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Encyclopedia > 1632 (novel)
1632
First edition cover
Author Eric Flint
Country USA
Language English
Series 1632 series
Genre(s) Alternate History, Novel
Publisher Baen Books
Released February 1, 2000
Media Type Print (Hardcover & Paperback) & ebook
Pages 512 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-671-57849-9 (first edition, hardback)
Followed by 1633

1632 is the initial novel in the best selling alternate history genre 1632 book series set in the Holy Roman Empire by historian, writer and editor Eric Flint. The flagship novel kicked off a remarkable collaborative writing effort that has involved hundreds of contributors, dozens of authors, and has published works now numbered well into the double digits—and if anything—is adding new titles at an increasingly fast pace (see: the two main articles). The premise involves a small American town of three thousand 'Hillbillies' sent back to April 1631, during the Thirty Years' War. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... Image File history File links N01-1632_(novel)_-_cover-_0671578499. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Alternative history or alternate history can be: A History told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... Baen Books logo Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen (1943-2006). ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... An eBook (also: e-book, ebook) is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. ... This article is actively undergoing a major edit for expansion + fact checks. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... Alternative history or alternate history can be: A History told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A book series is a sequence of books with common characteristics, typically marketed as a group by a particular author or publisher. ... The double-headed eagle The Holy Roman Empire was a mainly Germanic conglomeration of lands in Central Europe during the Middle Ages and the early modern period. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. ... The term refers to collaboration on writing works of fiction. ... Hillbilly is a term referring to people who dwell in remote, rural, mountainous areas. ... // Events February 5 - Roger Williams emigrates to Boston. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Map of the Holy Roman Empire (Germany) divisions (c. 1512)
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Map of the Holy Roman Empire (Germany) divisions (c. 1512)
Europe of the times
Europe of the times

Contents

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (727x714, 67 KB) Summary I am the author of this image file. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (727x714, 67 KB) Summary I am the author of this image file. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1900x1378, 181 KB) Summary Map of Europe in 1648 (at the end of the Thirty Years War), based on free map of europe Image:BlankMap-Europe. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1900x1378, 181 KB) Summary Map of Europe in 1648 (at the end of the Thirty Years War), based on free map of europe Image:BlankMap-Europe. ...

Plot summary

The fictional town of Grantville, WV (modeled on the real town of Mannington West Virginia) and its power plant are displaced in space-time, through a side effect (an accident, in truth) of an alien technology (The Assiti Shards). Alternate history Campaign setting Fantasy world Fictional battlegrounds Fictional buildings Fictional city Fictional company Fictional counties Fictional country Fictional schools List of fictional Cambridge colleges List of fictional Oxford colleges Fictional universe List of fictional universes Future history Imaginary country Imaginary state Imaginary union Multiverse Mythical place Parallel universe Phantom... Grantville is a fictional town modeled after the real town of Mannington, West Virginia which is the source of resources, technology, and above all up-timer protagonists in the best selling alternate history books by historian-author-creator and editor Eric Flint. ... Mannington is a city located in Marion County, West Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ...

Map of today's Germany (compare with Holy Roman Empire map above) where the green shows Thuringia
Map of today's Germany (compare with Holy Roman Empire map above) where the green shows Thuringia

