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Cover of the lead novel
Map of the Holy Roman Empire (Germany) divisions (c. 1512)
Map of the Holy Roman Empire (Germany) divisions (c. 1512)
Europe of the times
Europe of the times
Map of today's Germany where the dark green shows Thuringia (compare with Holy Roman Empire map above).
Map of today's Germany where the dark green shows Thuringia (compare with Holy Roman Empire map above).

The 1632 series, also known as the 1632-verse or Ring of Fire series, is an alternate history book series, created, primarily co-written-by and coordinated by historian Eric Flint. It is, excepting the lead novel, all collaboratively written as Eric Flint likes collaborative writing, and claims the cross-fertilization of ideas and styles stimulate the creative process and prevent formulaic stale works. Image File history File links N01-1632_(novel)_-_cover-_0671578499. ... Image File history File links N01-1632_(novel)_-_cover-_0671578499. ... 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. ... Image File history File links Deutschland_Lage_von_Thüringen. ... Image File history File links Deutschland_Lage_von_Thüringen. ... The Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) is located in central Germany and is considered one of the smaller of Germanys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states), with an area of 16,200 km² and 2. ... Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... A book series is a sequence of books with common characteristics, typically written by the same author, or marketed as a group by their publisher. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction, alternate history, and fantasy author and editor. ...


The 1632 series began with Flint's stand alone novel 1632 (released as recently as February of 2000) and now includes ten books in print (of 300 to 700+ pages), with two more scheduled for release by February 2008. As needed historic research, a common timeline, and character information have been established (from 2000-2004, culminating with the release of 1633 and Ring of Fire sequels, but ongoing), additional titles are being added to the series at a rate of three to five per year, not counting The Grantville Gazettes — of which the twelfth e-book will be out by that same cutoff date. Main articles: 1632 series and The Grantville Gazettes 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 Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ...

Series overview

Flint's novel 1632, was an experiment wherein he explores the effect of transporting a mass of people through time — in the case of this series, the small fictional town of Grantville, West Virginia from the United States in the year 2000 to central Germany in the year 1631 — caused by an Assiti Shard event, a sort of cosmic accident affecting the time-space continuum, a literary device he invented to explore time travel themes; with fully outlined plans to explore Roman History, England's History, and American Colonial era history in various other novels using the same device. (These projects he has deferred due to the demands for this series.) Main articles: 1632 series and The Grantville Gazettes 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... The Assiti Shards series are several loosely related book series in the literary subgenre alternate history of science fiction. ... Novels and short stories do not simply come from nowhere. ...


1631-32 happens to be in the middle of the Thirty Years' War (1618—1648) where pragmatic American union-oriented political thought can grind against the authoritarian religion driven societies of an unconsolidated Germany barely out of the Middle Ages and suffering from the petty politics of self-aggrandizement and self-interest on the one hand, and the irreconcilable differences of the schism in Christianity called the Protestant Reformation and the counter reformation on the other. Despite the fact that the shift puts Grantville in May 1631 initially, because of the ongoing war and the primitive transportation networks of the day Grantville's arrival has something of a delayed impact, so the bulk of the book's action takes place in 1632, hence the name. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      For other use of... The Counter-Reformation (sometimes called the Catholic Reformation[1][2] or Catholic Revival[2]) was a movement within the Catholic Church to reform itself and to protect itself from Protestant attacks (protests), starting with the middle of the sixteenth century, in the wake of the Protestant Reformation. ...


The series was initially continued with two collaborative works that were more or less written concurrently: 1633 (novel) (with best selling novelist David Weber to add star power and raise internet buzz) and an anthology called Ring of Fire (with other established science-fiction writers, including long "deep background" stories by both Weber and Flint); the eponymous title referring to the appearance of the cosmic event from both inside and outside of Grantville as it arrived in central Germany. The later book is also used in some contexts, for the series name giving "Ring of Fire series", but so is "Assiti Shards series" 1633 is one of two co-developed and closely related sequels to 1632 in the best selling science fiction series by historian–writer Eric Flint. ... Ring of Fire is a book in the 1632 series that was edited by Eric Flint. ...


Overall, in a difference with many series, the narratives are not oriented on one group of protagonists with a strong lead character, but instead is carried, by what in acting is referred to as, an ensemble cast—though it, at least in each book or story, does have several strong characters who carry the action and plot forward—Flint had intended from the outset that the whole town would be the collective protagonist; a reflection of his philosophy that historic forces are not centered in the main on the actions of one or two key individuals, but on the many small independent actions of the many going about their daily lives and coping as best they can.


By late in 1632, the American lead coalition of the New United States had become the arsenal and financier (through Jewish connections of real historical interest) for King Gustavus Adolphus who was concurrently turned upon by the scheming Cardinal Richelieu who'd been financing him to spite and weaken the Hapsburgs. Various books, especially history books had found avid readers amongst Europes' ruling elites, but a strong organized and wealthy Protestant state in Central Europe rooted in the dangerous revolutionary American ideas of egalitarian republican democracy was to Richelieu's judgement, not only not in the best interest of France but decidedly less desirable than seeing Spain and Austria's goals achieved, so he maneuvered diplomatically to form a four way alliance--The League of Ostend to oppose both the New United States and it's Military protection, Gustavus' expeditionary army and allied princes of The Germanies. Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... The History of Germany begins with the birth of the nation from Ancient Roman times to the 8th century, and then continues into the Holy Roman Empire dating from the 9th century until 1806 . ...


If that isn't complicated enough, at that publishing juncture, the series begat multiple plot lines or story threads reflecting this independence of action by a multitude of characters as the sequel 1633 began, which spread the neo-history out geographically and led to groups of protagonists acting on behalf of their new nation all over Northern Europe. by development of additional strong central characters, the start of which were the novel 1634: The Galileo Affair, and the first of the anthologies called the Grantville Gazettes. The former begins what is being called the South European thread, and some of the stories in the latter and Ring of Fire began the Eastern European thread (Austria-Hungary northwards to Poland). The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ... Ring of Fire is a book in the 1632 series that was edited by Eric Flint. ...


