Brian Trent has won the fifth annual
Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award sponsored by Baen
Books. Trent won for his short story “Crash-Site,” which originally appeared in
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
The story was selected via proctored
online voting. Fans chose from the table of contents of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 5, which
collected stories published during the 2018 calendar year.
Best editor David Afsharirad announced the winner at the Baen Traveling
Roadshow, at Dragon Con. Afsharirad accepted the award on Trent’s behalf and
read comments prepared by the author.
“I am stunned, overjoyed, and
intensely grateful to see ‘Crash-Site’ receive the 2019 Readers’ Choice Award,”
Trent wrote, adding, “Thank you to Charlie Finlay for first publishing ‘Crash-Site’
in Fantasy & Science Fiction, and to David Afsharirad for selecting
it for inclusion in The Year’s Best. . . . Thank you to Baen Books, too.
. . . And a special thank you to all the readers who cast a ballot for my story.”
As the winner of the award, Trent
receives a plaque and $500 cash.
Since his first published work a decade ago, he has had stories published in many venues. Trent’s “War Hero” was a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest in 2013. He’s also appeared in Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Terraform, COSMOS, Nature, last year’s volume of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Galaxy’s Edge, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex, and Daily Science Fiction. His novel Ten Thousand Thunders, which came out last year, is also set in the “War Hero” universe.
Books, one of the top independent publishers of science fiction and fantasy,
and RBmedia, a global leader in spoken audio content, have announced an
agreement to publish more than 170 audiobooks over the next three years. The
partnership brings together Baen’s bestselling, award-winning content and
RBmedia’s market-leading position as a publisher of sci-fi and fantasy
agreement means publication of both frontlist titles–with a primary focus on
alternate history and science fiction–as well as many titles from Baen’s
extensive backlist, including classics from Science
Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Masters and
long-time fan favorites that
have not previously been released in audio format. RBmedia will publish Baen
Books titles across its family of imprints, including Recorded Books and
recent and upcoming RBmedia exclusive audiobook productions include:
In Fury Born by David Weber
The Council Wars series by John Ringo
The Belisarius series by David Drake & Eric Flint
The General series by David Drake, Eric Flint, S.M. Stirling, & Tony Daniel
The Domination (Draka) series by S.M. Stirling
SERRAted Edge: The Doubled Edge series by Mercedes Lackey & Roberta Gellis
The Witchy War trilogy by D.J. Butler
The Chronicles of Kencyrath by P.C. Hodgell The entire Technic History series
the soaring demand for audiobooks, especially in the realms of science fiction
and fantasy, Baen is thrilled to be entering into this partnership with RBmedia
to make sure our rousing tales of adventure are available in all formats,” said
James Minz, Director of Subsidiary Rights for Baen Books. “With this deal, Baen
Books will have licensed as an audiobook virtually every available title on our
first titles published under the agreement will be available starting this
monthon Audible, iTunes, Google Play, Audiobooks.com, public libraries via
RBdigital, and many other sites that provide digital audio. The remainder will
be released over the next three years.
Baen Books announces the top ten finalists for the
2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for best original fantasy short story. They
“Breach of Contract” by Anne Leonard
“Demons on the Canadian Frontier” by Shannon Walker
“FedEx” by Sam Robb
“In the City of Dreadful Joy” by Misha Burnett
“In the House of Rain and Gale” by Joelle Douthit
“The Dormer Trees” by Sarah Totten
“The Dragon is Blind” by Sam Muller
“The Laughing Folk” by Steve DuBois
“The Storm Stone” by Kevin Harkness
“Treason Properly” by J. J. Cragun
Started in 2014, this is the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. This award honors stories that best exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and great storytelling in a work of short fiction containing an element of the fantastic, whether epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy. The stories are judged anonymously.
The Grand Prize and Second and Third Place Winners will
come from among these ten finalists, and will be announced on July 6, 2019, at
SpikeCon during the Baen Traveling Roadshow. SpikeCon will take place from July
4-7 in Layton, UT, and is home to Westercon 72, NASFiC 2019, the 1632 Minicon,
and Manticon 2019.
