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[Book News] New Releases from Baen Books

by April Carvelli
Baen June 15 release
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June 15 releases

This month, Baen Books sent another exciting package of their newest publications!

Rich Man's Sky b y Wil McCarthy

Rich Man’s Sky

Author: Wil McCarthy
Cover Artist: Dave Seeley
Format: Hard Cover

A NEW NOVEL OF REAL SF FROM WIL McCARTHY

When billionaires control the space program, where does that leave the rest of us?

Space: a tycoon’s playground. From a space station full of women to a monastery on the Moon, from a Martian reality-TV contest to a solar shade large enough to cool the Earth, the dreams of a handful of trillionaires dictate the future of humanity. Outside the reach of Earthly law and with the vast resources of the inner solar system at their disposal, the “Four Horsemen” do exactly as they please.

The governments of Earth are not amused; an international team of elite military women, masquerading as space colonists, are set to infiltrate and neutralize the largest and most dangerous project in human history. But nothing is that simple when rich men control the sky, as everyone involved is about to discover.


1636 Calabars War

1636: Calabar’s War

Author: Charles Gannon and Robert E. Waters
Cover Artist: Tom Kidd
Maps by: Michael Knopp
Format: Soft Cover

NEW ENTRY IN THE BEST-SELLING RING OF FIRE SERIES FROM NEBULA AND DRAGON AWARD NOMINEE CHARLES E. GANNON AND ROBERT WATERS

Domingos Fernandes Calabar started out as a military advisor for the Portuguese in Brazil. But to his superiors, he was still nothing more than a mameluco, a man of mixed blood. Until, that is, the Dutch arrived and he switched sides. Then the Portuguese had a new label for him: “traitorous dog.”

But when Dutch admiral Maarten Tromp arrives, having barely survived the disastrous Battle of Dunkirk, Calabar’s job changes again. Now he has to help engineer a swift Dutch exodus to a safer place before word of Tromp’s defeat reaches Spanish ears. Partnered with the Sephardic pirate Moses Cohen Henriques, the two aid the battered Dutch fleet by striking at the Portuguese and Spanish, both on land and sea. Until, that is, Calabar learns that bitter personal enemies have grabbed his family, put them in chains, and sold them to a slaveship bound for the Spanish Main.

Calabar must now choose: continue to help the Dutch, or save his wife and children? Tromp and other strong allies want to put an end to slavery, too, but their strategies and timetable are measured in months and years. Calabar doesn’t have that kind of time and can’t rely on their methods. The struggle to recover his family, and to free the millions more suffering in shackles, is one he must win in his own way and on his own terms. Because ultimately, this is not just  Calabar’s fight.

This is Calabar’s war.


Starborn & Godsons by Larry Niven

Starborn and Godsons

Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes
Cover Artist: Kurt Miller
Maps: Randy Asplund
Format: Paperback

THE LONG-AWAITED CONCLUSION OF THE HEOROT SERIES FROM GENRE LEGENDS LARRY NIVEN, JERRY POURNELLE, AND STEVEN BARNES

WE HAVE MET THE ALIENS—AND THEY ARE US!

Avalon was finally thriving. The cold-sleep colonists from Earth had settled on a verdant, livable world. The fast and cunning predators humans named grendels were under control, and mainland outposts had been established. Humans would have hydroelectric power, some form of civilization. They would survive. But they would not survive as a spacefaring people.

What the colonists were losing fast was the ability to get back to space. But unbeknownst to the planet-bound humans, something was moving out there in the stars, decelerating at a rate impossible for a natural object. Its destination: Avalon. Its probable origin: Earth’s Solar System. The passengers it carried would change this world forever.

A TIME OF FIRST CONTACT.

Between the human Starborn and the self-named Godsons who followed on. Between the initial generation of Avalon-born humans and their descendants. And, unbeknownst to either, between humans and the almost ineffably alien species native to their new world. For this world is not done challenging humanity yet.

THE CHALLENGE AND PROMISE OF AVALON ARE ONLY BEGINNING.


The Initiate by James L. Cambias

The Initiate

Edited by: James L. Cambias
Cover Artist: Alan Pollock
Format: Paperback

A SECRET ORDER OF SORCERERS RULES THE WORLD. ONE MAN HAS VOWED TO DESTROY THEM.

THE SORCERERS WHO RULE THE WORLD ARE GOING DOWN!

If people who can work magic are so powerful, why don’t they rule the world? Well, as it happens, they do. One man wants to change that.

The Apkallu are masters of magic. They rule the world from the shadows, using mind control and deadly monsters to eliminate any threat to their power. Sam Arquero lost his family to a demon sent by an Apkallu. He knew that nobody would believe the truth, but now an old man offers Sam the chance to find out who is responsible and bring down the Apkallu forever.

Under a new identity, Sam must learn the secrets of magic, infiltrate the Apkallu, and walk a razor’s edge of daring as he attempts to destroy the Apkallu leaders and avoid the supernatural detectives on his trail. But Sam’s greatest challenge perhaps lies within—to avoid becoming like the hated Apkallu himself!


Castaway Resolution by Eric Flint

Castaway Resolution

Author: Eric Flint
Cover Artist: Sam Kennedy
Format: Paperback

NEW ENTRY IN THE BOUNDARY SERIES BY ERIC FLINT & RYK E. SPOOR

Surviving crash-landings and monsters and island-eaters was only the beginning!

The Kimei family and the second group of castaways, led by Sergeant Campbell, had finally joined forces after both had been forced to land on the bizarre planet Lincoln, whose “continents” were huge floating coral colonies, inhabited by even stranger lifeforms. They had survived crash-landings and venom-filled bites and disease, their own despair, and even the destruction — and consumption! — of one of their floating islands, and had learned to live, even prosper, in their strange new home.

Far away, Lieutenat Susan Fisher slowly pieces together the mystery of what happened to the starship Outward Initiative . . . and begins to believe that — just possibly — some of the survivors might have escaped to a mysteriously unsuspected star system.

But even her preparations and the resourcefulness of the castaways may not be enough . . . for Lincoln has far worse in store.


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