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In this issue: the true story of a legend, Earth on the brink of disaster, and an alternate look at the Ring of Fire alternate history series. All that plus new fiction from David Drake.
   May 2016

The (Mostly) True Story of a Legendary Monster Hunter

When Marine Private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the Marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to Heaven, which while nice might be a little boring, or return to Earth. The Boss has a mission. He's a Marine: He’ll choose the mission.

Get Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge eARC here.

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There’s gold in the skies—and other valuable minerals, too. With billions up for grabs, asteroid mining has jumpstarted the private space industry. But maneuvering an asteroid close to the Earth in order to mine its riches is tricky, and soon “close” becomes “too close.” Planetary destruction is about to become a grim reality unless the burgeoning space industry can stop the asteroid.

Get On to the Asteroid eARC here.

Step Right Up

Dr. Phillip Theophrastus Gribbleflotz, the world's greatest alchemist, was a man history had forgotten. But when the town of Grantville was transported by a cosmic accident from modern West Virginia to central Germany in the early seventeenth century, he got a second chance at fame and fortune. Applying his superb grasp of the principles of alchemy to the muddled and confused notions the Americans have concerning what they call “chemistry,” Gribbleflotz leaves obscurity behind.

Get 1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz eARC here.

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New Fiction and Nonfiction at

story graphic High Stakes, No Limit

Before he was a lieutenant in the Royal Cinnabar Navy, Daniel Leary was a cadet with a well-earned reputation for finding trouble. So when he invites Cadet Pennyroyal to accompany him on leave to a high-end gambling establishment, she knows that things are likely to get . . . interesting. Just how interesting—and dangerous—she’ll have to wait to find out. A new prequel story set in the RCN series, from master of military SF, David Drake.

Read “Cadet Cruise” here.

Lost in Time

An unexplained phenomenon known only as the Ring of Fire has transported the town of Grantville, West Virginia in time and space, from the year 2000 and the soils of the United States of America to the Europe of 1632. Grantville is now situated on a bend in the river Leutra, in Thuringia. But what happened to the tiny village of Milda, which previously occupied that time and space? Find out in an all-new story, set in Eric Flint’s best-selling Ring of Fire series, by best-selling author David Brin.

Read “71” here.

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Hail the Master!

In the shadowy world of Dungeons & Dragons, no one must be more disciplined than the enigmatic Dungeon Master. But are DMs the objective masters of their domains—or fickle gods cursed with the same tragic flaws that plague mere mortals? In this month’s free nonfiction essay, former game writer and editor Bob Kruger shines the spotlight on the Dungeon Master and attempts to answer the questions at the heart of D&D.

Read “Do Dungeon Masters Roll Magic Dice?” here.

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

Coming soon to the Baen Free Radio Hour: Eric Flint and several authors contributing to the Ring of Fire IV anthology discuss their stories, the universe, and their working relationships with Eric. Plus, a retrospective discussing 1882: Custer in Chains, and the alternate history legacy of the late Robert Conroy. And a conversation with David Drake on his latest entry in the RCN series, Death’s Bright Day. Missed past episodes? No problem. We’ve got every episode archived for your listening pleasure.

Listen to the Baen Free Radio Hour now.

Baen Ebook Releases

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge - HALF
Larry Correia & John Ringo

When Marine Private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the Marine barrack bombing in Beirut, he’s given a choice: Go to Heaven or return to Earth, where the Boss has a mission for him. He's a Marine: He'll choose the mission.

On to the Asteroid - HALF
Travis S. Taylor & Les Johnson

Maneuvering an asteroid close to the Earth in order to mine its riches is tricky, and soon “close” becomes “too close.” Planetary destruction is about to become a grim reality unless the burgeoning space industry can stop the asteroid.

A Call to Arms
David Weber, Timothy Zahn & Thomas Pope

Powerful forces in the Star Kingdom of Manticore’s Parliament are fomenting for the dissolution of the Royal Manticoran Navy. But the universe can be a far more dangerous place than they think . . .

1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz
Kerry Offord & Rick Boatright

Dr. Gribbleflotz: the world's greatest alchemist and a man lost to history. But by applying his superb grasp of the principles of alchemy to what the Americans of Grantville, WV, call “chemistry,” Gribbleflotz may yet leave obscurity behind.

