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About Gorg Huff
I like writing because I am one of those people who thinks of the right thing to say hours, weeks or even years, too late. That sucks in day-to-day life, but in writing you can go back and do a rewrite.
Also, because I like creating stuff. A story, a painting, drawing, virtual object in a computer, an invention, a doorway, a doggy door, a cake or loaf of bread. The process takes me out of myself as well as reading or watching the tube does. And when I'm done, I have the knowledge that there is something new in the world. Which is kinda cool. Or I have a cake, which is kinda fattening.
Historically, I have been a student, a paratrooper, a construction worker, a clerk, a cashier and so on. And for varying reasons, not overly good at any of them. What I never really thought I would be is a writer. Wanted to be, yes. Thought it possible, no.
Politically I want to be a libertarian and an anarchist, but I can't. I can't because, as Hamilton pointed out in 1787, you need a balance of powers. It's only competing factions that allow for freedom. And as Adam Smith pointed out, whenever you see two industrialist talking, the safe bet is that they are colluding to fix prices. (Neither of those are exact quotes but they get the jist.)
Capitalism works. It's more productive than any controlled economy ever has been or, in my opinion, ever could be. But unrestricted capitalism will destroy itself. I want capitalism to be guided. Not because I hate it, or even distrust it, but because I know it. And because I want to keep it alive and producing for a long, long time.
Socially I am a libertarian. I do not believe that any law is a good thing, only that they are sometimes necessary evils. But a necessary evil is still evil. And a law needs to prove it is necessity and keep right on proving that the good it does is greater than the harm it does or it needs to be repealed.
While it's counter-intuitive because a government is a structure of laws and restrictions, I believe that government does better when it increases the options of the citizenry than when it decreases them. Not always possible, but when it is it's the better way to go.
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A new book in the Alexander inheritance universe
The impact of the time transposition that brought a twenty-first century cruise ship to the Hellenic world right after the death of Alexander the Great continues to unfold. While President Al Wiley is building a new America in Trinidad and Captain Lars Floden is trying to use the Queen of the Sea to spread enlightenment around the world, Rome is experiencing a wakeup call—and so are its neighbors. If things don't change, the Roman republic is going to become a dictatorship. And if things don't change, the Samnites, Etruscans and other Italian states will become subjects of the Roman Empire.
And what's worse, the heirs of Alexander the Great aren't the sort of people who are going to stay within their borders and let the rest of Europe—or Asia, or North Africa—work out their own destinies.
It would be bad enough to be subjects of Rome. To be subjects of the Macedonians was something you wouldn't wish on a Gaul.
Something must be done. And with the help of the radio teams that give Rome and the other Italian states access to the knowledge from the twenty-first century, something will be.
Tensy Teasdale is forced by financial hardship to give up her studies of magic and join the Kingdom Navy as a midshipman. It's a hard life for her. While women have been serving in the Navy for decades, not everyone accepts them. It's even harder if you're a studious introvert who incurs the ire of a brute of a senior Midshipman who's just failed his Lieutenant’s test again.
And that's just the first of Miss Midshipman Teasdale's misadventures. After that, she has to deal with a Merged mugger who's learning how to deal with this world, an elven carpenter who's considered worse than a necromancer because he works with the dead bodies of trees—not to mention the shell and shot of battle on the high seas.
And if she survives all that, there's the politics of the Admiralty Court to deal with…
Hornblower meets Martin Padway in a WarSpell gameworld.
Miss Midshipman Tensy Teasdale is a new middy in the kingdom navy. She, like Horatio, doesn't start out well and things go downhill from there.
Pete the Cudgel Banyan is a thief and a bully with little thought beyond his next beer, next lay, or how unfair it was that he wasn't born the son of a lord. As a pressed man, his lot may be even worse than Tensy's, because the first officer is a sadist who wants everyone broken to the navy. And Pete's the sort to die in the breaking.
Pete's rebellion offers Tensy a chance to—if not win—at least take her tormentors down with her.
Tensy makes her play at Pete's Captain's Mast and Pete determines to take his lashes like a man.
Enter Peter Bradley, a mechanical engineer who played Pete Banyan years ago in a game of WarSpell. As the 21st lash falls, Pete's heart stutters and would have failed, but Peter Merged with him. Leaving Peter Banyan hail and healthy to take the last three blows of the cat.
