The Battle Against
to Rule the World—or
In the future the world was a paradise—and then, in a moment, it ended. The council that controlled the Net fell out and went to war, while people who had never known a moment of want or pain were left wondering how to survive.
Duke Edmund Talbot has been assigned a simple mission: Go to the Southern Isles and make contact with the scattered mer-folk—those who, before the worldwide collapse of technology, had altered their bodies in the shape of mythical sea-dwelling creatures. He must convince them to side with the Freedom Coalition in the battles against the fascist dictators of New Destiny. Just a simple diplomatic mission. That requires the service of a dragon-carrier and Lieutenant Herzer Herrick, the most blooded of the Blood Lords—because New Destiny has plans of its own.
The fast-paced sequel to There Will be Dragons is a rollicking adventure above and below the high seas with dragons, orcas, beautiful mermaids— and the irrepressible Bast the Wood Elf, a cross between Legolas and Mae West.
WRITERS OF FANTASY WITH
ALL-NEW ADVENTURES SET IN
THEIR MOST POPULAR SERIES
You are cordially invited to explore the many worlds of modern fantasy, with an array of the field's brightest stars as your guides. Masters of Fantasy presents a glittering roster of today's most popular fantasy writers, offering brand new adventures set in their most popular series.
* David Weber, author of the NY Times best-selling Honor Harrington series, is equally a master of fantasy in his popular Bahzell series, including the just-released Wind Rider's Oath.
* Mercedes Lackey is among the most popular of today's fantasy writers and her Valdemar novels are best sellers.
* Mickey Zucker Reichert is author of the best-selling Bifrost Guardians and Books of Barakhai series.
* David Drake is known for his best-selling Hammer's Slammers series and the equally popular Lord of the Isles fantasy series (Tor).
* Andre Norton's Witch World novels have enthralled readers for four decades.
* Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion series are among the decade's most popular fantasy novels.
* Alan Dean Foster is known for his top-selling space adventures, his movie novelizations, and his fantasy adventure novels.
Also on board are such stars as Hugo and Nebula winner Michael Resnick, New York Times best-selling author Robert Asprin and his popular "Myth" series collaborator Jody Lynn Nye, and more.
This feast of fantasy adventure will be a must-buy for all fantasy fans.
Two Complete Novels and a
Selection of Shorter Masterworks
by a Hugo Award Winning
Master of Science Fiction Adventure.
Praise for the Science Fiction of Harry Turtledove:
"[In The Great War: Breakthroughs,] Turtledove displays his usual mastery at maintaining suspense across a broad canvas, with characters that fans will be glad to encounter . . . . A complete and skillfully executed tale." —Publishers Weekly
"[Turtledove's The Victorious Opposition is] almost impossible to praise too highly." —Booklist
"Turtledove has proved he can divert his readers to astonishing places. He's developed a cult following over the years . . . I know I'd follow his imagination almost anywhere." —San Jose Mercury News
"The leading author of alternate history." —USA Today
Hugo Award winner Harry Turtledove has garnered high praise for his best-selling alternate history science fiction, and he's equally a master of science fiction adventure, as he proves in this new Baen MegaBook containing two complete novels and a baker's dozen of brilliant shorter works. Earthgrip—Young Jennifer Logan just wanted to teach Middle English, but ended up on an interstellar trading ship headed for the adventure of a lifetime. Noninterference — The Survey Service was supposed to observe alien worlds, without any interference. Then, an expedition broke the rule and an entire planet was at risk! Kaleidoscope —Suppose a vampire was sent to catch Jack the Ripper Suppose all the galaxy has starships, but hasn't developed Earth's military technology and firepower. And much more.
Publisher's Note: 3 X T was originally published as three books: Earthgrip, Noninterference and Kaleidoscope. This is their first combined publication.
Captain Pausert thought his luck had finally turned—but he did not yet realize it was a turn for the worse. On second thought, make that a turn for the disastrous*.
Unlucky in love, unsuccessful in business, he thought he had finally made good with his battered starship Venture, cruising around the fringes of the Empire and successfully selling off odd-ball cargoes which no one else had been able to sell. He was all set to return home, where his true love was faithfully waiting for him ... he hoped.
But then he made the fatal mistake of freeing three slave children from their masters (who were suspiciously eager to part with them). They were just trying to be helpful, but those three adorable little girls quickly made Pausert the mortal enemy of his fiancee, his home planet, the Empire, warlike Sirians, psychopathic Uldanians, the dread pirate chieftain Laes Yango—and even the Worm World, the darkest threat to mankind in all of space.
And all because those harmless-looking little girls were in fact three of the notorious and universally feared Witches of Karres. A rollicking novel from the master of space adventure.
WELCOME AGAIN TO THE MANY
WORLDS OF HONOR HARRINGTON
Lady Dame Honor Harrington isn't alone. Her life touches others—and their lives touch hers—directly, or indirectly, whether as a naval officer, steadholder, or duchess.
In this collection, Jane Lindskold gives us the story of a prince on the brink of maturity and an extraordinary young Grayson woman named Judith—a victim of Masadan brutality, who confronts insurmountable odds in a desperate effort to lead her sisters to freedom— or—death among the stars.