Author of the Grand Prize story receives an award
trophy, a prize box filled with Baen merchandise, and paid professional rates
for first publication rights. The winning story will be featured on Baen.com
main webpage from August 15th through September 15th, 2019, and will be
available in the Baen Free Library thereafter.
(1) THE LAST DAY. Macmillan Publishers is moving from the
Flatiron to the Equitable Building
and taking Tor.com with it. Seanan McGuire commemorates the departure in her
Way the Wind Blows”.
I turn. Our navigator is looking over his shoulder at me. Well. One of his heads is. The other is still watching the curved window that makes up the front of our airship, crystal clear and apparently fragile. Most people who attack us aim for that window first, not asking themselves how many protections we’d put on a sheet of glass that size. The fact that it’s not a solid mass of bugs doesn’t seem to be the clue it should.
“What is it?”
He smiles uncertainly. “I think I see the Flatiron.”
Tor Books also posted a group shot taken outside the building here.
(2) PITT THE YOUNGER SEEKS PITT THE ELDER.Ad Astra comes
to theaters in September 2019.
Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system when he finds his missing father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, has been doing threatening experiments in space. He must unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.
(3) FROM DEEP IN THE FILES. Baen Ebooks is distributing
the English translation of a nonfiction work Judgment in Moscow by Vladimir Bukovsky on its retail ebook site, as well as
offering a selection of other ebooks from Judgment in Moscow publisher,
Ninth of November Press.
Bukovsky spent years in the Soviet gulag, finally being released to the West in 1976. In 1991, Boris Yeltsin’s government asked Bukovsky to serve as an expert witness at a possible trial of the Communist Party. Bukovsky combed through the archives, scanning and copying much of the material there, and, after the trial became a dud, smuggled the material out of Russia. Judgment in Moscow is a behind the scenes look at these original documents which detail how the Soviet leadership and the Communist Party kept the Russian nation enslaved, accompanied by Bukovsky’s commentary elucidating the extent of the evil recorded therein.
Judgment in Moscow is based on the trove of Communist Party archives that Bukovsky spirited away before access was shut down. These contain elaborate details of Soviet meddling in Western politics, and it also details Western complicity in Soviet Russia’s program of totalitarian oppression. Originally written in Russian, Judgment in Moscow was seen as a major indictment of political treachery both inside and outside the USSR.
Western publishers, including Random House in America, backed down from publishing an English translation out of what appears in hindsight cowardice and fear of offending the emerging new Russian oligarchy. Now after years with no translation available, a new English version has finally been created with Bukovsky’s wholehearted participation.
…Wallace villains are never just ordinary criminals, but run improbably large and secretive organisations with dozens of henchmen. At least one of the henchmen is deformed or flat out insane, played either by former wrestler Ady Berber or a charismatic young actor named Klaus Kinski, who gave the performance of his life as a mute and insane animal handler in last year’s The Squeaker.
The crimes are extremely convoluted, usually involve robberies, blackmail or inheritance schemes and are always motivated by greed. Murder methods are never ordinary and victims are dispatched via harpoons, poison blow guns, guillotines or wild animals. The villains inevitably have strange monikers such as the Frog, the Shark, the Squeaker, the Avenger, the Green Archer or the Black Abbot and often wear a costume to match. Their identity is always a mystery and pretty much every character comes under suspicion until the big reveal at the end. And once the mask comes off, the villain is inevitably revealed to be a staunch pillar of society and often a member of Sir John’s club.
(5) GLORIOUS COVER. Alex Shvartsman posted a cover reveal for his debut novel, Eridani’s Crown. It’s a beauty.
The full wraparound
cover was drawn and designed by Tomasz Maronski.
Holy Hall of Fame, Batman! The Caped Crusader is robbin’ all the other comic book superheroes to seize the illustrious distinction of becoming the very first inductee into the new Comic-Con Museum’s inaugural class of honored comics characters.