A hemispherical section of land about three miles in radius measured from the town center is transported back in time from April of 2000 (our time line 'OTL') into the middle of the Thirty Years' War, in the German province of Thuringia in the Thuringer Wald during May of 1631, near the fictional German free city, (Badenburg) . This Assiti event occurs during a wedding reception, accounting for the presence of a few characters not native to the town, including an extra doctor and his daughter, a nurse. Real Thuringian municipalities located close to Grantville are posited as Weimar, Jena, Saalfeld and the more remote Erfurt, Arnstadt, and Eisenach; all located in the valley of the Saale River East of the Palatinate (Rhine) well to the south of Halle and Leipzig. Download high resolution version (668x910, 12 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (668x910, 12 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Republic of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) lies in central Germany and is among the smaller of the countrys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states), being eleventh in size with an area of 16,200 km² and twelfth most populous with 2. ... View from the Ruppberg near Zella-Mehlis Ausblick auf einen Ortsteil von Stützerbach The Thuringian Forest (Thüringer Wald in German language) running northwest to southeast, forms a continuous stretch of rounded hills in the German state of Thuringia. ... // Events February 5 - Roger Williams emigrates to Boston. ... The Assiti Shards sequence is a set of alternative-worlds, alternative-historically based milieus concieved and created by historian–-labor activist–-science fiction author Eric Flint who in later collaboration with others (below), modified his original mechanism into a more generalized theme. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jena is a town in central Germany on the River Saale. ... Saalfeld can refer to: The Battle of Saalfeld in 1806. ... Mariendom and the Severikirche Erfurt is a city in central Germany. ... Arnstadt is a town in Ilm-Kreis, Thuringia, Germany. ... Eisenach is a city in Thuringia, Germany. ... Length 413 km Elevation of the source 728  m Average discharge  ?  m³/s Area watershed  ?  km² Origin  Germany Mouth  Elbe Basin countries Germany Saale is the name of two rivers in Germany: the Saxonian Saale (German: Sächsische Saale) and the Franconian Saale (German: Fränkische Saale). ... A palatinate is a territory administered by a count palatine, originally the direct representative of the sovereign, but later the hereditary ruler of the territory subject to the crowns overlordship. ... Loreley At 1,320 kilometres (820 miles) and an average discharge of more than 2,000 cubic meters per second, the Rhine (Dutch Rijn, French Rhin, German Rhein, Italian: Reno, Romansch: Rein, ) is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe. ... Halle is the name of two cities in Germany, and both a municipality and a town in Belgium. ... [] (Sorbian/Lusatian: Lipsk) is the largest city in the Federal State (Bundesland) of Saxony in Germany. ...


Grantville, led by Mike Stearns, President of the local United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), and a supporting cast of characters widely diverse in background and viewpoint cope with the town's space-time dislocation, the surrounding raging war, language barriers, and numerous social and politician issues, including class conflict, witchcraft, feminism, the reformation and the counter-reformation and strife (at its peak) among many other factors. One complication is a compounding of the town's food shortage when the town is flooded by refugees from the war. Flint also addresses the culture shock experienced by the 1631 locals viewing the mores of contemporary society, including modern dress, sexual liberation and boisterous American-style political rallies. United Mine Workers of America seal The United Mine Workers (UMW or UMWA) is a United States labor union that represents workers in mining. ... In special relativity and general relativity, time and three-dimensional space are treated together as a single four-dimensional pseudo-Riemannian manifold called spacetime. ... The Protestant Reformation was a movement in the 16th century to reform the Catholic Church in Western Europe. ... The Counter-Reformation or the Catholic Reformation was a strong reaffirmation of the doctrine and structure of the Catholic Church, climaxing at the Council of Trent, partly in reaction to the growth of Protestantism. ...


In a more practical vein, the plot covers short-term survival of the town, as well as the long-term question of how to maintain technology sundered from twenty-first century resources. Throughout 1631 Grantville manages to establish itself locally forming the nascent United States of Europe ('USE') with several local free cities (and a couple which aren't) while the war-clouds dog the northern German plain. But once Count Tilly falls during the Battle of Breitenfeld outside of Leipzig, King Gustavus Adolphus rapidly moves the war theater to Grantville's south into Franconia and Bavaria, both of which are on Grantvilles doorstep. The events of 1632 thereafter qualify as interesting times leading up to the creation of an awkward Confederated Principalities of Europe ('CPoE') and some measure of security for Grantville's up-timer and down-timer populations. The United States of Europe is a name given to one version of the possible future unification of Europe, as a sovereign federation of states, similar to the United States of America. ... Count Tilly on a portrait by van Dyck Johann Tserclaes von Tilly (February 1559 - April 30, 1632) was a mercenary General (Field Marshal) who commanded the Imperial and Holy Roman Empires forces in the Thirty Years War, he had a string of important victories against the Bohemians, Germans and... Combatants Saxony Saxony Holy Roman Empire Catholic Leauge Commanders Gustavus Adolphus John George I Johan Tzerclaes, Count of Tilly Strength 23,000 swedes, 17,000 saxons 33,000 Casualties 3500 Swedes and 2000 Saxons dead 7600 dead, 6000 captured and many recruited into the swedish army {{{notes}}} The Battle of... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Franconian Rake is originally is a heraldic symbol of the bishops of Würzburg, who - though nominally Dukes of Franconia - only ruled in parts of Franconia. ... The Free State of Bavaria  (German: Freistaat Bayern), with an area of 70,553 km² (27,241 square miles) and 12. ...


