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Alternate Routes

Alternate Routes

Something weird is happening on the Los Angeles freeways. Ex-Secret Service agent Sebastian Vickery is thrown into this deadly maelstrom. What he does next will determine the fate of two worlds. The wild ride between life and death has begun!

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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. The Metisians that escaped the carnage and destruction of their secret city now must somehow find somewhere safe to go—without getting snapped up by various world governments. It’s up to the heroes of ECHO and CCCP to save the world. The avalanche has begun.

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Worlds II

Worlds II

A new collection of short fiction from Eric Flint. Includes stories set in the Ring of Fire alternate history series, Poul Anderson’s Operation Chaos universe, a story in the popular Rats, Bats and Vats series, and a long novella set in David Weber’s best-selling Honor Harrington universe. All that plus more, including new story introductions by Flint.

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The Outposter

The Outposter

The Earth is overcrowded. People are shunted off to planetary colonies where they are left to fend for themselves against the alien Meda V'Dans, who routinely attack without provocation. Fortunately, the colonists have the Outposters to protect them. One such Outposter is Mark Ten Roos, a young man with a score to settle and the will to bring a corrupt system to its knees.

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The Gathering Edge

The Gathering Edge

A rip in the fabric of space and time causes a battleship fleeing a long-lost war to materialize in an area known as “safe space.” But with a hostile enemy hot on its tail, safe space won’t be safe for much longer. Theo Waitley must take sides in a war, the consequences of which she can scarcely imagine.

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Red Vengeance

Red Vengeance

Sixteen-year-old U.S. Army Sergeant Randy Knox must accept that the powers-that-be may not want the war with the alien Creepers to be over. Now, as his hodge-podge military unit makes a desperate stand at a remote outpost, he'll learn just how far he will go to protect those he loves—and what it takes to save humanity from alien domination.

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Uncompromising Honor - eARC

Uncompromising Honor - eARC

The time has come: the Manticoran Star Kingdom and its allies go to war against the massive and corrupt Solarian Empire. After a tragic loss, Honor Harrington enters the fray once again. She’s filled with steely resolve, possessed of cold competence, and motivated by a fiery determination to the take the fight to the enemy and end its menace forever.

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The Valley of Shadows – eARC

The Valley of Shadows – eARC

The zombies are at the gates in New York City and it’s up to corporate head of security Tom Smith to make sure humanity stands a chance against the ravenous horde. Good thing Smith, late of the Australian special forces, isn’t a man who gives up easily.

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A Pillar of Fire by Night - eARC

A Pillar of Fire by Night - eARC

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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Black Triumph - eARC

Black Triumph - eARC

While returning to his home unit, sixteen-year-old U.S. Army Lieutenant Randy Knox’s convoy is ambushed by the alien Creepers. Separated from his fellow soldiers and his K-9 companion, Randy faces the ultimate horror of every American serviceman: to become a prisoner of war of the aliens.

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Her Majesty's American - eARC

Her Majesty's American - eARC

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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Tide of Battle - eARC

Tide of Battle - eARC

Collected short fiction from multiple bestseller Michael Z. Williamson. With cutting satire on classic poetry and modern movies, a no-holds-barred lambast of several beloved firearms and their fan clubs, Williamson concludes with more of his Inappropriate Cocktail recipes, frequently both delicious and outrageously snarky, commemorating celebrities, events and cultural memes.

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This story takes place within the universe of Steve White’s latest novel, Her Majesty’s American, which depicts an alternate future where the British Empire takes to space, complete with a space navy and a swashbuckling spy for a hero. Vietnam veteran Steve White is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels including Wolf Among the StarsSt. Anthony’s Fire, and Blood of the Heroes. With David Weber, White collaborated on Starfire series novels InsurrectionCrusadeIn Death Ground, and New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option. White continued the Starfire series with several other coauthors, with the latest entry in the series being Oblivion coauthored with Charles E. Gannon. White’s solo novels include the popular Jason Thanou time travel series, with latest entry, Gods of Dawn. Steve White lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


At a distance of thirteen and a half astronomical units, Tau Ceti—a smaller star than Sol, with only a little more than half its luminosity—provided very little light. But that light was sufficient to enable Commander Ian Takeda, RSN, gazing at the viewcreen in HMSS Hawke’s bridge, to glimpse the shuttle that had departed the hollowed-out asteroid that was Washington Station.

“Here he comes, Captain,” said Lieutenant Commander Caitlin Malone, the first officer, unnecessarily.

“So I see, Number One,” said Takeda with a nod. He was a tall, slender, aquiline-featured man, the Japanese half of his ancestry manifested mostly in high cheekbones and dark eyes. He was also quite young for his rank, and Hawke was his first command. She wasn’t one of the mighty dreadnoughts of space—the first through third rate ships, in terms of the old rating system that the Royal Space Navy had resurrected from the age of sail to avoid confusion with modern wet-navy ship types—but rather a Benbow class fifth rater, suitable for cruiser-type duties. But Takeda hadn’t yet outgrown a thrill of pride whenever he saw her, with her sleek aerodynamic lines suitable for atmospheric transit, and the flag that adorned her flank—the Union flag of the Britannic Federal Empire.

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This story is the grand prize winner of the fifth 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, and was given at the GenCon convention in Indianapolis. David VonAllmen is a winner of the Writers of the Future contest, and his short fiction can be found in venues such as Daily Science Fiction and elsewhere. He lives in St. Louis.


The Chained King. Flaming Goat. Moon of Day.

Jane pinched the squares of heavy paper hard enough to turn her fingertips white. She’d finally drawn the hand of cards that would end her years of searching.

Or she’d drawn the hand of cards that would damn her to a lifetime of sorrow. She couldn’t say which it’d be just yet.

“Make your play, Indian woman,” the graying soldier across the table grumbled, just loud enough to be heard above the string quartet playing in one corner of the saloon.

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Dr. John Lambshead is a retired senior research scientist in marine biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. He was also the Visiting Chair at Southampton University, Oceanography, and Regent’s Lecturer, University of California. He writes military history and designs computer and fantasy games. Lambshead is the author of swashbuckling fantasy Lucy’s Blade, contemporary urban fantasy Wolf in Shadow, and coauthor, with nationally best-selling author David Drake, of science fiction adventures, Into the Hinterlands and Into the Maelstrom.


Every schoolboy with any interest in space opera knows two things: the first is that it is absolutely de rigueur to have your heroes buzz around in FTL ships of some sort, and the second is that it takes an infinite amount of energy to accelerate a mass to light speed because said object increases in mass with additional velocity until that mass itself becomes infinite.

This has led space opera authors to devise all sorts of clever side-steps to travel faster than light without accelerating mass to light speed. An early solution was E.E. "Doc" Smith’s inertialess drives, an idea later reused by well-known writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, Larry Niven, and Alastair Reynolds as well as in Rick Priestley’s 40K miniature game. It’s an idea not without issues. A photon may have a theoretical mass of zero at rest but it surely has momentum when it gets underway—all of which means that an inertialess space ship would bounce back like a super-ball if it collided with a photon. As there are quite a few photons knocking around in space, a trip in an inertialess starship would be a bare-knuckle ride to beat everything else in the cosmic fairground.

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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. . . .

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Toni Weisskopf
Publisher, Baen Books