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In this issue: new stories of Grantville, WV: the town that traveled through time and space, the best military and adventure SF stories of the year, and a Lois McMaster Bujold classic. All that, plus new fiction from David Drake.
   March 2018

book cover Extra! Extra! Read All About the Town that Traveled Through Time!

The most popular alternate history series of all continues. When a cosmic disturbance hurls your town from twentieth century West Virginia back to seventeenth century Europe—and into the middle of the Thirty Years War—you have to adapt to survive. And the natives of that time period, faced with American technology and politics, need to be equally adaptable. Here’s a generous helping of more stories of Grantville, the American town lost in time, and its impact on the people and societies of a tumultuous age.

Get Grantville Gazette VIII eARC here.

The Best Storytelling on the Planet

The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series roars into its fourth year, with more stories of derring-do, military combat, and edge of your seat suspense. Thrilling tales of grand science fiction adventure and military action selected from the top print and digital markets, these stories are guaranteed to challenge, provoke, and entertain. Includes stories by Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen, Rich Larson, Martin L. Shoemaker, Tony Daniel, Kacey Ezell, Jody Lynn Nye—and an Honorverse novella by New York Times best-selling author David Weber!

Get The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF, Volume 4 eARC here.

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New Fiction and Nonfiction at

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To Make an Officer

Able Spacer Ellie Woetjans’ first impression of new midshipman Mckinnon was that the kid was soft. But when the going gets tough, Mckinnon proves himself again and again to have what it takes to be an officer. But is that enough? New fiction set in David Drake’s popular RCN series, with new entry Though Hell Should Bar the Way coming soon.

Read “The Midshipman” by David Drake here.


This Magic Moment

Any reader of fantasy literature is familiar with some form of magic. But if we take a step back, we have to ask ourselves: What exactly is magic and how does it work, both in the real world and in stories? D.J. Butler has spent quite a bit of time thinking about magic. His Witchy War series, which includes Witchy Eye and the upcoming Witchy Winter, are set in a reimagined magical America of the 1800s. In this month’s nonfiction essay, Butler illuminates the history of magic and how it can be used by fantasy authors.

Read “Magic Systems aren’t Magic” by D.J. Butler here.

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Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award Winner Announced


Stephen Lawson of Louisville, Kentucky, has won the grand prize in the 2018 Jim Baen Memorial Award competition for his short story "Homunculus." The contest is focused on stories of human space exploration and discovery, with an optimistic spin. Get all the details here.

Live Slush!

See and hear a recreation of Baen’s Slushmaster General’s Face-to-Face convention workshops, wherein actual slush manuscripts are considered and sorted out loud by real live Baen editors. The mysterious process is made clear. All we need are some volunteers! If you have a manuscript under consideration, just send us the submission number at If you have a new, completed manuscript you’d like to be considered, submit it now and e-mail us the submission number you receive. We will keep the names of the submitters anonymous in all cases. We need 10 volunteers by April 1—no fooling!—and will livestream the session in May. If no one is brave enough to volunteer, we won’t do it. Stay tuned for details about how and when to watch!

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

Coming soon to the Baen Free Radio Hour: David Weber, Timothy Zahn, and Thomas Pope on A Call to Vengeance, book three in the Manticore Ascendant series set in David Weber’s Honorverse three hundred years before Honor Harrington’s time, and editors and authors of Star Destroyers discuss big ships and blowing things up, fictionally speaking. Plus David Drake on new RCN novel, Though Hell Should Bar the Way. Missed past episodes? No problem. We’ve got every episode archived for your listening pleasure.

Listen to the Baen Free Radio Hour now.


Baen Ebook Releases


Grantville Gazette VIII - HALF
Edited by Eric Flint & Walt Boyes

Edited by Ring of Fire series creator Eric Flint and coeditor Walt Boyes, here’s a generous helping of more stories of Grantville, the American town lost in time, and its impact on the people and societies of a tumultuous age.


Expiration Date

Tim Powers

Ghosts can be caught, and bottled, and sold. When a young boy accidentally inhales the ghost of Thomas Edison, he finds that all the factions of Los Angeles' occult underground are after him, determined to kill him and get Edison's powerful ghost for themselves!
Brothers in Arms
Lois McMaster Bujold

Miles Vorkosigan is having enough trouble keeping his two identities separate—the charismatic Admiral Naismith of the Denarii Mercenary Fleet and a Vor lord of the Barrayan aristocracy—when assassination attempts begin. But are his enemies after Miles Naismith or Lord Miles Vorkosigan?
The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF, Vol. 4 - HALF
Edited by David Afsharirad

The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series roars into its fourth year, with more stories of derring-do, military combat, and edge of your seat suspense. Includes stories by Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen, Tony Daniel, Kacey Ezell, Jody Lynn Nye—and an Honorverse novella by New York Times best-selling author David Weber!
The Black Wolves of Boston
Wen Spencer

Silas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by the vampires of New Amsterdam. Eloise is a Virtue, pledged to hunting evil. Seth is the sixteen‑year old Prince of Boston, ward of the Wolf King. These four must now come together to unravel a plot by Wickers, witches who gain power from human sacrifices. Four people who lost everything struggle to save Boston by saving each other.
Blood Enemies
Susan R. Matthews

When a genocidal menace known as the Angel of Death threatens his adopted home, former Jurisdiction torturer Andrej Koscuisko must once again take up the savage trade he thought he’d left behind.
Man-Kzin Wars V - HALF

Now that the Kzin’s "first you scream and then you leap" approach to interstellar relations has led to three straight losses to the hairless hominidae of Sol III, there has begun to arise in Kzinti consciousness the faintest glimmering that there may be a Better Way. And in the resulting calm between wars, humans and Kzin are beginning to collaborate.

Get the June ebooks bundle here

*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on June 5, 2018. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

Wordfire Press

Battle for the Blood
Lucienne Diver

Tori wakes after Rise of the Titans to two very shocking realizations: one, she's in bed with a very naked Apollo and two, she still has her wings. Apollo suggests consulting the Gray Sisters on the wings, but they’ll only help if Tori thwarts Namtar, the Babylonian god of plagues, who’s been summoned and is now unleashing a zombie-like virus upon the world.

Blood Hunt
Lucienne Diver

Tori Karacis, sporting a tattoo on her back shaped like the wings the ink controls, has a new case. The sister of twin brothers accused of murdering their parents wants her to prove it’s not really them. Something happened on their trip to Egypt. But Tori’s not alone on the case. Neith, an Egyptian goddess, is also following a trail of bodies, and she believes they have something to do with Set, the ultimate chaos god.

Alex Singer

A futuristic retelling of the classical myth Theseus and the Minotaur, in which Theseus is recast as a stubborn, female Icarus, fighting to discover the truth in a city run by artificial Gods.

Typhoon Time
Ron Friedman

History professor Martin Richter travels back in time to 1938 abroad a Typhoon Class nuclear submarine led by a Holocaust survivor billionaire. Their goal—to prevent WWII at all costs. But their plans fall apart when a saboteur steals a nuclear warhead and hands it over to the German War Navy.

Phule's Company Boxed Set, Books 1-6
Robert Asprin

This complete eBook boxed set contains all six novels in Robert Asprin’s rollicking military-SF spoof, the Phule’s Company series, Phule’s Company, Phule’s Paradise, and (co-written with Peter J. Heck), A Phule and His Money, Phule Me Twice, No Phule Like an Old Phule, and Phule’s Errand. This series is science fiction at its funniest. $29.99.

Get the March Wordfire Press Bundle here

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

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