Eric Flint

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Eric Flint (born California, 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 masters 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 1993 and moved to full time writing in 1996. Additionally, he has been editing the works of several classic SF authors, repackaging their short stories into anthologies and fix-up novels. Unfortunately, his original description of these edits was rather flamboyant and some of these edits have been extremely controversial, for example all references to smoking have been removed from the stories. Because of these edits, some people on Usenet have nicknamed him "the Thomas Bowdler of Science Fiction". Nevertheless, the resulting story collections have been very successful, commercially.

As of 2004 he lives with his wife Lucille (also an ex-labor organizer) in East Chicago, Indiana.


Electronic Publishing

Eric Flint is noted as the editor of the Baen Free Library. The Free Library is an experiment in electronic publishing where Flint and Jim Baen have convinced authors to post entirely unprotected free copies of various works for free download on the internet as an experiment to see if this increases the sales of their paper or (for-pay electronic) editions. In most cases, the works involved are early volumes in continuing series, where readers might be likely to purchase later works in the same series. So far, the experiment appears to be a success.

Published Works

Belisarius series

(with David Drake) An alternate history series in which an AI is sent back in time to defeat a plot by others of its kind intent on the destruction of humanity.

  • An Oblique Approach (1998)
  • In the Heart of Darkness (1998)
  • Destiny's Shield (1999)
  • Fortune's Stroke (2000)
  • The Tide of Victory (2001)
  • The Dance of Time (forthcoming)

Assiti Shards series

(also known as the 163x series). An alternate history series in which the inhabitants of a small town in the USA find themselves transported back to Central Germany ... in 1632.
    • 1632 (2000)
    • 1633 (2002) with David Weber
    • Ring of Fire (Jan 2004, anthology)
    • 1634: The Galileo Affair (April 2004) with Andrew Dennis
    • The Grantville Gazette
      • Grantville Gazette Issue 1 (Electronic edition Nov 2003, paper edition November 2004)
      • Grantville Gazette Issue 2 (Electronic edition Mar 2004, forthcoming hardcover paper edition March 2006 )
      • Grantville Gazette Issue 3 (Electronic edition October 2004 )
      • Grantville Gazette Issue 4 (Electronic edition mid April 2005 )
      • Grantville Gazette Issue 5 (Electronic edition June/July 2005)
The Gazette is a semi-pro SF magazine featuring fan fiction and non-fiction edited by Eric Flint and a volunteer editorial board. It is also published by Baen. Initial publication is in electronic form at, but a mass market paper edition of the first issue was published as an experiment in November of 2004. The first printing sold out, and early results where good enough that the second issue is also slated for a paper edition in March 2006.

Other "Assiti Shards" universes which share only the time travel mechanism, but not the setting of the 1632 universe include two planned novels

  • By Any Other Name (Publication date unknown) — being co-authored by Sarah Hoyt.
  • Timespike (Publication date unknown) — being co-authored by Marilyn Kosmatka.

Heirs of Alexandria series

(with Dave Freer and Mercedes Lackey) Set in an alternate "Venetian Empire" in which magic thrives. (Note, a significant amount of text, and a couple of major characters in this work are adapted from stories written by Lackey in the Merovingin Nights shared universe series. That series was started, and those characters created, by C. J. Cherryh in her novel Angel with the Sword.)

  • The Shadow of the Lion (2002)
  • This Rough Magic (2003)
  • A Mankind Witch (July 2005)

Joe's World series

  • The Philosophical Strangler (2001)
  • Forward the Mage (2002 with Richard Roach)

Rats, Bats and Vats series

  • Rats, Bats and Vats (2000 with Dave Freer)
  • The Rats, The Bats and The Ugly (Sept. 2004 with David Freer)

Further Collaborations

Solo Novels

  • Mother of Demons (1997)

Trail of Glory series

  • Rivers of War (May 2005)
  • untitled second novel contracted

Short Fiction

  • In the Honor Harrington Universe
    • From the Highlands (short novel), in More than Honor #3: Changer of Worlds with David Weber 2001
    • Fanatic (novella) in The Service of the Sword, 2003
  • Other Stories
    • The Islands (novella) in Warmasters, an anthology, 2002
    • Entropy and the Strangler (short story), in Writers of the Future Volume IX, edited by Dave Wolverton September 1993
    • The Thief and the Roller Derby Queen (short story), in 'The Chick is in the Mail', edited by Esther Friesner, 2000
    • Carthago Delenda Est (novella), in Foreign Legions, edited by David Drake, 2001

Classic SF ReIssues edited by Eric Flint

  • Works of Christopher Anvil
    • Pandora's Legions (2002)
    • Interstellar Patrol (2003)
  • Works of Randall Garrett
    • Lord Darcy (2002)
  • Works of Tom Godwin
  • Works of Keith Laumer
    • Retief (2002)
    • Odyssey (2002)
    • Keith Laumer: The Lighter Side (2002)
    • Future Imperfect (2003)
    • A Plague of Demons (2003)
  • Works of Murray Leinster
    • Med Ship: The Complete Stories (2002)
    • Planets of Adventure (2003)
    • A Logic Named Joe (2005)
  • Works of Howard L. Myers
    • The Creatures of Man (2003, with Guy Gordon)
  • Works of James H. Schmitz (Co-edited with Guy Gordon)
    • Telzey Amberdon (2000)
    • TnT: Telzey & Trigger Together (2000)
    • Trigger & Friends (2001)
    • The Hub: Dangerous Territory (2001)
    • Agent of Vega & Other Stories (2001)
    • The Witches of Karres (2003)
    • The Eternal Frontiers (2002)

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