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River of Night

River of Night

On the run from the zombie horde that has destroyed NYC, Tom Smith and his team head for safety in the Cumberland Valley of Tennessee. But even if they make it—by no means a certainty—they'll have to find a way to restart civilization. Even so, Tom Smith has a plan.

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Marque of Caine

Marque of Caine

Now, Riordan must blaze a trail through dying and dangerous worlds to find his beloved, Elena Corcoran. But rescuing Elena is just half the mission: Riordan must report that the Dornaani collapse is not only being engineered, but that it is the prelude to a far more malign scheme: To clear a path for a foe bent on destroying Earth.

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Tyger Burning

Tyger Burning

A Burmese "dream warrior" flees to the farthest reaches of the solar system only to find a lost secret weapon system that may help his people redeem themselves—and may just prove the salvation of the human race.

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Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints

There's a larval Great Old One growing in power day by day in the city of New Orleans. If Chad Gardenier can't convince "the powers that be" to get involved, the entire world is going to fall under the power of the nastiest of nasties.

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Avalanche: Book Five of the Secret World Chronicle

Avalanche: Book Five of the Secret World Chronicle

Ultima Thule has been destroyed—but somehow the Thulians mounted an even bigger force to destroy Metis. It’s up to the heroes of ECHO and CCCP to save the world. The avalanche has begun.

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A Fistful of Elven Gold

A Fistful of Elven Gold

When war erupts, the fate of a kingdom rests in the hands of a bounty hunting gnome. If only he could decide what side to take!

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Electronic Advance Reader Copies

The Waters and the Wild - eARC

The Waters and the Wild - eARC

When Olivia accepts swimming star Blake’s invitation to the Adirondack resort camp of Lake Endor it quickly becomes clear that all is not as it seems at the hundred year old resort. Not only is Blake not the guy she thought he was, there is something far more sinister afoot. There is something lying beneath the waters of Lake Endor—something not of this world.

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Antediluvian - eARC

Antediluvian - eARC

In a brilliant and dangerous brain hacking experiment, Harv Leonel and Tara Mukherjee are about to discover entire lifetimes of human memory coded in our genes, and reveal ancient legends—from knights and trolls, to flood myths, to the birth of humanity itself—that are very real. And very deadly . . .

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Straight Outta Deadwood - eARC

Straight Outta Deadwood - eARC

Saddle up and venture to the wild frontier town of Deadwood and its creepy environs. The west that once was rides again—but this time with the west that could have been chasing after like a spitting hellcat on its tail! Stories by Charlaine Harris, Mike Resnick, and many more!

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1636: The China Venture - eARC

1636: The China Venture - eARC

The newly formed United States of Europe sends an embassy to the Chinese empire for all important critical resources nobody has ever needed before—at least not before an entire town showed up from 300 years in the future! But convincing the mandarins to establish trade with the newly formed USE won't be easy.

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Stellaris: People of the Stars - eARC

Stellaris: People of the Stars - eARC

In order to reach the stars, humanity may have to undergo fundamental transformation. We may find that Homo sapiens is on its way to becoming a new and unique species: Homo stellaris: the People of the Stars. Original science fiction stories and accessible speculative pieces by top scientists that will take you to that future!

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The Chronicles of Davids - eARC

The Chronicles of Davids - eARC

The history of science fiction and fantasy is filled with stories by what we like to call Davids of Distinction. Now, for the first time, an anthology by people named David, for everyone. Fifteen tales by David Weber, David Drake, Gregory Benford & David Brin, David B. Coe, D.J. Butler, Avram Davidson, David H. Keller, and many more. Many more Davids, that is.

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Monster Hunter Guardian - eARC

Monster Hunter Guardian - eARC

While the Monster Hunter International crew are called away on rescue mission, Julie Shackleford is left behind to hold down the fort and care for her newborn son. Julie’s devoted to the little guy, but the slow pace of maternity leave is getting to her. But when a field call brings her face-to-face with an unspeakable evil, she’ll get more excitement than she ever hoped for.

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Witchy Kingdom - eARC

Witchy Kingdom - eARC

An encounter with her father’s goddess has not turned out to be the end for Sarah Elytharias Penn. Now, with the Imperial fist tightened around her city of Cahokia, she must find a way to access the power of the Serpent Throne itself—a feat that her father never accomplished.