Redliners, Second Edition

David Drake

Major Arthur Farrell and the troops of Strike Force Company C41 had seen too much war with the alien Kalendru. Unfit for a return to combat and too dangerous to return to civilian life, they were tasked with one final mission. If they succeeded, they might be ready to return to human society.

1636: The Cardinal Virtues

Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt

France, alternate 1636: After twenty years of waiting, an heir to the throne is about to be born. But there are those with eyes on the crown who would see the young prince’s life cut off before it begins.

Soldiers Out of Time

Steve White

Jason Thanou of the Temporal Regulatory Authority is back for a final showdown with the Transhumanist menace. Their mad scheme: to transform humanity into a race of gods and monsters.

Time Gate
Robert Silverberg

In the mid-21st century, the United States makes a breakthrough: the virtual simulation of genuine thinking, feeling personalities from history. Elizabeth I, Genghis Khan, Moses and Joan of Arc. You can see them all in action, in a world they never made—but just might remake closer to their silicon hearts’ desire.

Get the August ebooks bundle here

*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on August 1, 2016. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*


The Collected Kagan
A collection of classic science fiction stories ranging from alien anthropology to solving tricky theorems, by Hugo-winner Janet Kagan. Thought-provoking, often funny, and always entertaining.

On the distant planet of Mirabile, a settlement of human colonists from Earth is jeopardized by the genetic mutants of Earth plants and animals like the Loch Moose Monster, the Frankenswine, and the dreaded carnivorous Kangaroo Rex—and it’s up to ecological troubleshooter Mama Jason to destroy the menacing mutants.

Lassti, a newly discovered planet, is the center of political intrigue. Recently the planet survey team’s physicist was found dead. Enter Tocohl, a Hellspark trader who just wanted to have a vacation. Now she is seeking answers to mysteries that could save a world.


Ryan Hunter must lead an unconventional rescue team into a threat beyond anything he could have imagined. What they can’t know is that the fate of millions rests on their shoulders. Because something big is coming . . .

At hypersonic speed, Arthur Hammond’s fleet of Clipper spaceplanes has become the premium choice for high-flying travel, placing every corner of the globe within a few hours’ reach. But when the line’s flagship is marooned in space with its VIP clients, the crew must fight to keep everyone alive while knowing that help may never arrive.

JABberwocky Literary Agency

In the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, author Jack Campbell has taken readers on a fast-paced journey of conquest across vast reaches of space. Now, in these three collections, readers can explore the entire universe of Campbell’s fiction.

Swords and Saddles
Three novellas of military science fiction and alternate history. Includes “The Rift,” “Swords and Saddles” and “Failure to Obey.”

Borrowed Time
Time travel is the issue at hand in these short stories from Jack Campbell. Includes “Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms,” four interlinked stories of the Temporal Interventionists Tom and Pam, and more.

Ad Astra
With eleven stories in all, Ad Astra is the most multi-faceted introduction to the short fiction of Jack Campbell, and an essential complement to his bestselling book-length work. Includes AnLab Readers’ Poll winning story “Lady Be Good.”

See all the JABberwocky ebooks here

Wordfire Press

Decision Points
ed. by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Twenty stories of characters faced with crucial decisions, some tragic, some uplifting. Includes a never-collected Ender story by Orson Scott Card as well as tales by Kevin J Anderson, Jody Lynn Nye, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jonathan Maberry, and more.

City of Angels
Todd J. McCaffrey

Do you believe in angels? Do you believe in nanotech? In this edgy cyber-punk thriller, an AI becomes sentient inside the city of LA, and she has to learn to survive even as the government hunts her down.

Unpublished Stories
Frank Herbert

Thirteen completed but never published short stories ranging from science fiction to mainstream, mysteries, thrillers, mens’ adventure pieces, and humorous slice-of-life tales, all showing Herbert’s signature prowess in telling a good story.


Mike Baron

Notorious for their satanic lyrics, drunken excess and rumors of blood sacrifice, the Banshees shocked the world with their only album. The world heaved a sigh of relief when the Banshees all died in a plane crash. Or did they? Now they’ve come back for an encore.

Cohort of the Damned

Andrew Keith & William H. Keith, Jr.

Can a man escape from his past in a fighting battalion an on alien battlefield? Wolfgang Hauser was an aristocrat—rich, privileged, pampered . . . until the day alien invaders overwhelmed his world and stripped him of everything he held dear. There was only one safe haven in the far-flung Terran Commonwealth. He joined the Fifth Foreign Legion.

Get the April Wordfire Press Bundle here

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