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In this issue: a zombie plague, a shape-shifting hedgehog, and a plethora of top-notch short fiction. All that, plus the future of human genome engineering!
   March 2016

A Zombie War on All Fronts

When zombies overrun the Earth, brave men and women ask themselves: “What do we do now?”  For a group of neighbors in the Chicago suburbs, the answer is “work together or die.” For the Biological Emergency Response Teams in New York City, it is “fight off the infected for as long as we can, before it’s too late.” And for a group of cheerleaders, it is about the end of their world—and about what happens when you get a group of physically fit young women really, really angry. Featuring original stories from the brightest stars in the science fiction universe: John Ringo; Eric Flint; John Scalzi & Dave Klecha; Sarah A. Hoyt; Jody Lynn Nye; Michael Z. Williamson; and more. 

Get Black Tide Rising eARC here.

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New Fiction and Nonfiction at

story graphic A Boy and His Phooka

Edmund is a young man on the run. He’s a rebel, and the red-coated British soldiers of the 5th Dragoon Guards would like nothing better than to hang him, the way they hung his father years earlier. Alone in the woods, with a vital message he must get to Dublin, it looks like all is lost for Edmund. That is until a strange old woman appears. She hands him a jewel unlike any he’s ever seen—and a black hedgehog. Then she vanishes. The jewel is some sort of key—to what, Edmund doesn’t know. And the hedgehog is a phooka, a shapeshifting faerie that may just save his life . . . if it doesn’t drive him crazy first.

Read “Trouble: The Changeling and the Phooka” by Dave Freer here.

Engineering the Human Genome

For years, altering the genetic code has been a staple of science fiction—and a goal of biomedicine. We’re standing on the cusp of some big discoveries in the field, but the complex mechanics of genetics are difficult for the layperson to understand. Enter Dan Koboldt. He’s a genetics researcher and in this month’s nonfiction essay, he explains the science and shows us “The Near Future of Human Genome Engineering.”

Read “The Near Future of Human Genome Engineering” here.

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Facebook Contests

We know you love the monthly contest giveaways we do on the Baen website. Now here’s a chance to win even more great Baen books. Introducing our Facebook contest giveaways. Follow our Facebook page here, and keep an eye out for these new contests!

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

Coming soon to the Baen Free Radio Hour: David Weber and Joelle Presby deliver a deep and wide two-part discussion of the new entry in Weber’s Multiverse series, The Road to Hell. Steve White on latest Starfire series addition Imperative, by Steve White and Charles E. Gannon, and Sonia Orin Lyris discusses her debut fantasy novel, The Seer. Missed past episodes? No problem. We’ve got every episode archived for your listening pleasure.

Listen to the Baen Free Radio Hour now.


Dear Baen Readers,

I am writing to let you know that we are reconciling the release dates of ebooks and paper books. From the publication month of April 2016 onward, the release dates will be the same (that is, the ebooks will not be available two weeks earlier than the paper books).

We will not be changing the time the Monthly Bundles are initially offered for sale, we will continue to offer eARCs as usual, and all other policies regarding ebook bundles will remain in place. We will not be making the period you can buy Monthly Bundles shorter, but longer.

The April 2016 bundle contains the ebooks that will be available in print on April 5th. The final versions of these ebooks would have been scheduled to go live as ebooks on all retail venues on March 16, 2016, and will now be available in their entirety April 5, 2016. At that point, the Monthly Bundle will become unavailable for sale.

We will continue to publish two newsletters per month to help you keep track of our offerings, one highlighting the print books which will come out two weeks in advance of the release date, the other highlighting ebook and website offerings on (or very close to) the release date itself.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns, and our whole team will be happy to help.

Good reading!

Toni Weisskopf
Publisher, Baen Books

Unidentified Funny Objects

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Available now at Baen eBooks, UFO Publishing’s side-splitting annual anthology series of humorous science fiction and fantasy: Unidentified Funny Objects. In the first volume alone you'll find a zombear, tweeting aliens, down-on-their-luck vampires, time twisting belly dancers, moon Nazis, stoned computers, omnivorous sex-maniac pandas, and a spell-casting Albert Einstein. The series features stories by authors such as George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Robert Silverberg, Esther Friesner, Piers Anthony, Mike Resnick, Jody Lynn Nye, Kevin J. Anderson, Gini Koch, and many others.

Find all four volumes on Baen eBooks’ UFO Publishing page now.

Baen Ebook Releases

Death's Bright Day - HALF
David Drake

A war is brewing between the Republic of Cinnabar and the Alliance of Free Stars, and Daniel Leary and Adele Mundy are once again called to serve. But their efforts may be no match for an enemy battleship.

Black Tide Rising - HALF
ed. by John Ringo & Gary Poole

When zombies overrun the Earth, brave men and women ask themselves: “What do we do now?”  Featuring original stories from John Ringo, Eric Flint, John Scalzi, Sarah A. Hoyt, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael Z. Williamson, and more.

