Announcing Book Tour for Larry Correia
Baen Books is pleased to announce that Larry Correia, will be on tour in the U.S. between July 28th and August 10th in support of his latest novel, Monster Hunter Siege.
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Wen Spencer’s latest, The Black Wolves of Boston, comes out in hardcover this month and we’re so excited here at the Baen offices, we’re howling at the moon. We must have a bit of full moon fever, because we’re making it incredibly easy to enter this month’s contest. Just drop us an email to be entered into our random drawing. The winner will receive a copy of The Black Wolves of Boston, signed by Wen Spencer.
2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Announced
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Baen Books is excited to announce the fourth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award.
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D.J. (“Dave”) Butler grew up in swamps, deserts, and mountains. After messing around for years with the practice of law, he finally got serious and turned to his lifelong passion of storytelling. He now writes adventure stories for readers of all ages, plays guitar, and spends as much time as he can with his family. He is the author of City of the Saints, Rock Band Fights Evil, Space Eldritch, and Crecheling from Wordfire Press, and Witchy Eye from Baen Books. This story is set in the world of Witchy Eye. Read more about Dave and his writing at http://davidjohnbutler.com, and follow him on Twitter: @davidjohnbutler.
A Prologue to Witchy Eye
Ryk E. Spoor is the author of the Grand Central Arena science fiction series. Entries include novels Grand Central Arena, Spheres of Influence, and latest addition, Challenges of the Deeps. This story is a prequel to Challenges of the Deeps. He is also the author of the Balanced Sword epic fantasy series with entries Phoenix Rising, Phoenix in Shadow, and Phoenix Ascendant, as well as solo contemporary fantasy novel, Paradigms Lost and Polychrome. Ryk’s upcoming anime-magic-girl fantasy adventure Princess Holy Aura will be out in fall 2017 from Baen Books. Ryk is the coauthor, with New York Times best seller Eric Flint, of the popular Boundary series of science fiction novels, including Boundary, Threshold, Portal, Castaway Planet, and Castaway Odyssey.
“Please,” Father Edward Grant pleaded. “I believe this may be vital.”
The cold October rain skipped right past Grant’s tall boxy hat and poured down his neck. He shivered, despite the heavy cloak. He’d ridden a long way, dressed in priestly black in the hope that if he met Cromwell’s men, their respect for clergy might give him some protection.
“The general be in council.” The guard’s face was stony, but then relaxed, ever so slightly. He and his fellow soldiers wore Churchill’s red and white, faded and stained almost gray. “I wot who you be, Father. I were born and raised in Aldershot. St. George’s Road, just up the ’ill from your church.”
Preparations and Alliances
A Story of the Arenaverse
Ryk E. Spoor
Les Johnson is a Baen science fiction author, popular science writer, and NASA technologist. His most recent science fiction novel from Baen, On to the Asteroid, was coauthored with Travis Taylor. He is also the author, with Taylor, of Back to the Moon. With Ben Bova, he is the author of Mars novel Rescue Mode. Les is the editor with Jack McDevitt of science fiction/science fact anthology Going Interstellar. To learn more about Les, please visit his website at here. www.lesjohnsonauthor.com.
Saul Maginot stood at the entryway for the shuttle Tranquility, ignoring the unusual sensation of having two physical bodyguards to either side of him. This was not terribly difficult as much of his attention was currently focused on dealing with the empty void in his head where his AISage, Elizabeth, usually lived. Elizabeth had been Saul's constant support and companion since Saul had been a young boy, which was about seventy years back or so.
But here in the Arena, no artificial intelligences or even sophisticated automation could function—barring, of course, the nigh-omnipotent Arena itself, if the intelligence that sometimes spoke for the Arena was an AI and not a living being. Even within the Harbor, the central hollow portion of the Sphere that represented humanity's original Solar System in the Arena, only simple automation or living intellects functioned; even high-power sources, such as nuclear fission, fusion, or antimatter, would not work. The Arena had its rules, and when you were here, you had no choice but to obey them.
It was a frighteningly lonely sensation, to be isolated in one's head after seven decades of having someone constantly with you . . . but it was also strangely exhilarating. He could have thoughts that were utterly private, make his own decisions without anyone or anything interfering or second-guessing.
The Galactic Internet
(And We’re Still Using Dial-up)
Ask any science fiction fan or science junky about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, and you will immediately get their attention. After all, as we read about a universe filled with aliens and a hopeful vision of humanity’s future among the stars, how can we not think about who else, or what else, might be out there? Within our galaxy alone there are at least 100 billion stars; within the universe there are an estimated 100 billion to 200 billion galaxies; giving a staggering total of about one billion trillion stars in the known universe. Surely, the argument goes, among that many stars there evolved other life forms like us who develop technology, explore space and seek to find others like themselves. If only a small fraction of them are communicating across the vast interstellar and intergalactic distances, then might we be able to hear them? Might we be able to decipher what they are saying and join in a conversation with them?
Thus was born SETI. The idea of listening for signals from distant civilizations goes back to the 1800s and early 1900s when astronomers thought that beings on other planets in the solar system might be using this newfangled discovery called radio. Various attempts were made to listen for signals from Mars and elsewhere and, as we now know these planets are likely lifeless, none were received.
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