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Terra Nova: The Wars of Liberation - eARC

Terra Nova: The Wars of Liberation - eARC

Contained herein are tales of the history of Mankind's future first colony, from the first failed attempt at colonization, to the rise in crime, to the rise in terrorism, to its descent into widespread civil war and rebellion . . . and ultimately liberation.

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John Ringo and Mike Massa discuss River of Night, sequel to The Valley of the Shadows, and an entry in the Black Tide Rising zombie apocalypse series created by Ringo. This is part one of a two-part interview; and Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia, Part 52.

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Les Johnson is a Baen science fiction author, popular science writer, and NASA technologist. He is the author of Mission to Methone, and co-author of On to the Asteroid and Back to the Moon with Travis S. Taylor, Rescue Mode with Ben Bova, and numerous general science publications. Stellaris: People of the Stars (Baen, September 2019), an anthology Les co-edited with Robert E. Hampson, is a collection of original fiction and non-fiction essays about what may become of humans as we become an interstellar species. To learn more about Les, please visit his website at www.lesjohnsonauthor.com.


In the context of deep space and deep time, humans are newcomers. Astronomers estimate that the universe is about 13.7 billion years old with humans arriving on the scene in only that last 200,000 years. For perspective, as a species, we've only been around for about 0.001% of the time since the universe began. If the age of the universe were one 24-hour Earth day, then humans would have only been around in the last second. We are a blip. To add another layer of humility, consider the diameter of the known universe: about 93 billion light years. To consider this vastness, we again need to put in context with distances we somewhat understand. The Earth is 93 million miles from the Sun and astronomers call this distance 1 Astronomical Unit (AU). The number of AU's in one light year and the number of inches in one mile are almost the same: 1 light year is ~63,000 AU's and 1 mile contains ~63,000 inches. If we scale 1 AU to be 1 inch, then 1 light year equals 1 mile. This means that Alpha Centauri is "only" about four miles away and the diameter of the universe is then "only" 93 billion miles, each "inch" of which is really 93 million miles! We are again only a blip.

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J.J. Cragun is the grand prize winner of the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. The award recognizes the best original adventure fantasy short story in the style of fantasy greats like Larry Correia, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Andre Norton, J.R.R. Tolkien, and David Weber. For more information on the BFAA, including formation on past winners, and now to enter, click here.


The rifle in my hands bucked as I pulled the trigger, spewing fire and death. The crack of the bullet splitting the air echoed eerily across the small mountain valley. The beast looming in front of me was easily eight feet tall. With curling horns atop its head, mottled black fur, and a face more human than beast, the monstrous creature roared as the bullet tore through its chest. The terrifying brute fell, but it wasn't alone. The second beastman, even larger than the first, looked my way. Those eyes, which were once intelligent and full of life, were now dead. There was no rational thought behind those dead eyes. Just lifeless, unfeeling hate, and a mindless drive to destroy the living. And, unlike so many of my comrades, I was still among the living. If I wanted to stay that way, there was more killing to be done.

“Aeric!” I cried out, stumbling back and away from the brute. The beast started for me with lumbering steps.

Aeric wasn't old enough to grow a proper beard, but that hadn't prevented him from being conscripted into the Royal Fusiliers Brigade. He knew death was coming for us, but he never faltered. Without a word, he accepted the carbine I thrust at him, then handed me a freshly loaded rifle.

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J. J. Cragun takes home the top prize for his short story “Treason Properly.”

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Baen Ebooks is proud to announce an agreement to distribute the English translation of Judgment in Moscow by Vladimir Bukovsky on its retail ebook site, as well as offering a selection of other ebooks from Judgment in Moscow publisher, Ninth of November Press.

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Matt McHugh of New Jersey has won the grand prize in the 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Award competition for his short story "Burners."

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Baen Begins Selling Challenge Coins Through Baen.com

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When in the course of human events, in this case the passage of twelve years, it becomes necessary to change the look and feel of the company website . . . well, we do. We’ve tried to keep things Baenish and familiar to frequent users, and even more intuitive and helpful to new ones.

We’ve combined the ebooks and print books pages, so everyone can find everything they want in one place. (We will still be selling mostly ebooks here, our own Baen Books and those of other distinguished science fiction publishers, but we are also starting to dip our toe into swag merchandising as well! About which more later.) We added several filtering tools to make sorting through and searching for books more slick, and we’ve kept the ever popular “My Books” and “Not My Books” function.

We hope you’ll find the account interface more user friendly, and we’ve added a sidebar to the homepage we also hope you’ll find helpful in accessing the rest of the site.

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