The Dark Knight will hold the door for all the rest of the museum’s first, still-unannounced heroic batch, DC revealed in a press release announcing “The Gathering,” a July fundraising event for the new museum. Located near the site of San Diego Comic-Con in the city’s Balboa Park, the Comic-Con Museum (or CCM) will be a 68,000-square-foot shrine to all things heroic and villainous, drawing on decades of rich history from the pages of comics, graphic novels, and more.
“On the occasion of Batman’s 80th anniversary, a ceremony honoring DC’s most popular super hero will be the centerpiece” of the July 17 event, which is timed to help kick off this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
(7) DARK PHOENIX. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence,
Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Nicholas Hoult and Tye Sheridan talk
about making Dark Phoenix together and reveal some of their on-set
(8) FINANCIAL OMENS. Our Designated Financial Times Reader
Martin Morse Wooster peered behind the paywall at Dan Einav’s
interview with Michael Sheen and David Tennant about Good Omens.
Stars are usually personally held accountable when a series fails to meet the expectations of the fans–and lovers of fantasy and sci-fi are often notoriously implacable, To say that a screen adaptation of “Good Omens” has been hotly anticipated is to understate the extent of the fervour Gaiman’s devotees have for his work.
Do the actors feel anxious about a potential backlash? ‘I read the book when it first came outm so I’m one of those fans and I’ve felt the weight of expectation,’ says Sheen. “But Neil has said all the way through that he’s not making it for the fans, he’s making it for Terry.”
Tennant, who is no stranger to opinionated fans from his days as Doctor Who, is a little more blunt, ‘You can’t make TV which pleases what people’s preconceived notions might be. You just have to make something you feel proud of and works for people who haven’t read the book.
(9) WHERE IS EVERYBODY? Likewise behind a paywall, at Commentary,
astrophysicist Ethan Siegel
argues in “Are
We Alone In The Universe?” that
the likelihood there is life elsewhere in the universe is vanishingly small.
When we ask the big question–where is everybody?–it’s worth keeping a great many possibilities in mind. Aliens might be plentiful, but perhaps we’re not listening properly. Aliens might be plentiful, but they might self-destruct too quickly to maintain a technologically advanced state. Aliens might be plentiful, but they may choose to remain isolated. Aliens might be plentiful, but they might purposely choose to exclude Earth and their inhabitants from their communications. Aliens might be plentiful, but the problems of interstellar travel might be too difficult to overcome.
But there’s another valid possibility that we must keep in mind, as well: Aliens may not be there at all. The probability of the three vital leaps, as described above, is enormously uncertain. If even one of these three steps is too cosmically impossible, it may well be that in all the universe, there’s only us.
(10) BRADBURY REMEMBERED. [Item by Robert
Kerr.] “Ray died 7 years ago today. I know
he’d like to be remembered, but he’d like to be remembered with joy. Among
Ray’s many accomplishments was writing the script for the Epcot attraction
Spaceship Earth. This picture was taken in 1982 at the opening of Epcot. Ray
took a bus or train to get to Florida, but he had to get back to L.A. faster
than a bus or train could get there. Ray was a self-proclaimed coward who
didn’t conquer fears very well. He never drove a car his entire life, and at 62
he was going to get on a plane for the first time. He said they put a bunch of
martinis in him and loaded him onto the plane. To commemorate the occasion of
Ray’s first time on a plane, some Disney animators drew a piece showing Ray on
a plane, martini in hand, with Mickey Mouse sitting next to him. Ray kept that
piece on display in his study for the rest of his life.”
(11) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born June 5, 1908 — John Russell Fearn. British author and one of the first British writers to appear in American pulp magazines. A prolific author, he also published novels as Vargo Statten and with various pseudonyms such as Thornton Ayre, Polton Cross, Geoffrey Armstrong and others. As himself, I see his first story as being The Intelligence Gigantic published in Amazing Stories in 1933. His Golden Amazon series of novels ran to over to two dozen titles, and the Clayton Drew Mars Adventure series that only ran to four novels. (Died 1960.)
