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In this issue: Miles Vorkosigan returns, the collected works of a master, and a band of survivors lost on an alien world. All that plus magic versus science in a new contest!
   Books on Sale in Bookstores February 2016
Future Imperfect

Three years after her famous husband’s death, Cordelia Vorkosigan stands ready to spin her life in a new direction, catching even her old friend Admiral Oliver Jole by surprise. Her son Miles dispatches himself on an unanticipated mission of inquiry—of his own mother. When plans, wills, and expectations collide, Miles will learn that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past.

Get Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen here.

Magic and Mayhem in the Midst of War

It began with two men. They came from entirely different universes, one using sorcery and the other using mental powers and steam-age technology. They met in a virgin forest on a duplicate planet Earth. Now, war between their respective worlds has begun. Where it will end—and how—no one knows.

Get Hell Hath No Fury here.

February Contest

Magic vs. Science: Battle Royale

In Hell Hath No Fury by David Weber and Linda Evans, a portal through the multiverse pits two societies against one another. One wields magic while the other relies on science. It’s the SF/F genre battle royale. Which got us thinking: in a war between science and magic, which side would you choose? Let us know your answer and why in a short (100 words or less) paragraph for a chance to win a signed copy of Hell Hath No Fury.

Find out more here.


Contest Winners

January Contest Winner

In Unforgettable, a fluke of quantum mechanics renders Nat Morgan completely and utterly forgettable. Once Nat is out of a person’s line of sight, he or she forgets Nat ever existed. Last month, we asked you what other occupations might suit a person with Nat’s special abilities. Congrats to Dennis E. Louks! His answer: A street performer. He could get tips from the same people over and over because his act would seem new every time. Dennis wins a signed copy of Eric James Stone's Unforgettable.

December Contest Winner

For December’s contest, we asked you what comedy duo (or team) you’d like to see given a science fiction overhaul. Congratulations to Anthony Ornellas. He wins a signed copy of Rhythm of the Imperium by Jody Lynn Nye. Anthony wasn’t the only one to suggest the classic team of Abbott and Costello, but he went one step further and wrote some material for the duo.

Costello: So, a light year is a measure of distance . . . measured by a length of time?
Abbott: Yes, described in that way, and not the other way you were saying.
Costello: Groans.
Abbott: Keep in mind that this only the basic stuff—
Costello: What?! Basic?! It’s a miracle that anyone wanted to go into space at all! Next you’re going to tell me there’s a gravity month or something!
Abbott: Well . . .

Don't Touch that Dial: It's the Baen Free Radio Hour!

Editor and author Hank Davis and writers Sarah A. Hoyt and Tony Daniel reflect on the stories in alien contact and (mis)communication anthology, Worst Contact. And Lois McMaster Bujold discusses her all-new Vorkosigan novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen! Missed past episodes? No problem. We’ve got every episode archived for your listening pleasure.

Listen to The Baen Free Radio Hour now

February Books

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
Lois McMaster Bujold

When plans, wills, and expectations collide, Miles Vorkosigan will learn that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past.

Hell Hath No Fury
David Weber & Linda Evans
(trade paperback)

They came from entirely different universes, one using sorcery and the other using mental powers and steam-age technology. Now, war between their respective worlds has begun. Where it will end—and how—no one knows.

The Best of Bova
Ben Bova
(trade paperback)

Tales to fire up the imagination and kindle a spark in the mind. Stories that get the human element and the science right, from master of hard SF Ben Bova.

Castaway Planet
Eric Flint & Ryk E. Spoor
(mass market paperback)

Set adrift among the stars, a small band of survivors beats the odds and finds a habitable planet on which to build a new life. But this strange new world holds many secrets—which may prove deadly.

No Going Back
Mark L. Van Name
(mass market paperback)

When nano-enhanced mercenary problem solver Jon Moore meets a dangerous woman from his distant past and undertakes a high-risk mission, Lobo fears this mission will be their last.

Shattered Shields
ed. by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Jennifer Brozek
(mass market paperback)

High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. Here are stories of dark magic, enemy blades, epic landscapes, and epic battles.
Baen Appearances
Author Appearance
Lois McMaster Bujold

February 3
Dreamhaven Books & Comics
2301 E 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Eric Flint
Jody Lynn Nye

February 4-6
Superstars Writing Seminar
Antler's Hotel
Colorado Springs, CO

Michael Z. Williamson

February 5-7
Military History Fest
Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center
St. Charles, IL

Lois McMaster Bujold

February 6
Uncle Hugo's
2864 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

David B. Coe
Toni Weisskopf

February 19-21
Chattanooga Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN

Brendan DuBois
Esther Friesner
Charles E. Gannon
Walter H. Hunt
Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
Jim Minz

February 19-21
Boskone 53
Westin Waterfront Hotel
Boston, MA

Tony Daniel

February 26-28
Holiday Inn Tanglewood
Roanoke, VA

Toni Weisskopf

February 28-March 3
Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop
Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel
Chattanooga, TN

Don't forget to check out the newest ebook releases here, plus read “Adrift” by Terry Burlison here. And check out this month’s new non-fiction essay, “From Corvus to Keyhole: Shipyards—Past, Present, and Science Fiction” by Jim Beall here. For upcoming appearances by Baen authors and editors, check here.
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