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In this issue: a new America full of magic and mayhem, an alien threat brought back from extinction, and an Honor Harrington classic. All that plus new short fiction by Brendan DuBois.
   February 2018

book cover High Adventure on the Frontier of Muskets and Magic!

It is 1803—a new 1803. Young Meriwether Lewis, footloose and intrigued, goes to hear a lecture in St. Louis by the venerated old wizard Benjamin Franklin. Franklin’s talk is disrupted by the attack of a winged fire-breathing beast. In the aftermath, Franklin tells the young man that he knows of a great, growing evil that lurks in the uncharted Arcane Territories west of the Mississippi. Using his own vast fortune, Franklin commissions Lewis and his partner William Clark to embark on a voyage of exploration. Accompanied by the brilliant shape-shifting sorceress Sacajawea, Lewis and Clark set off on an unparalleled adventure across a landscape that no European has ever seen.

Get Uncharted eARC here.

Stand against the Alien Invader Apocalypse

The war with the Arduans has ended, and the Arduans have come to call humanity their allies. Most of them. The Arduan warrior caste refuses to accept defeat. Now known as the Kaituni, they are waging a war of extermination against all members of the pan-Sentient Union. What’s more, the Kaituni have an unexpected weapon in their arsenal: the alien Arachnids, once thought driven to extinction. The Kaituni drive the Arachnid fleet ahead of them, inflicting untold damage. The odds look bleak. But Admiral Ian Trevayne and Commodore Ossian Wethermere have faced down long odds in the past. It’s time to take a stand, for Earth, for humanity . . . and for the pan-Sentient Union!

Get Oblivion eARC here.

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X Factor

It was the Big Day, the day simulation programmer Walt Sinclair and the other members of NASA had waited for. He should have been in the control room with the rest of the engineers, programmers, and flight specialists, but instead, Walt was stuck babysitting Oscar Marrow, a pilot from back in the old days. He was something of a celebrity around Mission Control, one of the few from his era still left alive. But that didn't make Walt any happier about being stuck in a windowless office, listening to the public broadcast over an old, static-filled radio while Oscar dozed. But though the promise of Tomorrow belongs to Youth, Walt soon learns that the Past hold valuable lessons—lessons that can't be run in a simulator.

Read “An Eagle’s Flight” by Brendan DuBois here.


What Dreams may Come

The dream sequence has been a staple of short stories, novels, television, and motion pictures for years. And of course we all play our own dream sequences on the backs of our eyelids every night, even if we don't remember them upon waking. But for all of our familiarity with dreams—both real and the fictional variety—most of us don't really know what dreams are or how they work. In this month's nonfiction essay Dr. Robert E. Hampson breaks down the whys and hows of our dreams and discusses how authors might better craft accurate dream sequences in their fiction.

Read “Every Seven Minutes” here.

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


Coming soon to the Baen Free Radio Hour: Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff discuss 1637: The Volga Rules, by Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, and Gorg Huff, a new entry in the Ring of Fire alternate history series. Plus, Les Johnson on the Clarkean roots of his high concept science fiction novel, Mission to Methone. Missed past episodes? No problem. We’ve got every episode archived for your listening pleasure.

Listen to the Baen Free Radio Hour now.

All Hands on Deck for a Technical Support Announcement

There are two pieces of news we wanted to let you know about. First, the Baen website will be unavailable from 2:00AM EST to 5:00AM EST on March 6, 2018. We regret this downtime, but there is some essential maintenance our hosting provider needs to do.

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We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this change causes you. We have no choice in this matter, but we do think it’s a reasonable step for better security.

—Toni Weisskopf & the Tech Support Team

Baen Ebook Releases


Uncharted - HALF
Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah A. Hoyt

It is 1803—a new 1803. When a lecture by the venerated wizard Benjamin Franklin is disrupted by the attack of a winged fire-breathing beast, Franklin commissions a young Meriwether Lewis and his partner William Clark to investigate a growing evil that lurks in the uncharted Arcane Territories west of the Mississippi.


