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The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF Volume 3


The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series continues! Selected from the top print and online markets, these stories represent the best in modern military sf, space opera, and adventure sf.

Tales of brave military men and women, thrilling derring-do, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Selected from the top markets, both print and digital, The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Volume 3 offers up the cream of the crop in short science fiction today. Stories to get your blood racing, your heart pounding, and your fingers turning the pages. Stories to challenge, provoke, thrill, and entertain. Stories that prove the new Golden Age is now!

Plus, you be the judge! INTERACTIVE READER VOTING. One story from this anthology will be chosen via proctored online voting for The Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Reader's Choice Award, presented at DragonCon in Summer 2017. For more information, go to Baen.com.

Cover Art by Greg Bobrowski



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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 2017

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4814-8268-4
eISBN: 978-1-62579-582-3

Copyright 2017 by Baen Books
Preface copyright © 2017 by David Afsharirad.
Introduction © 2017 by David Weber
“Cadet Cruise” copyright © 2016 by David Drake. First appeared in Baen.com, May 2016. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“Tethers” copyright © 2016 by William Ledbetter. First appeared in Baen.com, November 2016. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“Unlinkage” copyright © 2016 by Eric Del Carlo. First appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March, 2016. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“Not in Vain” copyright © 2016 by Kacey Ezell. First appeared in Black Tide Rising, ed. by John Ringo and Gary Poole. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“Between Nine and Eleven” copyright © 2016 by Adam Roberts. First appeared in Crises and Conflicts, ed. by Ian Whates. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“Sephine and the Leviathan” copyright © 2016 by Jack Schouten. First appeared in Clarkesworld, Issue 118, July, 2016. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“The Good Food” copyright © 2016 by Michael Ezell. Originally published in Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge, Ellen Campbell, ed., Patrice Fitzgerald, series ed. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“If I Could Give this Time Machine Zero Stars, I Would” copyright © 2016 by James Wesley Rogers. First appeared in Unidentified Funny Objects 5, ed. by Alex Shvartsman. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“Wise Child” copyright © 2016 by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. First appeared in Baen.com, June 2016. Reprinted by permission of the authors.
“Starhome” copyright © 2016 by Michael Z. Williamson. First appeared in Baen.com, October 2016. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“The Art of Failure” copyright © 2016 by Robert Dawson. First appeared in Compelling Science Fiction, Issue 1. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“The Last Tank Commander” copyright © 2016 by Allen Stroud. First appeared in Crises and Conflicts, ed. by Ian Whates. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“One Giant Leap” copyright © 2016 by Jay Werkheiser. First appeared in Strange Horizons, 21 November, 2016. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“The Immortals: Anchorage” © 2016 by David Adams. First appeared in Beyond the Stars: A Planet too Far, Ellen Campbell, ed., Patrice Fitzgerald, series ed. Reprinted by permission of the author.
“Backup Man” copyright © 2016 by Paul Di. Filippo. First appeared in Terraform. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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