Co-author of 1633, New York Times best selling author David Weber is contracted for no less than five books in the series in what is called the Central European or Main thread of the series, but there was a lengthy delay before the two busy authors could synchronize schedules to write that next mainline sequel together, the just released 1634: The Baltic War. Honor Harrington from Honor Among Enemies cover, by David Mattingly. ...


Without dallying for Weber, other sequels such as 1634: The Ram Rebellion, 1635: The Cannon Law, and other Grantville Gazettes continue in one thread or another with in depth looks at societal ramifications from technology, religion, and social unrest as Europe deals with the outlandish ideas of Grantville's influential presence, to machinations of Europes elites trying to maintain their hold on power, or leverage off of Grantville triggered events or knowledge for reasons of self-interest. Without mentioning developments in the Low Countries or British Isles (coverage begun in '1633') which have ramifications rippling even across the Atlantic to American shores, suffice it to say the tapestry of tangled events and possibilities for plot development will fill quite a few more novels and anthologies as things stand. There are at least four major works set in the year 1634 and with the first entry in place in early 1635, perhaps not even Flint can guess at the likely size and scope of this series if it keeps the current momentum. The Low Countries, the historical region of de Nederlanden, are the countries (see Country) on low-lying land around the delta of the Rhine, Scheldt, and Meuse (Maas) rivers. ...


Collective collaborative effort

Fans are encouraged to contribute to the series though an online message board known as Baen's Bar, and the entire Grantville Gazette and large portions of the Ring of Fire anthology, both of which are considered canonical, are fan-written (albeit edited by Flint), and have directly contributed material to the main novels. The author also worked with other established authors to develop new stories and plot lines for further novels which are also published in "Ring of Fire", and a second Ring of Fire II anthology is scheduled for release by February 2008. This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Baens Bar is an online community created around Baen Books message board (originally BBS). ...


The first published fruits of these collaborative experiments are the novel 1633 and the anthology written at the same time but published as the third work, Ring of Fire to which other "Professional Science Fiction Writers" were asked to contribute stories which would shape the milieu. This feature is quite novel, normally when a writer opens up a universe to be shared, stories are somewhere off to the sidewhich Ring of Fire has several levels of meaning: First it is the eponymous reference to what the town-folk themselves (and the few outside German witnesses) have come to call the observed phenomenon of their time-space juxtaposition. Secondly, it is a disparaging reference to the effects on the population of Germany at large, suffering under the war's environment outside American controlled territory, used by Mike Stearns addressing a town meeting: Ring of Fire is a book in the 1632 series that was edited by Eric Flint. ...

...Then to the crowd: "According to Melissa Mailey, we now live in a world where kings and noblemen rule the roost. And they've turned all of central Europe—our home, now, ours and our chilrens' to come—into a raging inferno. We are surrounded by a Ring of Fire. Well, I've fought forest fires before. So have lots of other men in this room. The best way to fight [such] a fire is to start a counterfire. So my position is simple. I say we start the American Revolution—a hundred and fifty years ahead of schedule!"

The Beginning

"1632" is the lead novel in the 1632 series. It is a science fiction (alternate history) novel originally released in November of 2000. Originally a single story, the novel is now the first of an open-ended series with ten books (Three are Grantville Gazettes I, II, and II) published in print and an additional nine related Grantville Gazettes e-books (not in print) which for a time, generally also followed as printed works some months later after starting life as an online serialized magazine. These Grantville Gazettes are a series of short stories have developed that is expected to be a feedstock of new ideas and themes in the series, although most explore the personal experiences of minor characters in the series or examine in depth some aspect (e.g a multi-part serial explores and details Grantville's impact on public health in general, and the establishment of a twin teaching hospitals as a joint project of the University of Jena and Grantville's new hospital.) of the new society being formed under the leadership and influence of Grantville, Mike Stearns, and Emperor Gustavus Adolphus. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ... The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ...


Works in the series

In order of all publication media: (includes e-book releases) {{dablink|1632, 1633, Ring of Fire, The Grantville Gazette (I), 1634: The Galileo Affair, Grantville Gazette II, Grantville Gazette III, Grantville Gazette IV (April 2005), 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. ...


In order of print publication:

Published Books

Main/Central European thread:

  • Novel: 1632 (February 2000)
  • Novel: 1633 (August 2002) with David Weber
  • Anthology: Ring of Fire (January 2004)
    • includes the "The Wallenstein Gambit" with Mike Spehar which begins the Eastern Europe thread, "In the Navy" by David Weber and other stories annedating 1633 in the neohistory.
  • Novel: 1634: The Ram Rebellion (April 2006) with Virginia DeMarce, crafted as a collection of related 'key developmental events'. This is structured more as an anthology and includes substancial material from Paula Goodlett and other authors, but classed as a novel by the publishing trade since the stories all come together as having a related overall story arch (theme). This book deals with the NUS administration of Franconia and foreshadows attitudes of common folk who come to grips with the new concepts introduced by the up-timers.
    • Mostly written from non-American perspective, explores in-depth native reactions to the stimulus of what Grantville is doing inside local societies, in particular in Southern Germany.

  • Novel: 1634: The Baltic War (May 2007) with David Weber, the direct main thread novel sequel to 1633; this book ties up matters left hanging in 1633 such as the fate of the embassy in London, Eddie Cantrell's experiences as a Prisoner of War, and the seige of Lubeck. Admiral Simpson and the navy he built earns it's keep and Mike Stearns as Prime Minister of the United States of Europe continues to run rings around European leaders.

