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In this issue: a Star Kingdom strikes back, a privateer enters the lion’s den, big ships blow things to bits, and space travel goes nuclear. All that plus a new Liaden Universe® story.
   December 2017

book cover Answer the Call

After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore’s own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain. It’s up to officers like Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly to defend the Star Kingdom and the Royal Manticoran Navy from these threats, but the challenge is greater than any they have faced before.

Manticore has learned that the universe is not a safe place, but the Star Kingdom’s enemies are about to learn it's dangerous to mess with the Manticore!

Get A Call to Vengeance eARC here.

The Razor’s Edge of Tyranny and Freedom

Zander Krycek made a choice that saved his world of Ithaca, but banished him to a planet far, far away. Now the totalitarian Orlov Combine intends to swallow Ithaca whole. The only hope lies in the return of Zander Krycek. Enter privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood and her ship, the Andromeda. Blackwood will have to navigate assassination attempts, warring factions, and civil unrest. But Catherine has made a promise, and the freedom of a world hangs in the balance!

Get Sins of Her Father eARC here.

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book cover In Space, Size Matters

The bigger the ship, the better the bang. From the dawn of history onward, commanding the most powerful ship around has been a dream of admirals, sultans, emperors, kings, generalissimos, and sea captains everywhere. Thus it was, and ever shall be, even into the distant future. From the oceans of Earth, to beneath the ice of Europa, to the distant reaches of galactic empires, it is the great warships and their crews that sometimes keep civilization safe for the rest of us—but sometimes become an extinction-level event in and of themselves.

Big, bold, and edge-of-your-seat space opera and military science fiction from David Drake, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Michael Z. Williamson, and many more!

Get Star Destroyers eARC here.

New Fiction and Nonfiction at

A Healer’s Heart

Life is hard on the world of Surebleak. There, ’bleakers and refugees from other worlds rub elbows and scramble for work. But in the chaos, Algaina’s bakery is a place of solace. And when a young girl with an unusual affliction passes through her door, Algaina will show the off-worlders that those on Surebleak look out for one another.

Read “Block Party,” a story set in Sharon Lee & Steve Miller’s Liaden Universe®, here.

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Going Nuclear

If we’re going to make it to other planets, we’re going to need a ship that can get us there. And that ship is going to have to have fuel to power its engine. So, what will we use to fuel our ships when it's time to venture forth out into the outer Solar System? There are several options, but one stands above the others: nuclear power. In this month’s nonfiction essay, Andy Presby guides us through how nuclear fission may be our ticket to other worlds.

Read “Nuclear Fission in Space” here.

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


Coming soon to the Baen Free Radio Hour: Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon continue their discussion of 1636: The Vatican Sanction and all things Ring of Fire series. And Ryk E. Spoor on his meta-anime adventure novel, Princess Holy Aura. New episode every Friday! 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


A Call to Vengeance - HALF
David Weber & Timothy Zahn with Thomas Pope

Travis Long is back. And this time, the enemies of the Royal Manticoran Navy—both within and without—are going to find out why you don’t mess with the Manticore!
Sins of Her Father - HALF
Mike Kupari

An exiled leader must return to his homeworld to stave off disaster. But getting there is easier said than done. Enter Privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood and the crew of the Andromeda.


Star Destroyers
Ed. by Christopher Ruocchio & Tony Daniel

Big ships blowing things up. In space, size matters as this collection of original fiction proves. All-new tales of massive superweapons and the starships that carry them from David Drake, Jody Lynn Nye, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Michael Z. Williamson, Brendan DuBois, and many more!
Michael Z. Williamson

A veteran of the Freehold Forces of Grainne, Angie Kaneshiro had settled into a quiet life as crew on board a tramp freighter. Then the war with Earth started.
Witchy Eye
D.J. Butler

Sarah Calhoun is on a desperate quest to claim a secret heritage she never dreamed could be hers. If Sarah cannot achieve her goal, it may mean the end of her, her family—and the world where she is just beginning to find her place.
Little Green Men—Attack!
Ed. by Robin Wayne Bailey & Bryan Thomas Schmidt

When Little Green Men Attack, It’s All-out Laugh Warfare. From the far reaches of outer space they come—inscrutable aliens, malicious invaders, wacky tourists from another planet—to conquer, study, and tickle us. Includes stories by Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Esther Friesner, Elizabeth Moon, Jody Lynn Nye, and many more.

Get the March ebooks bundle here

*This Baen Ebooks subscription bundle will dissolve on March 6, 2018. After that date, these books will be available for individual sale only.*

Pinbeam Books

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Two tales from the Liaden Universe®. “Out of True” is a first contact story that takes place around the time of Balance of Trade and Trade Secrets. “The Rifle's First Wife” takes place soon after Korval's relocation to Surebleak, and explores the necessity for society to adjust to new realities, and a new culture.

Heirs to Trouble
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Two novelettes in the Liaden Universe®. “Roving Gambler” finds Quin yos'Phelium, Boss Conrad's son, and Pat Rin yos'Phelium's heir at loose ends on a bad day. Deliberately overlooked for pilot duty, he is ordered to wait at the Emerald Casino, where he becomes a maelstrom of luck, both good and. . .chancy. “Code of Honor” sees Technical Sergeant Tommy Lee called home from the mercs by his delm. He's to become a pawn in a risky game of melant'i, in which the stakes are human lives. However, Tommy Lee has other ideas.

Ring of Fire Press

Incident in Alaska Prefecture
Stoney Compton

World War II ended with the German atomic bombing of Washington, D.C. in early 1945. North America divided between the Third Reich and the Japanese Empire. It is now 1967, and Alaska Territory is a military prefecture used for top secret research in the new “Quiet War” between the former Axis partners. The Japanese are building atomic weapons—and the Germans know it. But neither realizes the true strength of the Liberty Underground. There is about to be an Incident in Alaska Prefecture.

Wordfire Press

Tastes like Chicken
Kevin J. Anderson

Dan Shamble, zombie P.I. faces his most fowl case yet, when a flock of murderous feral chickens terrorizes the Unnatural Quarter. Also in the caseload, Dan deals with the sinister spokesman for Monster Chow Industries, a spreading contamination that drives vampires berserk, a serial-killer demon from the Fifth Pit of Hell, a black-market blood gang led by the nefarious Ma Hemoglobin, a ghost fighting a hostile takeover of his blood bars . . . and a cute little vampire girl who may, or may not, be his daughter.

Crazy in the Blood
Lucienne Diver

Tori’s Uncle Christos has stumbled onto a deadly cult masquerading as the Back to Earth movement.  Dionysus has resurrected his fertility cult, complete with frenzied female followers. He’s even brought Demeter, goddess of the harvest, to his side by helping her daughter Persephone finally escape Hades.  Only Hades is ready to unleash Hell (or at least Tartarus) on Earth unless Tori brings Persephone back to him.

Solar Singularity
Josh Vogt, Guy Anthony De Marco & Peter J. Wacks

A novel set in the universe of Infterface Zero from Gunmetal Games. Dubbed Interface Zero by those who created it, the Tendril Access Processor—or TAP—downloads the Global DataNet and Hyper Reality directly into the minds of billions of users across the solar system, bringing the world an unparalleled level of interconnectivity, and danger. Malware plagues the Deep, and hackers manipulate the TAP to upload malicious viruses, to steal secrets, and even the identities of the unwary. And that is only the beginning.

Get the November Wordfire Press Bundle here

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