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Here is some information, links, etc. about books that I find interesting.
 

Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is the author of the novels of the "Vorkosigan Saga", and has also written the Fantasy novel "The Spirit Ring" and the two Fantasy series "Chalion" and "The Sharing Knife".
In addition to samples, this novella by Lois McMaster Bujold can be downloaded or read on-line:

 


The new Vorkosigan novel, "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance", published by Baen November 2012. [publisher's sample]

"CryoBurn", a Miles Vorkosigan novel published by Baen 19 October 2010. [publisher's sample]

"The Vorkosigan Companion", edited by Lillian Stewart Carl - published December 2008. [publisher's sample]

"Diplomatic Immunity", a Miles Vorkosigan novel was published in May 2002. [publisher's sample]

Find earlier Vorkosigan books at the Lois McMaster Bujold page at Baen Books.

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Vor logos I have tried my skills as a Fan Artist and made some Vor Arms or Logos as I imagine that they might look.
Barrayar map I have also tried to be a Fan Mapmaker and made a (very) provisional Map of Barrayar.
Vorkosigan House I have tried my skills as a Fan Artist and made some sketches of Vorkosigan House.

Lois McMaster Bujold's latest Fantasy project is the series "The Sharing Knife".
  1. THE SHARING KNIFE, Vol. 1: Beguilement - published October 2006
    [publisher's sample] Also available as paperback.
     
  2. THE SHARING KNIFE, Vol. 2: Legacy - published June 2007
    [publisher's sample] Also available as paperback.
     
  3. THE SHARING KNIFE, Vol. 3: Passage - published April 2008
    [publisher's sample] Also available as paperback.
     
  4. THE SHARING KNIFE, Vol. 4: Horizon - published February 2009
    [publisher's sample] Also available as paperback.

Lois McMaster Bujold's "Chalion" Fantasy series was first published 2001 - 2005, and the three novels are now also available as paperbacks.
  1. The Curse of Chalion - published in August 2001.
    [publisher's sample].
     
  2. Paladin of Souls - published in September 2003, sequel to "The Curse of Chalion". Winner of Hugo 2004 and Nebula 2005 for "best novel of 2003".
    [publisher's sample]
     
  3. The Hallowed Hunt - published in May 2005, a novel set in the same world as "The Curse of Chalion" and "Paladin of Souls".
    [publisher's sample]

Chalion maps I have tried my skills as a Fan Mapmaker and made some (very) provisional maps of the World of Chalion.

bujold Lois McMaster Bujold's "official" Fan Site is The Bujold Nexus, where you can find more information, a bibliography, Fan Fiction, mailing list information and archives, links, etc.

 

Eric Flint

This section concerns the 1632 series, in which the small town Grantville in West Virginia is moved to Germany of the 30 years war.

Eric Flint has also written other SF and fantasy novels, look for them in the Baen catalog. Some of them are available as free e-books at the The first two novels of his new series "Trails of Glory" have been published by Del Rey.


The 1632 series consists of: 1632

  • 1632, by Eric Flint [free e-book]
  • 1633, by Eric Flint and David Weber [publisher's sample]
  • Ring of Fire (anthology), [publisher's sample]
  • 1634: The Galileo Affair, by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis, published April 2004 [publisher's sample]
  • Grantville Gazette vol. I (anthology), published November 2004 [publisher's sample]
  • Grantville Gazette vol. II (anthology), published March 2006 [publisher's sample]
  • 1634: The Ram Rebellion, by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce, published May 2006 [publisher's sample]
  • 1635: The Cannon Law, by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis, published October 2006 [publisher's sample]
  • Grantville Gazette vol. III (anthology), published January 2007 [publisher's sample]
  • 1634: The Baltic War, by Eric Flint and David Weber, published May 2007 [publisher's sample]
  • 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce, published October 2007 [publisher's sample]
  • Ring of Fire II (anthology), published January 2008 [publisher's sample]
  • Grantville Gazette vol. IV (anthology), published June 2008 [publisher's sample]
  • 1635: The Dreeson Incident, by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce, published December 2008 [publisher's sample]
  • Grantville Gazette vol. V (anthology), published August 2009 [publisher's sample]
  • 1635: The Tangled Web, by Virginia DeMarce, published December 2009 [publisher's sample]
  • 1635: The Eastern Front, by Eric Flint, published October 2010 [publisher's sample]
  • 1636: The Saxon Uprising, by Eric Flint, published April 2011 [publisher's sample]
  • Ring of Fire III (anthology), published July 2011 [publisher's sample]
  • Grantville Gazette vol. VI (anthology), published January 2012 [publisher's sample]
  • 1636: The Kremlin Games, by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett, published June 2012 [publisher's sample]
  • 1635: The Papal Stakes, by Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon, published October 2012 [publisher's sample]
  • 1636: The Devil's Opera, by Eric Flint and David Carrico, published October 2013 [publisher's sample]
  • 1636: Seas of Fortune, by Iver Cooper, published January 2014 [publisher's sample]
  • 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies, by Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon, to be published June 2014 [publisher's sample]
  • 1636: The Viennese Waltz, by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett, to be published November 2014 [publisher's sample] (updated)
  • Grantville Gazette vol. VII (anthology), to be published May 2015
  • A number of upcoming books set in 1635, 1636, etc. written by Eric Flint with several different collaborators.
163x flags I have made a number of suggested flags for East Virginia/New U.S. and the United States of Europe in the 163x series.