South European thread: Main articles: 1632 series and The Grantville Gazettes 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. ... 1633 is one of two co-developed and closely related sequels to 1632 in the best selling science fiction series by historian–writer Eric Flint. ... Honor Harrington from Honor Among Enemies cover, by David Mattingly. ... Ring of Fire is a book in the 1632 series that was edited by Eric Flint. ... This article is under construction. ... Doctor Virginia DeMarce, PhD, is an professional historian who specializes in 17th Century European History, currently residing in Arlington, Virginia. ... This article is under construction. ... Franconia (German: Franken) is a historic region in modern Germany, which today forms three administrative regions of the German federal state of Bavaria: Lower Franconia (Unterfranken), Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken), and Upper Franconia (Oberfranken). ...   Main articles: 1632 series, 1632 (novel), 1633 (novel), Ring of Fire (anthology), and 1634: The Baltic War John Chandler Simpson is a key fictional character in Eric Flints alternate history book series 1632. ...

  • Novel: 1634: The Galileo Affair (April 2004) with Andrew Dennis, begins the Italian-French or Southern Europe thread.
  • Novel: 1635: The Cannon Law (September 2006) sequel to 1634: The Galileo Affair.
    • Returns to Italy and France - explores the influence knowledge from the future has on the internal politics of the Roman Catholic church and the Papacy.


Eastern European thread: (or possibly "South eastern Europe thread" with separate works dealing with Poland, the Baltic and Russia) This article is under construction. ...

  • Novel: 1634: The Bavarian Crisis (October 2007) with Virginia DeMarce, chronological sequel to 1634: The Baltic War, but
  • Continues the Eastern European thread Seeded in Ring of Fire, stoked in several different Grantville Gazettes, and brought to a boil in The Ram Rebellion.

Short Fiction in the series

When the novel, 1632 was written in 1999, it was conceived as an experiment (See: Assiti Shards series) in the literary genre alternate history by Flint, without intentions of writing any immediate sequel. He had in fact, several other years of writing projects planned, which subsequent developments were to delay as late as publication in 2006—2007. Flint—as a relatively new writer at the time, following the popular demand for a sequel elected to invite other established authors in the Baen's stable of writers to share the universe in order to rapidly develop its potential—in this he traded of his experience as an editor. This went on concurrently with a great deal of reader input in what became the 1632 Tech sub-forum on Baen's bar. In this initiative, he became the editor (He was already a Baen editor for the Baen Free Library) and together with fan input on Baen's Bar, and collaboration with established best selling author David Weber on the first long sequel, concurrently put together Ring of Fire to innaugerate the short fiction in the series. Main articles: 1632 series and The Grantville Gazettes 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 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. ... 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 shared universe is a literary technique in which several different authors create works of fiction that share aspects such as settings or characters and that are intended to be read as taking place in a single universe. ... Baens Bar is an online community created around Baen Books message board (originally BBS). ... Honor Harrington from Honor Among Enemies cover, by David Mattingly. ... Ring of Fire can refer to: // Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash, an album by Johnny Cash which, despite its name, was not strictly a best of album as it featured the first ever recording of the famous song of the same name Ring of Fire (song), a...


The publication order probably should have been reversed—but the economic push coupling the best-selling 'name' author Weber into a sales boost was too good to miss for Jim Baen—so the novel came out first. In fact, the two books shaped one another, all filtered through and also shaped by the discussions on Baen's website. This dynamic and unusual process continues to this day, as eventually, Flint also talked Jim Baen into trying an e-magazine of Fan fiction, which experiment made a profit and became the first published Grantville Gazette. Shortly afterwards, it was released as a paperback, and subsequent Gazettes (instead released in print form as Hard Covers first) followed the pattern through the sixth when the serialized magazine release was omitted. Honor Harrington from Honor Among Enemies cover, by David Mattingly. ... An online magazine is a magazine that is delivered in an electronic form. ...


Flint, as editor of all the short fiction, also maintains the series canon which is co-ordinated by the website 1632.org and all copyrights to the alternate history universe per se, and with Flint as the controlling editor, the consequence is semi-pro or professional payment rates aside, Baen doesn't publish anything in the series which is not canonical. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In point of fact, the short fiction in the series frequently provides a more in depth background and foreshadows larger events that are the meat of the long fiction in the series. The longer works are replete with mentions to events covered in the shorter works, and with characters and the history and events unfolded in such materials. Flint always publishes one of his own stories within the short fiction collections, or in the case of 1634: The Ram Rebellion, considerably more, as it introduces several important background factors that are central to further series developments as the altered history is to unfold to the reader.


The Grantville Gazettes

The Gazettes began as an experimental semi-professional online magazine featuring fan fiction and non-fiction edited by Flint and (eventually) a volunteer editorial board. At the time of Jim Baen's death in the summer of 2006 ten Grantville Gazettes were under contract and they had (with some fits and starts) settled into a new version roughly three times a year. The serialized magazine gave way to an E-book release from the sixth volume onward, primarily due to Flint's other commitments, such as editing the new science fiction magazine Jim Baen's Universe. After being released as E-books, Baen has been releasing (All but the first) subsequent issues some months later as Hard Cover books. The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ... 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. ... An online magazine is a magazine that is delivered in an electronic form. ... 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. ... A user viewing an electronic page on an eBook reading device An e-book (also: eBook, ebook), sometimes called an electronic book, is an electronic (or digital) equivalent of a conventional printed book. ... Jim Baens Universe is a bimonthly science fiction and fantasy webzine published by Jim Baen that launched in June 2006. ...


Beginning in early 2007, the Gazette's publishers added an on-line web based edition published quarterly and moved the paper series to an annual "best of" volumne. Additionally the publishers moved to paying full professional rates instead of the semi-pro rates that had been paid. After one year, the Gazette expects to be an SFWA qualifying market.

