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The long-feared attack on Austria by the Ottoman Empire has begun. Armed with new weapons inspired by the time-displaced Americans of Grantville, the Turks are determined to do what they were unable to do in the universe the Americans came from: capture Vienna.

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When the world’s richest man is the victim of a car bomb, the attack is attributed to terrorists and the world moves on. But some still wonder. Was Manuel Colibri targeted because he was about to make the dream that people alive today can live to be one thousand come true?

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While Miles is recuperating from injuries, his boss arrives to question him. Includes three major Vorkosigan novellas: "The Mountains of Mourning," “Labyrinth,” and "The Borders of Infinity."

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What new technologies, new ways of organizing society, new confused and confusing government bureaucracies, new ways for small disgruntled groups to wreak havoc, and worse, will the future bring? To answer these questions and more, here are stories by Robert A. Heinlein, Sarah A. Hoyt, Fredric Brown, and more, writers who have seen the future—and it may not work . . . 

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When a freak winter storm lays siege to the small town of Sheridan, Michigan, police officer Mike Stuart must do what he can to keep the town safe with limited resources. But something is lurking in Sheridan. Something as cold as the snow and ice, and just as deadly.

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When NASA no longer dominates space exploration, who will rule the stars? In these nineteen tales, characters from across the globe vie for supremacy in a solar system suddenly up for grabs.

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Andrej Koscuisko is a former Fleet Medical Officer for the enormous totalitarian star empire, the Jurisdiction. But when he served in the Fleet, Andrej’s real job was not medicine, but to act as a torturer. Years ago, he left that life behind. But now The Angel of Death, a savage terrorist organization, means to capture the system he calls home. The only way to bring down an organization that has slain whole systems of men, women, and children is for Andrej to embrace the savagery in his own heart and once again take on the role of Judicial torturer.

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The latest entry in the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series created by Eric Flint. After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia, go on a quest for the makings of medicines that have yet to be invented in 17th century Europe.

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Sarah Calhoun, a fifteen‑year‑old with a natural talent for hexing and one bad eye, has her world turned on its head when a Yankee wizard‑priest tries to kidnap her. Sarah fights back with the aid of a mysterious monk named Thalanes, who is one of the not‑quite‑human Firstborn. It is Thalanes who reveals to Sarah a secret heritage she never dreamed could be hers. Now on a desperate quest, she is hunted by the Emperor’s bodyguard of elite dragoons, as well as by darker things—shapeshifting Mockers and undead Lazars. If Sarah cannot claim her heritage, it may mean the end of her, her family—and the world where she is just beginning to find her place.

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In Robert Buettner’s The Golden Gate, a biotech billionaire develops a system that lets people live to the ripe old age of 1,000-plus. It sounds like a great deal for any number of reasons, but what really got us excited about the concept was that it would allow us to witness the future! So, let’s say your life expectancy is increased to 1,000 years; what technological advance would you be most excited to witness in your lifetime? Put on your prognosticator’s hat and let us know in a short paragraph (less than 100 words). The winner will receive a copy of The Golden Gate, signed by Robert Buettner.

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John W. Campbell Award Winner Wen Spencer resides in paradise in Hilo, Hawaii, with two volcanoes overlooking her home. According to Spencer, she lives with "my Dalai Lama-like husband, my autistic teenage son, and two cats (one of which is recovering from mental illness). All of which makes for very odd home life at times." Spencer's love of Japanese anime and manga flavors her writing. Her novel Tinker won the 2003 Sapphire Award for Best Science Fiction Romance and was a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Fantasy Novel. Her Wolf Who Rules was a Top Pick by Romantic Times and given their top rating of four and a half stars. Other Baen books include Endless Blue and Eight Million Gods. The Elfhome series includes Tinker, Wolf Who Rules, Elfhome, Wood Sprites and Project Elfhome. Her latest novel, contemporary fantasy The Black Wolves of Boston, is at booksellers in February.



Does a Bear Shoot in the Woods?
Wen Spencer

“Wait! I have cookies!" Dugan yelped in fear. Yes, a stupid thing to say, but Dugan was desperate. He was miles from home, deep in the woods, and pinned to the ground by a massive bear. The smell of dead moldering leaves flooded over him like an omen.

The bear blew out an explosive snort that sounded weirdly like a laugh. It paused, head cocked, a paw the size of dinner plate on Dugan's chest. "What? Stale Oreos?"

