March 24, 2016—Wake Forest, NC: After more than fifteen years and twenty novels, author Eric Flint confessed, in a phone conversation with Baen staff early this morning, that his ongoing and much-beloved series is all “an elaborate fiction, and not in the sense that I made it up and wrote it down.”
“None of it’s actually happening,” said Mr. Flint, speaking from his Indiana home. “Really, I thought after all these years someone would have caught on.” Mr. Flint went on to explain how everything that happens in the series is part of an elaborate dream experienced by protagonist Mike Stearns. “There was an accident—a mining accident—and Mike’s been in a coma for several years now. That’s how a union organizer finds himself in control of all these people. It’s wish-fulfillment at its finest.” This evinced a sensible chuckle, Mr. Flint was a labor union organizer himself for many years.
Fans needn’t worry, however. When asked if he planned to continue writing the series now that the cat was out of the bag, Mr. Flint responded enthusiastically, “Of course! But this changes everything, doesn’t it? Now that we know it’s a dream, you can expect the people of Grantville to turn up in the seventh century, hell, maybe even the thirty-seventh century.”
Mr. Flint’s next novel, tentatively titled 1066 And All That, will be released in 2017 with co-authors William the Conqueror and Harold Godwinson