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Pope Urban is on the run from the Vatican’s would-be usurper Borja. Fortunately, Urban has help from those indomitable modern West Virginians thrown back in time during the Ring of Fire cataclysm.

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Stephen Russ is living a regular American nerdly guy’s life in his early 30s. Then a child's desperate scream leads him to battle faceless winged things that almost kill him. The choice has arrived: continue normal existence, or . . . become Princess Holy Aura, the first of the five Apocalypse Maidens.

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Collected for the first time, here is the complete Under Jurisdiction corpus falling outside of Matthews' celebrated novels: these are the stories of Andrej Kosciusko’s “few good men” who will one day bring down the totalitarian star empire, the Jurisdiction—if only they can escape being ground down under the very oppression they fight.

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The Mesan Alignment has a plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race—its way. Until recently, things have gone as scheduled. But even the best laid plans can have unintended consequences, and one of those consequences may just be the dawn of a new bright day of freedom for oppressed star nations everywhere.

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Mercenary Michael Valentine is in Europe with a small team of his Exodus personnel trying to track down the evil and highly dangerous Katarina Montalban. The team is on their own, with few friends, few resources—and racing against the clock. Both Valentine and Lorenzo will have to risk some dangerous alliances if they’re to succeed.

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Inspired by the American up-timers, Russian serfs are rebelling. Meanwhile, Czar Mikhail has escaped house arrest and is making his way by dirigible to the village of Ufa, where he intends to set up a government-in-exile. The path is dangerous—for the serfs as well as the czar. But it could be that a new wind of liberty is about to blow three centuries early—and change Mother Russia forever.

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Despite unprecedented victories on the part of humanity, the war with the alien Chiata Horde drags on. Meanwhile, Alexander Moore’s daughter, Deanna Moore, now known by the callsign “Phoenix,” wages a personal war on the alien menace.

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Turns out, humanity is far from alone in the galaxy—and our future may depend on one man discovering a strange secret on the tin, egg-shaped moon of Methonē. The only question is, will he get there in time?

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December Contest

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.

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Baen Books and Gen Con Writer’s Symposium Announce Winner of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

Fantasy writing awards given out at the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium.

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2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists Announced

Baen announces the ten finalists for this year’s Baen Fantasy Adventure Award.

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A new reader guide filled with interesting and provocative questions and notes is now available for Lois McMaster Bujold’s latest entry in her legendary Vorkosigan saga, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. It’s a great way to get discussion started for your book club or online reading group. And it’s also wonderful way to deepen the pleasure of . . . did we say there’s a new entry in the Vorkosigan saga!

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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

Chapter 1.

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.









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).




Grid Wars:
Innovation, Feuds, Rivalry, and Revenge in the Never-ending Battle to Electrify America and the Planet
Jim Beall

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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