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Baen Library Collection (173 Books)


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By: David Weber and Eric Flint

Excerpt: Chapter 1 how utterly delightful! exclaimed Richelieu. i've never seen a cat with such delicate features. The coloration is marvelous, as well.

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Paying the Piper

By: David Drake

Excerpt: A background note I?ve always found it easier to use real settings and cultures than to invent my own. No matter how good a writer's imagination, the six or seven millennia of available human history can do a better job of creating backgrounds.

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Med Ship

By: Murray Leinster

Excerpt: Med ship man I Calhoun regarded the communicator with something like exasperation as his taped voice repeated a standard approach-call for the twentieth time. But no answer came, which had become irritating a long time ago. This was a new med service sector for Calhoun. He'd been assigned to another man's tour of duty because the other man had been taken down with romance. He'd gotten married, which ruled him out for med ship duty. So now Calhoun listened to his...

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Seas of Venus

By: David Drake

Excerpt: Introduction: sea stories for my thirteenth birthday, my parents gave me a collection of sf (bought from a guy who was entering the navy) which included the astounding science fiction anthology. Among many other great stories in the volume?it was John Campbell?s own distillation of golden age sf, after all?was clash by night by Lawrence O?Donnell.

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The Creatures of Man

By: Howard L. Myers

Excerpt: Partner 1 the one-man clopter was zipping over New Mexico when Kent Lindstrom's left hand dropped its side of the book of Beethoven sonatas. Kent stared with annoyance as the hand reached forward to fool with the manual control wheel.

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Digital Knight

By: Ryk E. Spoor
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Planets of Adventure

By: Murray Leinster

Excerpt: The forgotten planet prologue the survey-ship tethys made the first landing on the planet, which had no name. It was an admirable planet in many ways. It had an ample atmosphere and many seas, which the nearby sun warmed so lavishly that a perpetual cloudbank hid them and most of the solid ground from view. It had mountains and continents and islands and high plateaus. It had day and night and wind and rain, and its mean temperature was within the range to which...

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Freehold

By: Michael Z. Williamson

Excerpt: Chapter 1 Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant. ?Quintus Horiatis Flaccus

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Great Kings' War

By: Roland Green and John F. Carr

Excerpt: fire! the first hostigi volley tore into the ktemnoi front rank as if they were a battery of artillery guns firing case shot. A great cheer rose up from the hostigi ranks. The second volley and third were almost as devastating; the fourth less so. Still the ktemnoi squares held. Now the musketeers were supposed to sling their weapons and fall back; instead many picked up the pikes of the wounded or dead, while others drew their swords and held their places.

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Sisters of Glass

By: D. W. St. John

Excerpt: Karl Latte, best man ever worked for me. Unconventional.... auri cocks an eyebrow, what's that supposed to mean? independent as hell. Born five centuries too late, sees himself as a knight in black ostrich hide. Used to be a cop, but doesn't give a rat's hind end about law. Convince him you're the underdog, and he'll never quit?not while he breathes.

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The Mountains of Mourning

By: Lois McMaster Bujold

Excerpt: The mountains of mourning miles heard the woman weeping as he was climbing the hill from the long lake. He hadn't dried himself after his swim, as the morning already promised shimmering heat. Lake water trickled cool from his hair onto his naked chest and back, more annoyingly down his legs from his ragged shorts. His leg braces chafed on his damp skin as he pistoned up the faint trail through the scrub, military double-time. His feet squished in his old wet sh...

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There will Be Dragons

By: John Ringo

Description: In the future there is no want, no war, no disease nor ill-timed death. The world is a paradise—and then, in a moment, it ends. The council that controls the Net falls out and goes to war. Everywhere people who have never known a moment of want or pain are left wondering how to survive.

Excerpt: She was a God, She was deliberately designed as an uncaring one. Within those parameters She had spent the last two thousand years creating a world that fit the term Utopia. As a fundamental part of Her coding, She felt a strong sense of satisfaction at how things had worked out. On the other hand, to do that required an environment that was unchanging to a boring degree. Maybe, deep down inside, the humans were as bored as She was. It looked as if interesting t...

