In Ryk E. Spoor’s new novel Princess Holy Aura, regular guy Stephen Russ must decide to become the first of the five Apocalypse Maidens, Princess Holy Aura. Well, it’s coming up on the holiday season, and while we don’t need an Apocalypse Maiden, someone’s got to deliver those presents in the case Santa can’t make it. So, what character from science fiction of fantasy do you think would make a good replacement for Santa and why? Let us know in a short paragraph (100 words or fewer) for your chance to win a signed copy of Princess Holy Aura.
Baen Books and Gen Con Writer’s Symposium Announce Winner of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
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Fantasy writing awards given out at the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium.
2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists Announced
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Baen announces the ten finalists for this year’s Baen Fantasy Adventure Award.
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Ryk E. Spoor is the coauthor, with New York Times best seller Eric Flint, of the popular Threshold series of science fiction novels, including Castaway Odyssey. Spoor's solo novels for Baen include Paradigms Lost, the Grand Central Arena series, with latest entry Challenges of the Deeps, and epic fantasy Balanced Sword trilogy, with latest entry Phoenix Ascendant. “On-Site for the Apocalypse” is set within the world of Ryk’s comic, serious and wonderful “nice-guy-gamer-geek-turned-magical-girl” novel Princess Holy Aura, out in December 2017. Ryk’s website can be found here.
On-Site for the Apocalypse
Ryk E. Spoor
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over forty years, a war gamer for over fifty, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer. Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC).
The screaming alarm cut through the soothing hiss of the shower like a bucket of razor-sharp shards of glacial ice. Dana Kisaragi jumped, cursed, yanked the curtain aside while blinking through a trickling mask of stinging shampoo, grabbed a towel to get the worst of the water off one hand, and then snatched up the phone that – per regulations – had to be within ten feet of her person at all times. "Kisaragi."
"Conference with Central, five minutes," said the coldly anonymous voice of Directives. The line immediately went dead.
Innovation, Feuds, Rivalry, and Revenge in the Never-ending Battle to Electrify America and the Planet
The grid, acclaimed by some as “the supreme engineering achievement of the Twentieth century”, was actually born on September 4, 1882, when Thomas Alva Edison closed a switch, sending electrical power from a building at 257 Pearl Street to fifty-nine customers in downtown New York City. That initial service area covered about one-quarter square mile in area and was chosen because, in addition to residences and businesses, it contained influential newspapers and major financial institutions whose support he would need to expand operations. The power was generated by a coal-fired engine driving a massive, twenty-seven-ton dynamo developed by Edison. He named it "Jumbo" after the famous elephant displayed by P. T. Barnum for the first time in Madison Square Garden five months earlier less than four miles away.
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