The Best of Jim Baen's Universe II

CoverAstounding Tales! (Also Amazing and Astonishing!)

Tell the truth:  you flat-out love science fiction and fantasy.  Time travel.  Space opera.  Alternate history.  Doesn't matter. What you love is the story.  The great idea.  The adventure and action.  That good old-fashioned science fiction staple, the Sense of Wonder.  

We know exactly how you feel.  Here's the best of the best: new science fiction tales told by the likes of David Drake, Gregory Benford, Gene Wolfe, Esther Friesner, Mike Resnick, John Barnes, and L. E. Modesitt, Jr.  The list of award-winning story-tellers and brilliant new talent goes on and on.  More important:  here are stories that grip you. Transport you.  Expand your universe.  Make you late for important appointments like bedtime and supper!

Edited by New York Times best-seller and creator of the hugely-popular "Ring of Fire" series, Eric Flint, a master story-teller in his own right, these tales are all taken from the e-pages of Jim Baen's Universe, the new standard in science fiction storytelling created and inspired by publisher and editor Jim Baen, whose nose for a great story made him a science fiction legend!

"[T]he story comes first and foremost."—Eric Flint, Jim Baen's Universe Editor-in-Chief

Cover Art by David Mattingly

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, June 2008

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
The best of Jim Baen's universe II / edited by Eric Flint & Mike Resnick.
       p. cm.
  ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-5570-4 (trade pbk.)
  ISBN-10: 1-4165-5570-6 (trade pbk.)
1.  Science fiction, American. 2.  Fantasy fiction, American.  I. Flint, Eric. II. Resnick, Michael D. III. Jim Baen's universe (Online)
  PS648.S3B498 2008

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Printed in the United States of America

ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-5570-4
ISBN-10: 1-4165-5570-6

Copyright© 2008 by edited by Eric Flint & Mike Resnick

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

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Electronic version by Baen Books


Ring of Fire series:

1633 with David Weber
1634: The Baltic War with David Weber
Ring of Fire ed. • Ring of Fire II ed.
1634: The Galileo Affair with Andrew Dennis
1634: The Ram Rebellion with Virginia DeMarce et al.
1634: The Bavarian Crisis with Virginia DeMarce
1635: The Cannon Law with Andrew Dennis
Grantville Gazette ed. • Grantville Gazette II ed.
Grantville Gazette III ed. • Grantville Gazette IV ed.
Time Spike with Marilyn Kosmatka

Joe's World series:

The Philosophical Strangler • Forward the Mage with Richard Roach

Standalone titles:

Mother of Demons • Crown of Slaves with David Weber
The Course of Empire with K.D. Wentworth
Mountain Magic with Ryk E. Spoor, David Drake & Henry Kuttner
Boundary with Ryk E. Spoor
With David Drake: The Tyrant

The Belisarius Series with David Drake:

An Oblique Approach • In the Heart of Darkness
Thunder at Dawn (omnibus)
Destiny's Shield • Fortune's Stroke
The Tide of Victory • The Dance of Time

With Dave Freer:

Rats, Bats & Vats • The Rats, The Bats & The Ugly
Pyramid Scheme • Pyramid Power

With Mercedes Lackey & Dave Freer:

The Shadow of the Lion • This Rough Magic

Edited by Eric Flint:

The World Turned Upside Down with David Drake & Jim Baen
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe II with Mike Resnick
The Dragon Done It with Mike Resnick