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To Clear Away the Shadows

To Clear Away the Shadows

The crew of the Far Traveller have been tasked with cataloging the new lifeforms they encounter on their journey through sponge space. But Director of Science Dr. Veil has her own agenda: to learn more about the Archaic Spacefarers who roamed the universe tens of thousands of years before humans reached the stars. The crew of the Far Traveller is poised to clear more of the shadows away from the deep past than ever before in human history—if they survive.

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At All Costs

At All Costs

The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Honor Harrington has been recalled to command Eighth Fleet, the Alliance's primary offensive command. But the Star Kingdom and its Allies are badly outnumbered by the Republic's new fleet. And the odds are going to get steadily worse. The alternative to victory is total defeat, yet this time the cost of victory will be agonizingly high.

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A Liaden Universe Constellation, Volume 4

A Liaden Universe Constellation, Volume 4

A universe of great storytelling from nationally best-selling authors Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. Read the shorter works that fill in the cracks of the popular Liaden Universe® series. Sure to delight longtime fans and newcomers alike.

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My Enemy's Enemy

My Enemy's Enemy

The elite terrorist known as the Asp sets his sights on America's heartland. Meanwhile, ambitious aircraft historian Cassandra Gooding and irascible Colorado cowboy Frank Luck unlock an aviation relic's dark secret and discover the terrible truth the Asp may be closing in on—a secret Nazi superweapon thought to be nothing more than myth. It's up to Cass and Frank to stop the Asp. If they fail? Millions will perish.

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The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 5

The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 5

The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series roars into its fifth year filled with derring-do, military combat, and edge of your seat suspense. It’s a year’s worth of the best of the best science fiction from Michael Z. Williamson, Brendan DuBois, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, William Ledbetter, Christopher Ruocchio, Stephen Lawson, Suzanne Palmer, Richard Fox, and more!

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1637: The Volga Rules

1637: The Volga Rules

Inspired by the American up-timers, Russian serfs are rebelling. Meanwhile, Czar Mikhail has escaped house arrest and is making his way by dirigible to the village of Ufa, where he intends to set up a government-in-exile. The path is dangerous—for the serfs as well as the czar. But it could be that a new wind of liberty is about to blow three centuries early—and change Mother Russia forever.

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Expiration Date

Expiration Date

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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Electronic Advance Reader Copies

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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River of Night - eARC

River of Night - eARC

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 - eARC

Marque of Caine - eARC

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 - eARC

Tyger Burning - eARC

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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David Drake discusses To Clear Away the Shadows, a novel set in the RCN science fiction universe. Drake dips into some of the history of exploration that informed the novel, talks about the interesting dynamic of the main characters, and much more; and Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia, Part 49.

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Matt McHugh, the winner of the 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award for “Burners,” was born in suburban Pennsylvania, attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and after a few years as a Manhattanite, now calls New Jersey home. Find his website here. The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen. The contest occurs annually and looks for stories that demonstrate the positive aspects of space exploration and discovery. Over the years, the contest has developed an international character. In addition to the United States, entrants have hailed from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Algeria, Spain, and Morocco. "Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure—that's what we're looking for," says Contest Administrator William Ledbetter. "And once again we believe we've found writers, and an ultimate winner, who deliver just that." Find more information on the JBM here.


Winner of the 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

Given in Partnership with the National Space Society



"So how'd that happen?"

From the cockpit of her runner, in orbit two-hundred kilometers over a blue-white swizzled Earth, Linda Ballard aimed her exterior cameras downward. She focused on Maureen's runner, drifting just a few meters below. The runner was a single-pilot spacecraft, shaped like a flattened diamond, resembling a kite—or some said a stingray, an image reinforced by the long, trailing tail. The two vehicles were identical, except Maureen's had a seventy-year-old Russian weather satellite the size of a minivan stuck to its nose.

"You know me," came Maureen's voice over Linda's headset. "Sometimes I have trouble letting go of the past."

Linda zoomed in. Runners were designed to push orbiting debris to re-entry burnup over the ocean, and had the equivalent of a bulldozer scoop on the front with manipulator claws to grip and release payloads. Maureen had opened her claws, but the defunct satellite refused to budge.

"Ah," said Linda. "I see your problem. Take a look at my video feed."

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Scientist, author, educator Dr. Robert E. Hampson turns science fiction into science. He advises SF/F writers, game developers and TV writers on neuroscience among many other scientific matters. In his day job, Hampson’s research team developed the first prosthetic for human memory using the brain's native neural codes. Hampson and fellow Baen author and space scientist Les Johnson are the editors of anthology Stellaris: People of the Stars (Baen, Sept. 2019), a look at the physiological, social and technological changes that will be wrought on human beings as we explore and colonize space. He is a member of the futurism think-tank SIGMA, and the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a service of the National Academies of Science. For more information, including links to prior Baen Free Nonfiction, see Hampson’s website here.


The singularity. Many Science Fiction writers and futurists postulate a future when humans have assisted their own evolution with genetic engineering, cybernetics, and prosthetics such that they are no longer human. This definition for human singularity is often (mis)attributed to inventor Ray Kurzweil, a proponent of technological advancement that can—even will—result in fundamental transformation to something so different that those creatures would no longer be recognizable to us mere primates as being human.

An SF convention panel asked the question: "Do you believe in the singularity?" It shocked the panel that a neuroscientist and SF writer, a person who works on developing the means for humans to transcend physical disease and limitations, would answer "No." So perhaps it would be more appropriate to title this essay: "Why I don't believe in the Singularity." There are many answers—the first involves the very definition of singularity from both the biological and the classical physics points of view. From there, the reasons progress from an in-depth understanding of the human brain and body to end up with discussions of what it means to be human. These are discussions that take center stage in both my fiction and nonfiction writing, and I am at heart an optimist (and human-centrist), so I was delighted when Baen Books invited me to take the time to explain my fundamental faith in humans and why I think that humans will inherit the stars.

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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 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.

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