1635: The Eastern Front (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint

By Eric Flint

Exchange background grasp Eric Flint returns to most sensible shape with an epic addition to the a number of New York occasions best-selling Ring of fireside series.  A cosmic twist of fate units the fashionable city of Grantville, West Virginia, down in war-torn 17th century Europe and a brand new country is forged.  Now after carving a spot for itself one of the suffering powers of Western Europe, Grantville needs to throw up its jap bulwarks opposed to darkish Age domination. however the problem for the down-time jap eu horde is simply as nice: the way to move slowly out of a deeper feudal shadow than any within the west–and step into the sunshine of freedom. 
About Eric Flint’s Ring of fireside series:
“This exchange background sequence is…a landmark…”—Booklist
“[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe appears to be like inspiring an entire new crop of talented exchange historians.”—Booklist
“…reads like a technothriller set within the age of the Medicis…”—Publishers Weekly
“…each new access appears to be like higher than the former one, a likely very unlikely feat…terrific.”—Midwest publication Review
“[C]ombines exact historic learn with daring leaps of the imagination.”—Library Journal

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Rather to his surprise, he found that he could. He felt quite contented, in a dazed, stupid kind of way. He knew dimly that the rescue ship must have come, that the automatic revival sequence had been triggered, and that soon he would be seeing other human beings. That was fine, but he did not get excited about it. Presently he felt hunger. The computer, of course, had anticipated this need. "There is a signal button by your right hand, Dave. " Bowman forced his fingers to hunt around, and presently discovered the pear-shaped bulb.

Pumping sequence started," repeated Hal. At once, Poole could hear the throbbing of the pumps as precious air was sucked out of the lock chamber. " Poole made a final check of his tiny instrument panel. Everything was perfectly normal. "Open outer door," he ordered. " and the computer would stop the sequence immediately. Ahead, the walls of the ship slid apart. Poole felt the pod rock briefly as the last thin traces of air rushed into space. Then he was looking out at the stars – and, as it happened, at the tiny, golden disk of Saturn, still four hundred million miles away.

Below this was a small "space-garage" fitted with three airlocks, through which powered capsules, just large enough to hold a man, could sail out into the void if the need arose for extravehicular activity. The equatorial region of the pressure sphere – the slice, as it were, from Capricorn to Cancer – enclosed a slowly rotating drum, thirty-five feet in diameter. As it made one revolution every ten seconds, this carrousel or centrifuge produced an artificial gravity equal to that of the Moon. This was enough to prevent the physical atrophy which would result from the complete absence of weight, and it also allowed the routine functions of living to be carried out under normal – or nearly normal – conditions.

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