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The Philisophical Strangler

By: Eric Flint

Description: Mighty Greyboar, the world's greatest professional strangler, is dissatisfied with his lot in life. The work is steady and the pay is good, but what, he wonders, is the point of it all But when he learns that there is a Supreme Philosophy of Life*, Greyboar the Strangler is Born Again! Still, just how can a professional man in good standing pay the bills with all this philosophical exploration getting in the way That's what his hard-headed agent and manager ...

Excerpt: And that's how the whole thing started. It was bad enough when Greyboar was wasting his time (and my patience) searching for a philosophy of life. But now that he's found one, he's impossible. If I'd known in advance what was going to happen, I wouldn't have touched the job for all the gold in Ozar. But there it is—I was an agent, not a fortune-teller. And even though we were flush at the moment, I always had an eye out for a lucrative job. Folly ever comes cloa...

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The Forlorn

By: Dave Freer

Excerpt: Chapter 1 Port Tinarana was like an old, decaying tart, her face lined with a myriad of streets and alleys, inexpertly caked with a crude makeup of overhanging buildings. The alleyways seemed to grow narrower and more choked in filth with the passing of each year. Judging by the ankle-deep slush, this dead end hadn?t had the garbage cleared in the last three hundred of those years. And in a few minutes his body would become yet another once-human part of it. He ...

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The Course of Empire

By: Eric Flint and K. D. Wentworth

Description: Conquered by the Jao twenty years ago, the Earth is shackled under alien tyranny—and threatened by the even more dangerous Ekhat, who are sending a genocidal extermination fleet to the solar system.

Excerpt: Windward, water of a startling blue lapped at a pale expanse of sand, while, heartward, unbridled green plant growth vied with the graceless piles of stone and glass that guarded the periphery of the great Jao military base. In front of one building, several rectangles of red and gold fabric had been secured to the top of a pole. Even from here, he could hear the cloth snapping in the breeze. Bizarre, but he supposed they must serve some purpose. The compact, el...

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Starliner

By: David Drake

Description: Finest passenger liner in the galaxy — Brightest link in the chain that binds the starflung civilization of the 23rd century— Six thousand lives in a single hull, trembling through multiple universes to land on raw, often violent worlds, each with its own history and wonder —

Excerpt: Reed stared at the crystalline mural over the autobar. The Empress of Earth's ports of call were sculpted as icons. They ranged from Earth—bands of rose quartz and topaz to suggest the aurora borealis—to three onion-domed towers representing Tblisi. The bead of red light now on Earth would follow the Empress's progress across the arc, while the blue indicator for the Brasil moved in the opposite direction until they merged briefly on the oil derricks of Hobilo.

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Intelligent Design

By: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Description: A captivating adventure of a clan's mission to protect a planets species from being wiped out entirely.

Excerpt: The penultimate battery's power had reached twenty-five percent. Twenty-five percent on the last battery but one. The fact was noted, logged. Logging triggered a dumb program, long ago set in place against just this moment of decision.

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Kings

By: Travis S. Taylor

Description: After being sent to another world in space by King Abhir, Jacob meets other species that were banished, same as he. Together they must find a way to be freed and conquor the king.

Excerpt: In the billion or more years that would follow of King Jacob’s reign, he never once assimilated a species without their consent. And on any given day in Paradise you can hear some creature exclaim, “All Hail to Jacob, He who set us free!”

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Mole Hunt

By: Robert Buettner

Description: Or The Moor of Yavet, wherein a commander of mercenaries is bedeviled by whispers, descends into madness, and destroys both his loyal companion and himself. Plus, there's monsters.

Excerpt: He stood, head and shoulders out the roof hatch, turned and faced the stampede. Vibration shook the three ton Bush Cat on its suspension, now, and made aim impossible. But the vast target made aim unnecessary. Otman emptied the rifle into the herd, then groped for another magazine.

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Murder at Ford's Theater

By: Bob Conroy

Description: Jerry, a theater enthusiast, sneaks out to Ford theater. On this particular evening, Jerry witnesses a murder and saves the life of the President at the same time.

Excerpt: Sickened by the sight, Jerry turned away and looked at Lincoln. The president was pale with shock and looking at his wife. Her eyes were wide open and there was a bloody hole in the middle of her forehead. Booth had missed Abraham Lincoln but had murdered Mary Todd Lincoln.

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