The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF 2015 - HALF
ed. by David Afsharirad

Culled from the ranks of the top SF markets, Year’s Best Military and Space Opera 2015 is sure to delight fans of Golden Age science fiction, modern military SF, thrilling pulp adventure tales, and more. Stories by David Drake, Brad R. Torgersen, Joe Lansdale, David Brin, Hank Davis, and more.

Galactic Games
ed. by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

From downhill figure skating to horse racing with alien life forms; from baseball played with speedboats to basketball on Mars, Galactic Games shows us what happens when humanity takes sporting events to the stars. Includes stories by George R.R. Martin, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Correia, Robert Silverberg, Randall Garrett, Gene Wolfe, Mike Resnick—and more.

Three Faces of Asprin
Robert Asprin

The Cold Cash War: International conglomerates plot a complete domination of the free world. The Bug Wars: The reptilian Tzen will need all their skills as fierce warriors when the Enemy swarms toward their planet. Tambu: For the first time, a reporter has been granted an interview with the mysterious warlord Tambu. his story will finally be told—if the reporter is allowed to leave alive. Three action packed science fiction novels in one!

Dragon in Exile

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Hounded by those who would see them destroyed, the exiled Korval clan must make an urgent choice—accept an alliance with criminals or face down each and every enemy in person, one by one.

Get the June ebooks bundle here

*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on June 7, 2016. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

Clay Reynolds

Vox Populi

Moving, quirky, strange, revealing, and terrifying encounters with total strangers, average people going about their day-to-day lives. Often funny, sometimes sad, always poignant, their voices reveal both the comedy and tragedy of life, and expose the unique humanity behind the anonymous faces of the ordinary person.

JABberwocky Literary Agency

The Dirigent Mercenary Corps Series by Rick Shelley

When promising cadet Lon Nolan is kicked out of the North American Military Academy on trumped-up charges, he is left with no choice but to join the Dirigent Mercenary Corps. To become an officer, he’ll have to survive his first taste of combat, and if he fails, he won’t lose just his honor, but his life.

Lon Nolan has proved himself on the battlefield on Norbank. But now he’s commanding men of his own, and the stakes are higher. He’s going to learn sooner or later that leadership always comes with a cost.

Sara Pines is beautiful and brilliant—and Lieutenant Lon Nolan knows that she’s “the one.” Unfortunately, Lon’s shipped out to quell a civil war on a distant planet before they have a chance to marry. And now that he’s arrived on Aldrin, it’s becoming increasingly clear that he might never make it home.

Lon Nolan is skyrocketing through the ranks of the DMC, proving that he’s got what it takes to be one of the most elite fighters in the galaxy. But as his family grows, he grows less certain that the mercenary life is for him. But when duty calls, he must answer.

Lieutenant Colonel
The Colonial Mining Cartel is terrorizing the planet Bancroft, and Lon Nolan is the only person who can stop it. He’d never thought he’d have to return to the isolated planet, and this time, the responsibility for the Second Battalion falls on him.

Over the decades Lon Nolan has forged himself a place with the DMC, and now there’s talk that he might become the next General. But Lon isn’t after a promotion—in fact, he’s thinking about retirement. But when the political machinations of the Confederation of Human Worlds get in the way, Lon has to return to the front lines.

See all the JABberwocky ebooks here

Wordfire Press

Four Unpublished Novels
Frank Herbert

From the author of Dune, four completed novels never published in Frank Herbert’s lifetime: the high-tech dystopian SF High Opp, jungle survival adventure Angel’s Fall, Cold War thriller A Game of Authors, and gritty slice-of-life drama A Thorn in the Bush.

Man of Two Worlds: 30th Anniversary Edition
Frank Herbert & Brian Herbert

Frank Herbert’s last novel, written with his son Brian, in a special edition with a touching new introduction by Brian Herbert. In a commercialized future, after a terrible accident an abusive industrialist finds himself sharing minds with an alien species that believes it dreams the entire cosmos.

March or Die
Andrew Keith & William H. Keith, Jr.

The first gripping novel in the military SF series, The Fifth Foreign Legion. Stranded in alien enemy territory, Earth’s soldiers must fight their way to freedom or death.

Band on the Run: Rock Band vs Evil Omnibus

D.J. Butler

Complete in one volume, the first three novels in D.J. Butler’s edgy, humorous urban fantasy series: Hellhound on my Trail, Snake Handlin’ Man, and Crow Jane. Heaven doesn’t want them. Do they stand a chance in Hell?

Dandelion Iron

Aaron Michael Ritchey

The first novel in the Juniper Wars. In a post-apocalyptic West, electricity and technology does not function and 90% of the surviving males are sterile. Cavatica Weller and her two gunslinging sisters have to lead a cattle drive across the devastation, until they discover a lone young man . . . who is being hunted by an inhuman army.

Get the March Wordfire Press Bundle here

Don’t forget to check out the Baen new book releases here. Enter the March Contest here. And for upcoming appearances by Baen authors and editors, check here.

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