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In this issue: A spymaster’s son, a call to duty, and the power of music. All that plus the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest.
   January 2014

book cover Protect the Spymaster’s Son—and Save a Planet!

Cinnabar's chief spymaster is a mother also—and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to hold the boy's hand than Captain Daniel Leary, the Republic of Cinnabar Navy's troubleshooter, and his friend the cyberspy Adele Mundy? Now on the mining planet Corcyra Leary and Mundy must deal with kidnappers, hijackers, pirates and a death squad—even before they can get to their real business of ending the war, and keeping one naïve boy alive.

The tenth entry in the nationally best-selling Republic of Cinnabar Navy space adventure series by master of military science fiction, David Drake.

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The Royal Manticoran Navy Wants You!

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life, but life in the RMN isn't exactly what he expected. With the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of extinction. Now there are factions in Parliament who want nothing more than to scrap the Navy and shift its resources and manpower elsewhere.

But those factions are mistaken. The universe is not a safe place. Travis Long is about to find that out.

A new series set in the early history of the Honorverse from multiple New York Times best-selling author David Weber and #1 New York Times best seller, Timothy Zahn.

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Feel the Power of Music

Andy LaPierre makes his living—if you can call it that—playing guitar in the speakeasies and juke joints of the small coastal town of Archers Beach, Maine. He may not get the good gigs, but there’s a power to Andy’s music—a power he’s well aware of and which sometimes scares him. So when a pretty tourist girl asks Andy to use his music to help her, he’s hesitant. Andy likes to deal with people from Away as little as possible. But he knows that his gift of music may be the only thing that can save her. Free fiction set within the Archer Beach series, which includes Sharon Lee’s Carousel Tides and the upcoming Carousel Sun.

Read “The Gift of Music" by Sharon Lee now

Tissue Engineers on the Track of Smart Flesh and Custom Organs

Circuits printed directly onto human organs. Skin painted onto a burn victim with a “skin gun.” Complete organs manufactured in the lab. Sound like something out of your favorite SF novel? Well, maybe it is. But it's also fast becoming a reality. Neurological research scientist Tedd Roberts walks us through the exciting cutting-edge field of tissue engineering.

Read “From Smart Flesh to Custom Organs” here

Kratman Training War

Lessons of War

The multipart series on training for war by retired Army lieutenant colonel Tom Kratman, creator of the popular Carrera military science fiction series and Come and Take Them, continues. Kratman’s contention: an army is for winning wars. And to win wars, you have to train men (and some women) to be warriors, not police or social workers.

Read “Lessons of War" by Tom Kratman now

Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest

We Want Your Stories!

Baen Books and the National Space Society have once again teamed up to find the best, forward-thinking, near-future science fiction story of the year. Now in its eighth year, the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest has become a major award for short fiction in the science fiction community, and the place for tales set in the hopeful future of space travel.

Think your story has what it takes? Details on how to enter can be found here.

Kratman Training War
Don't Touch that Dial: It's The Baen Free Radio Hour!

Find interviews with your favorite Baen writers including David Weber, Eric Flint, Larry Correia, David Drake, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Tom Kratman, and much more. Plus the complete audiobook seriealization of David Weber’s Shadow of Freedom.

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April Baen Ebook Releases

Cauldron of Ghosts
David Weber
Eric Flint

The Mesan Alignment: a centuries‑old eugenics cabal exposed by spies Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat—one an agent of Honor Harrington’s Star Kingdom of Manticore, the other a Havenite operative. Now Zilwicki and Cachat return to Mesa—only to discover that even they have underestimated the Alignment’s ruthlessness and savagery.

Balance Point
Robert Buettner

Lost in space, and from one another, covert ops Captain Janzen Parker and his sharp shooting lover Kit Born must each penetrate Yavet, the universe’s most insular and repressive world, then foil a plot that could turn Cold War II hot and nuclear—or die trying. #3 in the Orphan’s Legacy series.

Waldo & Magic, Inc.
Robert A. Heinlein

Two classic novels, with a new introduction by Tim Powers.

Waldo: North Power‑Air is in trouble. Desperate for a answers, they turn to Waldo, a crippled genius who lives in a zero‑g home in orbit around Earth.

Magic, Inc.: Magic, Inc. is systematically squeezing out the small independent magicians. But one man stands firm.

Upon a Sea of Stars
A. Bertram Chandler

Number five in the collected adventures of legendary space captain John Grimes of the Galactic Rim series. Contains Into the Alternate Universe, Contraband from Otherspace, The Rim Gods (a story collection), and The Commodore at Sea.

Children of the Gates
Andre Norton

Two legendary Andre Norton SF adventure novels of the telepathic future in one volume. On a world where parallel and alternate universes intersect Celtic faery folk, modern humans, and inhabitants face a sinister visitor. Plus: a young telepath woman’s vision quest on a strange planet. Includes Here Abide Monsters and Yurth Burden.

