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In this issue: Interviews - and a Contest of Heroic Proportions
   March 2011
Mercedes Lackey & Co. on the Secret World of Invasion!

The Secret World Chronicle, of which Invasion is the first installment, is a vast multimedia project that includes a creative warehouse of multiple authors, a professionally-produced podcast series, an active fan forum, and now a book. How did it all begin? What’s the origin story of this super-heroic team effort?

Mercedes Lackey and the SWC crew dish out the answers here in our exclusive interview!

March contest:
Give Us Your Greatest Superhero!

Leap into action with a victorious argument for who (or what) is the greatest superhero of all time and win a free Mercedes Lackey eBook! E-mail your Paragraph of Power with "Greatest Superhero Contest" in the subject line here by March 30.

Meet Galactic Mercenary Jazen Parker’s Many-sided Creator

Bestseller Robert Buettner makes his Baen debut this month with Overkill, a new series featuring jaded but action-ready galactic mercenary, Jazen Parker. Buettner has been compared to Heinlein on numerous occasions, and considers himself a bit of a RAH disciple.

Buettner has led a fascinating life in his own right including stints as a lawyer, petroleum geologist, and service in U.S. Army intelligence.

Check out our revealing interview with Robert Buettner here.

Overkill and Orphan’s Legacy series creator, Robert Buettner

Have a Victorious March of New Releases!

Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libbey, Cody Martin & Dennis Lee

From New York Times best- seller and mistress of adventure Mercedes Lackey together with a team of topnotch collaborators, the start of a new saga of superpowers–and the very human men and women who must wield them!

Rober Buettner

Military veteran Robert Buettner delivers a new military space opera saga with a wily and competent hero denied his true past and destined to blast his way into a gritty, glorious future.
To the Galactic Rim
A. Bertram Chandler

Captain John Grimes plies the spaceways with strange cargo and passengers as his stock in trade. The complete young John Grimes stories and novels from a legendary master of the space adventure.
Grantville Gazette V
Edited by Eric Flint

New York Times best-seller and master-class alternate historian Eric Flint skippers a strong new collection of tales in the saga of the little West Virginia town that could–remake history, that is!
Alaska Republik
Stoney Compton

21st century Russian Amerika–a cold, hard land held in chains by a brutal police state. That is, until the Cossack oppressor met his match in a rebel army of Athabaskans and outcast creoles from Alaska.
Rise of the
Terran Empire

Poul Anderson

A new empire of stars rises, but only periodic re-forging by the brave and the capable can stave off collapse into another galactic Dark Age. The third entry in the collected saga of the Polysotechnic League by SF legend Poul Anderson.

Coming in April

1636: The Saxon Uprising
Eric Flint

Remake history in April with a new entry in the multiply best-selling Ring of Fire saga by series creator Eric Flint!
Meet Baen Authors
Mar 2-4, 2011 Appearance
Larry Correia
Tony Weisskopf
High Point, NC
Mar 12-13, 2011 Appearance
David Weber
Timothy Zahn
Tucson Festival
Of Books
Tucson, AZ
Mar 25-27, 2011 Appearance
Les Johnson
(Science guest of honor)
Memphis, TN
Apr 8-10, 2011 Appearance
Tony Weisskopf
Robert Beuttner
John Ringo
Kurt Miller
Richmond, VA
click here for full calendar

eARC Webscription Releases

The Hot Gate eARC
May 2011 Hardcover
John Ringo

The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon, and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy, face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die-and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles eARC
May 2011 Paperback
Larry Correia

Jake Sullivan is a war hero, a private eye-and an ex-con. He’s free because he has a magical talent, being able to alter the force of gravity in himself and objects in his vicinity, and the Bureau of Investigation calls on him when they need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical talents. But the last operation he was sent along to help with went completely wrong, and Delilah Jones, the woman the G-men were after, who just happened to be an old friend of Jake’s in happier times, had a lot of magical muscle with her, too much muscle for the cops to handle, even with Jake’s help.

It got worse. Jake found out that the Feds had lied to him about Delilah being a murderer as well as a bank robber, and they had lied about this being his last job for them-he was too valuable for them to let him go. And things were even worse than Jake imagined. There was a secret war being waged by opposing forces of magic-users, and Jake had no idea that he had just attracted the attention of one side, whose ruthless leaders were of the opinion that Jake was far too dangerous to be permitted to live…

Extremis eARC
April 2011 Hardcover
Steve White and Charles E. Gannon

Once before, the sentient races in the known part of the galaxy-humans, Orions, Ophiuchi and Gorm-had united to defeat alien invaders. Decades later, the member planets of the alliance had grown complacent-until a huge fleet of ships, each ship larger than a city, arrived, fleeing the loss of their home planet when their star went nova.

They have traveled for centuries, slower than light, and now that they have arrived at the world they intend to make their new home. They regard the fact that the planet is already colonized by humans as a mere inconvenience, the more so since their mode of communication is so different from anything humans use that they do not consider humans and their allies to be truly intelligent. And the arriving aliens know-or, at least, they believe-that when they die they will be reincarnated, so they do not hesitate to attack humans and their allies with suicidal fury. And, if necessary, they will exterminate all humans and their allies, if that’s what it takes to occupy the planet.

That was their attitude on arrival, but the conquerors have learned from human technology. They now know all about reactionless drives, so much more efficient than rocket engines. And they have learned about the jump points which make faster-than-light travel possible. With that knowledge, they plan to conquer the entire inhabited region of the galaxy-unless the old alliance of humans and other being can stop them...

Ford Street eBooks

Ford Street Bundle

Ford Street is a successful small independent Australian publisher of books for children and young adults. We publish around eight titles a year, ranging from picture books through to novels and non-fiction for older readers. Ford Street’s publisher is renowned Australian author, Paul Collins, who has written extensively for both the local and international markets.

We have a strong presence in both schools and bookshops around Australia through Macmillan Distribution Services and INT Books. The latter is our exclusive NZ distributor. Off-shore readers are welcome to purchase our print books via our shopping cart at

Ford Street punches above its weight with critical acclaim in journals, newspapers and on the web.

Successes include short-listings in the NSW and Victorian Premiers’ awards and the Northern Territory Awards. In 2011, The Glasshouse became one of only four Australian books ever to be chosen for IBBY’s (International Board on Books for Young People) ‘50 Outstanding Books Exhibition’. This prestigious exhibition will be launched at the Bologna Book Fair in March.

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The ebook presence here starts with eleven titles. Buy them separately, or all together for 10% off the ala carte price!

The bundled volume includes:

Before the Storm
-- Sean McMullen

The Spell of Undoing
-- Paul Collins

The Equen Queen
-- Alyssa Brugman

The Gimlet Eye
-- James Roy

Gamers’ Quest
-- George Ivanoff

My Private Pectus
-- Shane Thamm

Solace & Grief
-- Foz Meadows

Shark Frenzy!
-- JE Fison

Snake Surprise!
-- JE Fison

-- Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy

Trust Me!
-- Edited by Paul Collins, foreword by Isobelle Carmody

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