Born June 5, 1928 — Robert Lansing. He was secret agent Gary Seven in the “Assignment: Earth” on StarTrek. The episode was a backdoor pilot for a series that would have starred Lansing and Teri Garr, but the series never happened. He of course appeared on other genre series such as The Twilight Zone, Journey to the Unknown, Thriller and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. (Died 1994.)
Born June 5, 1946 — John Bach, 73. Einstein on Farscape, the Gondorian Ranger Madril in the second and third movies of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Also a British body guard on The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. And he was the body double for shooting for Saruman in place of Christopher Lee, who was unable to fly to New Zealand for principal photography on The Hobbit film series
Born June 5, 1960 — Margo Lanagan, 59. Tender Morsels won a World Fantasy Award for best novel, and Sea-Hearts won the same for Best Novella. She’s an alumna of the Clarion West Writers Workshop In 1999 and returned as a teacher in 2011 and 2013.
Born June 5, 1976 — Lauren Beukes, 43. South African writer who’s the author of a number of SF novels. Zoo City won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award, The Shining City, about a time travel serial killer and the woman who catches him, is being adapted as a series in South Africa, and Moxyland is a cyberpunk novel set in a future Cape Town. Very impressive!
(12) WHO WRITER OUSTED FROM ANTHOLOGY. Gareth Roberts has been “dropped from an upcoming Doctor Who
anthology over ‘offensive’ transphobic tweets” BBC Books has
Parent company Ebury confirmed that Roberts’ contribution to Doctor Who: The Target Storybook, will not feature….
Ebury’s decision to drop Roberts over his tweets, which it says conflicts with its “values as a publisher”, has sparked debate on social media.
For nearly three decades, Stephenson’s novels have displayed an obsessive, technically astute fascination with cryptography, digital currency, the social and technological infrastructure of a post-government world, and Asian culture. His novel Anathem is, among other things, an elaborate investigation into the philosophy of knowledge. His new book, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, pursues these themes literally beyond the grave, into the complications of estate planning and cryogenics.
(14) CALLING LONG DISTANCE. Drop by the Richard M. Nixon
Presidential Library and Museum between now and January 12, 2020 to see the phone
he used to call the Moon in the interactive exhibit Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for
Artifacts and objects featured in the exhibit include:
Buzz Aldrin’s penlight used in the Lunar Module and Apollo 11 patch worn on the surface of the moon
NASA X-15 silver-gleaming pressure suit used to train Neil Armstrong and America’s first astronauts in the 1950s
Moon rocks from the lunar surface, acquired during the Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 missions
Oval Office telephone that President Nixon used to call Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they explored on the lunar surface
Presidential Medal of Freedom Award presented to astronaut Michael Collins by President Nixon
Original of President Nixon’s draft speech prepared in the event of a “moon disaster”
A 3-D printed, life-sized statue of Neil Armstrong in his space suit, as he climbed down the ladder of the Lunar Module on the moon
A giant, exact recreation of an Apollo mission command module
Thoughts: This story won the Nebula Award, and I don’t think it’s a bad pick for the award, which is a testament to the strength of this ballot. It’s a fantasy story about nine slaves’ lives and hopes, with the teeth taken from them as the gateway to their stories (and the effects of those teeth on George Washington) – with those slaves’ lives having various degrees of fantasy elements, all fitting the themes of those realistic slave-lives. Still, I think it probably works the least of these six as a cohesive whole, even if the individual parts of this story are excellently done (with the final part reclaiming the supposedly noble action of Washington to free his slaves on his deathbed, in a really nice touch).
A scientist walks up to a cottonwood tree, sticks a hollow tube in the middle and then takes a lighter and flicks it. A jet of flame shoots out from the tube.
It seems like a magician’s trick. Turns out, there’s methane trapped in certain cottonwood trees. Methane is the gas in natural gas. It’s also a powerful greenhouse gas.
So how does it get inside towering trees like the ones on the campus of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee?
