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Accepting the Lance

Accepting the Lance

Exiled from Liad after bombing a city to save it from The Department of the Interior’s infernal weapons and plans, Clan Korval has gone to ground on the back-water planet Surebleak, whose people are as untamed as its weather. But the Department of the Interior is not done with Clan Korval yet and Surebleak and Korval’s ships and people everywhere are in the crosshairs.

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Target Rich Environment, Volume 2

Target Rich Environment, Volume 2

More stories from the creator of Monster Hunter International, The Grimnoir Chronicles, and the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior. The second volume collecting all of best-selling author Larry Correia's short stories, novelettes, and novellas. Correia delivers stories that pull no punches and take no prisoner.

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Freehold: Resistance

Freehold: Resistance

When the UN invaded the Freehold of Grainne, the intent was simple: Force a noncompliant star nation back into the collective. What the politicians hadn't accounted for was that the Freehold had spent 200 years as the haven for every independent, rebellious, self-reliant adventurer in human space. Grainne’s inhabitants have only one goal in mind: Make the invaders suffer for their presumption.

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Gremlins Go Home

Gremlins Go Home

The gremlins of legend are really tiny aliens, marooned for centuries on this miserable mudball known as Earth. And they want just one thing: OFF! Now, human technology may finally make a reality of their dreams to leave this pathetic planet behind. All they need is a hapless human accomplice . . .

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Grantville Gazette VIII

Grantville Gazette VIII

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.

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A Pillar of Fire by Night

A Pillar of Fire by Night

Carrera's held off his enemies from the north, in the process dealing forces of the Zhong Empire a stinging defeat. But now his adopted country of Balboa is under assault and it's beginning to look like the game is up. But Carrera's been planning this war for fifteen years. He certainly hopes his enemies think they're winning.

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Electronic Advance Reader Copies

Forced Perspectives - eARC

Forced Perspectives - eARC

Fugitive federal agents Sebastian Vickery and Ingrid Castine are both sensitive to the ghosts that haunt modern Los Angeles. They may be old hands at dealing with the spirit world of L.A., but they have never been in a pursuit so deadly with the stakes so high.

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Castaway Resolution - eARC

Castaway Resolution - eARC

The Kimei family and the second group of castaways, led by the redoubtable Sergeant Campbell, have finally joined forces after landing on the bizarre planet Lincoln. But the resourcefulness of the castaways may not be enough. Because the planet Lincoln is far from done with them yet.

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Ship of Destiny - eARC

Ship of Destiny - eARC

When a mysterious alien probe materializes from Jump Space and remotely reprograms USS Cam Ranh Bay’s star drive, naval reserve officer Sam Bitka and his crew begin an involuntary voyage that takes them three thousand light years out of known space, and into the heart of an ancient, unknown civilization bent on the destruction of humankind.

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Breaking Silence - eARC

Breaking Silence - eARC

The Blackthorns, dark elves who feed off misery, have been all but defeated by teenage Staci and her friends, and the town of Silence is on the upswing. But the Blackthorns have not yet given up the fight. The soul of Silence is on the line, and it is up to Staci and her friends to push back against the encroaching darkness.

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The Initiate - eARC

The Initiate - eARC

The Apkallu are masters of magic. They rule the world from the shadows, using mind control and deadly monsters to eliminate any threat to their power. Sam Arquero lost his family to a demon sent by an Apkallu. He knew that nobody would believe the truth, but now an old man offers Sam the chance to find out who is responsible, and bring down the Apkallu forever.

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Straight Outta Dodge City - eARC

Straight Outta Dodge City - eARC

It’s the final showdown between heroes and darkness in the Old West. Humans versus monsters. Supernatural beings versus greater evils—with a dinosaur or two thrown in for fun. Come explore the untold myths of the west—but no dying on the trail!

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Gunpowder & Embers - eARC

Gunpowder & Embers - eARC

Thirty years ago, the world ended. Now, thirty years later, humanity has rebuilt . . . to an extent. Human ingenuity has provided some creative solutions to life without electricity. Into this world come a lifelong cowboy, a mystic warrior monk, a beautiful dragon tamer, a runaway cultist, and a mysterious drunken lecher—all searching for the key to reclaiming humanity’s future and past.

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Penric's Progress - eARC

Penric's Progress - eARC

Three novellas by multiple award-winning, best-selling author Lois McMaster Bujold, together for the first time. Follow Penric on his journey from noble young lord to sorcerer and scholar in the Bastard's Order. Contains Penric’s Demon, Penric and the Shaman, and Penric’s Fox.

