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The 1632verse IS literature! Toni Says So!
Baen Books publisher ToniWeisskopf has issued a set of teachers' guides including one for the 1632verse: 1632 Teachers' Guide

It is a detailed look at the entire story arc, comprising all the novels, anthologies, and the issues of The Grantville Gazette that have been published to date. The guide is 30 pages long, and covers the first of the novels, 1632 extensively.

I am really quite delighted to see this, both as a reviewer, and truth be told, as an author in the series (I've sold four short stories and one non-fiction article to Eric that are set in the 1632verse) and as a member of the Editorial Board of The Grantville Gazette. This is an exciting way to teach high school students about history, and what is important beyond the lists of years, battles and leaders. The insistence of Eric Flint and the Editorial Board on concentrating on seeing what normal people will do when they are thrust into extraordinary situations is clearly exciting enough to have spawned well over 2 million words to this writing.

My fourth "Grantville" story will appear in the forthcoming Ring of Fire III anthology, and is titled "And the Devil Will Drag You Under." It explores the confluence of musical comedy, Damon Runyon, the Salvation Army, Alcoholics Anonymous and the 17th Century.

Currently, I am working on a couple of sequels to my two "Father von Spee" stories that appeared in Ring of Fire I and II. At the end of 1635 The Cannon Law, the Catholic church has split, with two popes and since the Jesuits swear fealty to the person of the Pope, the Jesuit Order is splitting as well. Father von Spee is right in the middle of it.

Kudos to Toni Weisskopf for seeing the potential of the 1632verse as a tool for instruction.