some of my favorite characters from the series.

    Comment by Steve Perrin — June 6, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

  16. Perhaps Harry Lefferts deserves a book of his Own?

    Comment by Tom Norrell — June 8, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

  17. I loved the Witches of Karres and was thrilled after many years to have another excellent book come out in the series, The Wizard of Karres.

    Need I say that my cup runneth over with news of yet a third book in the series!

    Is there a target publication date yet?

    Comment by Simcha-Yitzchak Lerner — June 30, 2006 @ 2:22 am

  18. in the raj whitehall series how soon will book #9 be started on or published? Thanks,DWM.

    Comment by david michals — July 28, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

  19. I don’t mean to criticise, in fact I am writing because the Belasaurius books are becoming so well loved and respected among SF fans I know. But availability (and perhaps marketing) is bad. Local bookstores and Libraries have one or two books, but don’t realize this is a series, and won’t get others unless specifically ordered. At Amazon, one must do research and be lucky to find all the books.( I am amazed a list of the series is not one of the first things you find looking up one Bel book. Then again , Amazon is the worst layed out things I have ever seen—another story. You do not want to emulate them. I write because this is a great string of books and becoming well loved. Think about it–things are very wrong.

    Comment by Stuart Keith — August 16, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

  20. eric I love your 16** series but if you ever want “Harry Lefferts” story I hope you get john ringo to do it(it just everytime I hear about Harry Lefferts I think of Ringo’s “ghost” (with admittedly less bondage and less bond)) but reguardless keep up the good work!

    Comment by c theriault — September 1, 2006 @ 10:10 am

  21. I really enjoy the Assiti shard series, but the publishing timeline is atrocious. I
    ‘ve already read the Canon Law where the tower situation has been resolved, but with no explaination. Thanks to Harry. Lets have some more of Harry. Mike Stearns is my favorite character, but seems to be relegated to secondary status. Thanks for listening to my rant. GREAT WORK!!!

    Comment by edward salin — October 3, 2006 @ 10:54 am

  22. 22. I really don’t know if this is the place to mention it but, I noticed that Tom Kidd’s site is showing a painting purporting to be the cover art for “1634 Baltic War”. It looks very nice, except there doesn’t seem to be a smokestack on the USE Timberclad in the foreground.

    Comment by gil norton — October 4, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

  23. will there be a sequal to “this rough magic”?

    Comment by don — October 18, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

  24. Deeply disenchanted with the Brillo swillo in Ram Rebellion - I can’t believe I paid actual money for pages and pages of this -
    utterly inconsistent with the quality of all that had gone before.

    The 1632 universe, even the Gazette content, is an absolute benchmark accomplishment. It is no small thing to create an internally consistent universe and render the intricacies of 163x geopolitics, religious squabbles and the petty details of day-to-day life so utterly compelling.

    OTOH, it is a terrible lapse to clutter such a body of work with Chic Lit tripe… like hiring Danielle Steele or Agatha Christie to complete the works of Harry Harrison or S.M.Stirling (if you sup with the Devil, gag me with a spoon).

    Comment by Marshall Armstrong — November 8, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

  25. Why was the escape from the tower used in the most present book 1635 cannon law does that not ruin the story arc started in 1633 when they were locked up and harry was on his way. is ther a short stort i missed about the break out or is that forth coming

    Comment by Ssgt Rodbro — November 14, 2006 @ 1:45 am

  26. I can not find any mention of “Much Fall of Blood” and the other contracted books in the series started with “The Shadow of the Lion”. Why? Dave Freer is working on his part of the next book right now.

    Other than that I can just say, keep on writing and I will keep on bying.

    As a non-american I must say that I have not started reading the 18XX series. I suspect that in order to really enjoy it I should start reading up on the historical background and persons. I just can not find the time to do so.
    I have asked friends who have read both books and they confirmed my suspicion.

    Comment by Eva Norman — November 27, 2006 @ 7:30 am

  27. When are you going to be updating the forth coming section of your website. A number of the books mentioned in the March 06 update are already out or scheduled to come out soon. I would really appreciate a new update.

    Comment by John R. Johnson — November 28, 2006 @ 11:50 am

  28. I have heard someplace of an Assiti Shard novel taking place in era of ancient Rome, featuring both Gen. George Washington and Freddie the Great. If this is so, I’m certainly looking forward to it. Can you address this question?

    Comment by R.A. Curtis — November 28, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

  29. HI! - big fan but I am frequently dismayed by how out of date this (and other similar websites get…) - I suggest you condider updating the ‘Forthcomming’ section a bit more frequently…

    Cheers, Charles

    Comment by CHarles C — December 15, 2006 @ 6:03 am

  30. ========================================
    ===Quick replies by the Loyal Minions===
    ========================================

    Regarding General Washington in Rome — that novel has been scrubbed, sorry.

    Regarding updates to this page — TADA!!! not much new to report, but I noted that.

    Regarding the 1812 and 1824 novels (both of which are now out) — non-US readers do NOT need to know US history to enjoy these, they’re complete in themselves. Eric did a heck of a job.

    Much Fall of Blood is a victim of writing schedules, Dave Freer is completing a first draft, but the book itself is not yet on the schedule

    Re escape from the tower, I can tell you as of Dec ‘07 that Eric is actively writing those scenes even as I write this. Cool stuff. You _will_ like it.

    Respectfully submitted
    – the Loyal Minions.

    Comment by webmaster — December 17, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

  31. I have found these alternative history series very compelling. Are there any plans for a sequal to The Arkansas War?

    Comment by Lorien — December 29, 2006 @ 6:50 am

  32. A previous comment made me realize that the character Harry could be the charcter Mike Harmon from Ringo’s Ghost series, which incidently happens to be my favorite single character story line right now. Lets see Flint……… or Ringo………….., nah I’ll take both. Congradulations Eric of a truly spectaculr series. Please put your mind on drugs so your writings can quicken up.

    Comment by edward salin — January 2, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

  33.         Lorien wrote:
            “I have found these alternative history series very compelling. Are there any plans for a sequal to The Arkansas War?”

            Eric has said that his agent and Del Rey are dickering over the advance.  So the next two books, which will cover the middle and end of the war with Arkansas, seem likely to be written.

            If sales justify, there will be other books, dealing with the Texas situation, and the equivalent of the Nullification Crisis of 1830, and then eventually the counterpart to the Civil War.

            So go buy more copies of 1824: The Arkansas War!

    Comment by Stephen M. St. Onge — January 3, 2007 @ 3:12 am

  34. I am interested in subscribing to Baen’s Universe. If I do, will I have access to back issues?

    Comment by Steven Wilber — January 4, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

  35. Eric or Loyal Minions:

    I noticed on the 1632 website that “Ring of Fire II” is scheduled for release in January 2008. How does “Ring of Fire” differ from “Grantville Gazette?” I am soon going to be reviewing “Grantville Gazette III” for a Texas newspaper, and would like to know before I write the review.

    Thanks.

    Comment by Mark L — January 15, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

  36. Your book The Arkansas War is your best ever. I had an idea that could possibly be used in a future book. What if a noted naturalist comes to the Great Plains adjoining Oklahoma and expounds the theory that the American Bison can be tamed. This theory could be picked up by a Christian group on the basis that man should tame the savage beasts of the Great Plains along with the Indian tribes, but in fact making the Plains Tribes the richest faction inh the new west as they adapt their hunting skills to herding.