Book Volume Issue 1st Serial
e-magazine
Issue date
e-book
version
Hardcover
date
Paperback
date
The Grantville Gazette Issue 1 November 2003 April 2004 none November 2004
Grantville Gazette II Issue 2 January 2004 March 2004 March 2006 November 2007
Grantville Gazette III Issue 3 July 2004 October 2004 January 2007 unsch.
Grantville Gazette IV Issue 4 February 2005 April 2005 Fall 2007 unsch.
Grantville Gazette V Issue 5 April 2005 July 2005 unsch. unsch.
Grantville Gazette VI Issue 6 December 2005 March 2006 unsch. unsch.
Grantville Gazette VII Issue 7 April 2006 July 2006 unsch. unsch.
Grantville Gazette VIII Issue 8 June 2006 September 2006 unsch. unsch.
Grantville Gazette IX Issue 9 October 2006 October 2006* unsch. unsch.
Grantville Gazette X Issue 10 Jan 2007 Jan 2007 unsch. unsch.

* Suspected release

Beginning in early 2007, the Gazette's publishers added an on-line web based edition published quarterly and moved the paper series to an annual "best of" volumne. Additionally the publishers moved to paying full professional rates instead of the semi-pro rates that had been paid. After one year, the Gazette expects to be an SFWA qualifying market. A user viewing an electronic page on an eBook reading device An e-book (also: eBook, ebook), sometimes called an electronic book, is an electronic (or digital) equivalent of a conventional printed book. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... 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. ...


The web based version is available at http://www.grantvillegazette.com


Cover art gallery

1632-verse Glossary of Terminology

Advisory to Readers: 1632 was a stand alone, no sequel anticipated, experimental novel. Events since it release have lead to a shared universe experiment in the writing of collaborative fiction which is unprecedented, and perhaps wholly unparalleled and unique. This has lead to certain needs and means of discussion, which accounts for the prominence of this section.
  • 1632-verse/1632 universe— a way of referring to and clarify the distinction between entities or new time lines in science-fiction , it's sub-genre alternate history, and discussions in science involving such esoteric physics as the Many world's hypothesis and Parallel universes in Quantum Mechanics.
  • Badenburg — A fictional walled town or small city located within five to six miles of the locus of Grantville's new home. Citizens of the town were witnesses to the Ring of Fire, and have places in many of the short stories building the societal canvas of the works. For example, some of its people owned lands supplanted by the territory of Grantville within the Ring of Fire. A series of stories in Grantville Gazette III and 1634: The Ram Rebellion explores how the economic and personal effects of such circumstances were worked out and settled between the down-timer and up-timers. Second state in the New US (NUS).
  • CPoE or CPE, (October 1632—10 October 1633 NTL) — Confederated Principalities of Europe. Formed at the end of 1632 (novel) in the aftermath of the Battle of Grantville, with Gustavus II Adolphus as Captain General of the 'New United States', but not its monarch.
  • Down-timer* — Any native born in Early Modern Europe.
  • Emperor of the United States of Europe — see USE below.
  • Gazettes / Grantville Gazettes—an experimental Online Magazine lauched by Baen Books with (See: main article: The Grantville Gazettes, and 1632 Editorial Board)
  • Grantville, WV — a town containing a cast of about 3,500 Rednecked hillbillies as the 'collective protagonists' exploring the 'what if' theme of what sort of changes might come about in the chaotic history of the Thirty Years' War and the resulting social and political development of Europe (and the world) if such a town full of rednecks landed in Europe one fine afternoon. The up-timer Americans possess advanced technology, are experienced at organizing and recruiting as well as walking around with a chip on their shoulders and are limited to the towns small stocks and industrial resource base but showed up with its libraries, industries, electricity, an educated motivated populous, 'can-do' attitudes, a smattering of modern combat knowledge and modern thought patterns in the heart of disorganized, unlead, war torn central Early Modern Europe.
  • OTLOur Time Line, or the history of our world sans a Ring of Fire.
  • NTLNew Time Line, or the history of our world from May 1631 after the Ring of Fire. NTL and OTL are long standing abbreviations with wide acceptance amongst Science-Fiction circles. New Time Line was coined to handle comparison of events in Parallel World discussions.
  • NUS or New US, (by late Fall 1631—Fall 1632 NTL)— The New United States located in southern and western Thuringia — a loose collection of territories, towns and free cities lead by it's first state, the up-timers (Americans) of Grantville, that Mike Stearns put together in the winter of 1631-32 to oppose the effects of "the wars" raging through Central Europe.
  • Ring of Fire — the label or name given to the three mile in radius spherical space-time bubble caused by the Assiti shard that transposed part of Thurigia with Grantville, WV. While in the main faint and translucent, at ground level, the sphere appeared as an ephemeral (perhaps 15 seconds) wall of shimmering flames from the outside. Within, those near the edge also perceived something of the flames, but the effect was swamped and overwhelmed by the thunder-like thunderous sound blast that shook walls and rattled windows and fixtures like a mini-earthquake and the overwhelming blast of bright white light that was believed by many to be a major blast of sheet-lightning.
  • The Prince of all Germans, or 'The Prince of Germany', or just 'The Prince' (perhaps most common)—a popular unofficial title bestowed gratefully and spontaneously by the populous at large in the areas of Germany which have benefited from the advent of the Mike Stearns influence under the NUS, CPoE, and USE governments. The title began to become widespread circa the end of the novel 1633 in the unrest that lead to the USE, is mentioned a few times in The Ram Rebellion and becomes very obvious in the early chapters of The Baltic War.
  • Up-timer* — Any 20th century American from Grantville, WV.
  • USE, (10 October 1633— present NTL); the successor to the CPoE, a Monarchial Constitutional Republic the United States of Europe formed at the end of the novel 1633 during a demonstrative outbreak of nationalism triggered by news of the Battle of Wismar circa October 9th and 10th during protracted radio negotiations between Mike Stearns, who was appointed it's first Prime Minister, and Gustavus II Adolphus Vasa, who became the new Emperor of the United States of Europe in the agreement.

