Joe Buckley Dies for Charity

Joe BuckleyOn Veterans Day, Baen Books is launching a charity ebook — The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley. Joe Buckley is a character that has appeared in many books by Baen authors, a tongue-in-cheek tradition.

Baen logo“The reason for this string of murders and near-murders in print for Joe Buckley is now legendary,” says publisher Toni Weisskopf. “You may not want to stand too close to him if you happen to be another character in a story by a Baen author.”

The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley is a compilation of Buckley references with introductions by the authors.

Half of the proceeds from this ebook will go to Operation Baen Bulk, an organization that provides reading material and other items that deployed troops need and want. The other half will go to ReadAssist, a nonprofit that helps disabled readers get access to books, and also provides free access to Baen ebooks.

In many works by Baen authors such as David Weber, John Ringo, and Sarah A. Hoyt, a character named Joe Buckley meets a very bad end. In others, such as works by Baen authors Eric Flint and Travis S. Taylor, Joe winds up only mostly dead, or living a fate worse than death.

“We’ve brought together the myriad Joe Buckley death and near-death scenes from the works by Baen authors and compiled them into a stunning collection of murder and mayhem,” Weisskopf adds. “It’s a lot of fun to read through these—and in each section you get great storytelling from top Baen authors, of course.”

The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley is available here.