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In this issue: our solar system becomes a playground for the fabulously wealthy, a military advisor launches a personal war, and recycling gets us to the stars. All that plus two new short stories and new nonfiction!
   January 2021


Space: a tycoon's playground. The dreams of a handful of trillionaires dictate the future of humanity. Outside the reach of Earthly law and with the vast resources of the inner solar system at their disposal, the “Four Horsemen” do exactly as they please. Now, an international team of elite military women, masquerading as space colonists, are set to infiltrate and neutralize the largest and most dangerous project in human history. But nothing is that simple when rich men control the sky, as everyone involved is about to discover.

Get Rich Man's Sky eARC here.


Domingos Fernandes Calabar started out as a military advisor for the Portuguese in Brazil, but these days the Portuguese have a new label for Calabar: “traitorous dog.” Now working for Dutch admiral Maarten Tromp and Sephardic pirate Moses Cohen Henriques Eanes, Calabar helps the Dutch fleet strike at Portuguese and Spanish interests on land and sea. But when bitter personal enemies put Calabar’s family in chains, he has a choice to make: help the Dutch end slavery in time, or save his wife and children now? For ultimately, this is not just Calabar’s fight. This is Calabar’s war.

Get 1636: Calabar's War eARC here.

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The Malice of Fortune


What if the past is merely a playground for the future? In a new, evolving timeline, Cesare Borgia did not follow a path that led to a fatal ambush and unfulfilled ambitions, but instead attempts to create a powerful Renaissance empire centuries in advance of the modern nation. But someone—or something—with shadowy motives and nefarious purposes may be aiding Borgia every step of the way. And when a beautiful operative from a future that may never be shows up to set things right, the stakes become human freedom itself in a transformed future!

Get The Malice of Fortune by Steve White here.

New Fiction and Nonfiction at

Legends Never Die

On the colony world of Cistercia, the men and women who first settled that alien planet have, over time, become legends in their own right, imprinting the colony and its culture with their own unique personalities. Call it The Founder Effect. But these legends were once flesh and blood. This is one of their stories.

Read “Appleseed,” by The Founder Effect editor Robert E. Hampson here.

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Hiram Wooley is a cunning man. A wielder of powerful magic, he endeavors to help those beset by supernatural forces. His adopted son Michael is a man of science, a boy not yet sure he believes the fairy stories his father tells. When Hiram has a recurring dream of a ghostly woman in white in the small mining town of Latuda, the pair are called to the service of a grieving father. And what they find beneath the soil of Latuda will prove a challenge to both father and son.

Read “Latuda's Lady in White,” by Aaron Michael Ritchey here.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle . . . and Reach for the Stars!

Stars recycle and so must we, if we are to reach them. The massive amount of resources needed to reach the stars means one thing: humanity must learn to recycle effectively if we are to shake the dust of this solar system off our feet. Fortunately, all of nature and human history offers a blueprint for doing just that.

Read “Recycling: From Stars to Starship,” by Jim Beall here.

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Twisted Time Ebook Sale

story graphic What time is it? Time for savings on Eric Flint ebooks and more!

To mark the debut of The Macedonian Hazard by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, and Paula Goodlett this month, save on twisted time ebooks by Eric Flint and others!

Find out more here.

Don’t Touch That Dial: It’s the Baen Free Radio Hour

Coming soon to the Baen Free Radio Hour: Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, and Paula Goodlett on alternate history novel The Macedonian Hazard. And geneticist and author Dan Koboldt talks about his science fiction novel Domesticating Dragons.

Missed past episodes? No problem. We’ve got every episode archived for your listening pleasure. All previous episodes are also archived at Baen’s YouTube Channel, here. And check out the new optional video podcast format!

Listen to the Baen Free Radio Hour now.

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Baen Books


Rich Man's Sky - HALF
Wil McCarthy

An international team of elite military women, masquerading as space colonists, are set to infiltrate and neutralize the largest and most dangerous project in human history. But nothing is that simple when rich men control the sky, as everyone involved is about to discover.
1636: Calabar's War - HALF
Charles E. Gannon & Robert E. Waters

Domingos Fernandes Calabar started out as a military advisor for the Portuguese in Brazil, but these days the Portuguese have a new label for Calabar: “traitorous dog.” Now Calabar helps the Dutch fleet strike at Portuguese and Spanish interests on land and sea.
Starborn & Godsons
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournell, & Steven Barnes

Avalon was finally thriving. The cold sleep colonists from Earth had settled on a verdant, livable world. But unbeknownst to the planet-bound humans, something was moving out there in the stars. Its destination: Avalon. Its probable origin: Earth’s Solar System.
Castaway Resolution
Eric Flint & Ryk E. Spoor