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History connections

Historical characters

Alphabetical list (by surname) of real historical characters that appeared in the 1632verse. Pictures and Authors annoted comments can be reached by this link.

  • Albrecht VI von Bayern (1584–1666), Landgraf of Leuchtenberg.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : gets trampled under witch hunt of his brother the reigning duke Maximilian, spends time in exile in Bohemia of Wallenstein


  • Alfonso de la Cueva, marqués de Bedmar, (1572–1655), a Spanish diplomat, bishop and cardinal.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : becomes chancellor of the new kingdom in the Low Countries


  • Jeremias Drexel, (1581–1638) was a Jesuit writer at the Munich court of Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria.

  • Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand (1609–1641) (also known as Fernando and as Ferdinand von Österreich), Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands, Cardinal, Infante, Archbishop of Toledo, and military commander.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : conquers the Dutch and becomes an independent king of the Low Countries, marries his first cousin
    'Maria Anna of Austria' who escapes the intended marriage to her aged uncle 'Maximilian of Bavaria'

  • Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, (1578–1637). Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Married to Eleonore Gonzaga. Father of Maria Anna of Austria, Cecylia Renata and Ferdinand III.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : dies already in 1634 as broken man, after being deposed in Bohemia by Wallenstein and remaining without any success in Germany


  • Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain, (1566–1633) was Infanta of Spain, Archduchess of Austria and the joint sovereign of the Seventeen Provinces.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : lives a bit longer and bequeathes her appanage, the Low Countries, to her nephew don Fernando (whom the books erroneously call her great-nephew)


  • Maria Anna of Austria (1610–1665), married Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria on 15 July 1635.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : escapes the intended marriage to her aged uncle Max and instead marries her first cousin don Fernando, king of the Low Countries


  • Maximilian of Bavaria (1573–1651), called "the Great,", was a Wittelsbach ruler of Bavaria and a prince-elector (Kurfürst) of the Holy Roman Empire. Founder and head of Catholic League (German), and therefore defacto head of it's armies.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : becomes very paranoid after losing his intended fiancée and starts terror and witch hunts in Bavaria, kills his sister-in-law duchess Mechtild, his brother Albrecht gets exiled


  • Jules Cardinal Mazarin (1602–1661) served as the chief minister of France from 1642, until his death. Mazarin succeeded his mentor, Cardinal Richelieu.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : ?


  • Albrecht von Wallenstein (1583–1634), Czech soldier and politician who gave his services (an army of 30,000 to 100,000 men) during the Danish Period of the Thirty Years' War to Ferdinand II for no charge except the right to plunder the territories that he conquered.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : becomes an ally of Gustavus Adolphus and ruler of Bohemia


  • Wilhelm of Saxe-Weimar (1598–1662), 5th Duke of Saxe-Weimar, key ally of Gustavus Adolphus through much of the Thirty Years' War but shunned by Axel Oxenstierna after Gustavus' death.
       In the 1632-verse:
    : abdicates his duchy and becomes the leader of the opposition party against Mike Stearns, actively seeking to become the next Prime Minister of the USE.

Gustav II Adolf King of Sweden Gustav II Adolf (also known as Gustaf Adolf the Great (Swedish Gustav Adolf den store, Latin Gustavus Adolphus Magnus), or Gustavus II Adolphus) (December 9, 1594 – November 6, 1632 O.S.), widely known by the Latinized name Gustavus Adolphus and referred to by Protestants... The Battle of Lützen was one of the most decisive battles of the Thirty Years War. ... The United States of Europe (USE) is a fictional federation in the 1632 series by Eric Flint and many other contributors. ... Albert VI of Bavaria, (13 April 1584 - 5 July 1666), (German: Albrecht VI., der Leuchtenberger, Landgraf von Bayern-Leuchtenberg), son of William V, Duke of Bavaria and Renata of Lorraine, born and died in Munich. ... Graf is a German noble title equal in rank to a count or an earl. ... Leuchtenberg is a town in the district of Neustadt (Waldnaab) in Bavaria in Germany. ... 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Albrecht von Wallenstein Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein (also Waldstein, Czech: Albrecht Václav Eusebius z ValdÅ¡tejna), 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... Flag of Bohemia Bohemia (Czech: ; German: ) is a historical region in central Europe, occupying the western and middle thirds of the Czech Republic. ... Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar (b. ... Thuringia, showing the territory of Saxe-Weimar in the 17th Century, with Saxe-Jena, which was joined to Saxe-Weimar in 1690 Preceded by: Electoral Saxony Succeeded by: Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Saxe-Weimar (German Sachsen-Weimar) was a Duchy in Thuringia, Germany. ... Gustav II Adolf King of Sweden Gustav II Adolf (also known as Gustaf Adolf the Great (Swedish Gustav Adolf den store, Latin Gustavus Adolphus Magnus), or Gustavus II Adolphus) (December 9, 1594 – November 6, 1632 O.S.), widely known by the Latinized name Gustavus Adolphus and referred to by Protestants... Count Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna   listen? or Oxenstjerna (June 16, 1583 - August 28, 1654), Lord High Chancellor of Sweden, was born at FÃ¥nö in Uplandia, and received his education with his brothers at the universities of Rostock, Jena and Wittenberg. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 662 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1500 × 1359 pixel, file size: 3. ...

1632 places

Alphabetical list of fictional and real historical places that appeared in the 1632 verse.


