Baltic War News

1634: The Baltic War is now officially scheduled for hardcover publication in May 2007. You may perform the usual back-calculations to figure out webscription, e-arc and snippet availability.

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21 Responses to Baltic War News

  1. eqdoktor says:

    Aiyeee… such a long wait QQ

  2. Eric Flint says:

    Long wait????

    Sheesh. I haven’t even started writing the book yet, and it’s already scheduled for publication in thirteen months. By the standards of the publishing industry, this is lightning quick action. :)

    Eric

  3. Wilford says:

    Can’t wait to read this new novel. I’ve loved all of 1632 so far. :)

    Respectfully,

    Wilford

  4. eqdoktor says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I love your work.

    QQ

  5. Chris says:

    Go to it mate. I’m so desperate for Grantville styories I’m even reading the slush pile.
    And tell your bloody publisher to do something about a decent distribution network in Australia.

  6. RCC says:

    I love the whole series and I can’t hardly wait for “Baltic War”! I do have one request, please put more volumes of the “Gazette” out in hardcover! They are great back stories that add SO MUCH to the whole 1632 universe. Thank you.

    RCC

  7. El says:

    I know rationally that it’s not a long time between books but…Damnit I almost wish I hadn’t discovered this series yet, I could find it randomally in 3 or 4 years so I would have more to read. I loved the Ram Rebellion as well as long as the quality stays this good I guess I’ll live with the wait.

    El

  8. Eric says:

    I realize that the order in which books get produced in this series can look awfully screwy to readers, and seem to have no rhyme or reason. As it will again, because I just turned in 1635: THE CANNON LAW — which is the direct sequel to 1634: THE GALILEO AFFAIR — and it’s coming out in October.

    That is to say, a book that takes place _after_ 1634: THE BALTIC WAR is going to be published seven months before it.

    Yes, I know it looks weird. But there’s a reason for it, it’s not just me being whimsical. Two reasons, actually.

    First, the long delay in producing THE BALTIC WAR is simply due to the fact that Dave Weber and I are both very busy authors with a lot on our plates. That means that getting our schedules to co-ordinate long enough for us to co-author a novel is… easier said than done. The only time we managed it since we wrote 1633, Dave wanted to prioritize CROWN OF SLAVES, so that’s what we worked on.

    I will be starting BALTIC WAR as soon as I get back from a 10-day trip I’m starting tomorrow. (I’m going to the Nebula Awards in Arizona, first, and then I’ll be visiting my mother and sister in Las Vegas.) I’ve got everything else finally cleared off my schedule. Well… all other big projects, anyway. Dave won’t be able to start on the book until sometime in August, but that’s not a problem. I’ll be writing most of the book anyway, and by the time he’s ready to start on it I’ll have the chapters he’ll be doing sketched out for him.

    The second reason we decided to publish CANNON LAW before BALTIC WAR was because:

    a) It was ready to go, with just a relatively small amount of work from me, since Andrew had finished the rough draft;

    b) The action in CANNON LAW does not directly overlap with anything in BALTIC WAR. In fact, there are very few references of any sort to whatever might have happened in the Baltic War. About the only two things readers will figure out is that it seems as if the good guys probably won the war — at least, the bad guys certainly don’t seem too happy with the end result — and that, somehow or other (carefully never specified) the prisoners in the Tower of London managed to escape.

    Well… okay. I figure if any reader of the series hasn’t already figured out that those two things were bound to happen, they need to take a remedial course in common sense. So what the hell. The key thing is that CANNON LAW does not divulge _any_ of the juicy details that are what really keep readers engrossed in a book.

    In short, there seemed no good reason to tie up a perfectly good — very good, in fact — novel for eight months. So, as soon as CANNON LAW was finished, it went straight to production.

    On the opposite side of the coin, however, we are not going to publish 1634: THE BAVARIAN CRISIS until after BALTIC WAR comes out — despite the fact that Virginia DeMarce has already written the rough draft of the novel. That’s because the action in BALTIC WAR and BAVARIAN CRISIS _does_ overlap. In fact, to a considerable extent, BAVARIAN CRISIS serves as the direct sequel to BALTIC WAR. So, we’ll hold off on that one.

