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In this issue: Pirate treasure, a conspiracy exposed, and the most influential RPG of all time. All that plus new fiction from Robert Conroy and William Ledbetter.
   February 2014

book cover Man and Kzin United Battle Pirates for Interstellar Treasure!

On Wunderland a generation after Liberation, memories of the bloody kzin conquest and Occupation have faded, and men and kzin live largely in peace. But the fabulous treasure of the kzin pirates, hidden on a distant world, remains a magnet for freebooters. Young Peter Cartwright and his kzinrett friend Marthar receive information and map from a most unlikely source and soon themselves fighting the most ruthless pirates in Known Space for an unimaginable prize.

A thrilling stand-alone novel addition to the long-running, popular Man-Kzin Wars series created by New York Times multiple best seller, Larry Niven.

Get the Treasure Planet eARC here.

Toil and Trouble in the Cauldron of Ghosts

The Mesan Alignment: a centuries-old cabal that seeks to impose its vision of a society dominated by genetic rank. Now the conspiracy stands exposed, but spy Anton Zilwicki of Honor Harrington’s Star Kingdom and agent Victor Cachat of Haven must get this crucial intelligence off-planet. This will require them to run a gauntlet through Mesa’s underworld of brutalized slaves conditioned to obey their Mesan overlords without question. If Zilwicki and Cachat succeed in rooting out the ancient conspiracy, a great evil will be removed from the galaxy—and on a long-oppressed planet, freedom may finally dawn.

An exciting new entry in the Honorverse/Crown of Slaves saga by the creative Dream Team of New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and international best seller David Weber and multiple New York Times best seller Eric Flint.

Read the Cauldron of Ghosts eARC here.

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Stand Up for Dignity! Fight for Liberty!

Aside from a brief stint spying for the revolutionaries against the British, freed black man William leads a sedate life—working at Dawson’s Inn in New York City and fishing on his days off. But it wasn’t always thus. William was once Ajax. And at fifteen Ajax killed his master and fled north. Now, as a redcoat army major threatens his way of life, William may have to shed his docile ways and draw on the lessons of his past.

A new short story by Robert Conroy set in the alternate Revolutionary War timeline of Liberty: 1784.

Read “The Aristocrat and the Free Man" here.

Make a Break for Mars!

In the no man’s land of the asteroid belt, free from the laws governing both Earth and Mars, workers on board the space station Arturo are little more than slave labor. Kept docile with a drug called Canker, generations are born and die without hope of escape. But ice miner Clarke Kooper has a plan—and the engineering know-how to make a break for it.

All new fiction by Writers of the Future award winner William Ledbetter, administrator of the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest.

Read “Stealing Arturo” here.

Stealing Arturo

D&D Turns 40: The Quest Continues

Dungeons & Dragons, the most influential role-playing game of all time, turns the big Four-Oh this year. Bob Kruger talks with designers of the various D&D designs and redesigns over the years, many of them from the Wizards of the Coast team that relaunched Dungeons and Dragons for a new generation. These are the people who made D&D what it is today, in their own words. From Tolkien to Jung to evolutionary biology and heuristics, Bob dissects D&D from every possible angle, getting at the heart of what has given the game such staying power.

Read “D&D Turns 40: The Quest for a Game That Breaks All the Rules” here. And stay tuned to the Baen Free Radio Hour for an upcoming interview about all things D&D with Bob later this month.

Lessons of War

The multipart series on training for war by retired Army lieutenant colonel Tom Kratman, creator of the popular Carrera military science fiction series and Come and Take Them, continues. Kratman’s contention: an army is for winning wars. And to win wars, you have to train men (and some women) to be warriors, not police or social workers.

Read “Lessons of War" by Tom Kratman now

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Fascinating conversations with your favorite Baen writers about the books you love. Interviews with David Weber, Eric Flint, Larry Correia, David Drake, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Tom Kratman, and many more. Plus the complete audiobook serialization of David Weber’s Shadow of Freedom.

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May Baen Ebook Releases

The Sea Without a Shore
David Drake

On the mining planet Corcyra, Captain Daniel Leary and Adele Mundy must deal with kidnappers, hijackers, pirates and a death squad—even before they can get to their real business of ending a war.

Freehold, Second Edition
Michael Z. Williamson

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that won’t stop the repressive government from perusing her. Pacelli starts afresh on the Freehold of Grainne, but things are about to go to hell; Earth’s government has found out where she is.

Treasure Planet
Hal Colebatch
Jessica Q. Fox

The fabulous treasure of kzin pirates, hidden on a distant world, remains a magnet for freebooters. So when you Peter Cartwright and his kzinrett friend Marthar receive information from a most unlikely source, they soon themselves fighting the most ruthless pirates in Known Space for an unimaginable prize.