“The wood in this particular species naturally has this condition called wetwood, where it’s saturated within the trunk of the tree,” says the lighter-flicking scientist, Oak Ridge environmental microbiologist Christopher Schadt.
This wetwood makes for a welcoming home for all sorts of microorganisms.
…Some of those organisms turned out to be species of archaea that are known methane producers. So it’s not the trees themselves that are making the methane, it’s the microbes living in the trees.
…Because methane is such a potent greenhouse gas, Cregger says, it’s important to see how much of it the trees are actually producing.
This raises the surprising notion that trees could actually be contributing to global warming. Yes, these trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but could the methane be making things worse?
The Ásatrú faith, one of Iceland’s fastest growing religions, combines Norse mythology with ecological awareness – and it’s open to all.
…The ‘blót’, as the changing-of-the-season ceremony is known, began with the lighting of a small fire, which flickered in the breeze as the congregation listened to Old Norse poetry and raised the beer-filled horn to honour the Norse gods. Elsewhere on the island, similar ceremonies, I was told, were taking place.
The blót had been organised by the Ásatrú Association of Iceland, a pagan faith group that is currently one of the country’s fastest growing religions, having almost quadrupled its membership in a decade, albeit from a low base of 1,275 people in 2009 to 4,473 in 2018.
The congregation, which comprised a few dozen souls, including a Buddhist and a Hindu guest, had gathered near a sandy beach on the outskirts of Reykjavik, next to the city’s domestic airport, to celebrate the first day of the Icelandic summer. It was 25 April, slightly chilly and mostly overcast. Rain looked likely….
(19) WITH WINTER COMES ICE. The whole Game of Thrones cast raps in A Song of Vanilla Ice and Fire – Game of Thrones x Ice Ice Baby.
[Thanks to Lenore Jean Jones, John King Tarpinian, Mike Kennedy,
Cat Eldridge, JJ, Chip Hitchcock, Carl Slaughter, Martin Morse Wooter, and
Andrew Porter for some of these stories, Title credit goes to File 770
contributing editor of the day Jayn.]
Matt McHugh of New Jersey has won the grand prize in the
2019 Jim Baen Memorial Award competition for his short story
“Burners.” The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest has been held
annually since 2007 and is focused on stories of space exploration and
discovery, with an optimistic spin on those activities for the human race.
“Burners” by Mat McHugh of New Jersey
“Acid Test” by Gustavo Bondoni of Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Dangerous Orbit” by M. T. Reiten of Los Alamos, NM
Judges for the award were the editors of Baen Books.
Stories were judged anonymously.
The Jim Baen Memorial Award will be presented June 8, 2019
in a ceremony at the annual International Space Development Conference held
this year in Arlington, VA. The winner receives a distinctive award and
professional publication of the story in June 2019 at the Baen.com web site.
“The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the
role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to
sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen, the founder of Baen
Books,” said William Ledbetter, contest administrator. “It’s a
wonderful opportunity for the winner to meets scientists and space advocates
from around the world.”
The contest occurs annually and looks for stories that
demonstrate the positive aspects of space exploration and discovery.
Baen Books has announced the top ten finalists for the
2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award. The Grand Prize will be presented at
the 2019 International Space Development Conference in Arlington, VA the
weekend of June 6-9.
“The goal of this contest is to encourage writers
to create exciting and positive stories about humankind’s near future in
space,” said William Ledbetter, contest administrator. “The stories
all take place within the next fifty or sixty years and show the challenges and
wonders that await us as we explore and colonize the solar system. Our winners
can be novices or professionals; we just care about a well told story.”
The contest is judged by top Baen editors, who read
the entries “blind” with no author information included, so the
winners are picked solely by merit of the stories.
