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In this issue: A Star Empire in the crosshairs, a cornucopia of short space opera, and a sextet of unlikely compatriots. All that plus a new short story by Jane Lindskold!
    November 2021


Not long ago, the Star Kingdom of Manticore was a small, unimportant interstellar backwater. Now, Manticore has become a target. The Star Kingdom isn't certain who is attacking it, or why, but one thing is certain: Manticore needs a capable space navy. And it needs allies, such as the relatively nearby Republic of Haven and the powerful, experienced Andermani Empire. Enter Travis Long and his wife, Lisa. It is their task to help build that navy. Opportunity for Manticore beckons—if Travis and Lisa can manage to navigate the fires of interstellar insurrection.

Get A Call to Insurrection eARC here.


For more than thirty years, the Liaden Universe® novels by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have captivated readers with their unique blend of action adventure, science fiction, and interpersonal relationships. Sure to delight longtime fans and newcomers alike, these ten tales highlight why the nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® novels are treasured by space opera aficionados, with amazing settings, strong characterizations, compelling romance, and edge-of-the-chair action in stories that range from cosmic to comic.

Get A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 5 eARC here.

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That’s what Xerak, Vereez, and Grunwold think when three strange creatures shimmer into being within the circle of Hettua Shrine. And why shouldn’t they? After all, they’ve never seen humans before. Margaret Blake, Peg Gallegos, and Tessa Brown are equally astonished—but also better prepared. A widely varied course of reading material has intellectually primed them for the idea that other worlds, even worlds where people with traits more commonly ascribed to “animals,” may exist.

But despite their differences, these mentors and “inquisitors” must join forces to solve an overriding mystery. Their first task: find the Library of the Sapphire Wind, destroyed years before. There, they may find out how to ask the right questions to save themselves—and Over Where itself!

Get Library of the Sapphire Wind eARC here.

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Disaster at the Library of the Sapphire Wind

What begins as a normal day for ursine-type Leeya and her apprentice chef in Meadow Village soon spirals into disaster. Earthquakes aren't common in the vicinity of the Library of the Sapphire Wind, but working for a libary dedicated to the magical arts for as long as she has, Leeya is accustomed to expecting the unusual. But this is no ordinary earthquake, and it soon becomes clear that life in Meadow Village will never be the same.

Read “Fire-Bright Rain,” a new prequel story to Library of the Sapphire Wind by Jane Lindskold here.

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November Ebook Sale

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To celebrate the release of Gannon’s new epic fantasy novel, This Broken World, we’re offering up big savings on his backlist titles. Save $2 per book on the award-winning Caine Riordan novels, and $1 per book on other titles.

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

Coming soon to the Baen Free Radio Hour: Charles E. Gannon discusses his new epic fantasy novel, This Broken World. David Weber talks about one of his most celebrated novels, In Fury Born, which is being reissued as a trade paperback and which serves as a prequel to his new Ascent to Empire series. And David Boop and contributors talk space westerns to celebrate the release of the short story anthology Gunfight on Europa Station.

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Baen Books


A Call to Insurrection  - HALF
David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope

Not long ago, the Star Kingdom of Manticore was a small, unimportant interstellar backwater. Now, Manticore has become a target. The Star Kingdom isn't certain who is attacking it, or why, but one thing is certain: Manticore needs a capable space navy.
A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 5  - HALF
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Sure to delight longtime fans and newcomers alike, these ten tales highlight why the nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® novels are treasured by space opera aficionados.
Library of the Sapphire Wind  - HALF
Jane Lindskold

Six unlikely heroes must join forces to solve a mysterious riddle—and save Over Where. Their first task: find the Library of the Sapphire Wind.
Gun Runner
Larry Correia & John D. Brown

Once, Jackson Rook was a war hero. Now he is a smuggler. His mission: steal a top-of-the-line mech and deliver it to far-flung planet Swindle. But for all Rook’s mercenary ways, there is a sense of rough justice within him. It seems that deep within the smuggler, the heart of a warrior still beats.
Tyger Bright
T.C. McCarthy

San Kyarr is a novitiate within a secretive holy order tasked by Fleet to infiltrate the home world of mankind’s most dangerous enemy: the Sommen. If caught, her mission will bring war to Earth—long before humanity is ready to confront this implacable enemy.
Magicats II
edited by Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann

Cats have long been admired . . . and feared. Their eyes seem full of a knowledge beyond that of man; their steps, stealthy and silent, bring them to unknown places. Now Dann and Dozois present the mysterious world of the cat with stories by Isaac Asimov, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, and others.

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*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on February 1, 2022. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

Ring of Fire Press

Dave Freer & Eric Flint

Shorter works from longtime collaborators Dave Freer and Eric Flint, including two stories from their popular Rats, Bats & Vats series and a story from the massive Heirs of Alexandria series, which Flint and Freer cowrote with Grand Master Mercedes Lackey.

Venus, Mars, and Hell
Eric Flint and John Lambshead

The adventures of two young women in worlds very different from our own. Worlds in which the laws of nature have changed—but human behavior hasn’t. Worlds in which travel to the planets is much less dangerous than the people aboard the ships that make those voyages.
Wordfire Press

Mike Baron

Based on the bestselling comic book created by Mike Baron and Steve Rude, this is Nexus’s greatest adventure. Nexus the cosmic avenger has faced mass murderers and alien monsters, but Gourmando is greater than all of them combined. Gourmando eats whole worlds and now he has come for Ylum.

The Ghost of Christmas Always
Kevin J. Anderson & Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens, struggling writer, is haunted by the ghost of his lost sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth. In his darkest Christmastime, she comes to him in visions to inspire his writing, to make him reflect on the pivotal moments of his life . . . and to spark the idea for one of the greatest Christmas stories of all time. Includes the original Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

Neodymium Exodus
Jen Finelli

Lem’s a mace-wielding teen space-ninja in a universe of sentient insectoids, purple jungles, and insane electromagnetic fields; she solves most problems by hitting harder, and never plays by her enemy's rules—until a vengeful zealot forces her to choose between the fate of the Universe, and the ones she loves.

Fairwood Press

Shoggoths in Traffic and Other Stories
Tobias S. Buckell

Traffic is piling up, and strange things are headed your way in this new story collection by World Fantasy Award-winning author Tobias S. Buckell. ​Buckell’s fertile imagination is on display as he comments on edgy issues of injustice and offers a thorny path to discover the human heart and all the strange things humans do.

How to Get to Apocalypse
Erica L. Satifka

The apocalypse can take many forms. From an addictive cell phone game that manipulates users into mass murder to an addictive alien-supplied drug to corporations replacing the natural world with creatures more amenable to market pressure. All these apocalypses and many more can be found in Erica L. Satifka's debut collection, which gathers together twenty-three short stories from the past decade.

A Few Last Words for the Late Immortals
Michael Bishop

This retrospective Michael Bishop collection of fifty short pieces spans the author's entire career, from “Asytages's Dream,” written while Bishop was a college student, to “Yahweh's Hour,” an acerbic but moving work of science-fantasy political satire composed in 2020.

Rain Music
Patrick Swenson

Truman Starkey heard it once, there in the ancient rain forest. A song that could raise the dead, a song that could bend time to its will. A song that might finally solve the puzzle of what Truman has lost—his ability to compose music. But every magic needs fuel, and this magic, this song, demands a soul, a heart, or the most dangerous drug ever invented: Moss.

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