"No!” Dugan said once he got over the shock that the bear actually talked. “Rocky road! Fresh! I just made them last night."

"You made them?" The bear’s tone was doubtful but nevertheless it took his paw off Dugan's chest. "They're probably not very good."

Dugan ignored the insult to his baking. It was probably an echo of his grandpa’s belief that men didn’t cook. His grandpa always complained that Dugan’s cooking wasn’t as good as his dead wife’s and then ate the food anyhow. Dugan frantically dug through his ancient ammo pack. He’d abandoned his equally ancient squirrel gun while trying to outrun the bear.

A small mental voice (and possibly the only sane part of his mind) pointed out that bears didn't talk, so this conversation was probably entirely his imagination. The voice was withholding judgment on the actual bear; it seemed too tangible to be imaginary. Said bear kept sticking its nose into the search, panting hot breath over Dugan's hands, and being terribly real.

"I've got them in a can.” Dugan pulled the old Danish butter cookie tin out of his ammo bag. “The lid is really tight. You probably couldn't get it open."

"Please." The bear held up its paw to show off four-inch claws. The bear could easily tear through just about anything. Dugan, for example.

"Right." Dugan pried off the lid. The scent of cocoa blasted upwards.

"Ohh." The bear stuck his snout into the tin. "Mhese mare mgood."

"Thank you." Dugan set the container gingerly on the ground. He edged away from the bear. His muzzleloader lay the dead leaves fifty feet back. He’d have to abandon it for now. "Okay, so, I'll be going."









Dr. Travis S. Taylor is the cocreator and star of the National Geographic Channel’s hit series, Rocket City Rednecks. 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. Taylor is the author of the ground-breaking Warp Speed series, with entries Warp Speed and The Quantum Connection. He’s also the creator of pulse-pounding, cutting edge science fiction with the Tau Ceti Agenda series including One Good Soldier, The Tau Ceti Agenda, One Day on Mars, Trail of Evil, and Kill Before Dying.



The Truly HARD Science in Kill Before Dying—and the Rest of the Tau Ceti Universe
Dr. Travis S. Taylor

Setting the Stage

When I was in high school way back in the mid-1980s I had developed this theory of the universe. I had read all the Heinlein, Clarke, and Asimov I could get my hands on. I’d finished Contact and other nonfiction works by Carl Sagan. I’d read just about everything that Stan Lee had put his fingers into. Lucas and Spielberg couldn’t put out anything without my having stood in line to see. There were no reruns of Star Trek, Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica, the Six Million Dollar Man, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and a myriad of other fun shows that I hadn’t seen two zillion times. And at the time I was getting up every morning before school at five-thirty so I could tune in my thirteen-inch color picture tube television set to the brand new local Fox channel that I had to use three coat hangers and some aluminum foil on in order to pick up the signal for Robotech. There was a common thread in all of these shows, and that was some method for faster than light space travel, energy shields, directed energy weapons, powered armor (Starship Troopers, Robotech, and Iron Man), transporters, and amazing technologies yet to be considered possible by mainstream scientists. Back then even the idea of planets around other star systems was still in question. This was back before we’d actually proven there were planets orbiting about pretty much every star there is in the universe.

In fact, I had recently won the Alabama State Science Paper Competition and there was some old guy scientist as the keynote speaker there talking about how we’d never see these nonsense fantasies of science fiction in his lifetime. There was no reason for aliens to exist, he had claimed. And to act like he knew something we didn’t he claimed that even Einstein’s Special Relativity shows us that we can never go faster than the speed of light. Which by the way isn’t what it says—but I digress, and I didn’t fully understand that back then, anyway. He went on and on talking about the things that a serious scientist or engineer should be thinking about. I didn’t understand where this guy was coming from at all. I mean, I certainly couldn’t imagine any aged scientist who’d spent his life studying the amazing universe coming to the conclusion that it was mundane and not like the books, movies, and television programs told us it would be. Where was the imagination? I didn’t understand how anyone so educated could be so dumb. I just didn’t understand how this guy was a “learned” man.

What I did understand, though, was that Einstein had other theories, such as general relativity, that allowed certain loopholes. So, I asked this keynote gray-bearded, so-called authority about wormholes, and he acted like I was speaking in tongues. I said to myself then that this old guy was wrong and that he might not see it in his lifetime but we’d see it in mine!












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