    Comment by Ora Stallard — January 17, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

  37. I’m a die hard 16** series fan. Love all your books! Several comments:
    1. Please publish books in sequence. Jumping back and forth in time is confusing and also ruining the suspense.
    2. I’m a big fan of Mike and Rebecca Stearns and Don Francisco. Is there going to be a book about them again as a main characters? Something more historico-political.
    3. What about the Roth’s that moved to Prague. They were supposed to prevent Chmelnitski pogroms in Ukraine. And their interaction with Wallenstein should be really fascinating. Would love to read some more about them.
    Keep up a great work!

    Comment by Ellie — January 22, 2007 @ 12:54 am

  38. Ok now I have not been hanging out in the bar, but what is the status on a third Rivers of War? Come on way too many unanswered questions left in 1824.

    Comment by Michael W — January 29, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

  39. Reply to Ellie’s second and third comments
    >Ellie wrote:
    >2. I’m a big fan of Mike and Rebecca Stearns and Don Francisco. Is there going to be a book about them again as >a main characters? Something more historico-political.
    >3. What about the Roth’s that moved to Prague. They were supposed to prevent Chmelnitski pogroms in Ukraine. And >their interaction with Wallenstein should be really fascinating. Would love to read some more about them.

    While I’m not Eric or a Loyal Minion, I’ll attempt to answer those questions from information off Baen’s Bar and other places.
    2. The next book in the main thread which I believe is the “Historical-political” and features those three is 1634: The Baltic War due out in May of this year. Also as of today The Baltic War is available as an E-ARC from www.baen.com. Eric stated, a while ago so this is subject to change, that the political sequel to The Baltic War is 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, although I do not know if it features the three characters you listed.

    3. Long ago Eric stated that the Eastern European of which Wallenstein and the Roths are a part would be continued in a novel tentatively titled 1635: The Eastern Front. However this was a while ago and like Escape from the Tower may have change.

    David the Lettered Wolf

    Comment by David the Lettered Wolf — February 11, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

  40. Do you plan to write a sequel to The Course of Empire? I’ve enjoyed all the recent works I’ve read, but that one in particular struck a chord with me.

    Comment by Jeremy — March 20, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

  41. Update on publication of COS2?in what is now the latest update of the Forthecoming section of this site,there is no mention of it whatsoever.Likewise there is no trace of it ,or SOS2 on the current Baen Publishing schedule.

    Comment by onewhowishes — March 25, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

  42. Y’all have dealt with baseball and soccer but considering Tom’s background-what happenned to FOOTBALL?

    Comment by Tim K — April 2, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

  43. In answer to a number of comments, the “out of sequence” nature of the series is mostly due to one simple problem: Because of scheduling difficulties, Dave Weber and I wound up writing 1634: THE BALTIC WAR much later than we’d originally intended. In three weeks, however, that problem will be a matter oF history, since BALTIC WAR is coming out at the beginning of May.

    The reason I published THE CANNON LAW out of sequence — and it’s really the only book that was published out of sequence in the series — is simply because Andrew Dennis had finished the first draft. For me to sit on it for two years would have deprived him of income. (And me too, for that matter.) Authors don’t collect royalties until a book is published. So I did the rewrite and we published it. I’d apologize except — being blunt — nobody has offered to set up an Author’s Fund to pay writers while a book is held out of circulation to fit an abstract schedule.

    That said, I don’t foresee the same problem happening again. Dave Weber and I have agreed that our further collaborations in the series — we have contracts for three more books — will involve a “side story” rather than being central to the mainline of the series. I’ll be writing those mainline novels on my own, which allows me to control the publication schedule.

    However, you do need to keep in mind that it’s in the nature of this series that the books do not follow a clear and distinct chronology, with Book 3 being followed by Book 4 and then Book 5, etc. That’s only true for 1632 and 1633 — and, even then, many of the stories in RING OF FIRE overlap both novels.

    Following 1633, the story branches out in different areas and chronologically overlaps. For instance:

    1634: THE BALTIC WAR, which is the direct sequel to 1633, begins in December of 1633 and ends in June of 1634.

