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All the Plagues of Hell

All the Plagues of Hell

The snake-god Orkise has been awakened by Lucia del Maino. Lucia plots to marry and then murder the usurper who now rules Milan, the condottiere Carlo Sforza. On his side, Sforza has only the skill and cunning of his physician, Francisco Turner. But will that be enough to save the him as Orkise uncoils all the plagues of hell?

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A Star-Wheeled Sky

A Star-Wheeled Sky

Well over a millennia in the past, men and women fled Earth. What they found was the Waywork: an alien superhighway system between a closed sphere of stars. Now, the five Starstates—which rule all that’s left of humanity—are poised on the brink of another terrible war. It’s a clash of civilizations, as the future of the human race hangs in the balance!

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The Magnificent Wilf

The Magnificent Wilf

Tom Parent, his linguist wife Lucy, and their Great Dane Rex must travel the stars as ambassadors of Earth. Their mission: to prove Humanity deserves to be considered equal to the scores of established alien cultures. Earth’s acceptance hinges on building good relationships with these aliens, and the genteel Parents seem the perfect candidates for wooing extra-terrestrials.

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Iron Angels

Iron Angels

When war erupts between two warring cults, FBI special agents Jasper Wilde and Temple Black must put a stop to the horrors. Something wicked has come to the east Indiana suburbs. And it is very evil—and very, very alien.

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Space Pioneers

Space Pioneers

A generous collection of stories that reach out into the unknown void, finding awe, wonder, other minds—even terror. Stories of brave men and women who risk all to explore, colonize, and settle the vast reaches of space.

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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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House of Assassins - eARC

House of Assassins - eARC

First daughter of Vane, Thera, has been kidnapped by a shapeshifting wizard intent on stealing her powers. Now, Ashok Vidal 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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Man-Kzin Wars XV - eARC

Man-Kzin Wars XV - eARC

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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The Storm - eARC

The Storm - eARC

Guntram, the man who transformed Pal of Beune from an ignorant rube into a bulwark of the Commonwealth, has disappeared. Pal must locate his friend and mentor—and then he must battle an entity which may be at the core of the splintered universe!

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Arkad's World - eARC

Arkad's World - eARC

Young Arkad is the only human on a distant world. His struggle to survive on the lawless streets of an alien city is disrupted by the arrival of three humans who seek a priceless treasure that might free Earth from alien domination. Arkad risks everything to join them on an incredible quest halfway across the planet. But the deadliest danger comes from treachery and betrayal within the group as dark secrets and hidden loyalties come to light.

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Crimes Against Humanity - eARC

Crimes Against Humanity - eARC

Gonebeyond space: get there and you may find freedom from torture and genocide under Jurisdiction. Yet go there at your own risk. The Rule of Law has only a tenuous hold on Gonebeyond, and undefended settlements can be exploited with impunity. Until now.

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This story is set in Susan R. Matthews’ award winning Under Jurisdiction universe, which includes January 2019 entry in the series, Crimes Against Humanity. Matthews was raised in a military family and spent her younger years living around the globe in a myriad of places including Germany, both coasts of the U.S., and India. Matthews' debut novel, An Exchange of Hostages, the first entry in her Under Jurisdiction series, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. Matthews was also a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for best new writer. Crimes Against Humanity is the sequel to Blood Enemies. Earlier novels and tales of the Under Jurisdiction series are collected in three omnibus editions from Baen Books: Fleet Inquisitor, Fleet Renegade, and Fleet Insurgent. Matthews lives in Seattle with her wife, Maggie, and two delightful dogs. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where she served as operations and security officer of a combat support hospital. She is also an avid HAM radio operator.


AUTHOR’S NOTE

Into each well-regulated novel some material may fall that must be excised, in the end, as a non-load-bearing plot element (how I wish I’d made up that phrase!). My upcoming novel Crimes Against Humanity, as first drafted, originally spent more time noodling around in the capital city of Haspirzak Judiciary than was maybe strictly necessary before getting on with the business of the novel, but I had great fun with it.

The following self-contained story is one of Bench Specialists—Jils Ivers, Karol Vogel, and Irenja Rafenkel, top-level operatives with powers of “extraordinary discretion” Jurisdiction-wide, answerable to eight Judges and eight Judges only—putting their long-term schemes for Gonebeyond Space forward, and coincidentally shaping a significant element of the story to come in Crimes Against Humanity.

Cutting the material from the to-be-published novel forced a minor change in one detail, so when you read Crimes Against Humanity you may notice a single, minor continuity glitch. I hope you won’t mind!


Bench Intelligence Specialist Jils Ivers stood at the tall clearwalls running the length of one of the Third Judge’s best conference rooms, hands clasped behind her back, gazing out across the great Gelisar Gardens—the pride of the capital of Haspirzak Judiciary, famous throughout Jurisdiction space for their beauty and the ever-changing delights of their green lanes and grand vistas. Admiring the view.

Behind her she could hear Karol Vogel and Irenja Rafenkel, he enjoying a moment of modest satisfaction in his accomplishment, she apparently unable to stem a spontaneous response to a plate of traditional Aznir pastries. “Holy Mother,” Rafenkel was saying. “These sloeplum knots, Vogel, they almost fall apart if you just breathe on them, and where did you learn to make the filling in these buns? How did you even get the fruit to travel?”

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This is the third of four entries in this series. Part 1 and Part 2 are now available. Part 4 will be available next month. Tom Kratman’s latest entry in the Carerra series is November’s A Pillar of Fire by Night. Tom Kratman was a Regular Army infantryman much of his adult life. After the Gulf War, and with the bottom dropping completely out of the anti-communist market, Tom decided to become a lawyer. Every now and again, when the frustrations of legal life and having to deal with other lawyers got to be too much, Tom would rejoin the Army (or a somewhat similar group, say) for fun and frolic in other climes. He no longer practices law, but instead writes full time. His novels for Baen include A State of DisobedienceCaliphate, and the series consisting of A Desert Called PeaceCarnifexThe Lotus EatersThe Amazon LegionCome and Take ThemThe Rods and the Axe, and A Pillar of Fire by Night, as well as three collaborations with John Ringo, Watch on the RhineYellow Eyes, and The Tuloriad. Also for Baen, he has written the first three volumes of the modern-day military fiction Countdown series.


1. Attrition: Organize for anti-fragility and ability to endure losses.

Equipment and men are destroyed or damaged, wounded or killed. Men and equipment wear out and break. We’ve already touched on organizing personnel and logistic systems to provide replacements; this principle is different. This is about organizing in such a way that a unit doesn’t collapse from losses before replacement men and equipment can be delivered.

The prejudice here is in favor of larger units. That must be balanced, though, against the need for flexibility in action, and of having sufficient units to allow rotation from the front, with the opportunity for rest and retraining, as well as assimilation and integration of new men. Too, it is unfortunate but true, commanders, historically, are sometimes more profligate with lives when their commands are bigger. Conversely, though, commanders of small and weak units will often lack boldness and decisiveness.

An aspect of attrition, mentioned above under “social cohesion,” is that small units’ morale can be much more hurt by losses than larger ones. Yes, that means that attrition is also about non-material matters.

Note, too, that imaginary combined arms formations where everything is pushed down to the smallest possible level—one infantry squad, one mech infantry squad, one tank, one engineer, etc.—would be vulnerable to being turned into non-combined arms teams by the loss of a single squad or vehicle.

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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