And that was just the beginning. The Captain wanted them both off his ship ahead of any sort of investigation. The ship they end up on has its own problems and they all get shipped to Amonrai and the Merged Peter with his knowledge of chemistry knows a much cheaper way to make the wizard’s powder that is used in the cannon.
Interrupting her studies to go around the world to get back to Pango Island wasn't something she wanted to do but she didn’t have a lot of choice. She had an obligation to the sea elves and the lizardmen. To make things worse, the arrogant and self-righteous Intercessor of Noron, Miguel Cordoba, has decided that it's his duty to accompany her on her "noble quest."
From Kronisburg to the Kingdom Isles, from the Kingdom Isles to adventures in Amonrai—and all that's before they even get to Pango Island and find out what's happened to the sea elves. What's happened isn't good and Cordelia and Miguel are honor bound to do something about it.
The Governor of Pango Island is about to be Schooled in Magic.
Cordelia found herself Rojer's prisoner as they took ship for the Orclands. On the ship she met and befriended the Brooks family. Using a hidden spellbook, Cordelia tried to learn not just magic but how to read.
In the Orclands, Rojer drags Cordelia with him into danger and the real possibility of being sacrificed to an Orc god. But with the help of the Brooks, Cordelia gets an opportunity to go to the College of Wizardry at Kronisburg. There will be still more adventures before she can get down to studying Wizardry. That's just the way it is when you're Born in Magic.
The second book in this Prequal series will be along shortly.
And Miroslava and Vasilii aren't the only ones with troubles. Vasilii's young cousin Alla is hiding out in Moscow and has been since her family was murdered. She's having to learn how the other half lives. It's all going to come together if they can solve the murder without jeopardizing the rights of every citizen in Kazak—newfangled rights which are more fragile than anything else.
It will take some luck and a lot of work. But with the help of her new friend Joanna Cooper, Anoria might have a chance to learn magic, because Joanna's aunt Cordial is a powerful wizard.
Powerful wizards are prickly and easy to offend, however. And even if Anoria meets that challenge, she’ll have to decide whether she should she go adventuring. Everyone knows that to be a true wizard you have to do that, and take all the risks involved.
For it turns out that the most difficult thing isn't using learning to use magic, it’s learning what -you actually want to be.
It’s been more than a year since the cruise ship Queen of the Sea was transported in time and space to the ancient Mediterranean not long after the death of Alexander the Great.
Captain Lars Floden and the other “Ship People” are trying to plant the seeds of modern civilization. It’s not an easy task, to put it mildly, even if they have a tacit alliance with the co-regents of Alexander’s empire, his widow Roxane, and Eurydice, the wife of his half-brother.
For they have plenty of enemies, too. Cassander is using every foul means available to turn Macedonia and Greece into his own empire. The brutal general Antigonus One-Eye is doing the same in Mesopotamia. And Ptolemy, the cleverest of them all, is expanding his Egyptian realm to the Red Sea.
Things aren’t any easier in the colony that passengers from the cruise ship founded on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. President Allen Wiley is trying to build a twenty-first century democratic nation, but the people he has to work with aren’t the most suitable for the task: oldsters from the future, local tribesmen, and third-century BCE immigrants from Europe and Africa.
War, religious strife, assassinations, espionage, poisonings and other murders—and a fair amount of love, too—all mix together with the Ship People's knowledge from the 21st century to form a new weaving of the fates. Hopefully, that will lead to a bright new future. If it doesn't kill everyone first.
At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
About Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Series:
“This alternate history series is . . . a landmark . . .” —Booklist
“[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.” —Booklist
“. . . reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis . . .” —Publishers Weekly
Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with three million books in print. He’s the author/creator of the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series starting with first novel 1632. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the “Belisarius” alternate Roman history series, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War and two novels in Webers Honorverse series. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois.
Paula Goodlett retired from the military as a non-commissioned officer in the early nineties. She broke her leg in 2003, which led to her browsing Baen's Bar lest she become bored during her enforced inactivity. Captivated by the 1632 universe concept, she began as a special assistant to Eric Flint. She eventually wrote a large important sequence of the storyline in 1634: The Ram Rebellion. She is editor of the Grantville Gazettes and chairs the 1632 Editorial Board. Additionally, Paula is assistant editor of the e-zine Jim Baen's Universe. Paula mainly writes in tandem with Gorg Huff.
Gorg Huff is a Texas citizen who has enthusiastically helped in researching the 1632 series background, written numerous stories for the Grantville Gazettes, and contributed both maps and drawings to 1634: The Bavarian Crisis. Gorg began as a solo writer, but now principally teams with Paula Goodlett.
