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Just published: David Gerrold’s Ganny Knits a Spaceship. This story is reminiscent of the great Rober Heinlein young adult novels. Starling and her grandmother operate a way station in the asteroid belt. For decades, Ganny has had a very successful business, using her way station to sling cargo and passenger ships all over the asteroid belt and to most of the planets as well. But now, technological advance and corporate greed are threatening her livelihood and the continued well-being of her grand-daughter.

Digging back into her past, Ganny applies an ancient technique to modern materials. She begins to create a spaceship that will enable her and Starling to survive—and even to prosper. How? By knitting it.

All is going well. But once the corporate interests that were plotting to seize her way station realize what she’s up to, they set out to stop her by any means fair or foul. Mostly foul.

Written by the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of “The Trouble With Tribbles,” The War Against the Chtorr series, “The Man Who Folded Himself,” and “The Martian Child.”

April 30, 2019: Virginia DeMarce, The Legions of Pestilence. This is a braided novel by one of the major authors of the Ring of Fire series.

The Legions of Pestilence is partly based on previously published content—in this case, Virginia’s novel “An Uneasy Kind of Peace,” which was serialized a few years ago in the Grantville Gazette volumes 52-57 (March, 2014 to January, 2015.) That novel has been reworked to mesh with the new material, which constitutes about half of the volume.

Here’s the cover copy for the book:

          In the world the West Virginians of Grantville came from, the borderlands between France and Germany had been a source of turmoil for centuries. In the new universe created by the Ring of Fire, the situation isn’t any better. The chaotic condition of the German lands has been ended—for a time, at least. And the near-century long war between Spain and the Netherlands has finally been resolved.

But now France is unstable. The defeat of Richelieu’s forces in the Ostend War has weakened the Red Cardinal’s grip on political power and emboldened his enemies, Foremost among them is King Louis XIII’s ambitious younger brother, Monsieur Gaston. An inveterate schemer and would-be usurper, Gaston’s response to the new conditions in France is to launch a military adventure. He invades the Duchy of Lorraine.

Soon, others are drawn into the conflict. The Low Countries ruled by King Ferdinand and Duke Bernhard’s newly formed Burgundy, a kingdom-in-all-but-name, send their own troops into Lorraine. Chaos expands and spreads up and down the Rhine.

It isn’t long before the mightiest and most deadly army enters the fray—the legions of pestilence. Bubonic plague and typhus lead the way, but others soon follow: dysentery, deadly and disfiguring smallpox, along with new diseases introduced by the time-displaced town of Grantville.

The war is on. All the wars—and on all fronts. Can the medical knowledge of the up-time Americans be adapted and spread fast enough to forestall disaster? Or will their advanced military technology simply win one war in order to lose the other and much more terrible one?

You can order the e-book now from the Ring of Fire Press website: https://ericflintsringoffire.com/book/the-legions-of-pestilence/ (Click on the “Purchase Direct From” RoFP logo right under the cover image)

Or, you can pre-order it from Amazon, with the release date of April 30. You can only pre-order electronic editions from Amazon. If you want the POD paper edition, Amazon won’t accept pre-orders and you’ll have to wait until April 30. (Why? We don’t know. Dealing with Amazon has some similarities to dealing with the Oracle at Delphi.)

Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press has just published a new title: Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett’s Pandora’s Crew. Many of you are familiar with Gorg and Paula, because they’ve co-authored three novels with me in the Ring of Fire series (1636: The Kremlin Games, 1635: The Viennese Waltz and 1637: The Volga Rules), an alternate history novel in a different Assiti Shards setting—that’s The Alexander Inheritance—and, last but not least, the recently published title by Ring of Fire Press, The Demons of Paris. That novel is the beginning of a new series the three of us will be doing that combines alternate history (in this case, medieval Eurasia) and fantasy.

1636: The Kremlin Games is one of the four 1632 series novels that made the New York Times best-seller list, by the way. So when the blurbs on the cover of Pandora’s Crew refer to Gorg and Paula as “New York Times bestselling authors,” that’s just the simple truth.

Pandora’s Crew is Gorg and Paula’s first foray into producing their own novel, without me as a co-author. I gave them some aid and advice, here and there, but this is entirely their book—and it’s a very good one. Pandora’s Crew is straight-up space opera, following the adventures of a starship crew as they get caught up willy-nilly (and certainly without their intent) in the collapse of a powerful, venal and oppressive mercantile oligopoly and the emergence of a new political order.

It’s a really good novel, folks. That’s not hype on my part, it’s what I really think. I enjoyed reading it and I think you would also. And if you do, there will be more to follow, since Pandora’s Crew is the first novel in a series. I might add that, unlike many series that get started by new authors you won’t have to worry about this one ever getting finished because I’m the publisher and I damn well say it will.

Many of you—lots and lots of you—have enjoyed Gorg and Paula’s writing when they worked with me. Please give them a try on their own. BUY PANDORA’S CREW.

Pandora’s Crew is available right now either on the Ring of Fire Press web site or on Amazon. It will soon be available through Baen Books’ Webscriptions as well. We only sell an ebook edition of the novel. If you want a trade paperback edition, you’ll need to get it through Amazon.

We make more money if you buy it through our own web site, because we don’t have to pay Amazon’s 30% distributor’s commission, but don’t lose any sleep over that. Just buy the book in whatever manner suits you. Here are the relevant URLs:

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