Secret of the Stars
Andre Norton

Secret of the Lost Race: Joktar was running for his life—and he didn’t know why. All he knew was that he had to run—out of the Solar system and across the galaxy to the mysterious freezing Wolf worlds where he would turn to face his hunters. Star Hunter: On safari to an unexplored jungle world, Ras Hume must hunt two kinds of quarry—the fearsome native beasts and the equally menacing lone survivor of a mysterious spaceship crash.

House of Steel
David Weber

An all-new David Weber Honorverse short novel chronicling the early days of the Manticoran Star Kingdom crowns this guide and treasure trove of tech, specs, and insights on David Weber’s best-selling Honor Harrington series.

Eric Flint
Ryk Spoor

Eric Flynt and Ryk E. Spoor An exploratory mission to Mars and beyond begets a rush to gain control of advanced alien technology—even if it leads to an interplanetary war. Book three in the Boundary series.

Rogue Queen
L. Sprague de Camp

Iroedh’s world is thrown into chaos when humans land on her home planet of Ormazd. She is a Worker in a species whose society is similar to that of Earth’s beehives. Bu Iroedh is about to find out that her fate may not be as set in stone as she thinks.

*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on April 15, 2014. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

Wordfire Press

Kevin J. Anderson

After a group of gamers play the same fantasy role-playing game every Sunday night, the game itself takes on a life of its own, and the line between fantasy and reality begins to disappear.


Kevin J. Anderson

When the outside gamers try to stop playing, the characters inside the game have to fight for survival, using the Rules to their own advantage.

Game's End

Kevin J. Anderson

Fighters, dragons, ogres, monsters, swords, magic crystals—these are the weapons that the game itself uses to fight back against the outside gamers. Existence itself is more than a quest!

Moonbase Crisis

Rebecca Moesta
Kevin J. Anderson

A young adult science fiction adventure, written in conjunction with the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education. A group of modern teens are transported to the future, where they are stranded on an actual moonbase. Hearkens back to classic Heinlein Juveniles.

Space Station Crisis
Rebecca Moesta
Kevin J. Anderson

Neil Armstrong wrote, “It’s the next best thing to being there.” The Star Challengers are again transported to the future, this time to an orbiting space station where they have to fend off an alien invasion.

Asteroid Crisis
Rebecca Moesta
Kevin J. Anderson

Star Challengers is endorsed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Dr. Sally Ride, Leonard Nimoy and others. Readers learn science while experiencing the adventure of an asteroid mission, diverting the orbits of incoming asteroids in time before they impact Earth.

Get the February Wordfire Press Bundle here

Electricstory Bundle

Farewell to Yesterday's Tomorrow
Alexei Panshin

Twelve of Alexei Panshin’s best stories, plus a novella written in collaboration with his wife Cory. These engaging fantasies turn the idea of SF as escape on its head, dramatizing how technology may give new expression to human empathy and self-sacrifice but never replace them.

New Celebrations: The Adventures of Anthony Villiers

Alexei Panshin

From a space-station gambling resort, to a camping venue in a nature reserve, to a masquerade where arboreal peels grunt like clockwork, the enigmatic Anthony Villiers tours many odd social circles of the interstellar Nashuite Empire in these three novels.

Rite of Passage

Alexei Panshin

Mia Havero has lived her whole life on one of the vast Ships that roam between the inhabited planets of the galaxy. But on her upcoming fourteenth brithday, Mia will be tested. Dropped unaided in the wilds of a colony world, Mia will put the lessons she’s learned to the test and will find that sometimes the most vital lessons are the ones we teach ourselves.

The World Beyond the Hill

Alexei Panshin
Cory Panshin

Exploring the science fiction genre from its roots in the Romantic Period to the late 20th century, Alexei and Cory Panshin make the case for science fiction as modern mythology in this Hugo award winning volume that Isaac Asimov called “The best, the BEST, history of science fiction I have ever read.”

Get the Alexei Panshin bundle here

E-Reads Bundle

The Lalas, sentient trees that have guarded and protected the world since the beginning of time, are dying. In the vacuum left by their passing, a Dark Lord sees an opportunity to grab power. The fate of the world falls on the shoulders of a young hero who must go on a quest to find the Gem of Eternity before all is lost. The GemQuest Quartet from Gary Alan Wassner: The Twins, The Awakening, The Shards, and The Revenge of the Elves.

Get the Gary Alan Wassner Bundle today !

Ford Street

Justin D'Ath

A blind girl who claims to be nocturnal, a butterfly unknown to science, a public swimming pool with curative powers, and one sixteen-year-old whose life will never be the same.

Get Pool here

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