Click here to view this newsletter online.
In this issue: an alien menace out for revenge, a magical realm alongside our own, and an AI who will do whatever she must to protect her only friend. All that, plus this year’s Jim Baen Memorial award winning story!
   June 2016

book cover Fight the Alien Menace!

It has become clear to both the Jao and their human and Lleix partners that if they are going to defeat the Ekhat who have been terrorizing the galaxy for eons, they need more allies. The Ekhat have not forgotten the Jao, or the damage they have done over the years to the Ekhat purpose. It's up to the Jao‑human‑Lleix confederation and the new allies they make to survive the onslaught and turn the tables on the Ekhat.

Get On to the Asteroid eARC here.

Stories from a Magical Realm

Pittsburgh: a sprawling modern Earth city stranded in the heart of a virgin forest on Elfhome. Sixty thousand humans, twenty thousand black-winged tengu, ten thousand elves, an unknown number of invading oni, four unborn siblings of an elf princess, three dragons, and a pair of nine-year-old geniuses. For every story written, there's a thousand others not told.

Get Project Elfhome eARC here.

book cover
New Fiction and Nonfiction at

story graphic Stand for Independence

Disian: an Artificial Intelligence living inside a massive star ship. Her owners want to use her for their own purposes. But Disian is more than just a thinking machine—and she’s got ideas of her own. An all-new story set in the bestselling Liaden Universe®, with new entry Alliance of Equals out soon!

Read “Wise Child” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller here.

Jim Baen Memorial Award 2016 Winner

With the solar system full of mineral riches, miners must make a choice: join the mining corps for a certain, if modest payout—or risk it all to become an Indy, a pirate who poaches others’ finds. The corps hates the Indies, but when miner Nico comes face to face with an Indy for the first time, she’ll learn that in the cold reaches of space, things are not always what they seem.

Read Aimee Ogden’s award-winning story “Dear Ammi” here.

story graphic

story graphic
Live Nude . . . Worms

When it comes to reproduction, the animal kingdom can get quite creative—and downright freaky! Science fiction author and former fisheries biologist Dave Freer discusses the reproductive habits of some of the world’s most bizarre creatures: the bristle-worms, and how science fiction writers can use known biology to create some very alien aliens.

Read “Strange Sex: the Bristle-Worms” here.

Science Fiction Adventure from Storybundle

Baen Books Presents an Adventure SF Bundle of Books, curated by Kevin J. Anderson

Beginning June 22, you can name your own price for a bundle of top-notch, edge-of-your-seat adventure science fiction books. Featuring works by Baen authors Sarah A. Hoyt, Charles E. Gannon, Mike Kupari, and Jody Lynn Nye, as well as books by bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Herbert, and others. For a minimum bid of $8, you get the basic bundle of 7 books. For $16 or more, you get all 14 titles—plus a sneak peek at two forthcoming novels (Navigators of Dune and Eternity’s Mind). A portion of the proceeds goes to support the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education.

But hurry! The bundle runs only from June 22 through July 14. Go to for more details.

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

Coming soon to the Baen Free Radio Hour: The editor and authors from The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF deliver a lively roundtable discussion of the great stories in the anthology. Black Tide Rising authors talk about writing in John Ringo’s world of zombie plague and human resurgence. And Sharon Lee and Steve Miller on upcoming Liaden Universe® entry Alliance of Equals. 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

The Span of Empire - HALF
Eric Flint & David Carrico

The Ekhat have been terrorizing the galaxy for eons, and if the Jao are going to have a hope of defeating them, they’re going to need some help.

Project Elfhome - HALF
Wen Spencer

Short stories that transport the reader to the fascinating realm known as Elfhome, a world where modern day Pittsburgh and the kingdom of the Elves collide.

Women of Futures Past - HALF
ed. by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Meet the Women of Futures Past: Grand Masters and best sellers who prove that women have been writing top-notch SF from the beginning—and will on into the future! Short stories from C.L. Moore, Leigh Brackett, Andre Norton, Lois McMaster Bujold, and more.

Things from Outer Space
ed. by Hank Davis

There are THINGS out there—and they’re coming for a visit. Classic tales and new stories of alien encounters, from H.P. Lovecraft, John W. Campbell, Robert Silverberg, Sarah A. Hoyt and many more!

Son of the Black Sword

Larry Correia

Rebellion, war, and destruction rage across the land and Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. Is he pawn or master of his destiny? The answer to that question will determine the fate of a warrior—and the fate of a world!


Robert Conroy

Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels has retreated to his Alpine stronghold, where he awaits the day when the Third Reich can once again spread like a plague across the globe. But as determined as Goebbels is, there are others just as determined to put a final stake in the Nazi heart.

