1636: The Viennese Waltz

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Eric Flint (Eric Flint, b.

1947) is an American writer. He writes mainly fiction in the genre of Alternative History, but he also has humorous works in the fantasy genre. He holds a degree in history, specializing in the history of West Africa. His most famous series of seven novels about Belisarius (with David Drake) and the 1632 series about an American town moved to Germany during the Thirty Years` War. Flint also does editorial work, publishing collections of short stories from early science fiction writers such as Keith Laumer, Randall Garrett and others. Official page: http://www.ericflint.net/ Eric Flint was born in 1947 in southern California, then lived in France for five years (from five to ten) because of his father`s work. As a teenager, he lived most of the time at the foot of the California Sierra Nevada, near the city of Fresno. Flint graduated from high school in Los Angeles and eventually earned his bachelor`s degree, graduating with honors from the University...

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Eric Flint (Eric Flint, b. 1947) is an American writer. He writes mainly fiction in the genre of Alternative History, but he also has humorous works in the fantasy genre. He holds a degree in history, specializing in the history of West Africa. His most famous series of seven novels about Belisarius (with David Drake) and the 1632 series about an American town moved to Germany during the Thirty Years` War. Flint also does editorial work, publishing collections of short stories from early science fiction writers such as Keith Laumer, Randall Garrett and others. Official page: http://www.ericflint.net/ Eric Flint was born in 1947 in southern California, then lived in France for five years (from five to ten) because of his father`s work. As a teenager, he lived most of the time at the foot of the California Sierra Nevada, near the city of Fresno. Flint graduated from high school in Los Angeles and eventually earned his bachelor`s degree, graduating with honors from the University of California in 1968 and joining the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa community of college students and alumni ("which is undoubtedly my highest achievement in modern society." the writer sneers). He then spent three years at the University of California, working on his PhD in history. Flint specialized in 18th and 19th century South African history. So his first publication was "Trade and Politics in Barotseland During the Kololo Period," which was published in the Journal of African History in 1970. “It`s almost a secret part of my life - but, oddly enough, I used episodes from the history of southern Bantu in the early 19th century as a model for different parts of the world of Mother of Demons. I always suspected that the old joke “Throw nothing away, everything will come in handy” was the first to come up with a professional writer (or, more likely, a bard - the same thing, but a different era). " Around the same time, he began to invent the "Joe & # 039; s World" cycle. In the summer of 1971, Flint decided to give up science. “After many years of active political life (mainly in the Civil Provo movement and the movement against the Vietnam War), I became a socialist. And to tell the truth, I did not see the point - and I still do not see it - in the existence of socialist theorists. It seemed to me - and still seems to be - the place of the socialist political activist - among the rank and file of American industrial unions and at union meetings, and not in an ivory tower. " Flint went to work as a docker and then became a truck driver. He tried many jobs, including meat packing, stamping, glass blowing ... By 1974, Flint decided that he needed a more stable job and became an apprentice locksmith, and then a locksmith (and worked as a locksmith for 25 years). “For almost all these years I was a member of the socialist workers` party, and, as is typical of members of this organization - this tradition comes from free `voblis` [members of the Industrial Workers of the World in the 1920s in the United States] - I wandered around the country a lot. At various times, I have lived, worked, and been politically active in California, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, and Alabama. (In 1979, living in Alabama, I ran for the municipality of Birmingham) (No, I did not win the elections.) "In the early 1990s, after 25 years of active political life, he considered that he had fulfilled his duty to society and had every right to spend the rest of his life trying to fulfill his youthful dream of writing science fiction and fantasy. His “official” writing career began in 1993 with the short story “Entropy, and the Strangler”, which won first place in the winter of 1992 in the “Writers of the Future” competition established by Ron Hubard. The story came out in 1993 in an anthology, which is published annually based on the results of this competition. “However, I have been writing all my life, although sometimes with interruptions. But this was my first publication, the first step towards becoming what I have become - a professional writer. " This story was part