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Eric Flint

Eric Flint
Born (1947-02-06) February 6, 1947
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Novelist, short story author, editor, e-publisher
Genre Science fiction, Fantasy, Alternate History
Notable works 1632

Eric Flint (born 1947) is an American author, editor, and e-publisher. The majority of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures. His works has been listed on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Locus Magazine best seller lists.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Electronic publishing 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • Reception of his published works 5
  • Awards and honors 6
  • Notes and references 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Born in 1947 in California, Flint worked on a Ph.D. in history specializing in southern African history. He left his doctoral program in order to become a political activist in the labor movement and supported himself from that time until age 50 in a variety of jobs, including longshoreman, truck driver, and Socialist Workers Party.[1]


After winning the 1993 Writers of the Future contest, he published his first novel in 1997 and moved to full-time writing in 1999.

Shortly afterwards, he became the first librarian of the Baen Free Library and a prominent anti-copy protection activist.[2][3] He has edited the works of several classic SF authors, repackaging their short stories into collections and fix-up novels. This project has met commercial success, and has returned several out-of-print authors to print.

In 2004, faced with a persistent drain on his time[4] by fan-fiction authors seeking comment on the four years old 1632 Tech Manual web forum focused on his 1632 series, he suggested[4] to Jim Baen the experimental serialized fan-fiction e-zine The Grantville Gazette which also found commercial success.[4] Four of the Gazette magazine editions were collated into anthology formats, bought by Jim Baen and brought out in either hardcover or paperback or both formats, though the last purchased[5] remains unpublished. Subsequently, Flint became editor of the new Jim Baen's Universe science-fiction e-zine while concurrently remaining a creative writer bringing out three to five titles per year. After the death of Jim Baen due to a stroke and after completing the contract for the tenth Grantville Gazette, Flint founded a new website ""[6] which is not only continuing to bring out The Grantville Gazettes, but increasing the publishing rate from four per year to bimonthly while paying better than standard magazine pay rates and is modeled on the JBU e-zine.

As of October 2007 he lives with his wife Lucille (also an ex-labor organizer) in East Chicago, Indiana.

In 2008, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[7]

Flint is the author guest of honor for the 2010 NASFiC, ReConStruction.[8]

He is also participating in The Stellar Guild series published by Phoenix Pick. The series pairs bestselling authors such as Flint with lesser known authors in science fiction and fantasy to help provide additional visibility to them.

Electronic publishing

Eric Flint is noted as the editor of the Baen Free Library which is an ongoing experiment in electronic publishing (e-books in multiple unencrypted formats) where Flint and the late Jim Baen convinced authors 1 to post entirely unprotected free copies of various works for download over the internet. One early goal was to see if the release of free electronic content would increase the sales of their traditional print or (for-pay) electronic editions. As part of the initial phase, Flint has published a series of essays that in form have been part blog and part letters to the editor tracking the experiment and championing the practice.

Financially, it seems to be working out for publisher Baen Books, as they have embraced unencrypted e-book publication for all their works available in a variety of common formats. Usually eighty to a hundred titles are available in the Baen Free Library at any given time. In most cases, the works involved are the early volumes in continuing series, appetite whetters, where readers might be likely to purchase later works in the same series.

All new Baen Books can also be purchased as e-books in the same unencrypted formats as the free library through Baen WebScriptions. As an added wrinkle one can purchase a monthly collection of five bundled works in the release stage of publication at Baen's. Once the bundle reaches four months from its scheduled release date in print, about half of the work is serialized and available to readers purchasing the advanced peek. A month later, the next quarter, followed by the last quarter, available about a month on average ahead of any printed work. The last delivery contains the copyedited e-book version of the book.

