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Clan Korval needs to reestablish itself as one of the top trading clans in known space. But that’s not their only problem. Onboard the Korval ship Dutiful Passage is Padi yos'Galan, the master trader’s heir, and she’s keeping a secret that threatens her very existence.

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Hounded into retirement and disgrace by political enemies, Captain Honor Harrington has retreated to the planet Grayson. But the People's Republic of Haven is rising from defeat to threaten Grayson anew, and Grayson needs her experience desperately. It's a call Honor cannot refuse.

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For generations the great land-dragon has called to the rulers of Shenandoah. But now the dragon calls to sixteen-year-old Wulfgang von Dustig, third in line to the throne. Now, Wulf must free his family and his land from an ancient, vampiric evil. To do so, he’ll have to wield . . . The Dragon Hammer.

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Spanning more than five decades of a legendary career, here are tales of star-faring adventure, peril, and drama. Here are journeys into the mind-bending landscapes of virtual worlds and alternate realities. Here are stories of humanity’s astounding future on Earth, on Mars, in the Solar System—and beyond.

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All three novels of the Cobra War together. Cobra warriors: technologically enhanced and implanted with an arsenal of covert weaponry to fight against alien foes and evil humans. Includes: Cobra AllianceCobra Guardian, and Cobra Gamble.

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Travis Long picked a tough time to join the Royal Manticoran Navy. A deadly plague has laid low the Star Kingdom. With all resources in doubt, the RMN itself is on the brink of extinction. But there is still threat without, and Travis is about to discover that it's in the worst of times that heroes are born!

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Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves living in Earth’s Paleolithic Asia. Soon they discover groups of the similarly displaced: Imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants. Now they must find a way to survive together in a hostile world. But one question remains: How to get back home.

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Sergeant Samuel Morgan Campbell had been in plenty of tight spots before, but nothing like this. His ship, the Outward Initiative, has been destroyed. Now, stranded on Lifeboat LS‑88—all systems dead, light‑years from any known colony—he and his crew of half-trained children will have to repair systems with no tools, navigate with no computers, and land a shuttle whose controls were more than half‑destroyed. And if they manage all of that, then the real challenge begins. The only planet in range has secrets that even Sergeant Campbell cannot imagine.

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Pittsburgh: a sprawling modern Earth city stranded in the heart of a virgin forest on Elfhome. Sixty thousand humans, twenty thousand black-winged tengu, ten thousand elves, an unknown number of invading oni, four unborn siblings of an elf princess, three dragons, and a pair of nine-year-old geniuses. For every story written, there's a thousand others not told.

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It has become clear to both the Jao and their human and Lleix partners that if they are going to defeat the Ekhat who have been terrorizing the galaxy for eons, they need more allies. The Ekhat have not forgotten the Jao, or the damage they have done over the years to the Ekhat purpose. It's up to the Jao‑human‑Lleix confederation and the new allies they make to survive the onslaught and turn the tables on the Ekhat.

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In Tony Daniel’s new novel The Dragon Hammer, Vikings not only discover the Americas—they stay and establish medieval kingdoms in the New World. Which got us thinking, what would major (or not-so-major) events in American history look like if Vikings took the place of the average American? Would the Beatles’ British Invasion have been driven off by hordes of sword wielding warriors? Would the Budweiser Clydesdales be advertising mead instead of beer? Let us know your idea in a short paragraph (100 words or less) for a chance to win a signed copy of The Dragon Hammer.

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2016 BAEN FANTASY ADVENTURE AWARD FINALISTS

Baen Books announces the finalists for the 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. Winners will be announced at GenCon in Indianapolis.The contest recognizes short stories which exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and storytelling crucial to great fantasy.

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Riverdale, New York, April 2016—Baen Books announces the June 7th publication of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF 2015. Along with a collection of the year’s best short stories, the book features an online Reader’s Choice prize that is awarded to the best overall story in the anthology.

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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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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.

