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Encyclopedia > 1632 Editorial Board

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. The unusual series is split currently about 50:50 in novels and anthology collections with great success, and will continue in that manner indefinitely. The 1632 series, also known as the 1632-verse or Ring of Fire series, is an alternate history book series. ... The Grantville Gazette is a ongoing series of electric books edited by Eric Flint. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... An anthology, literally a garland or collection of flowers, is a collection of literary works, originally of poems, but in recent years its usage has broadened to be applied to collections of short stories and comic strips. ...


The 1632 Editorial Board is a group of established writers and fans chaired by the milieu creator author-editor-historian Eric Flint that collectively decides on whether a story for one of the many anthologies submitted to the 1632 slushpile on the web forum Baen's Bar are canonical to the series existing and planned development. Baen Books has published the selected stories first as a serialized eMagazine, subsequently as an eBook, and then finally as the printed anthology since 20032004. An environment is a complex of external factors that acts on a system and determines its course and form of existence. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. ... Baens Bar is an online community created around Baen Books message board (originally BBS). ... In the context of fiction, the canon of a fictional universe comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ... Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen. ... It has been suggested that ezine be merged into this article or section. ... An eBook is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. ... In the fine arts, a work or a work of artis a creation, such as a song, book or a painting. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in...

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The Background

1632 (novel) was written as a stand alone book in the science-fiction sub-genre Alternate history under the hypothesis of Flints newly invented literary mechanism, analogous to the Time Machine invention by H.G. Wells, the Assiti Shards event. The concept juxtaposes two equal spherical volumes on the planetary surface in both space and time. The concurrent space-time juxtapositions sent a small fictional town Grantville, WV back to the early summer of 1631, and the novel climaxed in the eponymous year 1632 with an upbeat but intriguing end. A relatively new author at the time (Full time writing only since 1999), Flint was a regular visitor-contributor like most of the Baen stable of authors, to the online forums on Baen's Bar, and the premise and plot of the novel created a great deal of interest— and pestering demands for a sequel. // Introducing The Novel 1632 is a hugely popular, entertaining, thought provoking, educational, and extremely successful upbeat novel set in the Holy Roman Empire by writer-historian Eric Flint that has spawned worldwide interest and an almost cult-like following in less than five years. ... In the fine arts, a work or a work of artis a creation, such as a song, book or a painting. ... A collection of well-known science-fiction novels and magazines Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which advances in science, or contact with more scientifically advanced civilizations, create situations different from those of both the present day and the known past. ... Alternative history or alternate history can be: A History told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... 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. ... H. G. Wells at the door of his house at Sandgate Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 - August 13, 1946) was an English writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. ... 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. ... In special relativity and general relativity, time and three-dimensional space are treated together as a single four-dimensional pseudo-Riemannian manifold called spacetime. ... // Events February 5 - Roger Williams emigrates to Boston. ... See also: 1632 (novel) Events February 22 - Galileos Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published July 23 - 300 colonists for New France depart Dieppe November 8 - Wladyslaw IV Waza elected king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth after Zygmunt III Waza death November 16 - Battle of Lützen... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Baens Bar is an online community created around Baen Books message board (originally BBS). ... A sequel is a work of fiction in literature, film, and other creative works that is produced after a completed work, and is set in the same universe but at a later time. ...


The Historic Melting Pot

Such discussions began on one forum dedicated to the Honorverse (buships— for works by author David Weber) and were good naturedly evicted soon after into the newly created 1632verse forum 1632 Tech. Over a period of time, plot lines, technology and historical implications were chewed over, researched and reassembled until Flint committed to the much demanded sequel. In the long process, the forum also received fan-fic, and Eric Flint, uncharacteristically in a field respectful of 'Intellectual Ownership', opened the milieu to other established authors while agreeing to write the mainline (main-thread) sequel with best selling author David Weber. During the multi-years-long process historians, educators, authors, engineers, scientists and like professionals formed into a group of trusted advisors, the 1632 Research Committee; Baen set aside another forum for the fan-fic and peer review of same to keep it from interfering in the technical background and plot scheming that was the ongoing business on 1632 Tech. The Honorverse is the semi-official name for the setting of a military science fiction series of stories by David Weber featuring Honor Harrington, the Horatio Hornbloweresque heroine. ... Honor Harrington from Honor Among Ememies cover, by David Mattingly. ... Fan fiction (also spelled fanfiction and commonly abbreviated to fanfic when used in a singular sense) is fiction written by people who enjoy a film, novel, television show or other media work, using the characters and situations developed in it and developing new plots in which to use these characters. ... Honor Harrington from Honor Among Ememies cover, by David Mattingly. ...


