Eric Flint, Editor, James Baen, Editor . Baen $23 (528p) ISBN 978-0-7434-7175-6

Readers who enjoyed editor Flint's novels (1632 ; 1633 ) of a West Virginia town transported by a black hole back in time to Germany during the Thirty Years War will appreciate how neatly the other authors' tales in this strong anthology dovetail with Flint's series. For instance, the aging hippie of Mercedes Lackey's "To Dye For" has already played an important role in 1633 . Other stories lead into Flint's forthcoming novel, The Galileo Affair , while still others provide major plot threads for this volume's concluding novella, Flint's "The Wallenstein Gambit." Following their editor's lead, individual contributors concentrate less on the impact that the displaced Americans' technology makes than on how their ideas—and ideals—inspire those newly exposed to them. Thus we see a young priest embracing the ideas of a Vatican Council over 300 years in his future as a solution to the sectarian violence of his era (Andrew Dennis's "Between the Armies"), while young Germans take to baseball as a means of pushing themselves beyond themselves (Deann Allen and Mike Turner's "American Past Time"). Flint and his followers never forget that history is more than just kings and heroes. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 01/05/2004
Release date: 01/01/2004
Mass Market Paperbound - 722 pages - 978-1-4165-0908-0
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