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In this issue: spiders in space, bird men on Mars—plus: geek bias and a war maid’s choice!
   April 2012 New Stuff

Spiders in Space

Spiders, the first animals to emerge on land from the primordial sea may very well be exploiting an ecological niche with creepy and compelling analogs to space travel. Not only that, the several species of social spiders on Earth (that dwell in great web arcologies in spots like the Gabon rain forest) may be prime examples.

A tour de force argument for the most likely form aliens might take from Dr. Rob Furey, biologist and professor at Harrisburg University in Pennsylvania—and an explorer who has penetrated into the web city and lived to tell the tale!

Read “The Menace from Lydia” here.

The Menace from Lydia

A Murder of Crows
Bird Men of Mars, Attack!

On a far future Mars, a genetically engineered race with bird-like form and culture teams with a powerful interplanetary mech ally against ordinary humans. But even in this strange new world where the very survival of humanity is on the line, some very ancient values cannot be avoided or escaped: bravery, love, betrayal—and revenge. Exciting new short fiction from Alex Hernandez, contributor to upcoming Man-Kzin Wars XIII.

Read “A Murder of Crows” here.

Geek Bias and Kremlin Games
Geek Bias and the Making of 1636: The Kremlin Games

Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff, co-authors with Eric Flint of exciting new Ring of Fire series entry 1636: The Kremlin Games provide a commentary on the creation of the book, and their own baptism by fire into the thriving reader community at

Read “Geek Bias, Butterfly Effects, and Kremlin Games” here.

July Baen Ebook Releases

War Maid's Choice
David Weber - HALF

The Hradani barbarian has come a long way as the War God’s champion, but his ascension to Wind Rider has brought him some powerful enemies—and an equally perilous and alarming chance for dangerous liaison with Baron Tellian’s daughter, the heir to the mighty Sothoii realm.

Wen Spencer - HALF

Tinker, once a downtrodden waif from Pittsburgh, but lately a full-blooded elf ruler, must root out and destroy an evil plot that involves the kidnapping and breeding of elf children.
Assignment in Eternity
Robert A. Heinlein - HALF

Masterful speculative tales on what makes us human – and the problems, opportunities, and adventures humans must face in order to win a superhuman future.
Exiled: Clan of the Claw
S.M. Stirling
Harry Turtledove
John Ringo
Jody Lynn Nye
Michael Z. Williamson

First entry in a new fantasy-alternate history series from S.M. Stirling, John Ringo & Jody Lynn Nye, Harry Turtledove, and Michael Z. Williamson. After the extinction asteroid doesn’t strike Earth, dinosaurs and mammals strive for dominance. In a heroic, bronze-age world, the Mrem Clan of the Claw expands its rough-and-tumble territory.


Michael Z. Williamson

A mercenary commander must track down and eliminate a sociopath with the knowledge and firepower to take out entire tactical teams–a sociopath the commander trained himself.
The Wild Side
Mark L. Van Name

When the werewolf cubs and the baby vamps are tucked away, the adults come out to play. Best-sellers Tanya Huff, Caitlin Kittredge and Toni L.P. Kelner join Sarah Hoyt, Diana Rowland and editor Mark L. Van Name to create a dazzling cast of vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies, oh my. Oh my..

Not For Glory
Joel Rosenberg - HALF

Young Ari, scion of a mercenary planet, must overcome his own fears of combat to forge his command into a unit that can face down a hard-driving enemy force. Sequel to Hero.
April 2012 Night Shade Bundle

Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess
Phil and Kaja Foglio

In a time when the Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare, mad science rules the world. With the help of Krosp, Emperor of All Cats, Agatha has escaped from the massive airship known as Castle Wulfenbach. After crashing their escape dirigible, Agatha and Krosp fall in with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure. A new entry in the Girl Genius series.

Faustus Resurrectus
Thomas Morrissey

Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar helping the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, learns that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher that evil rises to overshadow his life.

Carol Wolf

The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis—and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

The Straits of Galahesh
Bradley P. Beaulieu

The Empire has lived at peace with Anuskaya for generations, but with political turmoil brewing and the wasting disease still rampant, opportunists from the mainland have begun to set their sights on the Grand Duchy, seeking to expand their empire. Book Two of The Lays of Anuskaya.

Get the Night Shade Bundle here

Contest News

We got some excellent entries for our Best Way to Overthrow a Despotic Planetary Regime contest celebrating David Weber’s new Honor Harrington novel, A Rising Thunder. The winner, James Dodd (who is a retired USN lieutenant commander), will receive a hardcover and an advanced reading copy of A Rising Thunder signed by David Weber, plus five free David Weber ebooks. Also a tremendous thank you to Thomas Pope, our most esteemed judge for the contest.

Read James Dodd’s winning entry (and runner-up entry from Kathryn Walton) here

And remember to check out the April contest and vote in the poll here

Don’t forget to check out the Baen new book releases here, and our April poll and contest here. And for upcoming appearances by Baen authors and editors, check here.

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