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Literary World Mourns Author Eric Flint’s Death at 75


It’s with the deepest sadness and a heavy heart we inform you of Eric Flint’s death at the age of 75. The heartbreaking news was shared on social media on July 18, 2022.

John Scalzi shared the devastating news of Eric Flint’s death on Twitter, writing, “Hearing from sources I consider reliable that author Eric Flint has passed away.”

He continued: “What a loss for science fiction and fantasy, and especially for alternate history, where he wrote the book on the genre with his 1632 series. He was always kind and decent, and I admired him. RIP.”

 Author Eric Flint’s Death at 75.

Eric Flint was born on February 6, 1947, in Burbank, California. He was an author, editor, and e-publisher. The majority of Eric’s main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also wrote humorous fantasy adventures.

His works have been listed on The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Locus magazine best-seller lists. Eric was co-founder and editor of the Baen Free Library.

He worked on a Ph.D. in history specializing in southern African history. Flint left his doctoral program to become a political activist in the labor movement.

A long-time leftist political activist, Eric also worked as a member of the Socialist Workers Party. In 1999, Eric published his first novel in 1997 and moved to full-time writing after winning the 1993 Writers of the Future contest.

Shortly afterward, Flint became the 1st librarian of the Baen Free Library and a prominent anti-copy protection activist. Flint edited the works of several classic SF authors, repackaging their short stories into collections and fix-up novels.

After the passing of Jim Baen because of a stroke and after completing the contract for the tenth Grantville Gazette, Eric founded a new website “grantvillegazette.com.”

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Eric Flint’s Death Breaks Hearts

Eric Flint’s death was announced by several sources, but his cause of death has not been announced at this time. Baen Books’ official Twitter account also confirmed the sad news.

In 2008, Eric donated his great archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University. Eric was also the author guest of honor for the 2010 NASFiC, ReConStruction.

Flint participated in The Stellar Guild series published by Phoenix Pick. Eric was noted as a co-founder and editor of the Baen Free Library.

Author Eric Flint's death was announced by several sources.

To date, 6 of his books have been included on The New York Times Best Seller list. Cauldron of Ghosts was listed on The Washington Post Best-Selling Books list for Hardcover Fiction.

Almost all of Eric’s books are listed on the various Locus Bestsellers Lists with some titles listed several times and even reaching the top spot for the month.

He was awarded the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award primarily for his River of War series. Eric received a Special Sidewise Award for Alternate History for his encouragement of the genre of alternate history through his notable support of the community and writers developed around his 1632 series.

After the devastating news of Eric Flint’s death was announced, many fans and friends shared their condolences and paid touching tributes to the great author.

Kevin J Anderson wrote: “A terrible blow. Eric Flint passed away this morning. He single-handedly created an army of padawans and coauthors who went on to have remarkable careers of their own.”

He continued: “He came across as a curmudgeon, but was one of the kindest and most knowledgeable guys I knew. I am devastated.”

Mary Robinette Kowal said that Eric was a prolific and talented writer, and he cared passionately about the people in the field.

Baen Books tweeted: “It is with a heavy heart we share the news that Eric Flint has died. We will have an official statement to come, but for now, we mourn the loss of one of the finest writers in the genre, a generous colleague and mentor, and a dear friend.

Sean CW Korsgaard said that Flint was one of the most prolific speculative fiction authors, with a life story just as inspiring as his work. He added that Eric’s impact on genre fiction, alternate history, and the careers of countless authors he inspired and mentored, is hard to measure.

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