Ring of Fire

Return to the Alternate Universe of 1632 and 1633
as the Top Writers of Alternate History and Military SF
Join Forces in the Shared-Universe Volume of the Year

The battle between democracy and tyranny is joined, and the American Revolution has begun over a century ahead of schedule. A cosmic accident has shifted a modern West Virginia town back through time and space to land it and its twentieth century technology in Germany in the middle of the Thirty Years War. History must take a new course as American freedom and democracy battle against the squabbling despots of seventeenth-century Europe.

Continuing the story begun in the hit novels 1632 and 1633, the New York Times best-selling creator of Honor Harrington, David Weber, the best-selling fantasy star Mercedes Lackey, space adventure author K. D. Wentworth, Dave Freer, co-author of the hit novels Rats, Bats & Vats and Pyramid Scheme (both Baen), and Eric Flint himself combine their considerable talents in a shared-universe volume that will be a "must-have" for every reader of 1632 and 1633.

Praise for 1632 and 1633:

"[Eric Flint's 1632 is] a rich complex alternate history with great characters and vivid action. A great read and an excellent book." —David Drake

"[1633 is] thoughtful and exciting . . . highly recommended. . . ." —Publishers Weekly

"[Readers] of Flint's 1632 will see its strengths in its sequel right from the beginning . . . The same formidable historiography, wit . . . intelligently ferocious women, and mouth-watering displays of alternate technology are again on view . . . [many readers] will turn every page and cry for more, which the authors intend to provide." —Booklist

". . . Weber and Flint take historic speculation to a new level in a tale [1633] that combines accurate historical research with bold leaps of the imagination. Fans of alternate history and military sf should enjoy this rousing tale of adventure and intrigue." —Library Journal

Cover Art by Dru Blair

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, January 2004

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Ring of fire / edited by Eric Flint.
  p. cm.
  "A Baen books original"—verso t.p.
  ISBN 0-7434-7175-X
  1. Fantasy fiction, American. 2. Historical fiction, American. 3.
  Germany—History—1618-1648—Fiction. 4. Thirty Years' War,
  1618-1648—Fiction. 5. Americans—Germany—Fiction. 6. West
  Virginia—Fiction. 7. Time travel—Fiction. I. Flint, Eric.
PS648.F3R55 2004

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN-13: 978-0-7434-7175-6
ISBN-10: 0-7434-7175-X

Copyright© 2004 by Eric Flint

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

A Baen Books Original
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P.O. Box 1403
Riverdale, NY 10471

Electronic version by WebWrights

Also in this series:

1632 by Eric Flint
1633 by Eric Flint & David Weber
1634: The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis
(forthcoming April 2004)

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Joe's World series:

The Philosophical Strangler
Forward the Mage (with Richard Roach)
Mother of Demons

The Shadow of the Lion
(with Mercedes Lackey & Dave Freer)

This Rough Magic
(with Mercedes Lackey & Dave Freer)

Rats, Bats & Vats (with Dave Freer)
Pyramid Scheme (with Dave Freer)
The Course of Empire (with K.D. Wentworth)
Crown of Slaves (with David Weber)
The Warmasters (with David Weber and David Drake)

The Belisarius series, with David Drake:

An Oblique Approach
In the Heart of Darkness
Destiny's Shield
Fortune's Stroke
The Tide of Victory

The General series, with David Drake:

The Tyrant