After the Milieu Stabilized

As the future of 1632verse began to stabilize in the creators mind, aided by valuable insights from the contributed fan-fic at 1632 Slushpile, he invited a variety of authors that had assisted in generating ideas to contribute stories (See: Ring of Fire) while he began planning with David Weber the writing of the first full novel sequel '1633 (novel)'. The process also got him to considering the many valuable contributions made by the fans in time and ideas, so he proposed the eMagazine The Grantville Gazette to Jim Baen as an experiment, and so was launched another collaborative first—an author-editor working hand in hand with interested fans to collaborate on canonical fiction that was not somewhere off to the side of the various works, but were instead, to a certain extent its heart and soul. But that was the result, not the start. First the contents of the 1632 Slushpile were picked over by Flint and some were selected for the first anthology, Ring of Fire. Concurrently, many of the 1632 Research Committee were putting together the official 1632verse website 1632.org, which is dedicated to aiding canonical writing within the milieu—Flint likes to co-write. The phrase Ring of Fire could refer to: In Science: The Pacific Ring of Fire, a region ringing the Pacific Ocean that is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity In Popular Culture: Ring of Fire (anthology), a book of short stories edited by Eric Flint Ring of Fire (1961 film... This article is actively undergoing a major edit for expansion + fact checks. ... It has been suggested that ezine be merged into this article or section. ... The Grantville Gazette is a ongoing series of electric books edited by Eric Flint. ...


The Grantville Gazette

Once the peer review process had wound down and terminated on 1632 Slushpile various advisors would suggest certain stories as being well developed, at which time Flint would consider them as an editor and the final arbitrar of the 1632verse and so the fan-fic continued and continue to shape the development of the milieu. Such polished stories were selected for the serialized monthly eMagazine in an order and for reasons known solely to Flint. First appearing in the new serialized eMagazine, the purchased fictional works paid only semi-pro rates rather than typical SF magazine pulp fiction rates, but they made the fan-fic a step in the process. As more stories were gathered, picked on, and picked over an informal editorial board came about, was added to and stabilized with membership much overlapping that of the 1632 Research Committee. This unloaded Flint's time and he promptly decided that the eMagazine fiction deserved to be republished as the initial Grantville Gazette eBook, again experimentally. Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino and written by Tarantino and Roger Avary. ... Fan fiction (also spelled fanfiction and commonly abbreviated to fanfic when used in a singular sense) is fiction written by people who enjoy a film, novel, television show or other media work, using the characters and situations developed in it and developing new plots in which to use these characters. ... It has been suggested that ezine be merged into this article or section. ... The Grantville Gazette is a ongoing series of electric books edited by Eric Flint. ... An eBook is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. ...


This step followed naturally as an experiment in on-line publishing underwritten by publisher Jim Baen and edited by Eric Flint, and dove-tailed nicely with some other experiments Jim Baen was conducting with webscriptions.net. The initial experimental publication The Grantville Gazette Issue 1 as an eBook was financially successful and is offered in electronic form at Webscription.net, but a subsequent experiment, a mass market paper edition of the first issue was print published in November of 2004 as the slightly different trade title The Grantville Gazette. While not bearing the modified name on it's cover, this successful print version is now colloquially called The Grantville Gazette I, as the experimental first printing sold out and continues to sell so strongly that the second issue was released as a hardcover edition in March 2006 by the title Grantville Gazette II. James Patrick Jim Baen (b. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. ... An eBook is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. ... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in...


The authors in these anthologies are principally members of Bean's Bar, which have contributed fan-written-fiction to the peer review process administered as 1632 Slushpile (A slushpile in literary terms is the in-basket of a publisher for unsolicited manuscripts for vetting and processing) on Baen's Bar. After this trial by fire, the manuscripts are nominated for consideration by the 1632_Gazette_Editorial_Board and final selections determined in conjunction with Flint wearing his editors cap. The result is unusually well groomed fan-fiction that is further unique as Flint categorically stated in March 2006 that any and all 1632 materials published in any form by Baen's becomes thereafter canon for the milieu he created and manages. This gives the emagazine an unusual and historic place in literature, as does the fact that published authors also occasionally submit anthologies to this process.


The balance of this section lists the GG ebooks... as "Issue 1", "Issue 2", ...


 
 

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