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S.M. Stirling is the New York Times best-selling author of the Draka series, the Lords of Creation series, and the Emberverse series, among others. With David Drake, he is the author of several novels in the General series. He cowrote novels in the Falkenberg's Legion series with Jerry Pournelle. A former lawyer and amateur historian, he lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jan.

The Rivals

Yuè Daiyu bolted upright in bed from a confused dream of fear and flight and chaos.

It took an instant before she realized that she was hearing the strobing screech of a siren, not simply dreaming it.

“Tā mā de!” she swore, putting the heels of her hands to her eyes, then forced herself into action.

Starting with hitting the light switch. The clock said it was just midnight, which meant she’d had an hour and a half of sleep after falling thankfully into bed at the end of a long day’s mental and physical work—which was worse than nothing, in a way. She could feel the sand grinding in the gears of her brain.

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Baen Books formally announced this year’s finalists for the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award today.

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To celebrate the release of The Down Deep, we’re offering discounts on ALL of Catherine Asaro’s backlist ebook titles!

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Novels overseen by Flint before his death as well as reprints of the best of the Ring of Fire Press ebooks will carry the legacy of the best-selling alternate history series into the future.

Riverdale, New York, April 9, 2024 — Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire is the best-selling alternate history series of all time. When the small, 20th Century town of Grantville, West Virginia, is hurled through time and space to Europe during the 17th Century, the course of history is forever altered. And with the publication of Eric Flint’s groundbreaking first novel in the series, 1632, the course of the alternate history genre was forever changed. Flint and Baen Books opened the series to coauthors and fan writers, who wove a tapestry of novels, novellas, ebooks, and short stories that created a densely populated world. With Flint’s death in 2022, the future of the series was left uncertain.

Now, Baen Books announces plans for the future of Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire. Flint was working on the series up until the time of his passing. Baen will release these final novels, which will be completed by the authors Flint was developing the books with. Beginning with 1635: The Weaver’s Code, cowritten by Flint and nationally best-selling author Jody Lynn Nye, Baen will release:

      1635: The Weaver’s Code by Eric Flint and Jody Lynn Nye (October 2024)

      1637: The Pacific Initiative by Iver Cooper

      Title TBD by Eric Flint and Walter Hunt

      1637: Pilgrim’s Passage by Eric Flint & Griffin Barber

      Title TBD by Eric Flint & Charles E. Gannon

In addition to the print novels, Baen Books will be rereleasing select books originally published by Ring of Fire Press. These include former Ring of Fire Press titles by Vrginia DeMarce, Bjorn Hasseler, David Carrico, Paula Goodlett & Gorg Huff, Garret Vance, Bethann Kim, and Mike Watson.

And while the Grantville Gazette, the online magazine edited by Flint that featured stories set in the Ring of Fire series, will no longer be published, the Flint estate has granted permission for a new online and ebook magazine to continue the tradition, begun by Flint, of welcoming new authors into the series. More information about Eric Flint’s 1632 and Beyond can be found at (Note: Baen Books is not affiliated with Eric Flint’s 1632 and Beyond.)

With new novels, reprints of Ring of Fire Press books, and more, Baen Books is thrilled to continue Eric Flint’s legacy into the future.

Steve Miller, best known for the long-running Liaden Universe® series of space opera stories and novels, coauthored with his beloved wife and partner Sharon Lee, died February 20, 2024, in their home in Waterville, Maine. He was 73.

Steve had been fighting heart trouble for several years and, old newspaperman that he was, had prepped his obituary for the trade months before. Steve had worked many jobs before becoming a full time writer, including managing early BBS systems, acting as an internet librarian, owning and managing a science fiction themed used bookstore and art gallery with his wife, and acting as a freelance reporter for many Baltimore area and national publications.

Steve leaves behind a legacy that has profoundly shaped the landscape of science fiction and inspired a generation of new writers. Last year saw the publication of their 100th collaboration together, the national best-selling science fiction novel Salvage Right; Ribbon Dance, also a Liaden novel, is scheduled for release in June 2024, and Sharon intends to continue the series as they had planned.

Steve’s interest in chess was lifelong. He was a member of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Chess League, a U.S. Chess Federation Tournament Director, President of the Owings Mills Chess Club, President of the Waterville Chess Club, and ran numerous tournaments in many venues. He was part of Waterville’s Main Chess League championship team in 1998.

We at Baen honor not only his remarkable literary achievements but also the warmth, kindness, and boundless imagination that defined him as both an author and a friend. “He was one of the good guys,” said his publisher Toni Weisskopf. “A true light shining in the science fiction community.” In this time of sorrow, our thoughts and condolences are with Sharon Lee, and the countless fans whose lives have been touched by Steve’s legacy.

Steve was predeceased by his father, Donald Miller of Madeira Beach, FL, his stepfather, Ronald L. Moore, Sr., and his mother, Helen Moore. Survived by his wife, Sharon Lee, and siblings Donald George Miller (Kim), Craig Edward Miller (Brenda), Cindy Rex (Ron Prietz Sr.), Roland L. Moore, Jr. (Kay) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Finalists exemplify the best of near-future, forward-thinking science fiction. Annual contest marks 16 years of highlighting bright futures and rising talent.

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David Afsharirad is an author and an editor at Baen Books. For five years, he edited Baen’s The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF series. In addition, he edited the anthology The Chronicles of Davids. With Hank Davis, he is the coeditor of the upcoming Tomorrow’s Troopers, an anthology of power armor short stories, which inspired “Pinks.” Of the story, he said, “You can only read so many power armor stories before you want to try your hand at it. Thanks to Toni Weisskopf for giving me an outlet for this story and for giving me her expert guidance to make it stronger.”


We were racing for pinks.

Jordan used the magnazip to seal the seam in the back of my bio-synched undersuit.

“You sure about this, Danny?” he said. Jordan always was too timid, always second-guessing decisions that had been irrevocably made. Why he was a mechanic and not a driver.

“Why wouldn’t I be? You saying I’m going to lose?”

Jordan shrugged. “If you do, it won’t be my fault. Or the Orange Possum Special’s.” He gave the exosuit a tender pat on the gauntlet. “I’ve got her in top shape. No Defens-245 is gonna outrun her. Least not one that’s stock.”

“You know a lot of mercs keep their suit’s stock?” I asked. I was being an asshole and knew it but couldn’t help myself. Truth was, Jordan was the best mechanic I’d ever worked with, and we’d been together for ten years at this point—a lifetime for a driver and his mechanic. I guess I was just jumpy. Truth was, I was worried.

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Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over forty years, a war gamer for over fifty, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer. Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC).

The term “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) was coined by mathematician and computer scientist John McCarthy at a 1956 Dartmouth conference now deemed to be the birthplace of AI as a field of science, but the idea goes back nearly three millennia!

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Baen Books has signed a contract with author Christopher Ruocchio to publish the final two books in his internationally award-winning Sun Eater series, as well as for a first look deal for Ruocchio’s next series.

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We’re happy to announce an easier way to deliver our Ebooks directly from to your favorite Ereader. You can now email EPUB files directly to your device from our site—no download necessary!

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Baen to publish new science fiction novels from authors Monalisa Foster and Marisa Wolf

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Lucille Robbins, Eric Flint’s widow and heir, in conjunction with Baen Books would like to announce the forthcoming titles from Eric Flint.

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Baen to publish sword and sorcery series The Chronicles of Hanuvar, with first book in August 2023

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Baen Books formally announced this year’s finalists for the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award earlier this month.

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It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Eric Flint has passed away. We were proud to publish Eric’s first novel, Mother of Demons, in 1997, and to continue publishing his many worlds, including the best-selling Ring of Fire series that started with 1632.

There are several of Eric’s works already delivered and on the schedule. Eric was a tireless collaborator, and readers can also expect more of his works to be released with Eric’s designated collaborators in the future.

We will be celebrating Eric and his works on the Baen Free Radio Hour this week and the following week and encourage all to tune in.

—Toni Weisskopf
Publisher, Baen Books

Lakewood, Colorado author Wil McCarthy has been named the winner of the 2022 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, for his novel Rich Man’s Sky.

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To all of those who expressed interest and support for Baen's Bar in recent weeks, we are happy to announce it is back on-line, though with some changes. Baen is handing the Bar over to its users, and will henceforth be run by SFF Forums, LLC, and may be found at Returning users will be able to use the Bar as usual, but new members will have to make a purchase at before they can log in. (Note: New users will not have to buy a book; there is a Bar tipjar option so they may contribute to the maintenance of the forum).

—Toni Weisskopf for SFF Forums

Innovative Independent Publisher to Bring Author Readings, Q&As, and Convention-Style Programming to Facebook LIVE

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Over 170 titles from Baen Books to be published as audiobooks over the next three years

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