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Council of Fire

Council of Fire

Halley’s Comet, 1759. The comet veers and strikes the Earth with nature-altering force. The New World splits from the Old. In this changed New World, it is the dawn of real magic—and very real monsters. Now, a young English prince must wield his newfound powers to unify the continent—or the New World may well slip into oblivion.

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The Cunning Man

The Cunning Man

It’s the depths of the Depression, and a mining town in Utah is shut down. Something has awakened underground, and now a monster roams the tunnels. Along comes Hiram Woolley. Hiram is a man with mystical abilities derived from the commonsense application of Scot-Irish folk wisdom and German Braucher magic. He possesses an arcane bloodstone that allows him to see a lie the moment it is spoken. Behind the played-out farms and failed businesses are demons, curses, sorcerers, and unatoned wrongs. Bags of groceries and carpentry won’t be enough this time.The job will take a man who has known sorrow. A man who has known war. A man of wisdom. A man of magic. The job will take a Cunning Man.

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The Best of Jerry Pournelle

The Best of Jerry Pournelle

For half a century, Jerry Pournelle's name has been synonymous with hard-hitting, idea-driven, wonder-inducing science fiction. Now, for the first time, Pournelle's best short work is collected together in a single volume. Here are over a dozen short stories, each with a new introduction by editor and longtime Pournelle assistant John F. Carr.

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1636: The Flight of the Nightingale

1636: The Flight of the Nightingale

Two novels set in Eric Flint's best-selling Ring of Fire series shine a light on the overlooked corners of the Ring of Fire universe, where small actions can have life-altering consequences. Includes two complete novels: The Flight of the Nightingale and Bach to the Future.

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The Valley of Shadows

The Valley of Shadows

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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Conflict of Honors

Conflict of Honors

Now an experienced officer assigned to the Liaden vessel Daxflan, Priscilla Delacroix y Mendoza has been abandoned by her captain and shipmates, left to fend for herself on a distant planet. But Priscilla is not alone. Starship captain Shan yos'Galan has his own score to settle with Daxflan. But confronting the sinister crew will be far easier than confronting the demons of Priscilla's own mysterious past.

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Electronic Advance Reader Copies

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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Accepting the Lance - eARC

Accepting the Lance - eARC

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 - eARC

Target Rich Environment, Volume 2 - eARC

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 short stories that pull no punches and take no prisoner.

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Freehold: Resistance - eARC

Freehold: Resistance - eARC

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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D.J. Butler and Aaron Michael Ritchey discuss The Cunning Man, a fantasy novel set near a rural Utah mining camp during the Great Depression. The hero is a “cunning man,” a user of magic, who must solve the riddle of a haunted mine and of a trouble local family who may control the destiny of a camp full of out-of-work mining families; and Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia, Part 69.

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This story is set in the world of Depression-era historical fantasy novel The Cunning Man by D.J. Butler and Aaron Michael Ritchey, out in November. Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of twenty-one novels and numerous pieces of short fiction. He was born on a cold and snowy September day in Denver, Colorado, and while he’s lived and traveled all over the world, he’s a child of the American West. Sagebrush makes him homesick. While he pines for the road, he still lives in Colorado with his cactus flower of a wife and two stormy daughters.


Hiram Woolley didn’t need his bloodstone or his Saturn ring or any sort of help to know that he didn’t want to answer the door. That knock sounded angry. It was only a matter of time before the neighbors, especially one neighbor, came calling. He’d hoped to get away with his bit of charity unnoticed. That wasn’t meant to be.

He swung open the door. Mavis Keaner stood on his front porch, hands clenched. Mrs. Keaner liked her rose water and cold cream. She’d missed a line of white under her left eye, a glaring eye, nearly closed with an infected stye. Her mouth was small, tight, and wrinkled. Her blue dress was as faded as it was loose on her slim, spare frame. The lace was nice, though.

“Mr. Woolley, I know your property is your property, and I know living with your wild, troubled son must not be easy, and I know that in these trying times, it is our Christian duty to give comfort, but . . . ” A blush rose in her cheeks.

Michael, his son, was out at the creek with some of his friends. However, Mrs. Keaner hadn’t come to his beet farm to talk about Hiram’s questionable parenting. She had to include the remark in preparation for future tirades.

“You know a lot,” Hiram said quietly.

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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.


After centuries of watching the night sky with increasingly sophisticated tools, there’s still plenty we don’t know about the universe. Part of the challenge is that we’re stuck on a planet that’s surrounded by an atmosphere that blocks certain types of radiation from reaching the ground. It’s hard to complain too much, since if X-rays could make it to Earth’s surface humans would either be dead or a very different kind of organism, but it has certainly slowed our progress. We’ve managed to launch telescopes into orbit around Earth to observe most wavelengths of light, but there’s a huge chunk of extraterrestrial radiation that we currently have no means to observe. The culprit? A layer of plasma in Earth’s atmosphere called the ionosphere.

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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.

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