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In the time of the ancients the universe was united—but that was far in the past. Now only broken artifacts remain. A few humans known as Makers can reshape these into their original uses. But chaos rules. Now Pal, a youth from the sticks, has come to become a Champion. In his rural home Pal has been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the ancients. He’s about to learn how far he has to go, and what he must sacrifice to become a true Champion.

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Twenty pulse-pounding, mind-bending tales of science fiction, twisted metaphysics, and supernatural wonder from the two-time World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Award winning author of The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides.

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Here gathered together for the first time are the best of the best of the first decade of the Jim Baen Memorial Award. Winners and runners-up whose stories dared imagine a bright future in which humankind has shaken off the shackles of gravity and moved into that limitless realm known as “outer space.”

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The long period of civil unrest known as the Frontier Rebellion has come to an end. But for former Rebel highjacker Culihan O’Rourke, peace will not last long. The aliens known as the Moldaugs have returned from their long absence. But Cully O’Rourke has faced down long odds before—and he’s not one to give up his home without a fight.

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The long‑feared attack on Austria by the Ottoman Empire has begun. Armed with new weapons inspired by the time‑displaced Americans of Grantville, the Turks are determined to do what they were unable to do in the universe the Americans came from: capture Vienna.

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When the world’s richest man is the victim of a car bomb, the attack is attributed to terrorists and the world moves on. But some still wonder. Was Manuel Colibri targeted because he was about to make the dream that people alive today can live to be one thousand come true?

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Inspired by the American up-timers, Russian serfs are rebelling. Meanwhile, Czar Mikhail has escaped house arrest and is making his way by dirigible to the village of Ufa, where he intends to set up a government-in-exile. The path is dangerous—for the serfs as well as the czar. But it could be that a new wind of liberty is about to blow three centuries early—and change Mother Russia forever.

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Despite unprecedented victories on the part of humanity, the war with the alien Chiata Horde drags on. Meanwhile, Alexander Moore’s daughter, Deanna Moore, now known by the callsign “Phoenix,” wages a personal war on the alien menace.

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Turns out, humanity is far from alone in the galaxy—and our future may depend on one man discovering a strange secret on the tin, egg-shaped moon of Methonē. The only question is, will he get there in time?

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In this month’s free short story “Sufficient Unto the Day” Tim Powers treats us to a Thanksgiving meal unlike any other. Which got us thinking: What famous family from science fiction or fantasy would you like to join for a traditional holiday meal and why? Let us know in a short paragraph (100 words of fewer) for a chance to win a signed copy of Powers’ short story collection Down and Out in Purgatory.

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Baen Books and Gen Con Writer’s Symposium Announce Winner of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

Fantasy writing awards given out at the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium.

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2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists Announced

Baen announces the ten finalists for this year’s Baen Fantasy Adventure Award.

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A new reader guide filled with interesting and provocative questions and notes is now available for Lois McMaster Bujold’s latest entry in her legendary Vorkosigan saga, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. It’s a great way to get discussion started for your book club or online reading group. And it’s also wonderful way to deepen the pleasure of . . . did we say there’s a new entry in the Vorkosigan saga!

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Ryk E. Spoor is the coauthor, with New York Times best seller Eric Flint, of the popular Threshold series of science fiction novels, including Castaway Odyssey. Spoor's solo novels for Baen include Paradigms Lost, the Grand Central Arena series, with latest entry Challenges of the Deeps, and epic fantasy Balanced Sword trilogy, with latest entry Phoenix Ascendant. “On-Site for the Apocalypse” is set within the world of Ryk’s comic, serious and wonderful “nice-guy-gamer-geek-turned-magical-girl” novel Princess Holy Aura, out in December 2017. Ryk’s website can be found here.


On-Site for the Apocalypse
Ryk E. Spoor

Chapter 1.

The screaming alarm cut through the soothing hiss of the shower like a bucket of razor-sharp shards of glacial ice. Dana Kisaragi jumped, cursed, yanked the curtain aside while blinking through a trickling mask of stinging shampoo, grabbed a towel to get the worst of the water off one hand, and then snatched up the phone that – per regulations – had to be within ten feet of her person at all times. "Kisaragi."

"Conference with Central, five minutes," said the coldly anonymous voice of Directives. The line immediately went dead.









Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over forty years, a war gamer for over fifty, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer. Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC).




Grid Wars:
Innovation, Feuds, Rivalry, and Revenge in the Never-ending Battle to Electrify America and the Planet
Jim Beall

The grid, acclaimed by some as “the supreme engineering achievement of the Twentieth century”, was actually born on September 4, 1882, when Thomas Alva Edison closed a switch, sending electrical power from a building at 257 Pearl Street to fifty-nine customers in downtown New York City. That initial service area covered about one-quarter square mile in area and was chosen because, in addition to residences and businesses, it contained influential newspapers and major financial institutions whose support he would need to expand operations. The power was generated by a coal-fired engine driving a massive, twenty-seven-ton dynamo developed by Edison. He named it "Jumbo" after the famous elephant displayed by P. T. Barnum for the first time in Madison Square Garden five months earlier less than four miles away.














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