    1634: THE GALILEO AFFAIR begins in the spring of 1633 and ends in July of 1634. It overlaps BALTIC WAR completely, and begins well before BALTIC WAR. (And ends slightly later.)

    1634: THE BAVARIAN CRISIS — which is coming out in October 2007 — begins in January of 1634 and ends in October of 1634. Most of it overlaps BALTIC WAR, although it begins a bit later and ends several months later.

    1634: THE RAM REBELLION begins in June of 1631 and ends in October of 1634. In other words, it chronologically overlaps _every_ novel so far published in the series, including 1634: THE BAVARIAN CRISIS, with the exception of 1635: THE CANNON LAW.

    It’s not until you get to 1635: THE CANNON LAW that’s there no overlap at all. That novel begins in January of 1635 and ends June of 1635. I should say, there’s no overlap _so far_, because I don’t actually know yet (and won’t until I start writing them) exactly when I’ll begin the story in the next three novels.

    That’s just the novels. If you then factor into the equation the various stories that have been published in the anthology RING OF FIRE and the various issues of the GRANTVILLE GAZETTE — not to mention RING OF FIRE II, which will be coming out in January 2008 — the chronological overlap gets still more complex.

    That’s just the nature of the series. As I said, the only real problem was the very delayed publication of BALTIC WAR. Now that that problem is behind us (or will be in three weeks) there shouldn’t be any further problems of that nature. But the stories will always keep overlapping with each other.

    Eric

    Comment by Eric — April 9, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

  44. In reply to comment 40, Kathy Wentworth and I are working on a sequel to COURSE OF EMPIRE. The working title of it is NGC 7293 — that’s the official astronomical designation of the planetary nebula where much of the action takes place — and Kathy is writing the first draft right now.

    Eric

    Comment by Eric — April 9, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

  45. In answer to comment 41, Dave Weber and I will be writing the sequel to CROWN OF SLAVES this summer.

    Eric

    Comment by Eric — April 9, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

  46. Eric:

    You state you and Dave Weber will be doing “side stories.” Given the nature of the beast that is 16xx, What is the main channel (after The Baltic War) and what are the side channels? If the main channel is the House of Vasa, I suspect that channel becomes smooth and dull, with little turbulance as it flows to the sea. If the main channel is Vasa vs. Richeleau, isn’t that muddied beyond coherance, what with the civil war brewing in France? (You succeed in making me feel sorry for Richeleau at the end of TBW, which I never would have believed possible.)

    Anyhow, I’d appreciate your thoughts. (You have no obligation to provide them. I understand. But I am curious.)

    Comment by Mark L — April 11, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  47. In reply to comment 46, I principally define “mainline” in terms of the characters, which means particularly Mike Stearns and Rebecca Abrabanel. That said, those two characters (especially Mike) tend to be at the center of the storm in the series in terms of major political and military developments.

    So far, Jeff Higgins and Gretchen Richter have also been centrally involved in mainline novels, but that may change in the future. What won’t change, given what is now his objective political importance in the series, is that any novel that has Mike Stearns as a major character — which means _doing_ something himself, not simply appearing occasionally as the President or Prime Minister (as he did in GALILEO, CANNON LAW and RAM REBELLION) — is more or less by definition a “mainline” novel.

    Likewise, the central characters in the Italy sequence are Sharon Nichols, Ruy Sanchez, Frank Stone and Giovanna Marcoli. As time goes on, that will become the Italy/France/Spain sequence, by the way. Harry Lefferts and his crew will be shifting into that sequence, at least for one novel, but Harry will generally be part of the mainline stories.

    With the completion of BALTIC WAR, Andrew Dennis and I will be starting a new sequence (or “thread,” if you prefer) that centers on the British Isles and has as its main characters Julie and Alex Mackay. (With a number of other important ones, such as Darryl McCarthy, Victoria Short, Oliver Cromwell and Gayle Mason.)

