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A rip in the fabric of space and time causes a battleship fleeing a long-lost war to materialize in an area known as “safe space.” But with a hostile enemy hot on its tail, safe space won’t be safe for much longer. Theo Waitley must take sides in a war, the consequences of which she can scarcely imagine.

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The bioengineered Mules are back and they’re out for revenge. Athena Sinistra has faced down enemies before and emerged victorious. But this time is different. Now, she’ll have to prevent the extinction of the human race—and care for her newborn child at the same time.

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The aliens known as the Old Ones have been thought dead for eons. A recent attack on an alien holy site calls that into question. Now, a pair of human adventurers and an alien shaman are on a collision course with The Gods of Sagittarius.

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The war with the profoundly alien Arduans is over. But all is not as it seems—and now two heroes of the war suspect they have stumbled upon an Arduan plot: one which could shatter interstellar civilization itself.

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As a weremyst, Justis Fearsson is on the front lines of a magical war. As a private investigator, he’s been hired to find a missing woman and her two children. Soon his two worlds will collide and reality itself hangs in the balance.

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In the near future, a fluke of quantum mechanics renders CIA agent Nat Morgan utterly forgettable. Now, Nat must team up with an enemy agent and a brilliant physicist to stop a ruthless billionaire from finishing a quantum supercomputer that will literally control the fate of the world.

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When Monster Hunter International’s top hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, receives a tip about some hunters who have gone missing in action, he doesn’t realize their rescue mission will snowball into the single biggest operation in MHI history. It seems their men are being held prisoner in a horrific nightmare dimension, and the only way to reach them is through the radioactive ruins of a monster-infested war zone. Allies are called to arms and a massive expedition is formed. The odds are stacked against them, but the fiercest hunters the world has ever known won’t be easily defeated. It’s time for Monster Hunter International to go to war.

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Jason Thanou has fought for the continued existence of humanity across the centuries. As a special operations officer of the Temporal Regulatory Authority, he’s traveled though time to thwart the Transhumanists—genetically and mechanically enhanced beings that seek to destroy humanity—and their alien allies, the Teloi.

Now Jason must travel through Earth’s bloody history to ensure the survival of the human race. He and his team find themselves in Italy, two days before the death of Pope John Paul I. It seems something much more sinister than a simple heart attack is behind the death of the Holy Father. Racing against—and through—time, Jason and his fellow officers must defeat the Transhumanists and their Teloi allies. For The Day of Transhuman apocalypse grows ever closer!

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Destruction is in Jame Knorth’s nature. She is the avatar of a god known as That-Which-Destroys, the god of chaos and ruin. Yet Jame is also a noblewoman of an ancient race. Jame’s people are fleeing, world by world, from a terrible enemy that has pursued them through a multitude of universes. Its name is Perimal Darkling.

Jame sets out to reestablish the long-fallen castle keep of Tagmeth as an outpost against the gathering dark power. But Tagmeth hides a secret, a gateway to a mystery that may save this world from eternal darkness—or plunge it to destruction and ruin all the sooner. It is up to Jame to find her way through Perimal Darkling’s traps, and to come to terms with the god of pandemonium and destruction within herself. If she succeeds, it may be that Perimal Darkling can finally be defeated after eons of fear and flight. And if she fails, yet another world will fall to darkness forever.

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Sarah A. Hoyt’s latest novel in the Darkship series, Darkship Revenge, features one tough mother, who must risk all to save her child—and humanity. And of course May 14th is Mother’s Day here in the U.S. (Don’t forget to call Mom!). This confluence of events made us wonder, who is your favorite mother from science fiction or fantasy? Let us know in a short paragraph (100 words or fewer) for a chance to win a signed copy of Darkship Revenge.

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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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Top Ten Finalists Announced for Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

Announcing the top ten finalists for the 2017 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest!

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Brendan DuBois is the award-winning author of twenty-one novels and more than 120 short stories. This story is set within his Dark Victory Earth-invasion science fiction series, with first entry Dark Victory and sequel Red Vengeance. His short stories have twice won him the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and have also earned him three Edgar Award nominations. He has recently collaborated with New York Times best-selling author James Patterson on several novellas for Patterson's Bookshots. Brendan lives in New Hampshire. A former Jeopardy! champion, he also appeared on—and won—the game show The Chase.



A Fire on the Hill
Brendan DuBois

Belinda Craft of Gloversville, New York, was up before dawn, checking the eggs from their brood, happy to see that the new fence she and Grandpa had repaired was still holding fast. Foxes, fisher cats, wild dogs, coyotes . . . whatever had raided them last week were at least being blocked out now. There were a dozen chickens pecking and cackling at her, and she was pleased to find five warm eggs, which she carefully deposited in a basket lined with hay.

“See you later, gals,” she said, as she went out of the coop and started walking back to their farmhouse. There was the smell of farm animals, wet hay, feed, and . . .

A slight scent of cinnamon?

Something flickered in the distance.

She turned and with basket still in hand, looked off to the west, near the soft peaks of Peck Hill State Forest.

“Oh, no,” she whispered.

Rising up above the wooded hills was the highest peak, the one with the fire tower, and there was a battle going on. She had seen plenty of battles over the years, usually at a distance, quick sharp things that didn’t take long, but as she stood there, she had a feeling this one had been going on for a while. There were the flickering flashes of laser beams from the alien Creepers, and the long tongues of flame, lancing out as well, and the faint sounds of human firearms being fired back.

A military unit, then, up on top of the hill.

Trapped.









J.R. Dunn is the coauthor of alternate history novel The Day After Gettysburg, along with the late Robert Conroy. He’s the author of time travel novels This Side of Judgment, and Days of Cain—widely hailed as one of the most powerful time travel novels to deal with the Holocaust—as well as Full Tide of Night. He’s also the author of the nonfiction examination of American politics Death by Liberalism: The Fatal Outcome of Well-Meaning Liberal Policies. Dunn was the long-time associate editor of The International Military Encyclopedia and is now an editor at The American Thinker. His nonfiction appears regularly on Baen.com. He lives in Pittsburgh.



Robert E. Lee and Decisive Battle
J.R. Dunn

Robert E. Lee has a reputation, in many ways deserved, as one of the greatest of American military commanders. No other general of the modern period—possibly excepting George Washington—accomplished more despite holding such a poor hand. Utilizing only interior lines and the difficult geography of northern Virginia, Lee succeeded in keeping the might of the industrial north at bay for nearly four years. He defeated several separate armies sent against him. He gained some of the most crushing victories ever witnessed on the North American continent. He not only defeated but utterly humiliated the Union commanders opposing him—many of them his former classmates. He staved off the defeat of Confederacy longer than almost anyone thought possible.

But he didn’t stave it off long enough. Avoiding defeat was Lee’s major strategic goal. All that he needed to do was to keep the Confederacy intact long enough for exhaustion to take the Union out of the war. It is there, on the strategic level, that Lee failed. Though a master tactician—one of the most skilled on record—Lee was no strategist.

The strategy for winning the Civil War and gaining southern independence was straightforward: hold northern forces off by defeating any attempt at invasion of the southern heartland while at the same time keeping the north off-balance by continual raids, feints, and threats against high-value targets. Such a strategy would have forced the north to tire itself out while preserving southern assets.

Instead, Lee carried out a continual series of invasions of the north that wasted southern manpower and resources and finally left the South so exhausted that defeat was inevitable.














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