When Grantville, West Virginia was transported back to the year 1631 - in the middle of the Thirty Years' War, less - many things happened. Many opportunities arose. It's said that a rising tide lifts all boats. Perhaps t quite as high as the Barbie Consortium rose, however.
Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with over three million books in print. He's the author/creator of the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius alternate Roman history series, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634 The Baltic War and latest New York Times best selling Honorverse series entry, Cauldron of Ghosts. Flint was for many years a labor union activist.