    There’s an additional thread/sequence to the series that I’m doing with several other writers, mainly Virginia DeMarce, that runs parallel to the mainline sequence but involves actions that are closer to the ground, so to speak, and feature a much more varied cast — although I may eventually use Jeff and Gretchen as the anchors for it. The first book in this sequence was RAM REBELLION.

    In the nature of things, though, this “parellel mainline” sequence has pretty fuzzy boundaries. The next book in it, 1634: THE BAVARIAN CRISIS, is in many ways part of the mainline developments, certainly in terms of its political importance.

    What Dave Weber and I will do is develop a specifically naval side to the series, which will focus on Admiral Simpson and Eddie Cantrell.

    Finally, although it’s so far been expressed only in one short novel (”The Wallenstein Gambit” in RING OF FIRE), I’ll be developing a Bohemian sequence to the series. I use the term “Bohemian” loosely, since Austria and Poland will also figure prominently in it as time goes by. The next story in the sequence will be the story I write for the next RING OF FIRE anthology, coming out in January of 2008. I also have one full novel under contract in that sequence, which I’ll be writing with Mike Spehar, 1635: SOLDIER OF BOHEMIA.

    Eric

    Comment by Eric Flint — April 14, 2007 @ 8:18 am

  48. I have a couple of questions: What happened to the Heirs of Alexandria serie? Was it cancelled? Or just pushed into the future?

    Comment by mikaela — April 22, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

  49. Re:North America in the 1632+ Universe, I note in 1634 BW a proposal put to Adm. Simpson concerning invading Florida, but French Forces have been sent to subdue the English, Dutch, etc. colonies further up the east coast of NA. What will the “good guys” do to get control of NA once the European situation is more stabilized? I presume the Spanish control Mexico and most of South America.

    Comment by jim summerlin — April 26, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

  50. I bought The Baltic War,henceforth tbw, on saturday april 25 early morning and didn’t put it down until sometime in the evening after reading the last page. Let me say to both Eric and David thank you for a great day. I had previously been reading and enjoying the snippets including the comments, yes even the less than stellar opionion. I don’t know what those critics were expecting but I found tbw entertaining and exctiting and has me looking forward anxiously for the next installment in the series. Again thank you gentleman for a terrific addition to the story.

    Comment by edward salin — April 27, 2007 @ 11:47 am

  51. Are you planning another Joe’s World book? Need some more strangling…

    Comment by Mercedes — April 27, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

  52. Correction. Scanned 1634 TBW, have not had time to read fully, got mistaken impression of Florida reference. Still interested in fate of North America in 1632+ Universe. Is there anything that can be revealed at this point?

    Comment by jim summerlin — April 28, 2007 @ 9:24 am

  53. This is posted on K. D. Wentworths homepage. Can you make any comments on what the book is about or when it will be available?

    The Torus War, with Eric Flint, A New Novel From Baen

    John R. Johnson

    Comment by John R. Johnson — May 4, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

  54. Hi I just finished reading Baltic War. Good stuff. Question: Is 1634: The Bavarian Crisis ever going to come to fruition? The snippets would have one believe that it merely needs a quick edit and release.

    I hope you’re having as much fun writing this as I am reading it.

    Comment by Clint Bright — May 17, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

  55. I also would like to know the answer to Mark L’s question: What is the difference between the “Ring of Fire” anthologies and the “Grantville Gazette” anthologies?

    Speaking of GG, the running gag of Anne Jefferson getting her portrait painted is going to get very threadbare, long before GG10. How about Jeff and Gretchen on a cover? Or Gretchen alone, surrounded by her birthed and adopted children? I imagine Gretchen looking like a cross between Patty Hearst in the SLA, and a Victoria’s Secret lingerie model.

    I have no idea what you’ve got planned as a sequel to 1635: Cannon Law. What I’d liketo see is the Pope smack Spain with the Heavenly Mother of all interdicts. (Which would make King Philip “His Least Catholic Majesty.”) And before Spain gets the interdict lifted, they must stop the Spanish Inquisition. Also, I think you’re setting up Mazzare to eventually become pope himself — and wouldn’t that drive Richelieu bonkers!

