By Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
The Thirty Years conflict maintains to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is amassing energy and impression: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the twentieth century led by means of Mike Stearns who have been hurled centuries into the earlier via a mysterious cosmic twist of fate. encouraged by way of the instance of yank freedom and justice, a flow in Franconia one of the peasants, who've revolted numerous occasions even prior to the coming from the way forward for town of Grantville, an autonomous progressive move has arisen, flying the banner of the pinnacle of a ram. The West Virginians totally approve of releasing the peasants from the the Aristocracy, yet also they are conscious of how progressive activities can result in bloodbaths. And heading off that lethal hazard would require all in their destiny wisdom and all their simple outdated American horse-trading international relations. . . .
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At two o’clock in the morning, Octave chimed the night bell so noisily at the door of his parents that he stirred up the peaceful neighborhood of the Aubettes. ” the gossips asked from one window to another. ” shouted the old servant from the dormer window on the top floor. “It’s me, Octave! . ” After a ten-minute wait, Octave succeeded in entering the house. His mother and his sister Jeanne, having hurriedly come downstairs in their dressing-gowns, were awaiting an explanation of this unexpected visit.
With great prescience, Verne touched on a general collective anxiety that would progressively intensify as tensions between Germany and France eventually ballooned into World War I and, later, into World War II. As Schultze brags about his weapon system, he is also delineating the modus operandi of Stahlstadt itself, which might be seen as more “thanatopia” than dystopia. It is a city pushed toward a kind of nuclear winter avant la lettre rather than world domination. Verne’s worst fears about 1960 Paris are magnified into a diabolical empire firmly based in the realities of the day.
1634: The Ram Rebellion (The Assiti Shards) by Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce