The new United States in central Germany launches a one-plane raid on Paris. The target: their arch-enemy, Cardinal Richelieu. Mike Steams decides to send a mercenary company to rescue an ambassador from India, held captive in Austria. But the two 17th century officers in command, an Englishman and a Irishman, spend as much time fighting each other as they do the enemy. Mike Spehar's "Collateral Damage" and Chris Weber's "The Company Men" are just two of the stories contained in this second volume of "Grantville Gazette". Among several other stories in this volume is a complete novel by new alternate history star Danita Ewing, "An Invisible War", the new United States founds a medical school in Jena despite resistance from up-timers and down-timers alike. This second volume of "Grantville Gazette" also contains articles exploring the technical background for the 1632 series, including articles on practical geology, telecommunications, and seventeenth-century swordsmanship.
Eric Flint's impressive first novel, Mother of Demons (Baen), was selected by SF Chronicle as one of the best novels of 1997. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, including the new novel The Dance of Time, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633, a novel in the Ring of Fire series, and on Crown of Slaves, a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly. Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.