    North America — I figure that the Grantvillers will decide that trying to make the Thirteen Colonies as English again is beyond their military abilities. Also, I think that Richelieu, once he secures would-have-become West Virginia, will build a permanent French fort at would-have-become Grantville. (So that the fort will still be there in the year 2000.)

    Because of events already transpired, genealogies are going to change among people speaking English, French, German, and Scandinavian, in the decades and centuries after 1631. Beginning in the late seventeenth century, it will be noticed that someone famous enough to get into the up-time encyclopedias doesn’t exist, because his parents married other people. By the end of the 16xx eighteenth century, this trend will be clear. The effect will strengthen with time; almost nobody mentioned in the encyclopedias as being born in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, will in fact be born. One implication of this is that all the nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and literature in Grantville (whether it’s an Elvis Presley CD or Debby Does Dallas or Hucklebery Finn) will be unique and irreplaceable. Because not only “there will never be another Elvis Presley,” but the original Elvis Aaron Presley will never be born. Likewise, the 16xx world will never have Victor Hugo, Karl Marx, Groucho Marx, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison, Adolph Hitler, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, or ABBA.

    Comment by Thomas Richardson — May 20, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

  56. The difference between Ring of Fire and Grantville Gazette is that RoF is made up of mostly professionals’ works that had been contracted for, whereas the GG series is primarily made up of works by (previously) amateurs, done ‘on spec’.

    - Another Loyal Minion

    Comment by Alex — May 21, 2007 @ 2:25 am

  57. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the 1632 Series, but I would like to speak up for the unfairly (IMHO) neglected Princess of Wands.
    Great series potential here.
    Please, more sir?

    Comment by Man in Black — May 24, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

  58. Princess of Wands is one of John Ringo’s books. But I know what you mean. Eric’s other series are rising up on the todo stack, though.

    - Another Loyal Minion

    (PS - John said he keeps trying to return to the Special Circumstances series, but it keeps ending up reading like a Ghost story..)

    Comment by Alex — May 25, 2007 @ 1:30 am

  59. A little 200x history: I bought 1633 because of David Weber’s name on the cover, then bought 1632 to read first. Eric became my #1 favorite living SF/AH author. I just reread 1632 for the 4th time.

    The weakest part of all the 163x books published so far, in my opinion, is the Brillo material in 4TRR. But the novel itself is great.

    My only regret about 163x is that being 71.6 years old now, I am unlikely to live to buy and read all of it. But I expect to be around for those currently scheduled for publication.

    Reading 5CL before 4TBW did not in any way impair my enjoyment of 4TBW. I never had any doubt that Melissa and the others would escape.

    In 4TBW we didn’t learn whether Wentworth and Laud chose to stay in Amsterdam or go on to Grantville. Also, will Cromwell eventually get to Grantville and become a general in the USE army? Perhaps we will find out in 1635: The Kalmar Union?

    Comment by Bret Hooper — May 28, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

  60. Considering that the ‘Forthcomming’ essay is now 15 months old what are the chances of getting it updated???

    Thanks, CEC

    Comment by Charles — June 1, 2007 @ 6:32 am

  61. Just finished 1634 The Baltic War and apart from the first book in the series i think it was the best so far. But can someone please tell me what the next book in the series is going to be when it is going to be published.

    Comment by Adrian Gregory — June 12, 2007 @ 7:50 am

  62. I want to know when a new pyramid series book is gunna come out better not be to long cause the gang is still stuck in the norse mythverse.

    Comment by AARON — June 23, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

  63. When is the 3rd Joe’s World comming out?

    Comment by Clayton — June 28, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

  64. RING OF FIRE II:

    Anyone have any idea where this fits in the 163X series? Is it a continuation of he series (i.e., after 1634: the Baltic War)? I’d love any insights.

