W200506 June 2005 Monthly Baen Bundle
by John Ringo
by Harry Turtledove
by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer
by Murray Leinster
edited by Eric Flint
by Andre Norton
W200506 June 2005 Monthly Baen Bundle
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Into the Looking Glass by John Ringo
The Time of Troubles I by Harry Turtledove
This Rough Magic by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer
A Logic Named Joe by Murray Leinster
edited by Eric Flint
Gods and Androids by Andre Norton
Into the Looking Glass
WORST TWO OUT OF THREE
When a 60 kiloton nuclear explosion destroys the University of Central Florida, terrorism is the first suspect. But terrorists don't generally leave doorways to another world in their wake. Or, rather, a generator of doorways to multiple other worlds.
With time of the essence, the Secretary of Defense scrounges up the nearest physicist with a high level security clearance. With doctorates in everything from nuclear physics to electrical engineering, William Weaver, PhD, is the egghead's egghead. On the other hand, with skills in everything from mountain biking to screaming electric guitar, he's also fast enough and tough enough to survive when the alien gates start disgorging "demons."
As a snap decision, he appears to be the perfect choice, smart, tough and capable. Now if he could only patch things up with his girlfriend, get his boss off his back and get his cellphone bill paid. Oh, yeah, and figure out why the heck these gates keep opening. Okay, so sometimes he's got priority issues.
As the gates spread and evil aliens spread with them, it is up to Weaver and SEAL Command Master Chief Miller to find a way to stop the proliferation and close the hostile gates. The problem being that the only way they can see to save the earth is destroy it. Then there's not going to be any more girlfriends or cellphones or bosses . . .
Okay, two out of three of those are bad. They're really, really bad. Bad on toast. Bad like the Pacific is watery. Every day a Monday, bad.
One and a half at the very least. Worst two out of three.
Gotta prioritize. Guess Weaver and Miller are just gonna have to save the world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Ringo had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school. This left him with a wonderful appreciation of the oneness of humanity and a permanent aversion to foreign food. He chose to study marine biology and really liked it. Unfortunately the pay was for beans. So he turned to quality control database management, where the pay was much better. His highest hopes were to someday upgrade to SQL Server, at which point, he thought, his life would be complete. But then Fate took a hand: John has become a professional science fiction writer, and is in the early stages of becoming fabulously wealthy, which his publisher has assured him is the common lot of science fiction writers who write for Baen Books. In addition to his own enthusiastically received and New York Times best-selling military SF series—A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hell's Faire—he is collaborating with fellow New York Times best-selling author David Weber on a new SF adventure series: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few with more to come.
With his bachelor years spent in the airborne, cave diving, rock-climbing, rappelling, hunting, spear-fishing, and sailing, the author is now happy to let other people risk their necks. He prefers to write science fiction (both alone and in collaboration with David Weber) raise Arabian horses, dandle his kids and watch the grass grow. Someday he may even cut it. But not today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe he'll just let the horses eat it.
The Time of Troubles I
Two Complete Novels in the Popular Videssos Series.
The Stolen Throne
The fragile peace between the Empire of Videssos and the nation of Makuran had shattered. War came, and the King of Makuran lay dead on the field of battle. Worse, a power-mad minister had seized the throne and the rightful heir had disappeared.
Abivard, son of a Makuran lord who also had fallen in the same battle, realized that his only hope of saving his family and his land was to find the missing heir, though that would mean he would be branded traitor and become the target of every armed man who served the usurper—and of his nation's most powerful sorcerers.
Abrivard's only hope lay in the form of a perplexing prophecy of a field, a hill, and a shield shining across the sea. If the prophecy was true, it might lead him to the rightful ruler of Makuran—but first, he would have to survive long enough to solve its riddle.
Hammer and Anvil
The once-mighty Empire of Videssos had a despot on its throne, the pretender Genesios who enjoyed the opulent wealth at his command while barbarian attackers and invading enemies ravaged Videssos' borders. Some wondered if Videssos would even exist before many more years had passed.
None within the empire dared oppose Genesios, but young Maniakes, exiled with his father to a faraway island, raised a military force and set out to liberate his homeland. The forces against him were formidable, he faced Videssos' external foes as well as the legions of the tyrant, and a former friend would prove to be his most dangerous enemy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hugo-winner, New York Times best-selling author, and historian—Harry Turtledove is equally renowned in science fiction for his rigorously thought-out alternate history novels and in fantasy for his tales of the supernatural placed in historically accurate settings. For Baen, he has written the alternate American Civil War fantasy trilogy comprising Sentry Peak, Marching Through Peachtree, and Advance and Retreat, as well as The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump, and the popular "Gerin the Fox" series, Wisdom of the Fox and Tale of the Fox. He has also written the Ingram bestseller Guns of the South and the genre bestsellers in the "Worldwar" series for Del Rey.