A,B to F,G

  • Badenburg, Thuringia— A fictional walled small city or large town and nearest large neighbor to the Ring of Fire, has a population circa 6,000. MacKay's cavalry detachment was scouting around the outside of the city when it discovered the farmhouse mass grave and the UMWA message.
In the 1632-verse: People saw the phenominum from the streets. Badenburg is located roughly south-south-west from Grantville and about six miles or so from the town fringes. Some of the lands now holding the environs of the town belonged to the small city. The first planned battle (called the Battle of the Outhouse) between the Mike Stearns lead forces of MacKay's cavalry detachment and Grantvilles' (Pre-NUS) forces took place outside the city walls "about a half-mile north of the cities walls", during which an unsavory mercenary leader was deposed as well. This lead to the wedding of Gretchen Richter and Jeff Higgins.
Part of the books: ' 1633, Ring of Fire, and various stories in The Grantville Gazettes
First mentioned in: '1632'.
Location of Eisenach.
Location of Eisenach.
"The Wartburg" (castle) in Eisenach
"The Wartburg" (castle) in Eisenach
  • Eisenach— The history of Eisenach is linked with the Wartburg castle, which was built according to legend in 1067. There were at least three settlements below the castle, that merged to a common city in the second half of the 12th century. This town, Eisenach, was first mentioned in 1180.

    Several now legendary events took place on the Wartburg in the following decades, best known is the "Singers' Contest on the Wartburg" (Sängerkrieg, which is part of the Tannhäuser legend). After the Thuringian War of Succession (1247-1264) Eisenach became subject to the Wettin dynasty of Meissen. Later several mini states were established in what is now Thuringia, and Eisenach became a principality on its own in 1521. In 1751 Eisenach lost its independency and became part of the duchy of Saxe-Weimar.

    Martin Luther lived therein as a child, although he was not born there, and later for his receiving protection by Frederick the Wise after having been pursued for his religious views. It was while he was staying at Wartburg Castle that he translated the New Testament into German. The town is famous as the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach as well.
In the 1632-verse: Eisenach is one of the territories spirited away from the four brother Dukes of Saxe-Weimer and becomes one of the sketchily mentioned states in the NUS in the novel 1632, and part of the United States in the province of the United States under the CPoE in 1633'. In the two day Battle of Eisenach-Wartburg (ca. October 1632) NUS forces lead by Mike Stearns first decimate an Spanish army of 10-12,000 invading from the Spanish Netherlands along the Spanish road, first breaking them and chasing them into taking shelter in the Wartburg, then use psychological warfare and Napalm for force the complete surrender of the remaining army. The entire affair was a feint however, setting up the deep cavalry raid (Battle of Grantville) that convinces Stearns he must ally with Gustavus thus birthing the CPoE.
Part of the books: ''1632 (novel), and The Grantville Gazettes

First mentioned in: '1632'.

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H,I to L,M

In the 1632-verse: just mentioned in expected role or as background, not a plot setting in the 1632-verse neohistory.
Part of the books: Ring of Fire, and The Grantville Gazettes
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In the 1632-verse: just mentioned in expected role or as background, not a plot setting in the 1632-verse neohistory.
In the 1632-verse: Jena is protected against one of Tilly's companies by the NUS forces and MacKay's cavalry in the summer of 1631 in the Battle of Jena, during which time the main army of Gustavus II Adolphus passes south of the Hartz range and Southern Thuringia and invades Bavaria] and Franconia.
Part of the books: Ring of Fire, and The Grantville Gazettes
First mentioned in: '1632'.
  • Magdeburg— a major Hanseatic German city on the Elbe well river upriver from it's North Sea outlet near Hamburg. It was infamously subjected to sack of Magdeburg in 1631 in both timelines. In OTL, the city took a long long time to be repopulated and regain it's vigor, and some argue it never regained it's importance.
In the 1632-verse: Over the first two novels, Magdeburg becomes the capital of the Confederated Principalities of Europe and later it's successor federation and republic, the United States of Europe. It's ascension begun was begun initially as a symbolic and morale building gesture by Gustavus Adolphus II angry and outraged at the Sack of Magdeburg by the putative Catholic army lead by Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly and his cavalry leader, General Pappenheim.

Thereafter, Magdeburg plays more and more of a central role being both centrally located, and in a much better locale as the impact of American thoughts and ideas begin to rip through the social fabric of The Germanies. Beginning centered in the small town of Grantville, WV which becomes displaced in time into May of 1631 into southern Thuringia, the series books and action drift northward over time into Magdeburg as the collaborative writings in long and short fiction explore the cultural, sociological, religious, and developmental impact that might occur if a town of no-nonsense coal miner tough Hillbillies found themselves with the limited material resources of a small town, but modern arms and an alarmed energized populous armed with modern political, social and religious developments in the heart of the war torn Germanies in the middle of the Thirty years' war.An angry Gustavus Adophus vows to rebuild the sacked and destroyed city and eventually makes it the capital of the short-lived Empire the CPoE and of the successor republic, the USE.In 1631, during the Thirty Years' War, imperial troops stormed the city and commit a massacre, killing about 20,000 inhabitants and burning the town in the sack of Magdeburg. The city had withstood a first siege in 1629 by Albrecht von Wallenstein. After the war only a population of 400 remained (see Sack of Magdeburg). According to the Peace of Westphalia (1648), Madgeburg was assigned to Brandenburg-Prussia after the death of the current administrator (a Saxon prince), as a semi-autonomous Duchy of Magdeburg. This occurred in 1680.
Part of the books: esentially all, including most of the The Grantville Gazettes. If nothing else, Magdeburg's prominence as Gustavus' Capital of the CPoE drasw a mention, or is involved in radio messaging with parties elsewhere in the various threads by winter of 1633-34.
First mentioned in: '1632'.
In the 1632-verse: Magdeburg's most impressive building, the Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice, has a height of 104 m: the highest church building of eastern Germany. It is notable for its beautiful and unique sculptures, especially the "Twelve Virgins" at the Northern Gate, the depictions of Otto I the Great and his wife Editha as well as the statues of St Maurice and St Catherine. The statue of St Maurice (ca. 1250) is one of the few where Maurice is displayed as a black man with African features holding a sword and wearing chainmail and is in fact, the oldest depiction of a black person in Europe.
In the 1632-verse: p/o?

