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France, alternate 1636: After twenty years of waiting, an heir to the throne is about to be born. But there are those with eyes on the crown who would see the young prince’s life cut off before it begins.

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The chicks in chainmail are back, and they will not be oppressed, repressed, or depressed! All new adventures of fearless women warriors by Eric Flint, Harry Turtledove, Jody Lynn Nye, Wen Spencer, and many more, including the inimitable Esther Friesner herself!

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Through the portal lie other worlds—a multitude of universes, each with its own riches. But so far, no intelligent life has been found. Until now. For it seems there is intelligent life—human life—with terrifying new weapons and powers of the mind.

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The future isn’t always bright. Forces at home and abroad conspire to constrain freedom and liberty. Fortunately, there are those willing to fight back. Includes Endgame Enigma and the Prometheus Award winning Voyage from Yesteryear.

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With the mainland overrun with zombies, what was once a band of desperate survivors bobbing on a dark Atlantic ocean has now become Wolf Squadron, humanity's last hope for salvation.

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Carrera has driven the Tauran Union from his adopted country. But that’s not enough. To finish his enemies once and for all, he needs to draw them back for a final, crushing defeat.

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Caine Riordan has come through fire unfazed. Now, on a diplomatic mission to the very alien worlds of the Slaasriithi, Caine must nurture a crucial alliance for the fledgling Consolidated Terran Republic. But Caine isn’t the only one journeying into the unknown reaches of Slaasriithi space. A renegade group with the intention to destroy humanity’s hopes for a quick alliance is on his trail. Caine Riordan must once again step into the fire. Sequel to Nebula award nominated Trial by Fire.

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From multiple New York Times best selling author David Weber and #1 New York Times best selling author Timothy Zahn. NEW ENTRY IN BEST-SELLING SERIES. Book #2 in the Manticore Ascendant series, set in David Weber's Honorverse.

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Best-selling alternate history master Robert Conroy returns to World War II, this time for a dangerous last stand of the Nazis in the heart of the Alps.

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FANTASY AWARD FINALISTS

Baen Books announces the finalists for the 2015 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award.

The contest recognizes the short story entries that best exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and great storytelling in a work of short fiction with a fantastic setting.

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Year’s Best Voting

You be the judge! One story from The Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera will be chosen via proctored on-line voting as the reader’s favorite, with an inscribed plaque and cash award to the author to be presented at Dragoncon in Atlanta in September 2015.

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In honor of Chicks and Balances, we’re asking you to send us your original jokes, written in the spirit of the Chicks in Chainmail series. No, not puniest! We don’t have any patience for wimps around these parts. The punniest. As in puns.

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Larry Correia, the multiple New York Times best-selling author of the Monster Hunter International series, presents the first installment in a groundbreaking epic fantasy series, Son of the Black Sword. Watch the trailer, read an excerpt from a short story set in this exciting new universe, explore the world of the novel, and more here.

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Robert Buettner worked as an international lawyer for the Marathon Oil Company. His life experiences inform this story, but only the ridiculous parts are true. During the early 1970s Muammar Khaddafi’s Revolutionary Command Council overthrew the Libyan monarchy, nationalized the oil holdings of companies including Marathon, and tried to use the proceeds to buy H-bombs from China. Those events rapidly precipitated the greatest transfer of wealth in human history, from the industrial democracies of the West to the Middle East’s Islamic theocracies. The echoes of those upheavals continue to shape world headlines today. Robert knows where Big Oil has hidden the 100 MPG carburetor, but if he told you he would have to kill your hybrid.


The 100 MPG Carburetor and
Other Self-Evident Truths

by Robert Buettner

“Rathole? They better not still be making rathole!” MacRoy shook his head, leaned back in his chair and blew cigar smoke toward the three of us seated around his conference room’s table. He said to Faris, “That’s a misprint. Can’t you goddam read?”

Opposite MacRoy Faris, MacRoy’s drilling operations vice president, ran his finger across the perforated newsprint Morning Report telex. The report came from a drilling rig in the Libyan desert, five time zones east of us. In Libya, it was still May 10, 1970, which was good. However, despite the report’s title, in Libya it was no longer morning, which was very bad.

Faris cleared his throat. “No misprint, Hugh. They haven’t made an inch below twenty-one feet since yesterday.”

Shade and I, facing each other between MacRoy and Faris, swiveled our heads from Faris back to MacRoy like we were tennis spectators.