ericflint Eric Flint's official web site can be found at www.ericflint.net, where you can find more information, upcoming books, work in progress, etc.
gv-gazette Baen is publishing a 163x series e-magazine called Grantville Gazette. [publisher's sample: vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3, vol. 4, vol. 5, vol. 6, vol. 7, vol. 8, vol. 9, vol. 10, vol. 11, vol. 12, vol. 13, vol. 14, vol. 15, vol. 16, vol. 17, vol. 18, vol. 19, vol. 20, vol. 21, vol. 22, vol. 23, vol. 24, vol. 25, vol. 26, vol. 27, vol. 28, vol. 29, vol. 30, vol. 31, vol. 32, vol. 33, vol. 34, vol. 35, vol. 36, vol. 37, vol. 38, vol. 39, vol. 40, vol. 41, vol. 42, vol. 43, vol. 44, vol. 45, vol. 46, vol. 47, vol. 48, vol. 49, vol. 50, vol. 51, vol. 52, vol. 53, vol. 54, vol. 55 ] [order it here].
ROF Press Ring of Fire Press, publishing reissues of stories and articles that have been serialised in Grantville Gazette.
163x files The ambitious 1632.org site with research material, FAQs, useful links, etc.

 

S. M. Stirling


Emberverse III (The Change II, Rudi's Children)
  • The Golden Princess - published September 2014 [ sample chapters]
  • The Desert and the Blade - to be published September(?) 2015(?) (updated)

A new "Emberverse"/"The Change" series, published by ROC.

It's Change Year 46, two generations after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive.
The children born after the Change and their children are again battling against powers that are not sympathetic to humans and human concerns.

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NEWS:  There will be an "Emberverse" anthology titled "The Change", with short fiction by S. M. Stirling and other authors. To be published June 2015.


Clan of the Claw
  • Exiled: Clan of the Claw, by Harry Turtledove, S.M. Stirling, John Ringo & Jody Lynn Nye, and Michael Z. Williamson - published August 2011 [ publisher's sample]
  • By Tooth and Claw, by S.M. Stirling, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Jody Lynn Nye - to be published April 2015

A new series, each volume with four new linked novellas from best-selling authors, published by Baen Books.

The extinction asteroid didn't strike Earth, and the dinosaurs kept evolving—but so did the mammals, and now itís cold-blooded, magic-using reptiles against the hot-blooded, hot-tempered descendants of cats.

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"The Shadowspawn":

S.M. Stirling's new Urban Fantasy series, published by ROC.

It features "Shadowspawn", an ancient subspecies of Homo sapiens who formed the basis of legends about vampires and werewolves and have been secretly controlling the world for most of the 20th century.

  • Pain and Suffering - a Shadowspawn story, in the antology "Down These Strange Streets", edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, published in October 2011.
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S.M. Stirling's collection of short stories, published by Night Shade Books.

S.M. Stirling's first collection gathers his most interesting and evocative short stories, drawn from the length of his professional career. More than 100,000 words of fiction, including an original story.

Ice, Iron and Gold
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"The Change" (Emberverse II):
  1. The Sunrise Lands - published September 2007 [sample chapters + map]
  2. The Scourge of God - published September 2008 [sample chapters]
  3. The Sword of the Lady - published 25 August 2009 [sample chapters]
  4. The High King of Montival - published September 2010 [sample chapters]
  5. The Tears of the Sun - published September 2011 [10 sample chapters]
  6. Lord of Mountains - published September 2012 [sample chapters]
  7. The Given Sacrifice - published September 2013 [sample chapters]

A series set in the same world as the "Dies the Fire" trilogy, but about 25 years later.

It's a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage—and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition must travel to Nantucket across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

  • A Murder in Eddsford - a murder mystery set in Post-Change Britain, in the antology "Sideways in Crime", published June 2008 by Solaris.
  • Something for Yew - another Rutherston and Bramble mystery, in the anthology "Ice, Iron and Gold" (see above).
  • Ancient Ways - a story set in the area between Don and Volga about 57 years after the Change, in the anthology "Warriors", published in March 2010 by Tor.
  • Pronouncing Doom - a short story set in Mackenzie territory in 1999 in the anthology "Dangerous Women", published in December 2013 by Tor.