    Muchas Gracias,

    EGC

    Comment by Gonzolo de Cordoba — July 20, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

  65. Any news on when The Wizard of Karres is coming out?

    Comment by TGIF — July 26, 2007 @ 5:17 am

  66. Answering from a reader’s perspective, and subject to correction by the author…

    Number 53. Eric’s sort of answered that question. Look at comment 44, by inference you’re both referring to the same book.

    Number 61. Next book after Baltic War is Bavarian Crisis. You can get an e-arc now if you want, or wait until October for the hardback. Then in January Ring of Fire II is coming out

    Number 64. The part Eric is writing is part of the sequence started in The Wallenstein Gambit, at least from earlier comments, but basically it’s the ‘little stories’, as in the original Ring of Fire anthology, but presumably taking place later 1633-1635 at a guess.

    Comment by Jess — September 7, 2007 @ 10:07 am

  67.         September 9th General Schedule Update answering questions in these comments (frequently consolidated from other answers already posted herein):

            1634: THE BALTIC WAR, by David Weber and Eric, is out now in hc, and includes the escape from the Tower of London, organized by Harry Lefferts and carried out by Harry and his commandos, with a little assist from *ACH* damned snerk collar.  Included is a CD-ROM with the entire rest of the 1632 series to date, plus a lot more good stuff.

            1634: THE BAVARIAN CRISIS (former working title 1634: THE AUSTRIAN PRINCESS), by Eric and Virginia DeMarce, is scheduled for October 2007, which means it should hit US bookstores by the end of this month.  Having read the E-ARC and the first draft, I’ll say: Recommended.

            Eric is currently serializing a 163x story in JIM BAEN’S UNIVERSE, entitled THE ANACONDA PROJECT.

            RING OF FIRE II is on the schedule for January 2008.  It’s a general anthology of 1632 stories, like the original RING OF FIRE.

    Eric’s current plans for 163x:

            “With the completion of BALTIC WAR, Andrew Dennis and I will be starting a new sequence (or “thread,” if you prefer) that centers on the British Isles and has as its main characters Julie and Alex Mackay.    (With a number of other important ones, such as Darryl McCarthy, Victoria Short, Oliver Cromwell and Gayle Mason.)

            “There’s an additional thread/sequence to the series that I’m doing with several other writers, mainly Virginia DeMarce, that runs parallel to the mainline sequence but involves actions that are closer to the ground, so to speak, and feature a much more varied cast — although I may eventually use Jeff and Gretchen as the anchors for it.  The first book in this sequence was RAM REBELLION.

            “In the nature of things, though, this ‘parellel mainline’ sequence has pretty fuzzy boundaries.  The next book in it, 1634: THE BAVARIAN CRISIS, is in many ways part of the mainline developments, certainly in terms of its political importance.

            “What Dave Weber and I will do is develop a specifically naval side to the series, which will focus on Admiral Simpson and Eddie Cantrell.

            “Finally, although it’s so far been expressed only in one short novel (‘The Wallenstein Gambit’ in RING OF FIRE), I’ll be developing a Bohemian sequence to the series.  I use the term ‘Bohemian’ loosely, since Austria and Poland will also figure prominently in it as time goes by.  The next story in the sequence will be the story I write for the next RING OF FIRE anthology, coming out in January of 2008.  I also have one full novel under contract in that sequence, which I’ll be writing with Mike Spehar, 1635: SOLDIER OF BOHEMIA.”

            Also under contract is 1635: SYMPHONY FOR THE DEVIL with David Carrico.

            Grantville Gazette XIII is up.

            The next in the “Heirs of Alexandria” series is being first drafted by Dave Freer, who expects to finish it by the end of September, 2007.  I believe the title will be MUCH FALL OF BLOOD.