Timothy Zahn weighs in with a story of the heavy cruiser HMS Fearless; a brilliant young tactical officer on temporarily detached duty; Solarian con men; secret weapons that aren't quite what they seem to be; naval spies, spooks, and dirty tricks; courage and honor; and a surprising glimpse into one of Admiral Sonja Hemphill's most crucial technological innovations.
John Ringo offers his unique blend of nonstop action and deliciously skewed humor in two offerings. The Peep planet of Prague and its brutally repressive StateSec regime will never be the same again after the unscheduled, unofficial, and thoroughly catastrophic visit by a pair of Manticoran Marines with a most peculiar taste in their holiday destinations. And then there's the question of what an explosively expanding navy does with the personnel who can't quite cut the mustard.
Eric Flint tells us the story of an idealistic young StateSec officer who finds himself in the right place at the right time following the fall of Oscar Saint-Just. Young Victor Cachat could influence the loyalty of an entire sector ... if he's only lucky enough to manage to stay alive long enough to try.
And finally, David Weber gives us the tale of the first Grayson midshipwoman on her "snotty cruise" at a time when internal tensions threaten the entire future of the Manticoran Alliance and people are about to rediscover the Fact that the Peeps are far from the only predators hiding in the stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HOST
David Weber is the brightest star in the new century's science fiction firmament. He is often compared to C.S. Forester (the celebrated creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower), is the recipient of critical praise worthy of Heinlein or Asimov, and has hordes of voracious fans clamoring for more and more Weber. Fortunately for them, Weber keeps steadily producing more and more books. His novels range from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own) to breathtaking space opera (Path of the Fury, Empire from the Ashes) to military science Action with in-depth characterization (the celebrated New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington series, War of Honor being the latest). Reviewers call Weber "irresistible . . . masterful" (Publishers Weekly), "highly entertaining" (Booklist), "outstanding . . . superb . . . Excellent" (Wilson Library Bulletin), "remarkable" (Kliatt), "the best" (Dragon), "worth shouting about" (Philadelphia Weekly Press), "great" (Locus), and "the best writer around today" (FosFax). Readers call Weber similar things, but mostly they call the Baen offices several times a week demanding more from their main man. Weber lives in South Carolina with his wife Sharon.
The Future of Freedom—as
Explored by Top Science Fiction
Writers in a New Volume of All
As Thomas Jefferson put it, "That government is best which governs least." And, as Will Rogers wryly quipped, "We're lucky we don't get all the government we pay for!" In Visions of Liberty, ten top science fiction writers, several of them Hugo or Nebula award-winners, create ten very different futures in which Government does not exist and explore the possibilities of a truly free society. Among the roster: Hugo winner and Grand Master Jack Williamson; Michael Resnick, winner of four Hugos and a Nebula, and author of the international bestseller, Santiago; Michael A. Stackpole, author of eight New York Times best sellers; best-selling novelist Jane Lindskold, New York Times best-selling author James P. Hogan, Robert J. Sawyer, winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year; and more. As threats to liberty arise in our own time, so it will be in the future. In this volume, a stellar cast of SF luminaries consider how the future might be different—and how freedom might truly triumph.
Praise for the science fiction anthologies of Martin Harry Greenberg:
"Greenberg's choices are impeccable." —Booklist
"That rare achievement: a 'theme' anthology that works. . . . Provocative and well-planned." —Kirkus Reviews
"Sheer enjoyability. . . . a fine mix of stories provokes everything from meditation to laughter." —Library Journal
Scientists are Only Human
—and Not Immune to Dogma.
A New York Times Bestselling Writer Examines the Facts in the Most Profound Controversies in Modern Science.
Galileo may have been forced to deny that the Earth moves around the Sun; but in the end, science triumphed. Nowadays science fearlessly pursues truth, shining the pure light of reason on the mysteries of the universe. Or does it As bestselling author James P. Hogan demonstrates in this fact-filled and thoroughly documented study, science has its own roster of hidebound pronouncements which are Not to be Questioned. Among the dogma-laden subjects he examines are Darwinism, global warming, the big bang, problems with relativity, radon and radiation, holes in the ozone layer, the cause of AIDS, and the controversy over Velikovsky. Hogan explains the basics of each controversy with his clear, informative style, in a book that will be fascinating for anyone with an interest in the frontiers of modern science.
Praise for James P. Hogan's science fact and fiction:
"[Mind Matters is] carefully organized to carry the reader from the earliest attempts to understand mind to current technologies designed to model logical thought . . . this book is comprehensive, timely, and accessible." —Publishers Weekly
"[In Mind Matters, Hogan] looks at the real-world progress and prospects of AI. Combining strong hard-science credentials with a willingness to defy received scientific opinion, he has written one of the more interesting in the recent flurry of books on this developing field." —Asimov's
"[Bug Park is] on the cutting edge of technology. . . Hogan's talent carries the reader from peak to peak in the story, while his knowledge of science . . . constitutes a splendid backdrop for the nonstop action." —Booklist
"[In Paths to Otherwhere,] Hogan brings his cutting edge scientific approach . . . truly fascinating and hugely enjoyable." —Starlog