The Heretic
Tony Daniel
David Drake

Humanity settled the stars, only to fall into catastrophic collapse and a galactic dark age. On one rugged planet, a brilliant and courageous young commander will dare anything to avenge his mother’s death by disease and bring about change. A new entry in the General series.

Between the Stars
Eric Kotani
John Maddox Roberts

An exploration of the Saturnian moon Rhea turns up alien artifacts. One thing is certain: they are sources of immense power. Now the settlers in the freedom-loving asteroid belt plan to use the artifacts to launch asteroids to the stars. But repressive elements throughout the Solar System are just as intent on stopping them!

*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on March 15, 2014. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

Charles Fort Bundle

Welcome to the worlds of Charles Fort, chronicler of the unexpected and inexplicable. Here you’ll find rains of fish and snakes, UFOs, spontaneous combustion—and, of course, the cow that gave birth to two lambs.

All four of Charles Fort’s classic books together with a new introductory essay by Jack Womack, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award and lifetime Fortean.

Get the Charles Fort Bundle today !

E-Reads Bundle

An alternate history of the American West, a post-apocalyptic society free of men—plus, the Watchstar Trilogy, in this five book bundle from Nebula Award winning novelist Pamela Sargent. Includes: Watchstar, Eye of the Comet, Homesmind, Shore of Women,and Climb the Wind.

Get the Pamela Sargent Bundle today !

ElectricStory Bundle

The Robot's Twilight Companion
Tony Daniel

A hero returns home from the end of time, a derelict man-god holds the only hope against a tyrant, and a mining robot gains human understanding. Plus the Hugo-nominated story, “Life on the Moon,” and much more.

Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories
Terry Bisson

The Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning classic short story “Bears Discover Fire” together with a horrific novelette about experimental excursions into the realm of death, a first-contact mini-epic, and much more. This collection showcases the wide range of Bisson's powerful talent.

Dream Factories and Radio Pictures
Howard Waldrop

TV, radio, movies—they're all right here! For the first time, the greater part of Howard Waldrop’s media-related tales are brought together in one place. Plus original essays by the author, and a never-before-published novelette. One of America’s most original writers brings adventure and intrigue to history’s finer points with wondrous tales of what might have been.

Memories of the Future
Robert F. Young

A mountaineer must redeem his life by scaling a miles-long artifact shaped like a woman. A little boy attempts to return from a bleak city to the idyllic country of his memory. A mysterious wanderer transforms the lives of a struggling family during the Great Depression. Here are Robert F. Young’s best short stories—stories that prove he’s a writer you will love rediscovering, or discovering for the first time.

Farewell to Yesterday's Tomorrow
Alexei Panshin

Twelve of Alexei Panshin’s best stories, plus a novella written in collaboration with his wife Cory. These engaging fantasies turn the idea of SF as escape on its head, dramatizing how technology may give new expression to human empathy and self-sacrifice but never replace them.

Get the Electricstory bundle today! now

Wordfire Press

Destination: Void
Frank Herbert

Prequel to the Pandora Sequence. Frank Herbert’s classic cerebral thriller of a handful of survivors aboard an interstellar colony ship imprisoned by a super-sentient computer that thinks it’s God.

The Jesus Incident: Book 1 of the Pandora Sequence
Frank Herbert
Bill Ransom

The megalomaniacal computer Ship has deposited colonists on the hellish monster-filled planet of Pandora, where it experiments with their abilities to survive.

The Lazarus Effect: Book 2 of the Pandora Sequence
Frank Herbert
Bill Ransom

Centuries after Ship has gone dormant, the two factions of humanity stranded on Pandora—horribly mutated Mermen and seemingly perfect Islanders—must reunite as Ship begins to reawaken.

The Ascension Factor: Book 3 of the Pandora Sequence
Frank Herbert
Bill Ransom

The survivors on Pandora have tamed the world and built a thriving civilization, but there are still dark corners. And as their dreamers try to construct a new Voidship to escape Pandora, their society begins to crumble from within.

Bill Ransom

A psychological SF thriller in a war-torn future Central America where one injured warrior is able to mind-travel into a surreal dream world where he can affect and control world events.

Bill Ransom

At a private laboratory known as ViraVax that is run by the mysterious Children of Eden, former agent Rico Toledo uncovers a terrifying plot that has left his partner genetically programmed for assassination.

Bill Ransom

When the world's most devastating artificial virus, GenoVax, is created in 2015, the entire human race faces painful destruction after the virus, which makes people feel as if they are burning to death, is released.

Get the January Wordfire Press Bundle here

Don’t forget to check out the Baen new book releases here. Enter the January Contest here. And for upcoming appearances by Baen authors and editors, check here.

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