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Frozen Orbit - eARC

Frozen Orbit - eARC

During their long race to the Kuiper Belt, astronauts Jack Templeton and Traci Keene unwind a decades-old mystery buried in the pages of a dead cosmonaut’s journal. Challenging their own beliefs about the nature of humanity, they will soon confront the question of existence itself.

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Michael Z. Williamson and authors on Freehold: Resistance, a story collection edited by Michael Z. Williamson that is also a complete novel, or story cycle, in that it tells the tale of the Freehold resistance during the U.N. invasion of the planet Grainne that’s recounted in Williamson’s groundbreaking novel, Freehold. Freehold: Resistance recounts the adventures of the individual resistance fighters who come together in a libertarian manner in defense of the (mostly) libertarian planet, Graine, after the fascistic U.N. decides they’ve had enough with these freedom loving types and invades. On the roundtable are Z. Williamson, Jessica Schlencker, Chris and Jaimie DiNote, and Jamie Ibson. This is part two of a two part discussion; and Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia, Part 74.

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This story is set in the world of January 2020 hard science fiction novel Frozen Orbit, by Patrick Chiles. Patrick Chiles has been fascinated by rockets and spaceflight ever since he watched the Apollo missions as a kid in South Carolina. How he ended up as an English major in college is still a mystery, though he eventually overcame this self-inflicted handicap to pursue a career in aviation. He is a graduate of The Citadel, a Marine Corps veteran, and a licensed pilot. He currently resides in Tennessee with his wife and sons, two lethargic dachshunds, and a bovine cat.


Vladimir Vaschenko’s first indication that his landing attempt might not have planned for every variable was when the ground beneath him exploded.

Frozen nitrogen tended to do that when it changed phases, which it was doing with gusto under his rocket exhaust. The plume from his descent engines had a long reach; the radar altimeter showed him to be more than a hundred meters above the surface. Liberated by his exhaust heat, brilliant white clouds of violently sublimating nitrogen erupted beneath him and obscured the ground. Spires of what he assumed to be more of the same rose above him; he was threading a path down through a forest of frozen gases. The safer course would have been to boost above the terrain, but that would cost propellant he’d need later—assuming he could find a clearing through this fog.

The indistinct picture from his ground mapping radar, suggesting a corridor between the spires, marginally increased his confidence. Or it could just as easily be noise in the returns. He’d seen it happen before in the fighter aircraft that the radar had been adapted from. Pilots who trusted it too much often ended up dead.

The LK lander’s big window was of little help. Rising clouds of nitrogen and methane stubbornly followed his track. Wherever he pointed his craft, a blinding fog soon appeared. The unease of flying through this strange environment was tempered by the joy of doing it far from the reach of ground controllers nitpicking every decision. The liberties he’d enjoyed during the long journey had already expanded his personal horizons beyond anything in his previous experience—what might his surface exploration bring?

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Ken Roy is an engineer who lives and works amid the relics of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge. He has published technology speculation pieces in such venues as the Journal for the British Planetary Society, and the United States Naval Institute Proceedings. His current interests include terraforming and geoengineering.


We’re learning that planets appear to be plentiful, with most stars having a family of such bodies. As we venture into interstellar space it would be nice to think that we would find countless Earthlike planets having good clean breathable air, plenty of liquid water, a little ice, and be free of allergens, toxins, and bacteria that would harm us. A moderate temperature, a reasonable gravity, low background radiation, kindly neighbors, etc., all would be nice to have as well. With such a world, the colony lands and sets up shop, and lives happily ever after.

We shall consider such a world a habitable planet. Stephen Dole of the Rand Corporation estimated that about 1 in 200 stars has such a world. A more recent analysis by William Pollard of the ORAU Institute for Energy Analysis estimated that this number actually ranges somewhere between 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 10,000,000 stars. With Dole’s estimate, our space-faring descendants, on average, would have to search a spherical volume of space having a radius of 25 light-years to find a single habitable planet. With Pollard’s estimate, that radius would range between 200 and 1000 light-years. Habitable planets are probably not as common as we would like and by definition already possess life. This life may not take kindly to alien invaders (us). Indeed, its ecology could lack some essential amino acids that we require and could even be toxic to humans or even Earth life in general. There is much to be learned from alien life and certainly no reason not to study it, but there are real, practical, and even ethical issues involved in trying to colonize such a planet.

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Over 170 titles from Baen Books to be published as audiobooks over the next three years

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

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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.

Of course we’ve kept all the free stuff—the monthly stories and nonfiction, the extensive Teacher’s Guides, and the Baen Free Library. We hope you enjoy it, and we always welcome feedback. Feel free to stop by Toni’s Table at Baen’s Bar or for technical problems Administrivia or simply email us directly at baensupport@principledtechnologies.com.

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