This year’s top ten Jim Baen Memorial Award finalists
(in alphabetical order) are:
Gustavo Bondoni – Argentina
C. Stuart Hardwick – Texas, USA
Harry Lang – Pennsylvania, USA
Jeffrey Lyman – New Jersey, USA
Matt McHugh – New Jersey, USA
Wendy Nikel- Utah, USA
M. T. Reiten – New Mexico, USA
Tiffany Smith – Texas, USA
Benjamin Tyler Smith – Pennsylvania, USA
Marie Vibbert – Ohio, USA
Four of these writers have made it to the finals before. C. Stuart Hardwick has been a finalist every year since 2015. Gustavo Bondoni, and Wendy Nikel were finalists in 2018. M.T. Reiten was a 2017 finalist with a story that placed as second runner-up.
And several have been doing a quality of work that’s
placed them in contention for other sff awards. Benjamin Tyler Smith made the
2017 finals of another Baen contest, the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. Hardwick
and Vibbert also are finalists in this year’s Analog AnLab Readers’ Award. Gustavo Bondoni was a finalist for the
2018 James White Award.
For those interested in reading sixteen of the best
stories from the first ten years of this contest, The Jim Baen Memorial Award: The First Decade anthology is
available through Baen Books and at book stores everywhere.
Afsharirad has announced the table of contents for The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF,
Volume 5, which will be available June 4 from Baen Books.
“Love in the Time of Interstellar War” by Brendan DuBois
“Going Dark” by Richard Fox
“Scrapyard Ship” by Felix R. Savage
“Broken Wings” by William Ledbetter
“A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds” by James Beamon
“Once on the Blue Moon” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Crash-Site” by Brian Trent
“Thirty-three Percent Joe” by Suzanne Palmer
“Hate in the Darkness” by Michael Z. Williamson
“Homunculus” by Stephen Lawson
“Not Made for Us” by Christopher Ruocchio
“The Erkennen Job” by Chris Pourteau
Once the book is release there will
be interactive reader voting to select one story from this anthology as the
winner of The Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Reader’s Choice
Award, presented at Dragon Con in Summer 2019. The book is currently available
for pre-order from Amazon,
and Noble, the Austin independent bookstore Book People and elsewhere.
Judging will be by Baen Books editors Hank Davis,
Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, David Afsharirad, and Baen author David Drake.
Ten finalists will be announced no later than March 8, 2019.
The GRAND PRIZE winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional story submittals, currently .07/word. The author will also receive an engraved award, free entry into the 2019 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.
SECOND and THIRD place winners will receive free entry into the 2019 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.
We’re looking for compelling storytelling with heroes you want to root for and villains you love to hate. Whether your heroes win the day with swords or sorcery, fireballs or flamethrowers—or even by their wits alone—all are welcome. Modern, medieval, and otherworldly settings are all acceptable, as long as you tell a rip-roaring good tale with a fantastical element!
“I can hardly believe it’s been more than five
years since we first created the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. And we’re very
excited to announce that this year, we’ll be presenting the winners at SpikeCon
in Layton, Utah,” said Baen executive editor Jim Minz. “Not only is SpikeCon
this year’s Westercon, it’s also the NASFiC, not to mention the 1632 minicon.
It’s the perfect event to showcase the award.”
The contest opens for
submissions January 21, 2019 and all entries must be received by midnight on
April 30, 2019. Each entry is limited to an original short story in the
English language of no more than 8,000 words, and only one entry per author.
Complete guidelines here.
Entries will be judged by Baen editors and the award will be presented at the SpikeCon, which will be held July 4-7, 2019, in Layton,
The GRAND PRIZE winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at industry-standard rates for professional story submittals. The author will also receive an engraved award and a prize package containing $500 of free Baen Books.
SECOND place winner will receive a prize package containing $500 of free Baen Books.
THIRD place winner will receive a prize package containing $300 of free Baen Books.
Finalists will be announced no later than June 14, 2019
Winners will be notified no later than June 17, 2019.
Since its beginning the contest has received
thousands of entries of fantasy stories from all over the globe.
Baen Books has announced the winner of the fourth annual Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Readers’ Choice Award.
Kacey Ezell won for her short story “Family Over Blood,” which came from the anthology Forged in Blood, edited by Michael Z. Williamson. Like all the stories in Williamson’s anthology, it takes place in his Freehold series.