    The one lesson I’ve learned from the experience is that it’s a mistake to plan one of the “anchor” books in the series as a collaboration between Dave Weber and me. I’ve discussed it with Dave, and we’ve agreed that the last three books in the series we have contracts for will be planned as “side stories.” Good novels, in and of themselves, but not ones whose delay — which is almost bound to happen again — will tie up the rest of the series the way BALTIC WAR did. Dave wants to write some naval adventures, anyway, so we’ll probably do one or two books set in the New World. And he’d also like to work on one novel that deals with the Ottoman Empire and the Levant, in one way or another. But, in the future, all the key novels that anchor the series in Central Europe — the next one of which will be 1635: THE EASTERN FRONT (working title) — I’ll either write solo or with a co-author who has the time to spend more-or-less exclusively on this series. Unless things change, which is not likely, I’ll be writing both THE EASTERN FRONT and the English sequel to BALTIC WAR — whose current working title is 1635: JULIE’S CURSE — as solo novels.

    Eric

  9. Guy says:

    fantastic story lines. I wish I did not read so fast, but I just can not put the books down. I tend to gravitate towards the military history part of my story reading. I can not wait for the the baltic war. All of your books are great and now I am trapped for the next book in the series. I read 1633 ( the “iron clad one) first when it first come out and then 1634 Galillo a few months ago. Then I found there was the 1632 when I did a search on the internet after I found the Gazettes were part of the story line. Then I found all the books I seem to have missed. Now I must wait for new books. I have even read the web site books after reading about your fans that write in your book’s forward. Keep up the good work and thank you.

  10. Don S says:

    Waiting is such sweet agony, Eric! But we understand.

    Really we do… Please forgive all the moaning. ;)

  11. Mike S. says:

    Eric

    Love the series, it’s become one of my favorites. I have one question about the projected publication date of 1634: Baltic War. It’s scheduled for a possible release date of May ’07, but 1635: Cannon Law is due out in October of this year? Is that correct?

    Thanks,
    Mike S.

  12. webmaster says:

    yep, that’s right.

    And yes, there are a few tiny snerks in Cannon Law about Baltic war, but only a few ’cause Eric and Andrew were careful.

    Eric and David are actively writing on Baltic war _now_ and the scheduled publication date will be no problem.

    Loyal Minions

  13. Bob G says:

    How about a link to pre-order it at Amazon?

  14. Guy says:

    Your books are great and riviting. Is there a way to get get you to sign your books that I buy. I have so many of the collection and I sure would like to have then next one I buy, signed. Nothing make me fell better then then giving money to someone I know. LOL

  15. james says:

    I just finished Canon Law, I can’t wait for the Baltic War. I’ll have to keep myself occupied by reading Grantville Gazette III one it is out…and probably re-read the series over again…it won’t keep me until May, but I should survive :)

  16. Daryl says:

    Hi – I echo a previous comment that the distribution of your books in Australia could be improved. Your books on the other hand would be difficult to improve. A couple of technical comments – adapting car engines to propeller aircraft will work & provide better power to weight ratios than earlier aircraft had, but watch the thrust washers on the crankshafts as cars aren’t dragged along by their flywheels.
    I have a rich and interesting life, but your books (and Webber, Turtledove, Stirling’s) enrich it even further. Please keep the flow coming.
    A free concept (that is worth what it costs) would be for a similar story to 1632, but on a smaller scale to prehistoric times with a single 100mm (4 inch) wormhole back to 2006. How could you build a civilisation with items that have a crossection less than 100mm. Feel free.

  17. Dan says:

    I have been waiting for 1634: The Baltic War ever since I read about it in the back of 1633 when it first came out. I suppose I can wait a bit longer. But that B&N gift card I was saving to buy it will expire before that. C’est la vie. Any reccomendations?

  18. Gordy says:

    I am frustrated. In Cannon Law, the escape from London has been done. Did I miss a story or is this story going to be printed in a future book?

  19. Jake says:

    I have enjoyed the ‘anchor’ books, 1632 and 1634, but I felt that the side stories that I’ve read, ring of fire and the galileo affair were so bad as to be almost unreadable. I’m looking forward to baltic war, but I don’t think I’ll be reading any more side stories. I’m just hoping that there aren’t any events in the side stories that will be important enought to affect the main plot.

  20. I just read 1632 then 1633 and just loved them! I am wondering what to read next and in what order. If you were in my place what order would you read the the whole series? that counts everything. I dont mind waiting to find out if they get out of the Tower.

  21. Kurt Hines says:

    I just finished reading 1634: The Baltic War. It was awesome! I haven’t been this interested in a series of books in quite some time and just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed the entire series. I am looking forward to the 1635’s. Thanks. Just one question: The hardcover book came with a CD, but the CD was cracked. What’s on it?

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