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House of Assassins

House of Assassins

First daughter of Vane, Thera, has been kidnapped by a shapeshifting wizard intent on stealing her powers. Now, Ashok Vadal rides to her rescue. But it seems Ashok may be caught in a game played by gods for the fate of the world itself. If the gods do exist, Ashok has warned them: stay out of the way.

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War of Honor

War of Honor

Thomas Theisman didn't want a war. After risking his life and a fresh round of civil war to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution, an interstellar war was the last thing he wanted. Unfortunately, what he wanted didn't matter. . . .

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Man-Kzin Wars XV

Man-Kzin Wars XV

The predatory catlike warrior race known as the kzin never had a hard time dealing with all those they encountered, conquering alien worlds with little effort. That is until they came face to face with the leaf-eaters known as humans. New stories of the war between humanity and the catlike kzin from Brad R. Torgersen, Brendan DuBois, Martin L. Shoemaker, and more!

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Witchy Winter

Witchy Winter

Sarah Calhoun has paid a hard price for her entry onto the stage of the Empire’s politics. But she has survived. Now, to win the Serpent Throne, she’ll have to defeat seven other candidates, win over the kingdom’s regent, and learn the will of a hidden goddess—all while mastering her people’s inscrutable ways and watching her own back.

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Bringers of Hell

Bringers of Hell

Despite unprecedented victories on the part of humanity, the war with the alien Chiata Horde drags on. Meanwhile, Alexander Moore’s daughter, Deanna Moore, now known by the callsign “Phoenix,” wages a personal war on the alien menace.

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Sins of Her Father

Sins of Her Father

An exiled leader must return to his homeworld to stave off disaster. But getting there is easier said than done. Enter Privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood and the crew of the Andromeda.

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The Gordian Protocol - eARC

The Gordian Protocol - eARC

When Doctor Benjamin Schröder starts having visions of an alternate reality in which a second world war breaks out, he writes it off as a psychotic episode. That is until a man knocks on his door with an impossible and horrifying story about alternate realities, time travel, and temporal knots.

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Noir Fatale - eARC

Noir Fatale - eARC

An all-new anthology containing the full spectrum of noir fiction, each incorporating the femme fatale character archetype. From straightforward hardboiled detective story to dark urban fantasy to the dirty secrets of futuristic science fiction—all with a hard, gritty feel. Stories by Larry Correia, Laurell K. Hamilton, David Weber, Kacey Ezell, and more!

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By Demons Possessed - eARC

By Demons Possessed - eARC

When news arrives from the vast city of Tai-tastigon, Jame Knorth, the avatar of god That-Which-Destroys-Itself, knows she is the only thing standing between the city and the coming darkness. It seems many in the vast Lower Town have lost their shadows—not so funny when you realize that a shadow is cast by a soul. Which means something is taking—or destroying—souls in the city.

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1637: The Polish Maelstrom - eARC

1637: The Polish Maelstrom - eARC

The Ottoman Empire has captured Vienna and is now laying siege to the Austrian government-in-exile established in the city of Linz. Both the United States of Europe and the Kingdom of Bohemia have come to Austria’s assistance, but everyone knows this is going to be a long and brutal struggle. Meanwhile, Poland is coming to a boil. The Bohemians have sent an army into Poland with the goal of expanding King Albrecht Wallenstein’s growing empire in eastern Europe.

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A Witch in Time - eARC

A Witch in Time - eARC

As founder of After Dark Investigations, half-vampire Christopher Cséjthe has seen his fair share of the seedy side of the supernatural world. Now, INTERPOL is interested in some of his associations with Vlad Drakul’s grandson—better known as Dracula—and a trio of witches from Greek myth want him dead—and for good this time. Bad enough. But what’s worse is that the IRS is looking into his tax returns and not at all liking what they find. Now that’s really terrifying!

