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Separating verse history from the internet web fora at Baen Books web site Baen's Bar is impossible, for the forum has shaped the series, as the series has, in part, shaped the forum. Only the Honorverse web forums of best selling author David Weber have been busier than the eventual three special fora set up for verse topics since , and according to Flint, by over two hundred-thousand posts had been made on the ' Tech' forum alone. Hence, while fan fiction, the Gazettes from the outset differed in important ways from most fan fiction:.

Issued initially as an electronic quasi-magazine using the publisher's e-ARC distribution system, the original magazine came out only sporadically—as Flint and Baen copy editors had time to put early issues together. By the time of the seventh issue in June , three years from the first volume, having proved to be a self-funding success, the publication changed. Along the way, Jim Baen had agreed to try another experiment, and brought out volume 1 in print as a paperback.

No longer were issues serialized in three installments, the form of the promotional Baen Webscriptions value packs, but began coming out as a single ebook at a much greater regularity. By volume 10, the magazine had hit a regular publication rate of one issue every other month released the first day of odd numbered months, and migrated from being an offering within Baen's catalog of offerings where they are still listed as ebooks to having a subscription system administered and accessed from its own website.

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It is particularly notable [ citation needed ] in that is composed of short fiction which has spawned no less than three best sellers in an age when the market for short fiction anthologies is very poor. In addition, the Grantville Gazettes have served as the source of new ideas and relationships which energize the popular series and find their way into the novels of the series. Beginning in early , the Gazette's publishers added an on-line web based edition published quarterly eventually bimonthly.

Additionally, the publishers switched to paying full professional rates instead of the semi-pro rates that had been paid and became an SFWA qualifying market. The various authors featured in the Gazettes are part of Flint's online experiment Phase II in developing a milieu with input from many others on the webforum Baen's Bar.

The Tech Manual oldstyle: The Slushpile forum is where authors first submit to a tough peer review process. Once critical readers have deemed the nascent story worthy, the work passes to an editorial board, which also considers how the work will fit into and impact the milieu as currently planned out and plotted.


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Some stories have thus served as the genesis of their own universe sub-series or plot thread. This is chaired by Eric Flint, who retains veto power over all work in the verse, and Eric then decides in which issue or volume of the Gazette the story should be allocated.

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Authors get paid a sub-professional rate upon the acceptance of the work, and additional financial remuneration and considerations when the anthology reaches print at a later time. The Gazettes thus contain short stories based in the world of Flint's series , as well as articles about the restrictions on technology available in the time-stranded town and the plausibility of items and redeveloped technology within the milieu of the multiverse.

The latter essays are written by members based on findings and results from a more formal subset of contributor-advisors known as the Technical board. Part of this group also sits on the Editorial Board.

The impact of individual stories submitted for inclusion into the Grantville Gazettes will likely never be truly known, because even the bad or 'unaccepted' ones have shaped ideas, the action, commentary, and thought on the web-forums Tech and Comments. Even those that fail to meet the final test of espousing ' canon ' developments in the neohistory have influenced later written works, including those by Flint, who is the final determiner as the sole person involved in each work in the milieu of what is acceptable canon, and who has acknowledged a debt to all such submissions and discussions.

Considered one way, each story written has the ability of setting a new Point of divergence , affecting various storylines. Several fan-written stories have suggested major plotlines, even before the concept of the Grantville Gazettes eMagazine experiment was approved by Jim Baen.

Those stories were published alongside established writers in the Ring of Fire , and according to Flint, affected other main plotlines like Other Gazette stories have filled in important gaps in terms of economics, sociology, and technology: When they succeed, they establish a model for uptimers starting downtime businesses, setting an example that ripples through Grantville. In the sequel, "Other People's Money", they shake up the European stock markets , and not inconsequentially, interest the downtime populace in learning more about investing and uptime financial knowledge.

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Sociologically, their success doomed tailoring guilds, and spawned down-timer publication of popular fiction, inculcating up-timer sociology et cetera via modern novels, especially perhaps, Romance novels. Apparently even downtimers like their soaps! Flint has stated that he intends that short stories featuring major characters, or establishing points that will be important in future novels will be collected into the Ring of Fire anthologies, and that The Grantville Gazettes anthologies will feature the stories of characters that don't establish new background for the novels.

However, many of the characters or events become more important in retrospect than either the author or editor expected, so this rule is fairly weak, as shown in the Other People's Money example. On another level entirely, the gazette stories are just stories. Since they tend to focus on the ground-level interactions of their protagonists, and those characters tend to repeat, not only in subsequent stories by the same author, but in stories by others, Flint has characterized them in part as soap-operas in the preface to Grantville Gazette IV.

