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At the edge of Deep Space, a newly awakened artificial intelligence may well have the power to destroy universes. There are those who wish to exploit it, and those that wish to help it. The question is:  Who will get to it first?

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The People's Republic of Haven has finally found an admiral who can win battles, and Honor Harrington’s orders take her straight into an ambush. Outnumbered, outgunned, and unable to run, she has just two options: see the people under her command die in a hopeless, futile battle . . . or surrender.

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The Cobras face an impossible decision: join with the hated Dominion of Man or risk annihilation at the hands of the alien Troft in the conclusion of the Cobra War trilogy.

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Top authors pay tribute and poke fun at the Lovecraft mythos. Contains twenty-three mirthful manifestations within the Cthulhu Mythos from best-selling and award-winning authors Neil Gaiman, Mike Resnick, Esther Friesner, Ken Liu, Jody Lynn Nye, Laura Resnick, Nick Mamatas, and many more!

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Dispatched to the Mughal Empire of India, a group of up-timers and down-timers from the United States of Europe encounters more than bargained for—and gains an unlikely ally in the person of the Emperor’s eldest daughter.

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Alexander Moore has saved humanity in the past. But his encounters with the Chiata were not without cost, and the fight is far from over. The Chiata are still out there, and they will stop at nothing short of complete annihilation.

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Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father is unmasked as a white-collar criminal, Roy has to take whatever he can get and take it fast. Under the command of Captain Daniel Leary, Roy will make the most of the opportunity fate has dealt him—though hell should bar the way!

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Sarah Calhoun has paid a hard price for her entry onto the stage of the Empire’s politics. But she has survived. Now, to win the Serpent Throne, she’ll have to defeat seven other candidates, win over the kingdom’s regent, and learn the will of a hidden goddess—all while mastering her people’s inscrutable ways and watching her own back.

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When war erupts, the fate of a kingdom rests in the hands of a bounty hunting gnome. If only he could decide what side to take!

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January Contest

It’s a brand-new year and here at Baen Books we’re looking forward to twelve months of top-notch science fiction and fantasy. Check out the 2018 publishing schedule here and let us know in a short paragraph (less than 100 words) what Baen release you’re most looking forward to this year. Winner will get a signed copy of the book they named.

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2018 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Announced

Fifth annual contest for Best Original Fantasy Adventure Story to be presented at premier gaming convention Gen Con.

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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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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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Travis S. Taylor, Ph.D. is the co-creator and star of the National Geographic Channel’s hit series Rocket City Rednecks and can be seen on the Weather Channel on 3 Scientists Walk into a Bar. Taylor is a physicist who has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past twenty years. His expertise includes advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, future combat technologies and next generation space launch concepts. Taylor is the author of the ground-breaking Warp Speed series, with entries Warp Speed and The Quantum Connection. He’s also the creator of the Tau Ceti Agenda series, including One Good Soldier, The Tau Ceti Agenda, One Day on Mars, Trail of Evil, Kill Before DyingBringers of Hell. This story takes place in the Tau Ceti Agenda universe just prior to Bringers of Hell.


Pain is the Fuel
Travis S. Taylor

April 13, 2407 AD
Alien Megaship
Target Star #17
742 Light Years from Sol System
Friday 9:40 A.M. Expeditionary Fleet Standard Time

Move your ass, Navy!” Deanna shouted as loud as she could. Granted at the moment that was probably not very loud, considering she was upside down with her FM-13X transfigurable fighter mecha pinned against a bulkhead of an alien megaship by a Chiata porcupine fighter, with the alien’s green glowing expanding tendrils speared through most of her fighter and her left thigh.

“Apple1, Ares squadron is several moments out!” the voice on the tac-net alerted her. “We are seeing much more resistance than expected.”

“Resistance, hell, this is suicide! We should flash out of here now!” another, younger, and much more frightened voice said. The icon in Deanna’s direct to mind, or DTM, display told her it was a fresh out Navy aviator that had yet to be inside a Chiata Horde’s megaship during a grab-and-go mission.









Les Johnson’s Mission to Methone is big science, sense-of-wonder-inducing, science fiction. “The spirit of Arthur C. Clarke and his contemporaries is alive and well in Johnson’s old-fashioned first-contact novel,” says Publishers Weekly about the novel. Johnson is also the author, with Ben Bova, of Rescue Mode. With Travis S. Taylor, he’s the author of novels Back to the Moon and On to the Asteroid. His popular science book, Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World, with co-author Joseph Meany, is also out in February. To learn more about Les Johnson, visit his website at www.lesjohnsonauthor.com.




Catching the Gravitational Lens Express:
The Scientific Backstory to
Mission to Methone
Les Johnson

The stars are our home. The Earth, our wonderful and special habitat, orbits the star named Sol at about 18 miles per second, yet most people don’t even give this amazing fact a second thought. The next logical step for human civilization is to spread to our moon, the asteroids and the other planets in the solar system. Finally, we are beginning to see that happen. Granted, those of us who recall Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon thought this would occur forty years ago, but we have made progress and it now appears that a sustainable space infrastructure is coming into place that may allow the progression to happen—at least to Mars.














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