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In this issue: A.I.s on trial for treason, drugs in wars past, present and future–and a special Secret World Chronicle podcast.
   January 2012

Armored A Mighty Blast of Battle Armor and Warrior Daring

Armor up for a metal-pounding feast of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers, including Tobias Buckell, Robert Buettner, Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnett, Simon Green, Alastair Reynolds, and Jack Campbell.

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Elfhome Save the Elf Children

Pittsburgh, PA: magically transported to a world of elves and magic. Now Tinker, once a downtrodden waif from that city, but lately a full-blooded elf ruler, must root out and destroy an evil plot that involves the kidnapping and breeding of elf children. Sequel to Tinker and Wolf Who Rules.

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Elfhome Throne Games and Magic

Lyonesse: a world of magic where a dark power struggle is underway between warring wizards. Prophecy speaks of a Defender who will set things right, but young doesn’t feel called to be the Defender of anybody. Yet as the legions of Shadow Hall gather, Meb cannot deny her magic skill to this world’s beleaguered people. And if she can hold out, the Dragon Fionn is fast on the way to reinforce her. Then things will really get interesting. The sequel to Dave Freer’s groundbreaking fantasy epic, Dragon’s Ring.

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An A.I. on Trial for Murder

With Earth at war with implacable alien invaders, the artificially intelligent programs called servants have proven their mettle in battle. Now a turncoat A.I. is on trial for treason, and in the process he threatens to undo all the hard-won recognition his kind have achieved. But one stalwart A.I. officer in the U.S. Space Navy has no intention of letting the traitor, who is literally his twin brother in code, get away with it. A story set in the world of Hugo finalist Tony Daniel’s upcoming military SF thriller, Guardian of Night.

Read free fiction “CHECKSUM Checkmate” here

Checksum Checkmate

Drugs of War
The Drugs of War Are Here–Whether We Like It or Not

Enhancing human biochemistry has always been a part of warfare, but now the drugs of war have gone high tech and are becoming much more effect. Military historian J.R. Dunn returns to with a look at drugs and combat in the past, present–and what DARPA, hostile states, and new developments on the horizon hold in store for the future warrior.

Read free nonfiction “The Drugs of War” here

A Secret World Chronicle Audio Drama Event

Hugely popular new meta-hero novels Invasion and upcoming World Divided started their lives as audio drama podcasts produced by Mercedes Lackey and her coauthors. Now in a exclusive, listen to a Secret World Chronicle special broadcast a new introduction and material never before heard.

Listen to Secret World Chronicle: Revelations here

Secret World Chronicle

Tony Daniel
Interview with Baen Editor Tony Daniel

Tony Daniel, the award-winning author of upcoming Guardian of Night, is also an editor at Baen Books. Daniel reflects on reading, writing, being a Baen editor, and life in science fiction and storytelling.

Read Tony Daniel interview here

The Star Beast Teacher’s Guide Debuts

Here’s a classroom-ready (and highly enjoyable) teacher’s and reader’s guide for studying one of the greatest of Robert A. Heinlein’s young adult classics, The Star Beast. This is part of an ongoing series of Baen Books Teacher’s Guides.

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The Star Beast

April Baen Ebook Releases

The Road of Danger - HALF
David Drake

Leary and Mundy are ordered to lawless regions where a highly effective rogue intelligence officer is plotting to destroy civilization. The RCN saga continues.

Dog and Dragon - HALF
Dave Freer

A reluctant heroine faces down tyrant wizards while her dragon love fights his way across dimensions to aid her.
Ride the Star Winds - HALF
A. Betram Chandler

The definitive third volume and last entry in this omnibus edition of the classic science fiction of A. Bertram Chandler and his John Grimes stories. Contains novels The Anarch Lords, The Last Amazon, The Wild Ones, and Catch the Star Winds.
1636: The Saxon Uprising
Eric Flint

A freedom-fighter from the time-transplanted town of Grantville is taken prisoner during an uprising in brutal 17th century Saxony. She’s set to be executed unless the Grantville’s Mike Stearns and his mercenary military force can do a bit of liberating of their own. The Ring of Fire series continues!
Armored - HALF
John Joseph Adams

Armor up for a metal-pounding feast of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers (including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnett, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell) on a future warrior of flesh and metal who might very well be just around the corner.
To the Galactic Rim
A. Bertram Chandler

Number one in a three-volume collection of the legendary John Grimes of the Galactic Rim series. Lieutenant John Grimes may be green from the Academy, but he’s a heroic starship captain in the making, if not quite a prepared as he believes himself to be. But there is one quality Lieutenant Grimes always possesses: an appetite for adventure.
January 2012 Night Shade Bundle

John Love

Three hundred years ago Faith, a seemingly invincible alien ship, wrought a path of destruction through the galaxy. Now Faith is back, but this time something is waiting: Outsiders, ships conceived in back alleys and manned by sociopaths. Now the captain of the Outsider ship Charles Manson hopes to accomplish what no other human has been able to do–destroy Faith.

A Path to Coldness of Heart
Glen Cook

King Bragi Ragnararson is a prisoner held captive at the heart of the Dread Empire. Far away in Kavelin, Bragi's queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free him. For now the time of the wrath of kings is at hand, and vengeance lies along a path to coldness of heart.

The Serpent Sea
Martha Wells

Moon, a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together they travel with their people to the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, a mountain-sized tree, in the hopes of establishing a new colony. But now a blight infects the tree’s core, and Moon must undertake a quest for the tree’s heartstone across the Serpent Sea.

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Contest News

Alt Christmas Carol Winner

Last month, we asked for off the wall alternate history and alternate world Christmas carols and a wonderful selection wafted down the Baen chimney. Picking a winner was tough, but here it is, wrapped up in crumbling, torn paper and covered with ooze:

Zombie Christmas
By Jacob Stein
[to the tune of Jingle Bells, of course]

Dashing through the snow
With a shotgun in my hand
Zombies chasing me
All throughout the land

I hear people scream
As zombies eat their brains
A horrible way to die
I fear I'll die the same!

Oh! Zombies here, zombies there, undead everywhere!
Apocalypse is here to stay,
what a horrible Christmas day.

Hey! Zombies here, zombies there, undead everywhere!
Bio-war has run its course,
Humanity's deceased.

Sole survivor now
Is me and me alone
A nightmare I now live
Killing zombies on my own!

As the infection spreads
And brains become the menu
I am forced to watch
Zombies tear through sinew

Oh! Zombies here, zombies there, undead everywhere!
Human flesh is now the most
wanted food today.

Hey! Zombies here, zombies there, undead everywhere!
My only friend is my gun
so I won't become one.

Don’t forget to check out the Baen new book releases. And for upcoming appearances by Baen authors and editors, check here. And remember, our poll and contest on the best near-future SF bad guys is going strong until January 25. Check it out here.

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