Characters in "1632"

Historical figures in the book

Several historical figures occupy prominent or supporting roles in the novel include King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, Count Tilly, and Albrecht von Wallenstein, all general officers of note and fame. And Cardinal Richelieu, takes on the role of the ultimate villain forced by circumstance in the later third of the work. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Count Tilly on a portrait by van Dyck Johann Tserclaes von Tilly (February 1559 - April 30, 1632) was a mercenary General (Field Marshal) who commanded the Imperial and Holy Roman Empires forces in the Thirty Years War, he had a string of important victories against the Bohemians, Germans and... Albrecht von Wallenstein Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein (also Waldstein, Czech: Albrecht Václav Eusebius z Valdštejna), September 24, 1583 – February 25, 1634) was a Bohemian soldier and politician who gave his services (an army of 30,000 to 100,000 men) during the Danish Period of the Thirty... General is a military rank, in most nations the highest rank, although some nations have the higher rank of Field Marshal. ... For other uses of Richelieu, see Richelieu (disambiguation). ...


Characters of more than minor note

To the historical personalities, Flint adds fictional characters of local origin (down-timers) including some with a real historical basis like the various members of the Abrabanel family (composite characters), or the holder of this or that office. He then creates action by introducing up-time Americans (i.e. those caught by the Ring of Fire from the future) in conversations large and small:

  • Balthazar Abrabanel – Jewish Doctor, Spy, Financier to Kings

Release details

  • 2000, USA, Pocket Books (ISBN 0-671-57849-9), Pub date ? February 2000, hardcover (First edition)
  • 2001, USA, Baen Books (ISBN 0-671-31972-8), ? February 2001, paperback
  • 2001, ?, Rebound by Sagebrush (ISBN 0-613-36671-9), ? October 2001, hardback (Library binding)
  • 2006, USA, Baen Books (ISBN 1-4165-3281-1), 30 June 2006, paperback
  • The full text of the novel is available from the Baen Free Library as an e-book: February 2000, DOI:0671578499

For Publishing data on all books in the series, see Publishing History. The Baen Free Library is a digital library of the science fiction and fantasy publishing house Baen Books where (as of June 2005) 77 full books are available for free download in a number of formats, without copy protection. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


External links

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Web page links: Comments and Content notes
Baen Books in the 1632 series List of 1632 Series Books grouped by the series by Baen Books. Includes the first few chapters of each.
1632 full text Full text of the novel 1632 from the Baen Free Library.
Baen Books catalog for Eric Flint List of Eric Flint books published by Baen Books. Includes the first few chapters of each.
baen.com/library/eflint.htm List of Eric Flint books available in toto in the Baen Free Library.
http://bar.baen.com/ Baen's Bar is an official fan-forum with several specific sections (sub-forums) dedicated to the 1632 universe. These are: 1632 Tech Manual, and 1632 Slush for manuscript submission (Slushpile in publishing: Stack of manuscripts for vetting) and 1632 Comments where Peer review feedback, suggestions, and comments on the slushpile submissions are posted. The two together form a collective collaborative workshop for wannabe authors.
http://ericflint.net/ Eric Flint's website, which has much about his work currently in progress or upcoming (in publication, in planning, under contract, in process) matters in the publication cycle.
http://www.1632.org The official web site by Eric Flint's 1632.org on and about the 1632 universe and related matters. It is run by the 1632 Research Committee in conjunction with the 1632 Editorial Board. It includes the canonical references for the entire book series available for browsing and download by any participating in the collaborative writing process in the series. Eric's partners that are also professional writers use the same data. If you want to write a contribution to The Grantville Gazettes, this is a must-visit site. Additional Technical articles resulting from 1632 Tech Manual discussions and the Research Committee are also posted here.
klaus-leiss.de/1632Tech 1632 universe dedicated German Wikiproject organized to cross reference and encyclopediatize matters and characters pertaining to the 1632verse. Another must-browse site for would-be contributors to The Grantville Gazettes and students of Collaborative writing projects.
Fan Page collecting 1632 research 1632verse Commonwealth of Two Nations Resource Page - a webpage about Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 1632 universe, but especially valuable for 1632 fans for its many period maps and links to other resources.