Echoes of Honor

David Weber

For eight bloody years, the Star Kingdom of Manticore has taken the war to the vastly more powerful People's Republic of Haven, and Commodore Honor Harrington has been in the forefront of that war. But now Honor has fallen, captured by the Peep Navy, turned over to the forces of State Security . . . and executed on the interstellar network's nightly news. But all is not lost, for what no one knows is that Honor Harrington is not dead.
Oblivion - HALF
Steve White & Charles E. Gannon

The war with the Arduans has ended, but the Arduan warrior caste refuses to accept defeat. They are waging a war of extermination against all members of the pan-Sentient Union. But Admiral Ian Trevayne and Commodore Ossian Wethermere have faced down long odds in the past.
A Hymn Before Battle
John Ringo

With the Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans—for a price. Humanity now has three worlds to defend. As Earth's armies rush into battle, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson: You can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies.
Monster Hunter Siege
Larry Correia

When Monster Hunter International’s top hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, receives a tip about some hunters who have gone missing in action, he doesn’t realize their rescue mission will snowball into the single biggest operation in MHI history. The odds are stacked against them, but the fiercest hunters the world has ever known won’t be easily defeated.
1635: The Wars for the Rhine
Anette Pedersen

In the year 1635, the Rhineland is in turmoil. The impact of the Ring of Fire has only aggravated a situation that was already chaotic. The wars for the Rhine have erupted, and only the devil knows how they will end.
Combat Command: Lord of Lances
Mark Acres

You are Paul Nelson. Once you were a CIA mercenary. Then an operation went bad. Outnumbered. Outgunned. You faced certain death, until the alien spaceship appeared. It wasn't a rescue. Dropped on the distant planet Tran, you and the men of your outfit were told to enslave a medieval culture. Using advanced weaponry and military skills, your unit accomplished its mission . . . then you decided to strike out on your own.
Combat Command: The Omega Rebellion
Troy Denning

You are Gaspar Newlin, a junkloader in the Hillgrove Production Complex who becomes caught between rebel and government forces. You must choose to lead either a group of outlaws or a government security force as the colony ship Omega makes planet-fall to establish a new colony. Your strategies hold the key to survival!

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*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on May 1, 2018. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

Walter Jon Williams
The Dagmar Shaw Thrillers

This is Not a Game

When you play one of Dagmar’s online games, you can’t just shut down the computer and walk away.  The games pursue you into real life: you start getting emails from fictional characters, strangers ask you to help solve their problems, and sometimes you’re asked to volunteer for a mission to discover a vital clue. But now something is pursuing Dagmar. This Is Not a Game.  And there is no Second Life.

Deep State

Game designer Dagmar Shaw is skilled at creating vast online entertainments. She is an expert at manipulating the online players known as the Group Mind.  But when an acquaintance appears with the plan to stage a revolution and make the people think it was all their own idea, Dagmar is both appalled and intrigued. Can she crash the Deep State?  And can she do it without creating another bloodbath?

The Fourth Wall

Dagmar Shaw is back in Hollywood, with a plan to lasso a series of emerging technologies into a revolutionary new form of entertainment. Sean Makin is a washed-up child actor, until Dagmar offers him the chance to be a star. Sean's determined to succeed, even if the path to stardom is splashed with blood. But the ultimate secret is Dagmar's, and Sean has to decide how much to pay in order to find out what's on the other side of the fourth wall.

Diamonds from Tequila

Sean Makin was a washed-up child actor, until Dagmar Shaw made him a star. Now he's starring in a big-budget action thriller that offers him the chance to become a box-office titan. Except the action and the thrills aren't just in the movie. Dangerous and destabilizing new technology is floating around behind the scenes. An assassin is on the loose, and has already claimed his first victim.

Ring of Fire Press

1635: The Battle for Newfoundland
Herb Sakalaukas

Alternate 1635: The small, militarily underpowered nation of Denmark sets her sights on colonization of the New World, specifically large portions of what we call “Canada” in our timeline. Can such a nation settle vast swaths of land, full of indigenous inhabitants?

Pequod Press

War World: The Patriotic Wars
Ed. by John F. Carr

The CoDominium, the Soviet/United States world government has kept the peace on Earth and throughout human-occupied space for the past century. Now, the alliance is collapsing as the Bronson cabal attempts to take over the Grand Senate and the CoDominium itself.

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

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