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In this issue: an alternate reality crashes into our own, an ancient evil stealing the souls of the living, and femme fatales take to the mean streets! All that, plus a new short story from Martin L. Shoemaker.
   February 2019

A Man of Two Worlds

Doctor Benjamin Schröder's life was as close to perfect as he could ever dream it would be. That is until he has a psychotic episode that results in him having "memories" of a nightmare world that cannot be. A world in which a second world war resulted in millions dead; a world in which nuclear weapons have proliferated around the globe; a world in which the Chinese Communists succeeded; a world in which the Middle East is a festering sore of bloodshed, fanaticism, and terror. But of course none of this is real. Or so Dr. Schröder believes until a man named Raibert Kaminski knocks on his door one afternoon with an impossible and horrifying story about alternate realities, time travel, and temporal knots. Now the fate of the Universe rests on Schröder's shoulders—and billions of lives across multiple dimensions hang in the balance!

Get The Gordian Protocol eARC here.

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From the pulpy pages of Black Mask Magazine in the 1920s and ’30s through the film noir era of the 1940s to today, noir fiction has lured many a reader and movie-goer away from the light and into the dark underbelly of society. And within the dark, one figure stands out: the femme fatale. Here, then, is Noir Fatale, an anthology containing the full spectrum of noir fiction, each incorporating the compelling femme fatale character archetype. From straightforward hardboiled detective story to dark urban fantasy to the dirty secrets of futuristic science fiction—all with a hard, gritty feel.

All new stories by Larry Correia, Laurell K. Hamilton, David Weber, Kacey Ezell, and more!

Get Noir Fatale eARC here.

Something is Preying on the Gods of Tai-Tastigon

A crucial moment draws nigh leading to the ultimate showdown between Jame Knorth and Perimal Darkling, the supernatural entity that has pursued Jame’s people, the Kencyr, across multiple universes, destroying all in its wake. But now news arrives from the vast city of Tai-tastigon. The new Pantheon is falling, and the ancient city is in turmoil. It seems many in the vast Lower Town have lost their shadows—not so funny when you realize that a shadow is cast by a soul. Which means something is taking—or destroying—souls in the city. But whatever demon-wrought madness is afoot in Tai-tastigon will have to face the ultimate avatar of god That-Which-Destroys Itself. That would be one Jame Knorth.

Get By Demons Possessed eARC here.

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New Fiction and Nonfiction at

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Once, Luke was an acrobat and juggler in the circus. These days, he's lucky to get in a few hours tossing the balls from hand to hand on the lawn of the Creekside Home, where he's lived since the day of the accident. The day that took much of his memory from him. He's the recipient of an experimental implant treatment, meant to help him remember. But Luke soon learns memory is both a gift . . . and a curse.

Read “Today I Remember” by Martin L. Shoemaker here.


Pioneers of the Stars

There are almost certainly planets capable of supporting human life out there in the galaxy. The only problem: when we find them, they're going to be far away—really far away. Which raises the question, "How do we get there?" Barring some paradigm shift in the understanding of physics that allows for FTL travel, we're going to have to use generation starships. The construction of such massive vessels will be daunting, but even when and if we manage to do so, we'll still face massive challenges. One such challenge: Who do we send? Genetics researcher Dan Kobolt offers some answers to that question in this month's nonfiction essay.

Read “Genetics Advice for Generation Starships” by Dan Kobolt here.

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Don’t Touch that Dial: It’s the Baen Free Radio Hour

Coming soon to the Baen Free Radio Hour: Larry Correia discusses House of Assassins, his latest entry in the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior high fantasy series. And in a remote podcast before a live audience from the Life, the Universe, and Everything Convention in Provo, Utah, Baen authors D.J. Butler and Eric James Stone talk about their novels Witchy Winter and Unforgettable. Missed past episodes? No problem. We’ve got every episode archived for your listening pleasure.

Listen to the Baen Free Radio Hour now.

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Baen Ebook Releases


The Gordian Protocol - HALF
David Weber & Jacob Holo

When Doctor Benjamin Schröder starts having visions of an alternate reality in which a second world war breaks out, he writes it off as a psychotic episode. That is until a man knocks on his door with an impossible and horrifying story about alternate realities, time travel, and temporal knots.


Noir Fatale
Ed. by Larry Correia & Kacey Ezell

An all-new anthology containing the full spectrum of noir fiction, each incorporating the femme fatale character archetype. From straightforward hardboiled detective story to dark urban fantasy to the dirty secrets of futuristic science fiction—all with a hard, gritty feel. Stories by Larry Correia, Laurell K. Hamilton, David Weber, Kacey Ezell, and more!
By Demons Possessed - HALF
P.C. Hodgell

When news arrives from the vast city of Tai-tastigon, Jame Knorth, the avatar of god That-Which-Destroys-Itself, knows she is the only thing standing between the city and the coming darkness. It seems many in the vast Lower Town have lost their shadows—not so funny when you realize that a shadow is cast by a soul. Which means something is taking—or destroying—souls in the city.
Oath of Gold - HALF
Elizabeth Moon

Paksenarrion—Paks for short—was somebody special. Never could she have followed her father's orders and married the pig farmer down the road. Better a soldier's life than a pig farmer's wife, and so, though she knew that she could never go home again, Paks ran away to be a soldier. And so began an adventure destined to transform a simple Sheepfarmer's Daughter into a hero fit to be chosen by the gods.
Though Hell Should Bar the Way
David Drake

Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father is unmasked as a white-collar criminal, Roy has to take whatever he can get and take it fast. Under the command of Captain Daniel Leary, Roy will make the most of the opportunity fate has dealt him—though hell should bar the way!
Steve White & Charles E. Gannon

The war with the Arduans has ended, but the Arduan warrior caste refuses to accept defeat. They are waging a war of extermination against all members of the pan-Sentient Union. But Admiral Ian Trevayne and Commodore Ossian Wethermere have faced down long odds in the past.
Coming of Age, Vol. 1: Eternal Life
Thomas T. Thomas

Construction magnate John Praxis topples over from a massive heart attack. And the attorney who was litigating against him, Antigone Wells, succumbs to a stroke. Both have unfinished business they need to pursue. And they are among the first recipients of the new medical techniques to will rebuild failing organs—his heart, her brain—renew deteriorating tissues, and extend their lives almost indefinitely.

Get the May ebooks bundle here

*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on May 7, 2019. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

Wordfire Press

Selected Stories: Science Fiction, Volume Two
Kevin J. Anderson

#1 international best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson demonstrates his versatility and imagination with a second full volume of his best SF tales. These 16 stories extend from the far corners of space to the edge of time.

A Taste of Different Dimensions
Alan Dean Foster

Fifteen tasty tales from a master of fantasy! The dead. The undead. Those who wish they were dead. They’re all here, along with a legend from a Pacific island, a legend from beneath a Pacific island, and much, much more. Frogs and dogs, knaves and slaves, and maybe a smidgen of real but impertinent food. Extend your imagination and have a nibble. You’ll come back for more.

A Furnace Sealed
Keith R.A. DeCandido

First in a new series starring Bram Gold, a Bronx, New York-based hunter-for-hire who wrangles unicorns, guards werewolves, stops binding spells, and generally deals with supernatural happenings and things that go booga-booga in the night. When immortals turn up dead, and binding spells come unraveled, Bram must learn the source before it leads to the destruction of New York City!

Shadow Warriors: Ambush
Nathan B. Dodge

Forced to train as Shadow Warriors, Cal, Letty, Tony, Sasha, and Opi hated each other at first, but became both a crew and a family, finding a way to defeat a galactic enemy. That enemy has returned, with even more dangerous fighting ships. With their commander on trial for incompetence, can they save her career and defeat the enemy once again?

JABberwocky Literary Agency

Omega Sol
Scott MacKay

At a lunar research station, scientists are stunned to witness the sudden appearance of a massive silver sphere that leaves destruction in its wake, manipulating the sun into an accelerated life cycle. Only scientist Dr. Cameron Conrad divines the intelligent design operating behind this solar manipulation. To stop the destruction of Earth, he'll have to find a way to communicate with the very alien creators of the sphere.

Scott MacKay

Ten years ago, aliens attached using biological warfare unlike any humanity had ever seen. Now, what remains of humanity lives in fortified cities, hiding from the remaining nanogens. One man, scientist Alex Denyer, has the key to deactivating the nanogens, but he soon discovers that there is more to this alien threat than meets the eye.

Scott MacKay

Two thousand years ago, the Benefactors arrived. They appeared as heavenly beings on a mission of hope. Ever since, the Benefactors have guided and led, and humankind has followed and prospered, but at a price. In an alternate 1947, the truth behind the Benefactors’ origins and motives are about to be discovered—and unless they are stopped, the end of humanity may be inevitable.

Scott MacKay

Young Felicitas has woken in a prison cell—unable to remember how she got there. Soon, she notices that the mechanized sentries surveilling the inmates are breaking down. Felicitas sees a chance to escape. Yet the harsh penal world she escapes to is as fraught with danger as the prison. Now, Felicitas must choose between freedom, imprisonment, the human race, and history itself.

Scott MacKay

The Tarsalans came to Earth hoping to settle on the planet alongside a sympathetic human race. But after years of delicate negotiations, they decide to make their case for immigration terrifyingly clear—by enveloping the planet in a green sphere that blocks out all sunlight. The only hope against catastrophe lies in the troubled connection between two brothers.

Scott MacKay

Paras is a rich, vibrant realm of plenty, where the inhabitants never know want or hardship and society is built upon kindness and honesty. On the other side of the world lies Ortok, a harsh, volcanic land where the denizens have mastered deceit and cruelty in order to survive. Neither race has ever encountered the other. Until now.

The Vanishing Kind
Lavie Tidhar

Gunther Sloam comes to Nazi-occupied London in search of an old flame. But when she turns up dead, Gunther is accused of the crime. As Gunther gets drawn into a deadly web of conspiracy, illicit drug dealing, prostitution and blackmail, the only question is: can he stay alive long enough to find answers?

When All Seems Lost
William C. Dietz

The war against the seemingly unstoppable Ramanthian menace is faltering, with Confederacy forces under relentless attack. Desperate for allies, President Nankool is headed for a summit that could secure some much needed support from the Alpha Clones when his fleet is ambushed. Their only hope lies in the hands of the Legion’s cybernetically-enhanced warriors.

When Duty Calls
William C. Dietz

In an attempt to solidify the alliance between the Confederacy of Sentient Beings and the Clone Hegemony, the CSB sends veteran warrior Captain Antonio Santana and his legion of technologically-enhanced soldiers to fight under clone command on a resource-rich planet that the vicious insectoid Ramanthians are ready to attack. And they’re coming in force.

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