To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Baen Free Library is a digital library of the science fiction and fantasy publishing house Baen Books where (as of June 2005) 77 full books are available for free download in a number of formats, without copy protection. ... Baens Bar is an online community created around Baen Books message board (originally BBS). ... 1632 Tech Manual is one of three specialized sub-forums and a specific sub-community of the general online community known as Baens Bar which is dedicated to developing the background for collaborative fiction in the first Assiti Shards type fictional universe—1632 universe or 1632-verse— that began... Peer review (known as refereeing in some academic fields) is a scholarly process used in the publication of manuscripts and in the awarding of funding for research. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. ... Grantville Gazette II cover as an serialized eMagazine The Grantville Gazette cover as original experimental paperback. ... This article is a sub-article of the 1632 series of articles and in particular of the Grantville Gazettes historic role in collaborative authorship of complex fiction. ... Canonical is an adjective derived from canon. ... A book series is a sequence of books with common characteristics, typically marketed as a group by a particular author or publisher. ... The term refers to collaboration on writing works of fiction. ... The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ... 1632 Tech Manual is one of three specialized sub-forums and a specific sub-community of the general online community known as Baens Bar which is dedicated to developing the background for collaborative fiction in the first Assiti Shards type fictional universe—1632 universe or 1632-verse— that began... The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ... The term refers to collaboration on writing works of fiction. ...

1632 parallel universe (1632-verse) series by Eric Flint, et.al.

Main threads: | 1632 | 1633 | Ring of Fire | The Galileo Affair | The Ram Rebellion | The Cannon Law | The Baltic War To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. ... This article is actively undergoing a major edit for expansion + fact checks. ... Ring of Fire is a book in the 1632 series that was edited by Eric Flint. ...


The Grantville Gazettes: | Grantville Gazette I | Gazette II | Gazette III | Gazette IV | Gazette V | Gazette VI | Gazette VII | The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ... The Grantville Gazette is a ongoing series of electric books edited by Eric Flint. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Baen Hardcover release book cover art. ... Baen Books Cover Art Main article: 1632 series Note: The two main articles covering this large rapidly growing book series and this specific sub-series are kept up to date before publication as new titles are added to this rapidly growing milieu oriented body of works. ... Baen Books Cover Art Main article: 1632 series Note: The two main articles covering this large rapidly growing book series and this specific sub-series are kept up to date before publication as new titles are added to this rapidly growing milieu oriented body of works. ... Baen Books Cover Art Main article: 1632 series Note: The two main articles covering this large rapidly growing book series and this specific sub-series are kept up to date before publication as new titles are added to this rapidly growing milieu oriented body of works. ... Baen Cover Art Main articles: 1632 series and The Grantville Gazettes Note: The two main articles covering this large rapidly growing book series and this specific sub-series are kept up to date before publication as new titles are added to this rapidly growing milieu oriented body of works. ...

 

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1632 (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2128 words)
His depiction of the armies of mercenaries of the time is too downbeat in the general upbeat tale to be totally pleasant, but serves admirably to create an overall tension and generate a series of crises necessary in any good story for one to care about the characters.
Several historical figures occupy prominent or supporting roles in the novel include King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, Johan t'Serclaes, Count of Tilly, and Albrecht von Wallenstein, all general officers of note and fame.
This rich interwoven complexity is perhaps the heart of the reason 1632 succeeded in garnering so much attention, and it's continuation (like real history) is readily appreciated by considering the series promises no less than five novels set in the year 1634 alone.
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