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Other anthologies tell you which stories were the year’s best—we’re letting you decide which of these you liked best. Baen Books is pleased to announce the second annual Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Reader's Choice Award. The award honors the best of the best in this grand storytelling tradition, and its winner will receive an inscribed plaque and a $500 prize. Reward your favorite story, and its author, for excellence!

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You may also send a postcard or letter with the name of your favorite story from this volume and its author to Baen Books Year’s Best Award, P.O. Box 1188, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

The winner will be announced at Dragoncon in Atlanta, held over Labor Day Weekend 2016, and at Baen.com in the news section.

Voting closes August 31, 2016. Entries received after voting closes will not be counted.

So hurry, hurry, hurry!

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2014 Winner

The idea behind The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Reader's Choice Award was to put in front of readers stories of the sort that used to be easy to find. Stories that challenged and provoked, but that also thrilled and entertained. Stories with strong characters and a sense of fun, however you define it. The stories in Year’s Best take readers from the battlefields of Earth, to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Selected from the premier markets in the genre, both online and in print, the fifteen tales that make up the table of contents are truly the year’s best.

But what about the best of the best? Everyone has a favorite, and Baen Books wanted to hear yours. So, Baen created The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Reader's Choice Award. Selected from the contents of Year’s Best, through proctored online voting by fans, the award honors the short story that best exemplifies the genres.

The first Year’s Best Military SF and Space Opera Award was handed out at DragonCon 2015, to Michael Z. Williamson for his story “Soft Casualty.”

You can read this award winning story for free at Baen.com by clicking here. Or check out all the stories, including Williamson’s, by purchasing The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Reader's Choice Award here.

—David Afsharirad, editor

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