            March 2008 will see the publication of THE DRAGON DONE IT, an anthology edited by Eric with Mike Resnick.

            May 2008 will see the publication of TIMESPIKE by Eric and Marilyn Kosmatka, a different branch of the “Assiti Shards” universe.

              Del Rey having failed to use the pot in time, they were kicked off it.  Eric has signed with Baen to continue the “Rivers of War” series.  Two novels have been contracted for so far.

            A sequel to THE COURSE OF EMPIRE has been contracted for, and Ms. Wentworth was first-drafting as of April 2007.  Working title NGC 7293 “that’s the official astronomical designation of the planetary nebula where much of the action takes place” (Eric).  IMAO, the team of Flint & Wentworth is better than either alone, which is saying quite a lot.

            COS II should get written in the fall or winter of 2007.  Btw, at last report, Big Dave was at work on SoSII, or about to start it, as soon as he finished a final polish on the second and third books in the OFF ARMAGGEDON REEF series (the titles will be BY SCHISM RENT ASUNDER and BY HERESIES BESET respectively).

            More is forthcoming in the JOE’S WORLD series, but nothing is currently on the Baen schedule.  Novels to come include A DESPERATE AND DESPICABLE DWARF and SWORD ON CANVAS.

    Comment by Stephen M. St. Onge — September 9, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

  68. SSGT Mike wrote in comment 8:
            “I am a die hard fan of the 16** series .  When are all the short stoys in the Gazette going to be put out in a hardcover or softcover form?   I do not have the abilty to down load the web books and would love to read all of them.”

            Probably never, imao.  The Gazette keeps churning them out electronically faster than Baen could hope to sell them in paper.

            Still, if you subscribe to the Gazette, I’m sure someone out there could be persuaded to download the stories, print them out, and mail them to you.

    Comment by Stephen M. St. Onge — September 9, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

  69.         Impetinent suggestion for Eric and Dave: to make the punishment fit the crime, I’d suggest that captured crew members of slave ships be tattooed appropriately, transported to the Muslim world, and sold into slavery there, with much publicity about their fate in their appropriate homeland.

    Comment by Stephen M. St. Onge — September 9, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

  70. I really like the 1632 series, but I also enjoyed David Weber’s Off Armaggedon Reef series. I notice that you indicate there are two more books in that series. Do you have any timetable for their release? Thank you.

    Comment by Darhyl — September 13, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

  71. I see (67 above) that there is a contract for 2 more books in the “Rivers” series.

    Is there a schedule? If so ??

    Comment by Ed Purvis — September 18, 2007 @ 11:50 am

  72. In answer to comment 71, Eric said on a post he put up Sunday (9-16-2007) that the earliest he would start writing a sequel for Rivers of War, unless something changes, is summer/fall 2009, and the earliest it could be published is mid-2010.

    David the Lettered Wolf

    Comment by David the Lettered Wolf — September 18, 2007 @ 5:36 pm

  73. If I want to reread the books and stories in a chronological order rather than in the order the books were published, what is the order that you would suggest?

    Comment by Diane — October 1, 2007 @ 9:25 am

  74. Just curious…. in the Bohemian sequence to the series, seeing as how the use of the term ‘Bohemian’ seems to be pretty loose (i.e., Austria and Poland will also figure prominently in it) will there be anything in it involving Berni Zeppi in Russia? I’ve been enjoying the “Butterflies in the Kremlin” stories quite a bit and considering Russia’s history with Poland and the area of Eastern Europe encompassed in “The Anaconda Project”…. anyway I was just wondering - seems to be too good a character and situation to just be sitting on the sidelines particularly since Francisco Nasi seems to be well versed in the situation there.

    Comment by Bruce Stewart — October 1, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  75. Eric Flint is my new favorite author and is on lever with Starwars. So please let me know when next 16xx book will be out after bavarian sequence. So I start whining a about it and checking your site every 5 mins for news.

    Comment by kenny walker — October 6, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

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