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USE is an initialism meaning: The United States of Europe The United States of Earth the world government in the TV series Futurama. ... // Events February 5 - Roger Williams emigrates to Boston. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The extent of the Holy Roman Empire in c. ... During the Thirty Years War the city of Magdeburg was besieged by the Holy Roman Empires Imperial Army from November 1630 to 20 May 1631 in the Sack of Magdeburg. ... Events March 4 - Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a Royal charter. ... Albrecht von Wallenstein Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein (also Waldstein, Czech: Albrecht Václav Eusebius z ValdÅ¡tejna), 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... During the Thirty Years War the city of Magdeburg was besieged by the Holy Roman Empires Imperial Army from November 1630 to 20 May 1631 in the Sack of Magdeburg. ... Ratification of the Treaty of Münster The Peace of Westphalia refers to the pair of treaties (the Treaty of Münster and the Treaty of Osnabrück) signed in October and May 1648 which ended both the Thirty Years War and the Eighty Years War. ... 1648 (MDCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Brandenburg-Prussian state was formed in 1618 when the Duchy of Prussia came under the control of the Elector of Brandenburg (part of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation). ... Events First Portuguese governor was appointed to Macau The Swedish city Karlskrona was founded as the Royal Swedish Navy relocated there. ... The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ... View of Magdeburg with the cathedral on the right. ... During the Thirty Years War the city of Magdeburg was besieged by the Holy Roman Empires Imperial Army from November 1630 to 20 May 1631 in the Sack of Magdeburg. ... Look up Catherine in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Catherine is a womans given name, derived from a Greek word (katharos) meaning pure. It is one of the most common names given. ... Saint-Maurice may refer to: Saint-Maurice, a former federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons, and located in the province of Quebec Saint-Maurice, VS (Roman Agaunum) is a commune and a district in the Valais, Switzerland. ... Otto I at his victory over Berengar of Friuli Grave of Otto I in Magdeburg Otto I the Great ( November 23, 912 - May 7, 973), son of Henry I the Fowler, king of the Germans, and Matilda of Ringelheim, was Duke of Saxony, King of the Germans and arguably the... Ædgyth or Edith of England (910 - 26 January 946) was the daughter of Edward the Elder, King of England and Ælfflæd. ... Saint Maurice (also Moritz or Mauritius) was the leader of the legendary Roman Theban Legion in the 3rd century. ... There are five St. ... // April 30 - King Louis IX of France released by his Egyptian captors after paying a ransom of one million dinars and turning over the city of Damietta. ... Munich (German: , pronounced  ; Austro-Bavarian: Minga [1]) is the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria. ... The Isar is the third largest river in Bavaria, Germany. ... The geographic region and Free State of Bavaria (German:  ), with an area of 70,553 km² (27,241 square miles) and 12. ...

R to Z

  • Suhl, a town in Thuringia.— Suhl is an important Brass, bronze, iron, iron working, and weapons producing city that early on becomes allied with the NUS.
In the 1632-verse: Many of the Rifled Cannons the NUS produces for Gustavus' army over the winter of 1631-32 are cast in Suhl before being shipped to Grantville for finishing.
Part of the books: Ring of Fire, and The Grantville Gazettes.

Suhl is a city in Thuringia, Germany. ... The Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) is located in central Germany and is considered one of the smaller of Germanys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states), with an area of 16,200 km² and 2. ... Ring of Fire is a book in the 1632 series that was edited by Eric Flint. ... The Grantville Gazettes describes all the Grantville Gazettes in all published forms. ...

Historical events and organizations

Alphabetical list of real historical events that are mentioned in the 1632 verse.

  • Catholic League was a confederation of Catholic German states formed in order to counteract the Protestant Union. Tension between these two groups would eventually ignite into the first phase of the Thirty Years War.
  • Edict of Restitution from 1629 was Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor’s attempt to restore the religious and territorial settlement after the Peace of Augsburg (1555). The "Ecclesiastical Reservation" forbade the secularization of Catholic land (i.e. being converted to some form of Protestant belief) after 1555. However, during the decades of weak emperors, princes had secularized Catholic land simply because it was so valuable and they had got away with it as no emperor was powerful enough to enforce the "Ecclesiastical Reservation".
  • Protestant Union or Evangelical Union was a coalition of Protestant German states that formed in the 1600s. Tensions between Protestants and Catholics in Germany escalated, leading to the outbreak of the Thirty Years' War.
  • Thirty Years' War was a conflict fought between the years 1618 and 1648, principally in the Central European territory of the Holy Roman Empire, but also involving most of the major continental powers. It occurred for a number of reasons. Although it was from its outset a religious conflict between Protestants and Catholics, the self-preservation of the Habsburg dynasty was also a central motive. 163x: the TYW is changed by the arrival of uptimers, the strengthening of Sweden and France allying with England, Spain, Denmark and Austria against the USE, Sweden and the Low Countries.

The Catholic League (German: ) was a confederation of Catholic German states formed in order to counteract the Protestant Union. ... The Protestant Union or Evangelical Union or Union of Auhausen was a coalition of Protestant German states that was formed in 1608 to defend the rights, lands and person of each member. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Emperor Ferdinand II Ferdinand II (July 9, 1578 – February 15, 1637), of the House of Habsburg, reigned as Holy Roman Emperor from 1620-1637. ... The front page of the document. ... Secularization or secularisation is a process of transformation as a society slowly migrates from close identification with the local institutions of religion to a more clearly separated relationship. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... The Protestant Union or Evangelical Union or Union of Auhausen was a coalition of Protestant German states that was formed in 1608 to defend the rights, lands and person of each member. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Central Europe The Alpine Countries and the Visegrád Group (Political map, 2004) Central Europe is the region lying between the variously and vaguely defined areas of Eastern and Western Europe. ... The extent of the Holy Roman Empire in c. ... Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy; also used as the flag of the Austrian Empire until the Ausgleich of 1867. ... The 1632 series, also known as the 1632-verse or Ring of Fire series, is an alternate history book series, created, primarily co-written-by and coordinated by historian Eric Flint. ...

