It’s September and that means students around the nation are returning to school. They’ll be taking notes, working out math problems, and reading the classics. Which got us thinking: What 21st century work of science fiction or fantasy do you think deserves to be taught in schools? Let us know your pick and why in a short paragraph (<100 words) for a chance to win a copy of The Span of Empire, signed by authors Eric Flint and David Carrico.
Baen Books Offers Pinbeam Books Ebooks
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Baen Books announces an agreement with Pinbeam Books to offer fifteen ebooks and ebook story collections by Liaden Universe® creators Sharon Lee and Steve Miller on the Baen Ebooks web site.
Baen Books Announces Second Annual Year's Best Military & Adventure SF Reader's Choice Award
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Baen Books congratulates David Drake on winning the second annual Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Reader’s Choice Award. Drake won for his short story “Save What You Can.”
2016 BAEN FANTASY ADVENTURE AWARD WINNERS
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Baen Books is pleased to announce Shawn Snider as the grand prize winner of the 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for short fiction.
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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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Peter Nealen is a former Recon Marine, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and something of an aspiring renaissance man (emphasis on aspiring). He reads extensively across genres and subject matter, in an effort to prove that yes, grunts can in fact read. And even write. He has written both fiction and nonfiction, primarily on military subjects. He is the author of the American Praetorians thriller series, the Jed Horn supernatural thriller series, and the recent paramilitary thriller Kill Yuan. This story marks his first time writing in another author's sandbox, in cooperation with Mike Kupari, coauthor of the Dead Six series. This story is set within the world of the Dead Six series by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari, and within the time frame of the third book in the series, Alliance of Shadows. It is part one of a two part story series.
Rock, Meet Hard Place (Part 1)
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician in the U.S. Air Force, Mike Kupari also served six years in the Army National Guard. He grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and enlisted at the age of seventeen. He has worked as a security contractor with several firms, did a tour in Southwest Asia with a private military company, and is an NRA certified firearms instructor. Mike is recently returned from his second active duty overseas with the U.S. Air Force. His first solo novel is Her Brother's Keeper. He is also the author, with Larry Correia, of military adventure novels Dead Six, Swords of Exodus, and Alliance of Shadows. This story is set in the world of the Dead Six series and within the time frame of the third book in the series, Alliance of Shadows. This story is part two of a two-part story series.
Jimunaizhen, North China
“Target is moving.”
I took my hand off the sand sock that I had crammed up under the bolt gun's buttstock and picked up the phone. “Roger,” I said, holding it up to my face, without taking my eye off the scope. Cell phones, even in this shithole, got lost in the traffic a lot more easily than tac radios.
“You know, I think I am going to get that Maserati,” J.D. said. He was sitting at the table beside me, his own eye on the spotting scope. “It's just nicer than the Beemer.”
Rock, Meet Hard Place (Part 2)
Quiet, unsettling quiet, descended on Shahinyan Street as the firefight abruptly ceased. The last of the Russians was dead, but more would be coming. Even in a war-torn hellhole, a firefight between groups of foreigners in broad daylight warranted investigation. The locals would show up sooner or later, and Antoine and I weren’t equipped to fight off a platoon of pissed-off Armenians by ourselves.
We didn’t have a lot of time. We’d been able to track the Americans back to their hidey-hole, a house in a ruined neighborhood on the outskirts of town, but those damned Russian mercenaries had shown up again. I had guessed that the Russian mercs were working with the Americans, and that they were all working for the Montalban Exchange, but then the Russians started shooting at the Americans and that theory went right out the window.
Shawn Snider, who hails from Virginia in the United States of America, is the 2016 first place winner of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. This is a contest held annually open to fantasy short stories that best exemplify the heroic, epic, and adventurous spirit of the greatest fantasy, past and present. More information and a list of the other winners can be found here.
The Lavender Paladin
Baen Books is proud to present a new epic poem, serialized in ten parts. Written by celebrated poet Frederick Turner, Apocalypse examines the effects of catastrophic climate change—and the men and women who do whatever it takes to save the planet.
Nia was too big to cling to her mother's skirts, but she couldn't help lurking in her shadow. She wasn't sure what to make of the travelers Mama had invited to spend the night.
Kwambo, the big one in lavender armor, stood guard by the window. She'd seen knights before, just never this close. Were they all so serious? His armor smelled funny. Like dirt and oil and rust.
The man sitting on the floor, Astonaris, was different. She'd never seen skin as light as polished olive wood. Nor hair so straight and silken. Her fingers itched to touch it, to feel if his rich brown locks were as soft as they looked. But his eyes were scary. They were white all over.
This week’s installment of Apocalypse marks the final portion of Apocalypse: an Epic Poem. We hope you have enjoyed this wonderful science fiction epic by a major poet of our times. The entire poem in ebook form will be available soon.
Book 10. Wood and Water
Can the primal forces of hell be harnessed to fuel the hopes of humankind? If the dark star is not only a destroyer but also a preserver of all the past, can past crimes be redeemed—even the murder of an angel—and past joy recovered?
It’s the Big Market Day in Tripitaka,
On the day following Earthly Thanksgiving.
They keep an anachronistic calendar,
Tuned to terrestrial metabolism
In humans, animals and plants—evolved
With Earth’s rotation, revolution, Moon.
The “Little” Market is each Saturday,
But this one’s much more crowded and important.
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).
Radium Girls of Science & Science Fiction
Arguably, the two most famous women nuclear scientists are Marie Curie and Dr. Christmas Jones. The former was born Maria Salomea Skłodowska and won two Nobel prizes. The latter was a "Bond Girl," a nuclear physicist played by Denise Richards in "The World Is Not Enough."
There have always been far more women in the fields of nuclear science and energy in real life than in fiction. Indeed, women have been major figures in the field since the very beginning. Madame Curie was even the one to coin the term, "radioactive." Ironically, as the Bond movie was being filmed, the Chairman post of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) passed from nuclear physicist Shirley Ann Jackson (Figure 3) to radiation biologist Greta Joy Dicus (Figure 4).
Figure 1 - Marie Curie (Official Nobel portrait) Figure 2 - "Christmas Jones" / Denise Richards
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