of the larger fantasy series “Joe`s World,” on which Flint had been working since 1969. Some of the series were co-written with his friend Richard Roach. ”However, I couldn`t bring myself to roll up my sleeves and get serious about writing until 1992. Then I turned 45, and I realized that if I want to write seriously at all, then it`s time to start. " By early 1993, Flint and Roach had completed the first novel of the fantasy series, Forward the Mage, and Flint had written most of the novel, which eventually became The Philosophical Strangler. “Good or bad, these novels ... do not fit well into the usual framework of the fantasy genre. Which I soon discovered when a stack of publishers` opt-out notices began to grow. " At this point, Flint realized that he "had better focus, at least for a while, on writing what could be called more" condo "science fiction or fantasy." And by the end of 1993, he had written Mother of Demons. This book, which was eventually accepted by Baen Books and published in September 1993, was his first published novel. Here`s what Flint writes about his early co-authorship with Drake: “Although I started out on Mother of Demons mostly with a very practical intention to get on my feet as a writer, I soon found that I enjoy writing science fiction stories as much as writing humorous ones. fantasy. So when Jim Baen asked me if I could co-write with David Drake on a cycle of alternative historical war novels based on the historical figure, Belisarius, I readily agreed. I spent 1997, 1998 and a fair amount of 1999 working on the first four books of the Belisarius series (An Oblique Approach, In the Heart of Darkness, Destiny`s Shield, and Fortune`s Stroke "). Looking back, I think of that time as my writing “apprenticeship”. ... My collaboration with David Drake takes a simple form: he comes up with a story and a plot, I write the lyrics. But Dave has been working closely with me during the writing of the book, and these three years (and still) has helped me as much as a skilled craftsman teaching an apprentice. Dave and I write very differently in many ways. But over time, I found myself absorbing and absorbing from Dave what I mean by writing: plotting, showing events from the point of view of different characters, choosing between direct and indirect speech, etc. With Dave, Jim Baen and Baen executive editor Tony Weisskopf, I went through as good a schooling as you could possibly wish for. " By early 1999, Flint felt he was ready to start writing a solo book again and sent the publisher a request for the novel. With immediate consent, he wrote this novel over the summer of 1999. This summer he made the decision to quit his job and became a professional writer. The new novel was titled "1632" and was released in February 2000. Although initially Flint did not plan to write sequels, the book was a great success. So in 2002 there was a sequel to “1633”, co-authored with David Weber (1952-), and in 2004, “1634: The Galileo” (co-authored with Andrew Dennis). At least six more books in the series are planned (co-authored and solo) So now this project has become a series of "The Assiti Shards". Eric Flint currently lives in Northwest Indiana. His wife, Lucille, is a political activist who works in one of the largest steel mills in the region. They have an adult daughter. At the Baen & # 039; s Bar Forum, Flint met and befriended a young South African writer, Dave Freer. They decided to try to work in co-authorship, and soon in 2000 they published a joint novel “Rats, Bats & amp; Vats ”, which also marked the beginning of the cycle. A sequel, “The Rats, The Bats, The Ugly” (;)), is to be published in September 2004. Flint and Frir enjoyed the collaboration so much that they co-opted a Mercedes R (itche) Lackey, 1950-) and began writing another series, “Heirs of Alexandria” (two parts already out, two planned) ... It’s the turn of the originally rejected Joe`s World series, with Baen Books publishing The Philosophical Strangler (2001) and Forward the Mage (2002) (three more novels planned). Flint also appeared in the universe of David Weber`s "Honor Harrington" cycle (where he had two novels in co-authorship and a story as part of the large anthology "The Service of the Sword"). He also does not stop working with David Drake, releasing a novel together with him, the action of which takes place in the world of Drake`s TV series "General" (another joint book is planned in this cycle). Also, they have already published the first novel of the new series "The Pyramid" - "Pyramid Scheme". They also plan a new cycle "The George Washington" and a separate novel "Hammer of the Gods". In general, Flint has huge plans for the future :) In addition, he actively cooperates with the publishing house "Baen Books", participating in the compilation of anthologies and preparation of reprints of the works of famous classics of science fiction (Keith Laumer, James Schmitz and others). He is also one of the founders of the project of this publishing house "Free Library". The English texts of the novels are freely available in the library of the publishing house "Baen Books" - " Baen Free Library ”. You can read “An Oblique Approach” and “In the Heart of Darkness” in full here.