Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. Some of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures.
Flint has a Master's Degree in history specializing in West African history. He left his doctoral program over political issues and supported himself from that time until age 50 as a laborer, machinist and labor organizer. A long-time leftist political activist, Flint worked as a member of the Socialist Workers Party. After winning the 1993 Writers of the Future contest, he published his first novel in 1997 and moved to full time writing in 1999. Additionally, he has been editing the works of several classic SF authors, repackaging their short stories into collections and fix-up novels. Although some of his edits have engendered some controversy, the resulting story collections have been commercially successful and have succeeded in returning out-of-print authors to print.
1632 is the initial novel in the best selling alternate history genre 1632 book series set in the Holy Roman Empire by historian, writer and editor Eric Flint. The flagship novel kicked off a remarkable collaborative writing effort that has involved hundreds of contributors, dozens of authors, and has published works now numbered well into the double digits—and if anything—is adding new titles at an increasingly fast pace (see: the two main articles). The premise involves a small American town of three thousand 'Hillbillies' sent back to April 1631, during the Thirty Years' War.
The fictional town of Grantville, WV (modeled on the real town of Mannington, West Virginia) and its power plant are displaced in space-time, through a side effect (an accident, in truth) of an alien technology (The Assiti Shards).
A hemispherical section of land about three miles in radius measured from the town center is transported back in time from April of 2000 (our time line 'OTL') into the middle of...,