Eric Flint Newsletter – 26 MAY 2014

I’ve been feeling a little guilty because it dawned on me a while back that the photograph of myself that I’ve been using on this web page is pretty far out of date. How far? I’m not really sure, but I figure it was taken about a decade ago.

Given that I’ve been known to make sarcastic remarks about people who keep public photos of themselves that are ridiculously out of date, I figured I better take care of the problem. So I had the same professional photographer I used then, whose work I like, do a current set of portraits for me. One of them is now being used as my picture on the web site’s home page, and I added several others to the Photo Album section.
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Upcoming Writing Seminars

The next Superstars Writing Seminar will be held on February 5-7, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We’ve decided to make the Hilton Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs our regular venue and keep the first or second weekend in February as our regular date. That seemed to work well for the seminar we just held there, which was our most successful one yet. That was true even despite the weather, which (or so I’m told by residents of the area) was much worse than usual.
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Paradigms Lost — Chapter 21

Paradigms Lost — Chapter 21

Chapter 21: Admissions and Evidence

The door opened. “Jason!” Sylvie said, looking surprised.

“Hi, Syl. Can I come in?”

“Sure. Watch out for the books on the floor, I’m rearranging the library.”

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Trial By Fire – Snippet 37

Trial By Fire – Snippet 37

“Dad’s? How?”

“He was the one who first saw the value of Caine’s plan, not me. And he seemed to know it might require just this kind of trickery, even duplicity, to retake our planet. No matter the personal costs.”

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The Savior – Snippet 20

The Savior – Snippet 20

PART FOUR

The Toll

Six years previously

1

Lilleheim

Treville District

470 Post Tercium

There had been no report from Jeptha Marone in over a month. This was not good news, as far as Mahaut was concerned. It probably meant he had found out something and was following up on it.

Meanwhile, grain promises-to-buy were wildly shifting. The trend was falling for Lindron-bound mixed grain and rising for Bruneberg-bound wheat and Delta rice, but that changed almost daily when the runner came in with the previous day’s numbers from Garangipore. Mahaut didn’t need a special investigator to tell her what was happening.

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1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 07

1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 07

Chapter 3: Plans and Proposals

June, 1634

Fortney Home, Grantville

“Howdy, Prince Karl.” Sonny Fortney held out his hand like the prince was just anyone. It was easy because, to Sonny, the prince was just anyone. He knew that a lot of down-timers and more than a few up-timers didn’t feel that way, but he did. He felt that way before the Ring of Fire, when titles like doctor and professor were bandied about, and he felt it even more now. “I hope you’ll excuse the mess. We’ve sold the house and there’s a lot of packing being done right now.”

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1632 option renewed by Mammoth Screen

Mammoth Screen is renewing their option on the 1632 series for another year. They’ve hired a well-known screenwriter and have the script for the first episode. They’ve also made a deal with ITV Studios for worldwide distribution. This is important because ITV is a big deal in the UK. We’re still a long ways from an up-and-running TV series, but things are looking good.

– Eric

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Trial By Fire – Snippet 36

Trial By Fire – Snippet 36

Chapter Sixteen

Washington, D.C., Earth

Richard heard Elena’s response as a chorus with his own. “Nothing?”

Trevor nodded. “Despite the global panic, the World Confederation Council sees our current situation as a standoff. With the Arat Kur controlling orbital space, we can’t fight back effectively. But on the ground, the Arat Kur know they’ve got a tiger by the tail. And as the militarily weaker power, a stalemate is actually to our advantage. So we force them to make the next move.”

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1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 06

1636 The Viennese Waltz – Snippet 06

“Only if they’re balanced by down-timers with technical know how,” Judy the Elder said. “One thing we have consistently underestimated is what down-time craftsmen can do.”

“And don’t think we aren’t aware of that.” Karl smiled. “Aside from farming and mining, what would you suggest as the best options?”

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The Savior – Snippet 19

The Savior – Snippet 19

“No, sir, I don’t.”

“To get the cold hell away from my father’s plantation, that’s why.”

“Where was that?”

“Was? Is. It’s still there. Ingres. In the middle of the province. Best land. They grow wheat and flax. There are whole villages of people who work for my father. People who will always work for my family. Serfdom. That’s the way it’s done in Ingres.”

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Paradigms Lost — Chapter 20

Paradigms Lost — Chapter 20

Chapter 20: An Unusual Consultant

Red liquid swirled warmly in the crystal glass, throwing off crimson highlights. Verne Domingo sipped. I swallowed some of my ginger ale, noticing how little I was affected these days by the knowledge that Verne was drinking blood.

“Why doesn’t it clot?” I asked idly.

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Trial By Fire – Snippet 35

Trial By Fire – Snippet 35

The spalling, splintering, and outgassing of that hit had imparted a small tumble to the ship. The nose of the crippled carrier began pitching down, the engine decks at its stern rising slightly. As it did, the hull spat out two small white ovals from behind the torus’s rotator coupling: escape pods. Another one came out of the engineering decks–

Almost too fast to see, a pair of stars streaked into the picture, one striking the keel just abaft the torus, the other slicing into the engine decks. Blinding light rushed outward, swallowed the ship, the pods, the whole screen–then, static.

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