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What was supposed to be a relaxing cruise becomes a nightmare when the modern-day cruise ship the Queen of the Sea is transported through time and space. Now two thousand years in the past and afloat in the middle of the Mediterranean, the passengers and crew of the Queen of the Sea must band together to find a way to survive in a chaotic world—and start to build a brighter future.

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Barbara Winton has been following one reality show for years. Then in an instant she goes from fangirl to participant when the call comes from Dr. Keegan Bright: She’s been selected out of a horde of applicants to join him on the Moon. But Barbara soon learns that life on the Moon is a far cry from safe, civilized Earth.

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All new stories of the weird, wild west. These tales aren’t the ones your grandpappy spun around a campfire, unless he spoke of soul-sucking ghosts, steam-powered demons and wayward aliens.  Includes stories from Larry Correia, Jim butcher, Kevin J. Anderson, Alan Dean Foster, Sarah A. Hoyt, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael A. Stackpole, and many more.

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When the first expedition from Earth reaches Alpha Centauri III, it makes a startling discovery: all life, including humankind, is governed by the Throne World. Jim Keil was a superman on Earth, but on the Throne World he is nothing more than a “wolfing,” a trained pet whose sole purpose is to entertain the High-Born. But Jim Keil will show the High-Born that the people of Earth aren’t so easily tamed.

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When Marine Private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the Marine barrack bombing in Beirut, he’s given a choice: Go to Heaven or return to Earth, where the Boss has a mission for him. He's a Marine: He'll choose the mission.

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From downhill figure skating to horse racing with alien life forms; from baseball played with speedboats to basketball on Mars, Galactic Games shows us what happens when humanity takes sporting events to the stars. Includes stories by George R.R. Martin, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Correia, Robert Silverberg, Randall Garrett, Gene Wolfe, Mike Resnick—and more.

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All-new stories from the files of Monster Hunter International, based on Larry Correia's best-selling series, from New York Times best-selling authors Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jessica Day George, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and many more.

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Lieutenant Sam Bitka is getting used to civilian life when he is called back to active duty. Tensions between Earth and the alien Varoki are on the rise, and Sam is dispatched to the distant world of K'tok to protect human colonists. But when the Varoki launch a crippling surprise attack against the Earth coalition fleet, Sam must step up and rise to the challenge of command.

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From the distant past to the far future, those who carry the sword rack up commendations for bravery. They are men and women who, like the swords they carry, have been forged in blood. Featuring all-new stories by Michael Z. Williamson, Larry Correia, Tom Kratman, Tony Daniel, and many more.

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July Contest

In The Alexander Inheritance, the luxury cruise ship Queen of the Sea is transported through time and space to the Mediterranean, in the time just after the death of Alexander the Great. Which got us thinking. If you had a time-traveling cruise ship, where and when would you like to put into port? Assuming you wouldn’t be stuck there, like the unlucky passengers of the Queen of the Sea. Let us know in a short paragraph (100 words or fewer) for a chance to win a copy of The Alexander Inheritance, signed by Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, and Gorg Huff.

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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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Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award 2017 Goes to Philip A. Kramer

Announcing the three winners of the 2017 Annual Jim Baen Memorial Award Short Story Contest!

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Dr. Travis S. Taylor is the cocreator and star of the National Geographic Channel series, Rocket City Rednecks. He’s made multiple appearances as a science expert on many other television shows. 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. In addition, Taylor is the author of the ground-breaking Warp Speed science fiction 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 MarsTrail of Evil, and Kill Before Dying. With John Ringo, he coauthored the The Looking Glass war series. Most recently he is the coauthor, with Jody Lynn Nye, of teen hard science fiction novel Moon Beam.


Force Multipliers Being
What They Are
Travis S. Taylor

“Thomas, pull the stack back in, you’re spreading yourselves too freakin’ thin,” Captain Markus Sanchez subvocalized as he called up the direct-to-mind heads-up display of the blue force tracker and breathed a sigh of relief.

Had there been any red dots on the other side of the concrete wall separating Freeman’s team from the parking garage they were about to enter, the spread-out stack would have become targets in a kill box with little hope of offering each other any cover fire. To their advantage was the fact that the insurgents didn’t have the force-on-force identification system, the metamaterial powered armor, the level of nighttime imagery, or training the United States Army had. Force multipliers being what they were, overconfidence, and more importantly, stupid mistakes could still get you killed just as dead.

“Roger that, Captain. I got ’em,” the young butterbar replied.

Markus liked the new second team leader a lot and knew from his performance records that he was a competent soldier, but as far as officers were concerned the kid was green—very green. He hadn’t seen actual combat either. Green or not, very quickly, the second lieutenant took care of the situation. The five blue dots in the captain’s mindview heads-up display (HUD) quickly stacked up in proper formation.

Markus made a mental note of all the blue dots overlaid on the terrain maps in his head. He wasn’t exactly sure what he was looking for, but he knew he was looking for a sore thumb—something that stuck out. That part of the city was on a slight incline and all the streets ran either north and south or east and west. The tallest building couldn’t have been more than ten or twelve stories high and most of them were old and worn-out-looking sandstone colored blocks.









Philip A. Kramer, Ph.D. is a biomedical research scientist specializing in metabolism, oxidative stress, and aging research. He has authored many original research articles in peer reviewed journals. He is also a science fiction writer, and the winner of the 2017 Jim Baen Memorial Award for his short story “Feldspar.” He posts regularly in his science and writing blog (pakramer.com), which promotes the use of accurate science in science fiction.





Stasis: The Future of Suspended Animation
Philip A. Kramer

Introduction

Since the beginning of recorded history, humanity has fought against the ravages of time. Often time passes at a snail’s pace and separates us from where and when we want to be. At other moments, it is gone before we can appreciate it, leaving us longing for the irrecoverable past. Eventually, time runs out, and even the luckiest of us succumb to age. But it is not in human nature to give up without a fight, even if it means standing our ground against time itself.

Ancient cultures preserved their dead, embalming the bodies with herbs, spices, salts, vegetative matter, or clays, and drying the bodies before burial. Many believed that, in doing so, the fragments of the soul would remain together, giving them life after death, and perhaps a body to reclaim one day. Embalming practices continue to this day, but with chemical fixatives. But perhaps the most impressive instances of human preservation were those that occurred unintentionally, such as the Tollund man, the La Doncella Inca Maiden, and Ötzi the Iceman, who were found centuries to millennia after their deaths [1]. While the appearance of life is convincing, it is a poor facsimile. But for some divine intervention, these bodies will not return from death.

Suspended animation achieved by scientific means, on the other hand, just might work.

Suspended animation is a growing area of research that seeks to make death itself reversible, to restore activity to a silent brain, and make a stopped heart beat again. With this technology, organs can be preserved for transplant, lethal injuries can be repaired while a patient lays frozen in time, and our genetic legacy can be carried into the future.














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