Extra 1:  Developments in Britain post-Change Years 1-25 (1998-2023 AD).
Extra 2:  Developments in Oregon post-Change Years 1-22 (1998-2021 AD).
Extra 3:  A tentative genealogy of the Mackenzie/Havel/Larsson families.
Extra 4:  A Google "My Maps" map for the series "The Change".

NEWS:  There will be more "Emberverse" novels after "The Given Sacrifice", probably set a generation later.

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"The Lords of Creation":
  1. The Sky People - published November 2006 [sample chapters]
  2. In the Courts of the Crimson Kings - published March 2008 [sample chapters]

What if Mars and Venus really were inhabitable and inhabited, like in many SF stories from the early sixties and before? In this series Mars and Venus have been terraformed a long time ago and "seeded" with Earth life, including several different human species. On Earth everything is the same until the start of space exploration, but then the cold war turns into a real space race...
"The Sky People" is set on Venus, "In the Courts of the Crimson Kings" on Mars..

  • Swords of Zar-Tu-Kan - a short story featuring Sally Yamashita of the LOC universe, in the anthology "Old Mars" published in October 2013 by Bantam Books.
     
  • Set on a different Mars:  S.M. Stirling's The Jasoom Project - a story featuring John Carter's great-grandson, the grandson of Tars Tarkas, in "Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom" edited by John Joseph Adams, published in February 2012.
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"Dies the Fire" (Emberverse I):
  1. Dies the Fire - published August 2004 [sample chapters]
  2. The Protector's War - published September 2005 [sample chapters]
  3. A Meeting at Corvallis - published September 2006 [sample chapters]

A trilogy set in the world that the island of Nantucket left behind when it became an "Island in the Sea of Time". This world is hit by "The Change" causing electricity, high gas pressures, and fast combustion (including explosives and gunpowder) to stop working.
This is very bad news for the majority of the population, but the books follow some of the survivors and show how different groups choose different ways to adapt to the changed world.

Extra 1:  A page with maps and links for "Dies the Fire".
Extra 2:  A page with maps, flags and links for "The Protector's War".
Extra 3:  A page with maps, flags and links for "A Meeting at Corvallis".

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S.M. Stirling has also written:

A Parallell Worlds/Alternate History novel, published in 2003. The book is set in an alternate world where the Europeans never conquered the Americas, and there is a "gate" between our California and the alternate California.

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Raymond E. Feist's Legends of the Riftwar:
  • Jimmy the Hand - by Raymond E. Feist and S.M. Stirling, first US publication July 2008. [ publisher's sample]

A novel set in Raymond E. Feist's "Riftwar" universe. First published in the UK in 2003, and published July 2008 in the USA by EOS (HarperCollins).

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S.M. Stirling has also written:
  • The Peshawar Lancers [sample chapters]
    An Alternate History novel, set in about 2025 AD in a world that was hit by some comet fragments in 1878, depopulating much of the Northern Hemisphere from Russia to North America. Published in 2002.
  • Shikari in Galveston [sample]
    A novella set in the same universe as "The Peshawar Lancers", published in 2002 in the collection "Worlds That Weren't".
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india-map Here is a map of the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia, where action in "The Peshawar Lancers" take place (97 KB!).

S.M. Stirling has written three "Terminator 2" novels published in 2001 - 2003:
  1. T2 : Infiltrator [sample chapters]
  2. T2 : Rising Storm [sample chapters]
  3. T2: The Future War [sample chapters]

S. M. Stirling is the author of the wonderful "Island in the Sea of Time" trilogy, where the island of Nantucket and the U.S. Coast Guard training ship "Eagle" are thrown back in time to 1250 BC.

The series (first published in 1998 - 2000) consists of:

  1. Island in the Sea of Time [sample chapters]
  2. Against the Tide of Years [sample chapters]
  3. On the Oceans of Eternity [sample chapters]
  • Blood Wolf  - A novelette set in the background of the Nantucket Trilogy. In "The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age", Tor May 2004.
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island-maps   I have made a number of maps of the areas of interest in the "Island in the Sea of Time" trilogy.

stirling S.M. Stirling's official Web-site is www.smstirling.com.
stirling-fan Visit my Unofficial S.M. Stirling Fan Site.
stirling-gr S.M. Stirling Discussion at Yahoo! Groups. Read the list FAQ here.
stirling-appr_fb There is an S.M. Stirling Appreciation Society on Facebook.

 

David Weber

David Weber is best known for his military Science Fiction novels about Honor Harrington. He has also written several other SF and Fantasy Novels.

HH Visit my Homage to Honor Harrington, where you will find some information about Honor Harrington and her universe, and also links to other HH sites.
hhfilk There is a web site with a large collection of Honor Harrington Filksongs (via the Internet Archive).

 

 
More stuff later.   Maybe...
 

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