One can also purchase electronic Advanced Reader Copies (or eARCs) which are not a part of the foregoing monthly bundle, but are individually available for purchase. These followed a successful experiment with an online eMagazine, called the Grantville Gazette (More below—see 1632 series). The eARCs is an unproofed manuscript and is guaranteed to be full of typos and errors. It is pretty much raw from the author's word processor; however, they are fully available even before the first part of the monthly bundles. eARCs do not include the final proofed version. For the final version you would have to buy the single or monthly bundle for that book. In March 2007, Flint began acting as publisher of a for-fee web-access version of the Gazette.

Flint also helmed Jim Baen's Universe (JBU), an e-zine published from 2006 until 2010.


Reception of his published works

To date, six of his books have been included on the New York Times Best Seller list. These books are 1634: The Galileo Affair (2004),[9][10] 1634: The Baltic War (2007),[11][12] 1634: The Bavarian Crisis (2007),[13] 1636: The Kremlin Games (2013),[14] Torch of Freedom (2009),[15] and Cauldron of Ghosts (2014).[16]

1635: The Papal Stakes (2012),[17] The Crucible of Empire (2010),[18] and Threshold (2010)[19] were listed on the Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Books list for Hardcover Science Fiction.

Cauldron of Ghosts (2014)[20] was listed on the Washington Post Best-Selling Books list for Hardcover Fiction.

Almost all of Flint's books sold well enough to get listed on the various the Locus (magazine) Bestsellers Lists with some titles listed multiple times and a few even reached the top spot for the month.[21][22][23]

Awards and honors

Flint was awarded the 2008 Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award for primarily for his River of War series.[24]

Notes and references

  1. ^ Flint, Eric. "Eric Flint’s place on the web: biography". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Introducing the Baen Free Library (and other columns in the collection)". 
  3. ^ "The Editor's Page October 2006". Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  4. ^ a b c Flint, Eric, ed. (2004-11-01). "Preface".  
  5. ^ Flint, Eric and various others. "Preface".  
  6. ^ "grantville-gazette-on-line-going-pro-going-bi-monthly/#more-317". Retrieved 2007-10-17. The Grantville Gazette, which Jim Baen and I began as an experiment, has proven to be a very successful venture in electronic publishing. Successful enough, in fact, that beginning with Volume 11 we will doing the following: 1. We’re raising the pay rates for the authors. Up until now, the pay rates for the Gazette have only been semi-pro rates. Beginning with Volume 11, we’ll be paying rates that meet—exceed, in fact—the minimum rates set by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. SFWA is and has been for decades the recognized professional association for science and  
  7. ^ Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection, Northern Illinois University
  8. ^  
  9. ^ "Hardcover Fiction".  
  10. ^ "Hardcover Fiction".  
  11. ^ "Hardcover Fiction".  
  12. ^ "Hardcover Fiction".  
  13. ^ "Hardcover Fiction".  
  14. ^ "Hardcover Fiction".  
  15. ^ "Hardcover Fiction".  
  16. ^ "Hardcover Fiction".  
  17. ^ "Best-Selling Books, Week Ended Oct. 28; With data from Nielsen BookScan".  
  18. ^ "Best-Selling Books, Week Ended Feb. 28; With data from Nielsen BookScan".  
  19. ^ "Best-Selling Books, Week Ended June 20; With data from Nielsen BookScan".  
  20. ^ "Michael Lewis's 'Flash Boys' remains at No. 1, Lee Child's 'Never Go Back' also at No. 1".  
  21. ^ "Locus Bestsellers, July 2004".  
  22. ^ "Locus Bestsellers, November 2005".  
  23. ^ "Locus Bestsellers, December 2005".  
  24. ^ "Coger Memorial Hall of Fame". Darrell Awards. 

External links

  • Author's website- Home Page
  • Baen catalog of Flint's work
  • Prime Palaver essays, most discussing copy protection and Baen's e-policies, a topic taken up again in the dedicated column in Jim Baen's Universe e-zine:
  • Salvos Against Big Brother, Flint's essays against DRM and copyrights in Jim Baen's Universe magazine.
  • Editor's column (bimonthly) at Jim Baen's Universe.
  • Eric Flint at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  • SciFan bibliography
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