Starting in November , the first Gazette was also released experimentally in a paper edition with issue I as a paperback. The second volume was released in hardcover in March , this and subsequent titles use Roman Numerals for titles such as are listed below in the section List of Gazettes , as appear on the print publication covers. Each print edition contains an additional story that was not published in any e-magazine. Starting with volume V, each print edition contains stories from several of the magazines, and not all magazine stories are published in the books.

The List of Gazettes section below gives the publication dates and a rough guide to which magazines are collected into particular books. Overall, most reviewers wrote favorable reviews [15] [16] while only a small number were negative. The Viennese Waltz since both introduce characters and institutions that are central to those stories. Toro's Euterpe story about an Italian instrument maker traveling to Grantville to learn to make Pianos, see Grantville Gazette II for part 1 to be nearly as good though the latter felt very similar to David Carrico's story, which I liked better.

I must note that as with the previous volume I didn't read the non-fiction essays, but would you read "The Impact of Mechanization on German Farms" for entertainment? I didn't think so. May 19, Joe rated it really liked it. A little of everything. Guns, Americans, Music, Germans and all sorts of others in-between. Dec 22, Topher rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I love the idea behind the ring of fire - a town in modern West Virginia is lopped off from our universe and tossed back into Germany at the time of the 30 years war.

The gazettes are collections of short stories and essays by various authors - and I love that other people get to play in the universe - that explore concepts peripheral at least for now to the main storylines I think there are at least 3 going right now. In this particular one, there's an exploration of how I love the idea behind the ring of fire - a town in modern West Virginia is lopped off from our universe and tossed back into Germany at the time of the 30 years war.

In this particular one, there's an exploration of how german religions would deal with non-religious americans, creation the world's "first" mutual fund There's even a good short story about music, and the effect of the changing history; for instance, will Bach be Bach How do you preserve, say, Elton John, once all of the CDs are worn out?

The series is great because of the constraints imposed upon it. There didn't "happen" to be an Army parade in town the day of the event, there didn't "happen" to be a gathering a high energy physicists that day. There isn't an infinite population in the town. The town has been detailed based upon a real town in West Viginia, the population has been defined, and limitations have been set.

For that matter, neither is Germany portrayed as some backwards illiterate region, with knights in platemail riding off to who knows what. This was the start of an industrial period, and people were just as clever then as they are now. The interaction between the two periods is phenomenal.

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Because so many people are interested in the series, and because it is open, all sorts of ideas have been opened up. Religion is a great example. If you had a jewish couple that owned the town's only jewelry store, and knew about the modern cuts for gems, could they use the wealth they can create to prevent the pogroms in eastern Europe? How will the local protestant churches deal with the hymnals, missives, etc, brought back from their 21st century counterparts?

Politics is equally convoluted. If you're Cardinal Richlieu an important person historically, and a major player in the series , how do you reconsile their future 'history' textbooks with whats going on around you now? People are being promoted to positions of great important while still very young, others are being locked away even though they're loyal I really like this series. If you haven't done it yet, its really worth checking out by Eric Flint the first book. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, including the new novel The Dance of Time , and with David Weber collaborated on , and Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A mysterious cosmic force -- the "Ring of Fire" -- has hurled the town of Grantville from 20th century West Virginia back to 17th century Europe, and into the heart of the Thirty Years War. With their seemingly magical technology, and their radical ideas of freedom and justice, the time-lost West Virginians have allied with Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, to form the United States of Europe, changing the course of history -- in ways both small and large.

University students, a restless breed in all centuries, become even more rambunctious in Cambridge, England because of the personal and theological impact of the time-lost Americans.

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At the same time, American teenagers conquer new financial worlds when their elders are looking the other way. A Lutheran pastor schemes to gain new adherents among the Americans. A Benedictine monk finds a new calling for his order. Practitioners of 20th century medicine and its 17th century counterpart struggle to find common ground in healing the sick and injured.

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Showing of 66 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. I tend to write long reviews, but since much has already been said, here is my own little addition If you have read it would be helpful if you read this before going on to " The Baltic War" there is also some background stories for other books as well. If you like the historical aspects of this series I think you will enjoy the "Gazettes" as they also have articles on the reality of the universe.

A most enjoyable read. Nice addition to this universe. The stories filled in a lot of gaps and I felt the quality of the writing was pretty uniform. Not everyone seems to be thrilled with Mike Stearns here without being in outright opposition to him.