Eric Flint Newsletter – 7 NOVEMBER 2014

I’m a little behind on this newsletter. To being everyone up to date, I’ve turned in three manuscripts over the past two months or so. I just turned in the manuscript for the next 1632 series novel, 1636: The Cardinal Virtues. Baen Book has it scheduled for publication in July, 2015. My co-author on the novel is Walter Hunt and it recounts the events leading up to the outbreak of the French civil war. (What? You didn’t see that coming? It’s not as if I haven’t dropped more than, oh, five hundred hints or so across the past half dozen novels.)
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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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Spell Blind – Snippet 09

Spell Blind – Snippet 09

Chapter 9

Walking from the coffee house back to the Z-ster, I remembered in a rush the weremyste who had been testing my magical defenses as I left Robo’s. I tried to sense him, to open myself to his magic, but I felt nothing. As far as I could tell, I was the only weremyste in the area who wasn’t using blockers. I suppose a sorcerer as powerful as this guy could have hidden himself, but he hadn’t been shy before about letting me know he was nearby. I couldn’t see why he’d start now. Reaching the car, I climbed in, drove one more circle around Robo’s, and headed for home.

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Polychrome – Chapter 23

Polychrome – Chapter 23

Chapter 23.

The gates of the city of Gilgad stood wide before us, a full fifty feet high in a wall of white and black marble. The wide street continued on, with houses and larger buildings visible, street vendors, and hundreds of people bustling about the city’s business. “You should be safe here, Amrin. At least as long as anyone is, and I hope that will turn out to be a long, long time.” I shook his hand.

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 09

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 09

The protective hedges around the Pentire living quarters kept unwanted visitors out, not the servants in. An indentured servant had not run from the complex for many years. The last case had a love affair at root. Allenson solved the problem by buying the contract of the other party in the affair, finding them a position on the estate. It was not unusual for servants to request to stay on at Pentire as employees when they had worked off or bought out their contracts.

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Castaway Planet – Chapter 12

Castaway Planet – Chapter 12

Chapter 12.

“No, Akira, you keep it,” Laura said, pressing the pistol into her husband’s hand.

Whips could see he was still reluctant. “But you’re the one going –”

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 08

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 08

Chapter 3 – Pentire

Farant smoothly phased Allenson’s carriage into the Continuum. Manzanita monochromed and faded away to be replaced by a sea of colored streamers. The predominant background tint was deep indigo. The calm Continuum conditions provided Allenson with at least a quantum of consolation.

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Spell Blind – Snippet 08

Spell Blind – Snippet 08

“No,” I said. “Leaving the force almost killed me. I was a cop for six years, eight months.” I tried to keep my smile from turning bitter, but I’m not sure I succeeded. “I can give you the weeks and days if you want them. It’s lousy work most of the time. You keep bad hours, you get paid next to nothing, and you see things that . . .” I shook my head. “That no one should have to see.” I shrugged again. “And I loved every minute of it.”

“Why?” she asked, making no effort to hide her bewilderment.

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 07

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 07

Competent people in the colonies were always in short supply, especially if they had saleable skills. You either paid ridiculous sums of money to persuade a qualified young employee from the Homeworlds to work on a short term contract so he could build up a nest egg before going home or you took what you could get. And what you got could be pretty undesirable.  Better an indentured servant exiled from the Homeworld with a known vice you could live with than an unskilled local or worse, an incompetent immigrant.

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Castaway Planet – Chapter 11

Castaway Planet – Chapter 11

Chapter 11

“The seven wilderness survival principles,” Melody said, obviously looking at her omni’s display, “are positive mental attitude, first aid, shelter, fire, signaling, water, and food.”

“Not a bad list,” Sakura said, dusting off a nearby chunk of coral-rock to sit on, “but some of that won’t work. Signaling isn’t going to be something we do any time soon, if we can do it at all.” She didn’t like thinking about that, but it was true, and avoiding it wouldn’t get them anywhere. Continue reading

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Spell Blind – Snippet 07

Spell Blind – Snippet 07

Most of the tables in back were open, and I thought about sitting at a table nearby and trying the whole “what-a-coincidence” thing, but she was too smart for that to work. Instead, I went with the direct approach.

“May I join you?”

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Polychrome – Chapter 22

Polychrome – Chapter 22

Chapter 22.

“And so I will be sending several Hands of Temblors, perhaps even of Infernos, to teach a lesson to –”

“SILENCE!” roared the King.

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