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In this issue: Planet Baen launches, a Mars mission goes awry, and monsters attack Sin City!
   June 2012

Queen of Wands Sin City Monster Rampage

When monster hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a hunter’s convention, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a deadly rampage. Now it’s up to Owen Pitt and the Monster Hunter International squad to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

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June New Fiction and Nonfiction Articles

Take the High Road
Ben Bova Presents Jim Baen Memorial Award at ISDC

“Take the High Road,” by R.P.L. Johnson is the winner the 2012 Jim Baen Memorial competition for best forward-looking original science fiction story. The winner was announced by science fiction legend Ben Bova and the award accepted by runner up Martin L. Shoemaker at the International Space Development Conference in Washington, D.C., on May 25. Grand prize winner R.P.L. Johnson, who lives in Australia, wasn’t able to come to the conference. Baen Books is very pleased to sponsor the conference in association with the National Space Society, and to bring you the story as our free fiction for June at

Read “Taking the High Road” here.

The Design and Construction of Planet Baen Game

Planet Baen co-designer and chief architect Robert P. Kruger provides a riveting inside view on the creation and birth pangs of Planet Baen, the new Facebook-integrated game where a player settles a frontier planet and earns free ebooks in the process. Kruger gives up details on his own interesting history as a game writer and designer while delivering the fascinating—and true—origin story of Planet Baen itself.

Read “The Conquest of Planet Baen” now.

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Planet Baen Planet Baen Launches

Build Your Own Pioneer Planet Settlement and Earn Free Ebooks. Planet Baen, the Facebook integrated game, has left the launchpad! Play on or off Facebook. Build a settlement on a pioneer planet and earn free ebooks –ebooks of your choice—from Sign up and play today!

Play Planet Baen now.

September Baen Ebook Releases

Monster Hunter Legion
Larry Correia - HALF

A creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a deadly rampage through Las Vegas, and it’s up to Owen Pitt and Monster Hunter International to stop it.

Dragon Ship
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller - HALF

Star pilot Theo Waitley must take on the precarious captaincy of a mysterious self-aware ship and save hundreds of stranded pilots and crewmen from a hostile planet.

A Host of Furious Fancies
Mercedes Lackey
Rosemary Edghill - HALF

After years in Underhill, Eric Banyon, elvish knight and bard, returns to the Big Apple to finish his interrupted education at Juilliard. Soon Eric discovers that unscrupulous researchers have created a drug that unlocks magical powers in humans. Plus: the evil elf lord Aerune, whose love was killed by mortal men, is determined to destroy the human race, and Eric must stop him. Beyond World’s End and Spirits White as Lightning together for the first time in one volume

A Beautiful Friendship
David Weber

Tween-age Stephanie Harrington is a young woman determined to make discoveries−and the biggest discovery of all awaits her: an intelligent (and possibly telepathic!) alien species she names the treecats. A dazzling first entry in a new David Weber Honorverse teen series.

Ring of Fire III
Eric Flint

A cosmic accident sets the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia, down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe and a new nation is forged. A time-twisting collection of rollicking, thought-provoking tales by a star-studded array of top writers such as bestseller Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint himself­—all set in Eric Flint’s phenomenal Ring of Fire universe.

Robert Buettner

Ace intelligence operative Jazen Parker parachutes into the giant habitat Tressel, a quarantined nightmare world with a culture confined to iron rivet technology and a ruling regime a bit to the right of Heinrich Himmler. When Jazen uncovers a plot that will throw a five hundred-planet alliance into death-throes, it’s the Tressel bullies who are about to be taught a lesson in losing.

When the People Fell
Cordwainer Smith

A sweeping saga of the centuries to come, from the new dark age that followed a global war, to the new civilization that arose from the ashes to colonize the stars. A massive collection of visionary science fiction by a legendary SF master. Part two of the collected works of Cordwainer Smith.
Emile and the Dutchman
Joel Rosenberg

How do you tell if an alien species has friendly intentions? You need Emile and the Dutchman, ace operatives of the Thousand Worlds Contact Service. Their mission: to seek out new life and new civilization on the frontiers of space and determine if they are potential allies—or deadly threats to civilization and life itself.
June 2012 Night Shade Bundle

E.J. Swift

The ocean city of Osiris has been cut off from the land since the Great Storm fifty years ago. Most believe that Osiris is the last city on Earth. In Osiris, Adelaide, the black-sheep granddaughter of the city's Architect, seeks her twin brother, who has mysteriously disappeared while storm refugee descendant Vikram tries to lead his people out of cold and starvation as the elite of Osiris ignore their plight. Together, the two will discover secrets that may change everything.

Prepare to Die!
Paul Tobin

Nine years ago, Steve Clarke was just a teenage boy in love with the girl of his dreams. Then a freak chemical spill transformed him into Reaver, the man whose super-powerful fists can literally take a year off a bad guy's life. Now, after years of extraordinary adventures and crushing tragedies, the world's greatest hero is returning to where it all began in search of the boy he once was . . . and the girl he never forgot.

Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
G.J. Koch

Captain Alexander Outland is the best pilot in the galaxy. He's also a pirate, a smuggler, and loved and loathed by women in umpteen solar systems. Now when an invisible space armada starts cutting into his business, he soon finds himself in hot water with the military, the mob, mad bombers, and an extended family of would-be conquerors. And that's not counting an occasionally telepathic spy.

Get the Night Shade Bundle here

Walter H. Hunt Bundle

The humans and the birdlike alien species the vor clash as enemies, then are brought together as uneasy allies via the powerful mythology of the vor, with its echoes of Chinese hero tales. These two species then must face a far greater menace in the shape-shifting alien vulh. In the end, human determination and the power of vor myth are all that stand against the freedom of two species and the survival of their ancient ways of life.

The amazing saga of Walter H. Hunt’s groundbreaking Dark Wing series, featuring nonstop action and superb science fiction worldbuilding, is here.

Get the Walter H. Hunt Bundle here

Don’t forget to check out the Baen new book releases here, and our June contest here. Going Interstellar editor Les Johnson’s wonderful Grand Tour of the Solar system remains available here. And for upcoming appearances by Baen authors and editors, check here.

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