The Kimei family and the second group of castaways, led by the redoubtable Sergeant Campbell, have finally joined forces landing on the bizarre planet Lincoln. But the resourcefulness of the castaways may not be enough. Because the planet Lincoln is far from done with them yet.
The Initiate
James L. Cambias

The Apkallu are masters of magic. They rule the world from the shadows, using mind control and deadly monsters to eliminate any threat to their power. Sam Arquero lost his family to a demon sent by an Apkallu. He knew that nobody would believe the truth, but now an old man offers Sam the chance to find out who is responsible, and bring down the Apkallu forever.
Edited by Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann

It's the end of the world—but not as we know it . . . This collection presents twelve world-ending scenarios that are all too frightening—and all too real.
Edited by Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann

Earthshaking stories of the most fearsome creatures of all time. Stories by L. Sprague de Camp, Brian W. Aldiss, Howard Waldrop, Harry Turtledove, and more!

Get the April 2021 Ebooks bundle here

*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on April 6, 2021. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

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

Wordfire Press

Munish K. Batra M.D., FACS & Keith R.A. DeCandido

A serial killer targets those who harm innocent animals—poachers, big-game hunters, gourmet food companies, brutal animal trainers, dog fighters—and his kills are ramping up. Three detectives team up to discover the killer's identity before he strikes again—but are these truly acts of horror, or justice for the worst kind of people? Who is the real animal?

The Branch
Mike Resnick

It is 2047 and the Messiah has come—and he’s very Old Testament. He is a grifter named Jeremiah the B, the last possible descendant of the line of David, and he fits all four Biblical signs of the Messiah. He finds himself pitted in a titanic struggle with a billionaire underworld boss, who has distinct similarities to a certain Prince of Lies. With both of them proving to be scoundrels, which one is actually the hero?

Kevin O'Donnell Jr.

McGill Feighan is a “flinger”—able to teleport himself or anything else as far away as he can imagine. He travels across the universe in a flicker and a flash. Young McGill sets off on a quest for the Far Being, who has interfered with him since birth, a journey that will take him to the most fantastic worlds, among the most incredible alien species. It might be a fun adventure . . . if the whole galaxy wasn’t out to kill him.

JABberwocky Literary Agency

Life Probe
Michael McCollum

For millennia, the Makers’ Life Probes explored the farthest reaches of space in search of the secret behind faster-than-light speed. In the 22nd century, they stumble upon Earth, and while they aren't sure the planet contains anything that could be considered “advanced” or “intelligent,” They need help from humankind. The probe is damaged and must be repaired if their search for knowledge is to continue.

Procyon's Promise
Michael McCollum

Three hundred years ago, humanity made a pact with the Makers: all of the Makers’ intelligence in exchange for help in their mission. Now, descendants of the original Procyon expedition have returned to Earth in a starship to find a world that has forgotten the generations-old contract. But the returning colonists have overcome greater obstacles in their quest to redeem a promise made before they were born.

The Clouds of Saturn
Michael McCollum

When the sun flared out of control and boiled Earth's oceans, humanity took refuge in the towering clouds and deep clear-air canyons of Saturn's upper atmosphere. But having survived, they soon returned to the all-too-human tradition of internecine strife. The new city-states of Saturn began to resemble those of ancient Greece, with one group of cities taking on the role of militaristic Sparta.

The Sails of Tau Ceti
Michael McCollum

On the eve of the launch of humanity's first interstellar probe, intelligent life found Earth. The probe, Starhopper, was quickly retrofitted to carry a welcoming committee to the alien visitors. Onboard the alien craft, the crew of Starhopper met with beings surprisingly compatible with humans. That two species so similar could have evolved twelve light years from one another seemed too coincidental to be true. One human being soon discovered that coincidence had nothing to do with it.

Michael McCollum

The new comet found near Jupiter was an incredible treasure trove of water-ice and rock. But all thoughts of profit and fame were abandoned when a scientific expedition discovered that the comet's trajectory placed it on a collision course with Earth!

Euclid's Wall
Michael McCollum

A century after civilization fell, scattered communities have regained a fraction of what humanity lost on that Day of Destruction. One such is the Duchy of Hampshire on the southern tip of England. Hampshire is at war—a war that costs a great deal and that threatens the lives of its citizens. Now, a chance encounter between a merchant sea captain and a beautiful woman may lead to victory. Soon, a voyage sets sail for America—and the mysterious Wall that scholars believe precipitated the fall of civilization, and which may yet destroy the world.

Lost Earth
Michael McCollum

In the 43rd century, humanity left Earth behind and populated the Orion Spur. But soon widespread war raged, destroying much of what had been built during the preceding thousand years. A new dark age descended. Eventually, a new Pax Galactica took hold. Much knowledge that had been lost was regained—but not all. On worlds across human space, parents told their children stories of a place where once dwelt knights and princesses, magicians and dragons. What the children did not learn was where this magical place could be found: Planet Earth.
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