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Voices of the Fall - eARC

Voices of the Fall - eARC

The zombie apocalypse is here in these all-new stories from John Ringo, Sarah A. Hoyt, Michael Z. Williamson, Jody Lynn Nye, Travis S. Taylor, and many more. Sequel to the best-selling anthology Black Tide Rising.

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Moon Tracks - eARC

Moon Tracks - eARC

The Bright Sparks, Dr. Keegan Bright’s team of youthful scientists, are competing in the first ever race to completely circle the Moon! While they compete, Dr. Bright himself is part of a groundbreaking project on the fire side of the moon. When disaster strikes, only the Bright Sparks are close enough help him!

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Today I Am Carey - eARC

Today I Am Carey - eARC

Mildred has Alzheimer's. As memories fade, she acquires the aid of a full-time android to assist her in everyday life. Carey. After Mildred passes, Carey must find a new purpose. Carey struggles. Carey seeks to understand life’s challenges. Carey makes its own path. Carey must learn to live. To grow. To care. To survive. To be.

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Martin L. Shoemaker is the author of debut science fiction novel Today I Am Carey. This story is set in the world of that book. “Today I Am Paul,” the story from which the novel developed, received the Washington Science Fiction Society's Small Press Award, and was nominated for a Nebula Award. It has been reprinted in multiple year's best anthologies and has been translated into eight languages. His novelette “Racing to Mars” received the Analog Analytical Laboratory Award. Shoemaker’s other stories have appeared in Analog, Writers of the Future Volume 31, and elsewhere, including Baen anthologies The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 4, and Man-Kzin Wars XV. Shoemaker lives in Michigan.


Today I remember. I hate days like this.

But the show must go on. What would old Greasy Pete think if I sat around wallowing in my memory? Memory’s a gift. The reason why I got the damn implant.

But it’s experimental, they say. It only does so much, and some days it doesn't do much at all. Some days I forget more than I remember. Forget . . . what I've lost.

But good day or bad, you gotta do your act, Pete says in my head. That I almost never forget, not even before the implant. The doctors can never explain why some memories are stronger than others, even on the bad days. They say it’s just part of how things are stored, whatever the hell that means.

And they also said it was getting worse, that I was forgetting more and more. And that the implant might help with that. They said that without it, I was going to lose . . . everything. All the older memories, everything I'd grown up with. I was going to lose Pete. Lose . . . Eric, and Anna. Lose the show.

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Dan Koboldt is a genetics researcher at a major children's hospital. In the last fifteen years, he has published more than seventy papers in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. He is the author of the Gateways to Alissia series with Harper Voyager, and the editor of Putting the Science in Fiction, a collection of expert-written advice published by Writer's Digest. Kobolt’s previous articles for Baen.com include “Chimeras: Science and /Science Ficiton,” and “Dark Matter of the Human Genome.”


Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment purposes, and should not be considered medical advice. Also, it discusses primarily the science, and does not attempt to address relevant ethical, social, cultural or political issues in depth.

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Recent years have seen a rapid acceleration of the discovery of exoplanets—planets that reside outside of our solar system. Though most of the planetary bodies discovered so far are not suitable for human life, it's only a matter of time until we find some that are. The challenge, of course, is that space is pretty huge. Beyond our solar system, the closest star (Proxima Centauri) lies 4.243 light years away. The fastest man-made spacecraft yet recorded (Helios 2, an unmanned probe that reached a speed of just over 157,000 miles per hour) would realistically require 19,000 years to make the journey.

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that we can send a nuclear rocket at one percent of the speed of light, and make the trip in about 424 years. That's around seventeen generations. Once the ship arrives, the descendants of those brave travelers will be expected to colonize the new world. Yet there would only be room for so many individuals on board the ship, which raises the question: who should we send?

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Baen Books announces the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest, a short story contest for best original unpublished fantasy short story of eight thousand words or less.

The awards will be given out at Spikecon in Layton, Utah this July. Visit https://www.baen.com/contest-faa for more information.

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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.

And finally, a big shout-out to our Barfly beta testers! Love you guys. . . .

Good reading!

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