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Book 2. The Four Seasons Conference
Frederick Turner

At happy hour Lucy maneuvers Noah
Into a booth with Chandra Engineer.
(Gopal has found the unaccustomed food
Together with the jet-lag, “rather much.”)
“Chandra,” she says, “You know of Noah Blazo,
And he’s a great admirer of your work—
I am surprised you didn’t meet at Tata.
It’s time you got together; you will find
That you have certain common interests.”
Chandra is exquisitely courteous:
“It is an honor to have met the man
Whose batteries lit up my satellite
And helped to save my city from the flood.”
“That flood,” says Noah, “hasn’t gone away,
As you and I both know. If all we do
Is what this meeting will end up proposing,
To make the planet simply hold its breath,
The seas will rise three meters anyway,
Enough to sink your Dhaka, Venice, Florida.
We want to tame the flood, and to this end
We think you have a piece of the great puzzle.”
“You flatter me,” says Chandra, “and I sense
That your word ‘tame’ means something I want too.
But can we take the Earth’s reins in our hand
And not inflict greater catastrophes
By every effort to correct our course?
You have a myth of an unready god
Who crashed the fiery chariot of the sun;
We have a myth of the just Yudisthira
Whose chariot fell because he spoke unwisely.
Was I just lucky when I piloted
The Ganga flood from that same satellite?
Might I have caused a greater accident
By fending off the less? Can we tame Chaos?”








Rick Boatright is exactly the same age as Bill Gates and like Bill has been a software developer since the early 1970s, but in Rick's case a developer for not-for-profit social service agencies. He's been a moderator of online forums as long as online forums have existed. Since 2001, he's been a writer and editor, as well as the Head Geek, for Eric Flint's 1632 alternate history world. He also held the Head Geek title for Jim Baen's Universe magazine. He is the perpetrator of the annual "Weird Tech" lectures associated with the 1632 minicon, and was the creator of Ring of Fire series character Dr. Gribbleflotz, the world's greatest alchemist. Rick is the author, along with Kerryn Offord, of 1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz out in August 2016.




The Science of Dr. Gribbleflotz
Rick Boatright

Phillip Theophrastus Gribbleflotz was born on a Saturday afternoon in the upstairs board room of Mannington Main Street, the Mannington West Virginia chamber of commerce during the first 1632 minicon. Ultimately, he’s Virginia DeMarce’s fault.

We were sitting around after lunch, waiting for our afternoon guest, the mayor of Mannington, and discussing the social effects of being transported to the seventeenth century on the residents of Grantville. Virginia looked around and spoke in her mild, inoffensive voice. She had a lilt that I came to recognize over the years as provocative, but at the time sounded as though she was just speaking off the cuff, spontaneously.

“You know, these southern women are going to be most upset when their supply of baking powder runs out. How are they to make biscuits?”

Then, she looked me squarely in the eye and said, “Surely there’s a way to make baking powder in Grantville.” and paused. . . .

I floundered, and began coming up with excuses . . . Other chemistry is more urgent. There is a restricted number of chemists. We can’t do everything at once. We’ve already agreed we can’t make primers, how could we divert resources to baking powder?

Virginia replied in that same lilt, “Surely there’s a down-timer you could give the recipe to?”

A few minutes later, Herr Doctor Phillip Theophrastus Gribbleflotz took up residence in the back of my mind. Kerryn Offord summarizes our working relationship as “Dr. Gribbleflotz is yours, Dr. Phil is mine.” Since that Saturday afternoon, Dr. Gribbleflotz has been a co-resident of my mind, occasionally invoked and wakened from slumber by a poke, an idea, a question, usually from Virginia but with occasional participation by Paula Goodlett and David Carrico and Laura Runkle. The first character description of Herr Doctor Gribbleflotz (HDG) had something of his background and character and an outline of the “Cheat Sheet” that he was supplied with to make the first supply of baking soda for the ladies of Grantville. Not long after, Kerryn Offord took that outline and produced the first story: “Calling Dr. Phil” that detailed the problem, the search and the finding of the technician. That set the pattern. Someone would call HDG out of the dungeon I had locked him in. I would channel him long enough to create the technical background for the story, the problems, the solution and the issues and Kerryn would take that and wrap dialog, plot and humanity around my cardboard. The new book 1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz continues that tradition with about 65 percent new material.

Each of the stories turns on a scientific detail and frequently on a pseudo-scientific detail. Because the rule of storytelling is that the story comes first, the science behind the story is generally glossed over. For those of you who are interested, this article will fill you in on the science behind some of the stories and some of our decisions about what could, and could not be used.














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