This Rough Magic
The Demon Chernobog—
Foiled but Not Conquered
in The Shadow of the Lion—
is Back to Conquer Sixteenth-Century Venice!
Chernobog had come within a hair of seizing absolute power in Venice, but was thwarted by the guardian Lion-spirit, who awoke to protect his city from the power-mad demon. But the power of the Lion is limited to Venice, and Chernobog has a new ally in the King of Hungary, who has beseiged the island of Corfu to seize control of the Adriatic from Venice. Trapped on the island is the small band of heroes who awoke the Lion and thwarted Chernobog before. Far from the Lion's help, Manfred and Erik lead guerrillas against the foe, and Maria discovers ancient magical powers on the island. If she can make alliance with them, she may be able to repel the invaders—but not without paying a bitter personal price. . . .
Praise for the Prequel, The Shadow of the Lion:
"The prolific Lackey and cohorts Flint and Freer whip up a luscious bouillabaisse of politics, intrigue, love and black magic set in an "Other-worldly, New-Age Venice. . . ." The authors' use of contemporary American vernacular . . . instead of pompous period speech keeps the pages turning fast. . . ."
"[A] massive concoction of alternate history, high fantasy, and historical romance set in the sixteenth-century Venice of an alternate world . . . rich plotting, vivid characterization, and splendid evocation of Renaissance ethics and culture should make readers turn all the pages."
". . . a sweeping alternate history. .. .The authors deftly wield the juxtaposition of fantasy and history into a finely crafted story."
"[A] top pick . . . fast-paced action and complex, believable settings." —The Bookwatch
A Logic Named Joe
ALTRUISTIC SPACE PIRATES, NUCLEAR-POWERED DJINN, A TIME-TRAVELLING KANGEROO—AND MORE . . .
Three complete novels of humorous adventure, one of them a Hugo Award finalist, plus a trio of witty short stories with the distinctive Leinster touch.
* The Pirates of Zan—When a young man is accused and jailed unjustly, he is given a secret offer—in return for help in escaping, he must shake up the galactic establishment, which is getting dangerously set in its ways. He succeeds beyond anyone's wildest expectations, seemingly becoming a space pirate, but being in reality, the deadliest do-gooder in the galaxy.
* Gateway to Elsewhere—Suppose that somewhere the world of the Arabian Nights is real, including very powerful and dangerous djinns, who are nothing like Aladdin's big blue pal. A man from our world wouldn't have a chance against them . . . or would he
* The Duplicators — A planet where everyone has a machine which can duplicate anything would be the wealthiest world in the galaxy, right Wrong. And unless the hapless voyager who's trapped on the planet can find a solution to its problem, his voyaging will be over—permanently.
Plus three short stories, including "A Logic Named Joe," an uncannily prophetic story of home computers and the internet — written in 1946!
"Murray Leinster was not only a very good writer, he was a pioneer. He invented the field of parallel-universe stories with his "Sidewise in Time," and his "First Contact" set the pattern for all the stories that followed of—well—of first contact with alien civilizations. The wondrous thing about his work is that those great, trend-setting stories read as fresh and timely as they did all those years ago." —Frederik Pohl
". . . good stories, marvelously put together. . . . It's a pleasure to watch such a masterly craftsman at work, producing a couple of hours of diverting reading with unfailing skill." —Robert Silverberg
Gods and Androids
From the Far Reaches of Space to the Unknown Depths of Past Time
—Rapid-fire Science Fiction Adventure from
"One of the most popular authors of our time."
Was Andas an android—or the rightful Emperor, held prisoner on a distant planet while an android impersonated him on the Empire's throne world Was Tallhassee Mitford a modern archaeologist suffering from strange delusions, or has an ancient Egyptian ankh somehow hurled her personality far back in the mists of time to a Nubian kingdom where she is now a warrior princess named Ashake, caught up in a struggle between the gods of Egypt Two very different heroes in the grip of forces beyond control, beyond comprehension, both destined to be the only hope of doomed civilizations. . . .
Publisher's Note: Gods and Androids has previously appeared separately as Android at Arms and Wraiths of Time. This is the first combined publication of the complete book.
"Engrossing . . . Norton in top form!" —Booklist
"Norton . . . at her best!" —Publishers Weekly
"Excellent . . . science fiction at its best." —Oregonian
"A superb storyteller!" —Chicago Tribune
W200506 June 2005 Monthly Baen BundleDave Freer Mercedes Lackey Murray Leinster Andre Norton John Ringo Harry Turtledove
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