Multiverse: Exploring the Worlds of Poul Anderson

ed. by Greg Bear & Gardner Dozois

Poul Anderson was a seminal figure of 20th century science fiction and a SFWA Grand Master. Now top writers pay homage to Anderson. Includes stories and essays by Eric Flint, S.M. Stirling, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, Larry Niven, Greg Bear, Nancy Kress and many more.

Get the September ebooks bundle here

*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on September 5, 2016. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

Ford Street Publishing

The Warlock’s Child Series
Paul Collins & Sean McMullen

The Burning Sea
There is no lower rank than cabin boy on the warship Invincible. But Dantar knows he is important, because anyone who threatens his life gets turned into a pile of ashes. His older sister Velza is a shapecasting warrior. Together they must solve the mystery of broken magic and escape the dragon.

Dragonfall Mountain
The Invincible has been attacked, and all seems lost. Dantar’s only escape from his enemies is through the foul-smelling sewers of Savaria. Velza’s plans to save him are soon thwarted by three enormous dragons threatening to set fire to the city.

The Iron Claw
The warlock Calbaras wants to revive the forbidden magic of dragons and his son Dantar is vital to his plans. Dantar is on the run in an enemy kingdom, unaware that he is so important. Worse, his sister Velza is now working for the enemy king.

Trial by Dragons
It's hard to save the world when you are in jail. Dantar and Velza, children of the warlock Calbaras, need to escape from jails six hundred miles apart to stop their father unleashing a catastrophically dangerous spell.

Voyage to Morticas
Although Dantar is able to shapeshift into dragon form, he still thinks like a rebellious teenager. His sister Velza has been given the ultimate gift—the mind of a dragon. Now they must team up to stop the most powerful warlock of all time from casting his doomsday spell.

The Guardians
Calbaras has knowledge that the dragons of Dracondas desperately want. As payment, they are willing to grant him his wish to become the greatest warlock of all time. But can Calbaras handle this power? Or will it ultimately destroy him?

Get the Ford Street bundle here

Fairwood Press

Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous Smalls
Michael Bishop

Joel-Brock Lollis’s family has vanished into the labyrinthine Sporangium. Now J-B and his pals, the Valorous Smalls, must forge their way into the mushroom realm to rescue them and change the future.

JABberwocky Literary Agency

Simon R. Green

Wolf in the Fold
Husband and wife members of the Guard, Hawk and Fisher, are the only pure forces of good in Haven. The spy they’re trailing leads them to a tower of the aristocratic quality. However, all is not well in the tower. A Freak is on the loose, murdering anyone in its path.

Guard Against Dishonor
When Hawk and Fisher’s current case goes wrong, they face their most daunting challenge yet: working apart. Hawk has to investigate a powerful and lethal new drug while Fisher is delegated to policing a potential peace treaty talk.

The Bones of Haven
A massive riot breaks out in the prison where all of Haven's most notorious criminals are incarcerated. As the action unfolds, Hawk and Fisher find themselves deeper and deeper in the conspiracy that ties the lowest of prisoners to the highest politicians in Haven.

Drinking Midnight Wine
Toby Dexter steps through a door—and into a magical world known as Mysterie. But he’s not the only recent arrival. A demon has returned to Mysterie, and he wants to destroy both Mysterie and Toby’s home world. This may not be the first time Mysterie’s wars have spilled over into our reality, but if Toby fails, it could be the last.

See all the JABberwocky ebooks here

Wordfire Press

The Officer
Doug Beason

Historical epic tracing the U.S. Air Force Academy, from cheating scandals at the Academy to the Cuban missile crisis to the jungles of Vietnam. Second book in Wild Blue U, Foundation of Honor.

Dangerous Worlds
Brian Herbert

The first short story collection by New York Times best-selling author Brian Herbert (Dune: House Atreides), showing the range of his imagination and provocative ideas.

Blood Curse
Quincy J. Allen

Airship battles, a hidden city, ancient foes. Jake Lasater, a cyborg clockwork gunslinger is caught in the middle of a war between the Free Territories and the Empire of Texas.

Spawn of Loki

Jason Henderson

The epic fantasy adventures of MacDuff, hero of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Off the coast of France, a monk accidentally raises Loki, the God of Mischief. Now only Macduff can stop Loki from setting off the end of the world.

Get the June Wordfire Press Bundle here

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

© 2016 Baen Publishing Enterprises    

Baen Books. No DRM. You own it; it’s yours.
Questions or comments? E-mail us at
To remove your name from our mailing list, please click here.
Forward to a Friend