1636: The China Venture

Eric Flint, Iver Cooper
science fiction, alternate history
1636: The China Venture - Eric Flint, Iver Cooper

The Ring of Fire Series Continues! The United States of Europe finds itself embroiled in international intrigue, as the uptimers attempt to establish an embassy in Ming Dynasty era China.

The newly formed United States of Europe, created by an alliance between the time-displaced Americans from the town of Grantville and the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, decides to send an embassy to the Chinese empire. One of the main purposes of the embassy is to establish trade in order to gain access to critical resources. The mission is a gamble — some might say, a long shot. The Ming dynasty is on the verge of collapse and China’s rulers are suspicious of foreigners.

The mission experiences one setback after another, but presses on. And they gain an important ally along the way: Zheng Zhilong, a former pirate now an admiral for the Ming navy and the head of an extremely wealthy Fujian province trading family. He knows through his Jesuit missionary connections that according to Grantville's history books, the Ming dynasty is in danger, from famines, bandit armies and barbarian invaders. And he is determined that one way or another, he and his family will survive and even prosper.

The embassy is joined as well by a young scholar, who helps them make inroads into China’s complex and often dangerous society. Can the up-timers and their friends persuade the imperial dynasty and its mandarins to establish trade and diplomatic relations with the USE? They have one great asset: their knowledge may be the key to saving China from decades of mass suffering and civil war.

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Release date: September 2019
Genres: science fiction, alternate history
Updated: September 03, 2019

Assiti Shards :: Series

Assiti Shards was previously known as The Ring of Fire.

1632 (Assiti Shards #1)
1633 (Assiti Shards #2)
1634: The Galileo Affair (Assiti Shards #3)
1634: The Ram Rebellion (Assiti Shards #4)
1635: The Cannon Law (Assiti Shards #5)
1634: The Baltic War (Assiti Shards #6)7.00
1634: The Bavarian Crisis (Assiti Shards #7)
1635: The Dreeson Incident (Assiti Shards #8)
1635: The Tangled Web
1635: The Eastern Front (Assiti Shards #9)
1636: The Saxon Uprising (Assiti Shards #10)
1636: The Kremlin Games
1636: Seas of Fortune
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
1636: The Cardinal Virtues
1635: A Parcel of Rogues
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz
1636: The Devil's Opera
1635: The Wars for the Rhine
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught
1636: Mission to the Mughals
The Alexander Inheritance
1636: The Vatican Sanction
1637: The Volga Rules
1635: The Polish Maelstrom
1636: The China Venture
1636: Flight of the Nightingales
1636: The Atlantic Encounter
1637: No Peace Beyond the Line
1636: Calabar's War7.26
1637: The Peacock Throne
1637: Dr. Gribbleflotz and the Soul of Stoner
1637: The Coast of Chaos