When Eric Flint wrote 1632 back in 1999, he had no idea that it wasn’t going to be a single novel. The readers’ response was overwhelmingly positive and Flint and Jim Baen, his publisher, quickly decided on sequels. The first were 1633 and 1634, both co-authored by David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington space opera series.
But before these was the anthology, Ring of Fire. Flint decided that he’d throw the anthology open to new writers—some who’d never written fiction before—and see what happened. What happened is the largest shared universe in the history of science fiction. Over 150 authors have participated in creating what has become known as the Ring of Fire series, in anthologies and in the highly successful bimonthly online magazine, The Grantville Gazette.
For a number of reasons, Baen Books simply cannot publish anything like the massive output of the Ring of Fire series, so with permission, Eric Flint started publishing stories and non-fiction that had appeared in The Grantville Gazette as ebooks and Print on Demand trade paperbacks. He called it “Ring of Fire Press” and it was extremely successful.
Today, “Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press” is taking that beginning to an entirely new level. We continue to publish works that originated in The Grantville Gazette, and we also publish new works, both in the 1632/Ring of Fire Universe, and other works by authors who have their own universes to write in.
Author, Creator of the 1632 Universe
Eric Flint’s writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running series with many novels and anthologies in print. In addition, he’s written a number of science fiction and fantasy novels. He now has more than sixty novels in print as well as many pieces of short fiction and dozens of anthologies which he’s edited.
Flint is also the publisher of Ring of Fire Press and the Grantville Gazette electronic magazine.
Flint graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1968 and later received a master’s degree in history from the same university. Despite those academic credentials, Flint spent the next quarter of a century as an activist in the American trade union movement, working as a longshoreman, truck driver, auto worker, steel worker, oil worker, meatpacker, glassblower and machinist. He has lived at various times in California, Michigan, West Virginia, Alabama, Ohio, and Illinois. He currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.
By day, Walt Boyes is the not-so-mild-mannered chief editor of a technical magazine called The Industrial Automation INSIDER, and a partner in a high-technology consulting firm, Spitzer and Boyes LLC. Ah, but by night, he transforms into the Bananaslug of Baen’s Bar, and begins to write. Walt has written 10 non-fiction books, articles and columns too numerous to count (Bananaslugs have very few fingers anyway) and has published several fiction pieces, including a half-dozen short stories in the 1632 Universe and some children’s stories, and three stories in the anthology Dogs and Dragons. Walt is currently working on two non-fiction books, and a novel (of course — doesn’t every writer have one stashed somewhere?), and the 1632 Companion with his wife Joy Ward. Walt was Associate Editor and Marketing Director for Jim Baen’s Universe magazine, is Editor of The Grantville Gazette, a member of the Editorial Board of the 1632 Universe, co-manager of Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press, and is an active member of SFWA.
Joy Ward has been a writer, editor, psychology researcher, and interviewer. With her writing partner, Missa Dixon, she’s interviewed a variety of animals and published the interviews as Interviews from the Ark and Wit and Wisdom from the Ark. With her husband, Walt Boyes, she has interviewed many of the greats of science fiction and fantasy for her column in Galaxy’s Edge magazine. She wrote a prophetic novel, Haint, a love story across time and space. Joy lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with Walt and their pack of very smart dogs. Joy serves as developmental editor of the series.