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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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Ghosts can be caught, and bottled, and sold. When a young boy accidentally inhales the ghost of Thomas Edison, he finds that all the factions of Los Angeles’ occult underground are after him, determined to kill him and get Edison’s powerful ghost for themselves!

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Miles Vorkosigan is having enough trouble keeping his two identities separate—the charismatic Admiral Naismith of the Denarii Mercenary Fleet and a Vor lord of the Barrayan aristocracy—when assassination attempts begin. But are his enemies after Miles Naismith or Lord Miles Vorkosigan?

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The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF series roars into its fourth year, with more stories of derring-do, military combat, and edge of your seat suspense. Includes stories by Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen, Tony Daniel, Kacey Ezell, Jody Lynn Nye—and an Honorverse novella by New York Times best-selling author David Weber!

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Four people with very special talents and who have lost everything must struggle to save Boston from witches who gain power from human sacrifices and have the power to turn any human into their puppet.

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When a genocidal menace known as the Angel of Death threatens his adopted home, former Jurisdiction torturer Andrej Koscuisko must once again take up the savage trade he thought he’d left behind.

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Together for the first time, fourteen action-packed tales of demons, monsters, vampires, and cosmic horrors too terrible to name—and the men and women who take them all down. Oh, and toss in an interdimensional insurance salesman for good measure. The first-ever collection of short fiction from New York Times best-selling author Larry Correia.

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In an alternate future where the British empire never crumbled, the space ships of Her Majesty’s Navy work to keep the spaceways safe. But there are those among the stars who are not so happy being subjects of the British Empire, and they will do their worst to destroy the hated empire head on. Yet standing against the coming anarchy and tyranny is one intrepid spy prepared to risk all for queen and empire.

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Something weird is happening on the Los Angeles freeways—phantom cars materialize, lanes from nowhere appear, and sometimes unmarked off-ramps show up that give glimpses of a desolate desert highway in an unknown world. Ex-Secret Service agent Sebastian Vickery is a driver for a covert supernatural-evasion car service. But a government agency is using the freeway anomalies for disturbing purposes, and its chief is determined to have Vickery killed because of a supernatural secret he learned years ago at a halted presidential motorcade.

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June Contest

This month we’ve got two great anthologies hitting bookstore shelves, Grantville Gazette VIII and The Year’s Best Military
and Adventure SF, Volume 4
. Now, we love sinking our teeth into a big ol’ novel as much as the next person, but we also
like short stories that pack a punch—and we know our readers do too. So, to make it easy, we’re conducting a random drawing. Simply email contest@baen.com with your name for a chance to win both anthologies, signed by editors Eric Flint, Walt Boyes, and David Afsharirad.

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Baen Books Honors the Late, Great Gardner Dozois with Commemorative Ebook Bundle

As a mark of the passing of the late, great Gardner Dozois, Baen Books presents a special commemorative ebook bundle of the novels and short story collections of Dozois. Baen Books is the ebook home of most of the collected works of Dozois, as well as the ebook publisher of the many anthologies he edited and coedited.

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Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award winner for 2018 announced.

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A new reader guide filled with interesting and provocative questions and notes is now available for Lois McMaster Bujold’s latest entry in her legendary Vorkosigan saga, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. It’s a great way to get discussion started for your book club or online reading group. And it’s also wonderful way to deepen the pleasure of . . . did we say there’s a new entry in the Vorkosigan saga!

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Stephen Lawson served on three deployments with the U.S. Navy and is currently a helicopter pilot for the Kentucky National Guard. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, and is pursuing an MBA. His writing has appeared in Writers of the Future’s thirty-third anthology, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy’s Edge, and Daily Science Fiction. He’s written two episodes of “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide” (available on Kindle), which he also edits. Stephen was the second-place winner in 2017’s Jim Baen Memorial Short Story contest. His blog can be found at:
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Homunculus
Stephen Lawson

The yellow-orange tholin haze above Titan's surface whirled around the chassis of a lighter-than-air research drone. A tiny carbon-fiber humanoid robot sat perched on its support structure, dangling his feet next to the drone's camera as it took pictures of the rocky surface below. The dirigible, designed to carry sampling probes and communication equipment, barely registered the stowaway's mass. Folded aramid-fiber wings fluttered on aluminum ribs on the bot's back as the breeze swept over the drone's chassis.

"Man, this place really does have atmosphere," Gavin whispered.

He snorted at his own bad joke.

It keeps out the cosmic radiation though. They have to live underground on Mars, like moles.

Gavin watched the haze roil beneath his tiny carbon-fiber feet. It wasn't really him of course. Gavin and his wife Lori were hurtling through the space between Earth and Saturn in a Goshawk Heavy Transport. The winged avatars through which they interacted with Titan's small colony would've only come up to his knee if they stood side-by-side. Nonetheless, six hour virtual reality workdays in the bubble box made the homunculus's carbon-fiber shell feel very much like skin.

Steady development in smartphone battery capacity and size had paved the way for the tiny twelve to fourteen hour lithium-ion battery nested in his back. The same was true of the dual micro-cameras that gave the homunculus crisp depth perception and picture, even in Titan's shrouded twilight.









Kerry Hensley is a native of West Virginia and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in astronomy at Boston University. She is a writer for the award-winning research news website AAS Nova as well as Astrobites, a graduate-student-run research blog. Her essay recounting her time at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, "Quiet Zone," received awards for both Nonfiction and Emerging Writers Prose in the West Virginia Writers Annual Writing Contest. After graduating from Williams College in 2014 with a BA in Astrophysics and Chinese, she was a planetary science intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Nan’ao, Taiwan, where she attempted to convince 200 indignant elementary schoolers that Pluto is not a planet.




Life Beyond Earth? Look to Small Stars
Kerry Hensley

Five billion years ago, our Sun condensed out of a cloud of gas and dust. Shortly after, planets coalesced out of the flattened nebula, and the strong winds of the young Sun blew away the remaining gas and dust. Moons were ejected, moons were captured. Cosmic debris careened through the solar system, causing chaos. After a time, everything settled. The planets cooled. Life blossomed.

Five billion years from now, our Sun will exhaust its supply of hydrogen. Its outer layers will swell and engulf Mercury, Venus, and Earth. The Sun’s core will be exposed and its outer layers will drift away, driven to fluoresce by X-rays emitted by the hot core but later invisible to our eyes. The core will cool until it too fades from view, living out the rest of its days as a black dwarf.

Our Sun is a middle-aged star in the suburbs of the Milky Way, a rather average spiral galaxy. While humans have come to see the Sun as a typical star, that’s really not quite true. Sun-like stars are much more common than the massive stars that end their lives as supernovae, leaving behind rapidly spinning neutron stars or black holes, but they still only make up a small fraction of the stars in the universe. The most common stars in the universe are all around us, but hidden, too dim to be seen with the naked eye.














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