Fiction

Fictional characters

Alphabetical list (by surname) of fictional historical characters that appeared in the 1632 verse.

  • Mike Stearns, president of USE
  • Rebecca Stearns, née Abrabanel, wife of Mike Stearns, daughter of Balthazar Abrabanel. Former National Security Adviser, the sole Senator of the United States, as of 1633 currently under siege in Amsterdam.
  • Cardinal Lawrence Mazzare, originally the local Catholic priest of Grantville, later the USE ambassador to the Most Serene Republic of Venice, and then His Eminence the Cardinal-Protector of the United States of Europe.

USE is an initialism meaning: The United States of Europe The United States of Earth the world government in the TV series Futurama. ... Borders of the Republic of Venice in 1796 Capital Venice Language(s) Italian, Latin Religion Roman Catholic Government Republic Doge  - 1789-1797 Ludovico Manin History  - Established 727 (697)  - Treaty of Zara June 27, 1358  - Treaty of Leoben April 17, 1797 Map of the Venetian Republic, circa 1000. ... Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venezsia) is the capital of region Veneto, and has a population of 271,663 (census estimate January 1, 2004). ... ... The United States of Europe (USE) is a fictional federation in the 1632 series by Eric Flint and many other contributors. ...

Fictional places

Alphabetical list of fictional places that appeared in the 1632 verse.

  • Grantville,
The key setting, a small town that traveled in time within a circular region about 6–7 miles in diameter within which are a coal mine, some railways, and a coal fired power plant. Based on the real city of Mannington, West Virginia and its nearby power station. Flint sets the power station and Grantville near a tributary of the Saale river.
  • Badenburg,
A nearby walled town near the East Bank of the Thuringian Saale river. It was defended by Grantville's population during the 'second military encounter', but first major war action. Badenburg is located at the center of a triangle formed by the actual municipalities of Arnstadt, Saalfeld, and Jena, and became the second town to enter the new (fictional) United States of Europe.

Wyoming coal mine Coal mining is the mining of coal. ... Mohave Generating Station, a 1,580 MW coal power plant near Laughlin, Nevada A fossil fuel power plant is an energy conversion center that combusts fossil fuels to produce electricity, designed on a large scale for continuous operation. ... Mannington is a city in Marion County, West Virginia, United States. ... Oil power plant in Iraq A power station (also referred to as generating station or power plant) is a facility for the generation of electric power. ... 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). ... Saale is the name of two rivers in Germany: the Saxonian Saale (German: Sächsische Saale) and the Franconian Saale (German: Fränkische Saale). ... Arnstadt is a town in Ilm-Kreis, Thuringia, Germany. ... Saalfeld can refer to: The Battle of Saalfeld in 1806. ... This article is about the German town of Jena. ... The United States of Europe (USE) is a fictional federation in the 1632 series by Eric Flint and many other contributors. ...

Known publishing schedules

Baen Books has finished scheduling for the October 2007 through January 2008 period. Here's what's scheduled in terms of the 1632 series:

  • October 2007: 1634: THE BAVARIAN CRISIS
  • November 2007: The mass market paperback release of GG II
  • December 2007: The mass market paperback release of 1634: THE RAM REBELLION
  • January 2008: RING OF FIRE II

External links

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Web page links:   Comments and Content notes

Baen Books' list of
books in the 1632 series
  List of 1632 Series Books grouped by the series titles by Baen Books. Links to each title includes access to the first few chapters of each, or the Baen Free Library version, where applicable. Titles in production will normally show here before sites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. and be more visible.

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. As a new release reaches finalization of the writing phase, Flint frequently offers "Appetizer" excerpts (Snippets) of the material in chronological postings. These are linked LIFO order, so the most current are the easiest to get to and read.

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.

New Gazette's site The newest wrinkle (from early 2007 under Eric Flint Enterprises) in the several successive publishing experiments that are collectively The Grantville Gazettes: the Gazette's new dedicated web subscription site offering web based access to the newest Gazettes which is evolving once again back into more of an e-zine (but without the serialization of the first six) as Baen was unwilling or unable to maintain the long targeted publication rate of four per year, especially after the disruptions after the death of Jim Baen. The site has insider/fan site tone and images and illustrations lacking from other editions. Subscription access to the Gazette web site allows subscribers to view stories and non-fiction articles being added to future print issues (ala Baen Bar's "1632 slush") as well as to current issues. Future Print published releases are in turn slated to be produced by Baen Books as a (new) annual "Best of Gazettes" volume.

  Results from FactBites:
 
1632 series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1490 words)
The 1632 series, also known as the 1632-verse or Ring of Fire series, is an alternate history book series, primarily written by Eric Flint, which now includes ten books.
The story began with Flint's novel 1632, describing the effect of transporting the small town of Grantville, West Virginia from the United States in the year 2000 to central Germany in the year 1631, the middle of the Thirty Years' War.
Fans are encouraged to contribute to the series though an online message board known as Baen's Bar, and the entire Grantville Gazette and large portions of the Ring of Fire anthology, both of which are considered canonical, are fan-written (albeit edited by Flint), and have directly contributed material to the main novels.
1632 (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (897 words)
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.
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.
It is run by the 1632 Research Committee in conjunction with the 1632 Editorial Board.
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