MacRoy lurched forward, slapped his hands against his mahogany tabletop. “Well won’t that be about the best Mother’s Day present Colonel Khaddafi ever got? And a goddam catastrophe for us!” MacRoy’s cheeks flared Canadian bacon pink and he shook his head. “That sneaky midget goat rapist.”


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David B. Coe is the author of many fantasy and contemporary fantasy novels and stories. His contemporary fantasy series The Case Files of Justin Fearsson begins with Spell Blind, and continues with latest entry His Father's Eyes. Coe lives with his wife, Nancy Berner, and their two daughters in Sewanee, Tennessee.


New Moon Wolf

by David B. Coe

The silence between my dad and me drowned out the rumble of the pickup’s engine and the crunch of gravel and sand beneath our tires. He rocked in his seat with the bouncing of the truck, his sun-spotted hands resting on his thighs, hot wind from the open window tousling his white hair. His eyes, the same shade of gray as mine, but glassy, were trained on the washboarded track before us. I wondered how much of what he saw actually reached him.

This camping trip had struck me as a good idea when first I thought of it. My father needed a change of scenery from his trailer and the small, dusty plot of land surrounding it. I was eager to escape the Phoenix traffic and the perpetual cloud of brown smog that hung over the city. And as owner, president, and principal investigator for Justis Fearsson Investigations, Inc., I could take time off whenever I wanted. As long as I was willing to sacrifice the income. And I was; I needed a break. A few days in Sonoran Desert National Monument would do us both some good.

I knew the risks when I made the arrangements. Only now, though, confronted with the reality of Dad in the midst of one of his unresponsive episodes, did I allow myself to contemplate what it might be like to be alone with him for two days if he spent the entire time halfway catatonic.

My dad had been a burned-out old weremyste for about as long as I had been casting spells. For three nights out of every month, for upwards of fifty years, he had endured moon phasings, descending into psychosis even as his magic strengthened beyond his control. Each night of each phasing was both unnervingly unique—the pull of the moon fueling new delusions and hallucinations—and numbingly familiar. I knew this, because I had been enduring phasings of my own for more than fifteen years. And eventually they would leave me as addled and insane as they had my father.


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David Drake's books include the genre-defining and bestselling Hammers Slammers series, the RCN series including What Distant Deeps, In the Stormy Red Sky, The Road of Danger, and many more.

The Hunter Returns is created with the original novel Fire-Hunter by Jim Kjelgaard, along with additional material authored by David Drake. Kjelgaard is the creator of celebrated middle grade and young adult books which display themes such as honor, loyalty, courage, and perseverance. His novel Wolf Brother is the winner of the Spur Award of the Western Writers of America. His Big Red, which won the Boys Life Award in 1948, also became a beloved Disney movie.



Slaughtering Early Humans
for Fun and (a Slight) Profit

by David Drake

This essay describes how and why I wrote my parts of The Hunter Returns. It has lots of spoilers in it. I don't think what I say will keep you from enjoying a really fun book, but be warned.

The Hunter Returns owes its genesis to the fact that Jim Kjelgaard’s estate was represented by a very clever agent, Eleanor Wood. Jim Baen and I both were big fans of Kjelgaard’s YA (Young Adult) novels when we were growing up, but the one that had the greatest impact on Jim was Fire-Hunter, which I hadn’t read. For Jim it was one of the two books which he believes were the most formative on him. (The other was Against the Fall of Night, by the way.)

Eleanor learned this—and offered the book to Jim for reprint. He took it, though Fire-Hunter only marginally fits within an SF line: the novel describes the adventures of Hawk, a Paleolithic youth, who’s expelled from his tribe for innovation. Hawk not only survives but flourishes; at the conclusion, the wretched remnants of his former tribe beg to be allowed to join him.

After Jim took Fire-Hunter, he called me. A YA in 1951 was 40,000 words. That wasn’t long enough to publish as a mass-market paperback in 1991. Jim asked me to bulk the book up to 65K. I agreed because it sounded interesting; because I too had loved Kjelgaard; and because Jim was a very good friend (and remains so in my memory).

Fire-Hunter has an episodic structure. After Hawk is expelled (for inventing the atlatl, the spear-thrower), he goes from strength to strength by taming dogs, inventing the bow and arrow, moving into a cave instead of living a nomadic life, inventing arrow poison, inventing pottery—well, you get the idea.










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