It’s been five years since a cosmic incident known as The Ring of Fire transported the modern day town of Grantville, West Virginia, through time and space to 17th century Europe. The course of world history has been forever altered. And Mother Russia is no exception.
Inspired by the American up-timers’ radical notion that all people are created equal, Russian serfs are rebelling. The entire village of Poltz, led by blacksmith Stefan Andreevich, pulls up stakes to make a run for freedom.
Meanwhile, Czar Mikhail has escaped house arrest, with the aid of up-time car mechanic Bernie Zeppi, his Russian associates—and a zeppelin. The czar makes his way to the village of Ufa. There he intends to set up a government-in-exile. It is to Ufa that the serfs of Poltz are heading, as well.
The path is dangerous—for the serfs as well as the czar. They face great distances and highwaymen. But the worst threat are those in the aristocracy who seek to crush the serfs and execute the czar in a bid to drive any hope for Russian freedom under their Parisian-crafted boot heels. But the Russians of 1637 have taken inspiration from their up-timer counterparts. And it could be that a new wind of liberty is about to blow three centuries early—and change Mother Russia forever.
At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
About 1636: The Kremlin Games:
“…a well-constructed plot filled with satisfying measures of comedy, romance, political intrigue, and action.”—Publishers Weekly
About 1635: A Parcel of Rogues:
"The 20th volume in this popular, fast-paced alternative history series follows close on the heels of the events in The Baltic War, picking up with the protagonists in London, including sharpshooter Julie Sims. This time the 20th-century transplants are determined to prevent the rise of Oliver Cromwell and even have the support of King Charles."—Library Journal
About 1634: The Galileo Affair:
"A rich, complex alternate history with great characters and vivid action. A great read and an excellent book."—David Drake
"Gripping . . . depicted with power!"—Publishers Weekly
About Eric Flint's Ring of Fire series:
“This alternate history series is . . . a landmark…”—Booklist
“[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.”—Booklist
“ . . . reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis . . . ”—Publishers Weekly
Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with over three million books in print. He’s the author/creator of the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series starting with first novel 1632. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the “Belisarius” alternate Roman history series, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War and latest Honorverse series entry Cauldron of Ghosts. Flint's latest Ring of Fire novel is 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois.
But not everything is murders and spies. No, sometimes it's the theft of a piece of costume jewelry from a girl at the Happy Bottom Club. And this case leads Miroslava into the bailiwick of another detective. Detective Corporal Viktor Zuykov, who doesn't want her interference.
That, however, isn't going to stop Miroslava. When money is involved things can get dangerous, and to catch the actual culprit, Miroslava and her faithful friend, Vasilii Lyapunov, must chase him to Kazan.
In this third book of the Demon Rift series we get a look at how things work on the demon side of the veils between the worlds—and how adventuring looks to the servants who go along to cook the meals and take care of the wagons. And how a demon in the form of a dinosaur ended up the majordomo of Carl's Not So Bad Caverns.
We also learn about what's going on in France and England while Pucorl and the twenty-firsters are in Constantinople. We meet a few gods, make a few deals, and even see a truly magical kiss and some of its consequences. All in all it's a fun romp through the magic of Pucorl's lands in Elysium.
And if you don't already have them you'll want the first two books in the series: The Demons of Paris and The Demons of Constantinople.
Ufa is going crazy. The new capital of the legitimate government of Russia, once a trading post in the far east, is now a fast-growing boom town. Into this maelstrom come peddlers and exotic dancers, criminals and craftsmen, nobles and assassins. Crime is running rampant and the city guards that passes for policemen don't have a clue how to handle it—and wouldn’t know a clue if they stumbled right over it. They can manage to walk a beat, at least in broad daylight. But solve a crime?
Not a chance. And Czar Michael Romanov and his officials aren’t any help, since they’re pre-occupied with building a nation out of spit and bailing wire.
But the bargirl who was murdered had friends who cared. And thosefriends call in Vasilii Lyapuno, an engineer working at the newly-founded Dacha in Ufa and loves up-timer murder mysteries.
Can Vasilii track down the killer? Luckily for him, he has the assistance of another bargirl named Miroslava, who has a unique way of seeing the world. Together they might figure out who did what to whom and who was responsible for the crime.
Crimes, rather. Murder starts adding up.