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Very Big News from Baen Books!!

Baen Books Announces Cornerstone Acquisitions for Coming Year

Key Deals Completed with Best-sellers Weber, Ringo, Flint, and Bujold

Baen Books Acting Publisher Toni Weisskopf has reached agreements for major new projects and series continuations with authors David Weber, John Ringo, Eric Flint, and Lois McMaster Bujold, four of Baen’s “brand name” authors and series anchors.

Included is a new Honor Harrington novel by David Weber, whose “Honorverse” books total nearly five million in print and regularly hit the New York Times best-seller list. John Ringo has agreed to write three more “Mike O’Neal” books in his extremely popular New York Times best-selling “Posleen War” series. In addition, alternate history master and New York Times best-seller Eric Flint has signed on for three solo novels in his groundbreaking and highly popular “1632” -- another New York Times best-selling series created by Baen Books. Finally, five-time Hugo Award winner Lois McMaster Bujold will deliver a new “Miles Vorkosigan” novel in her mega-hit best-selling science fiction adventure series.

“These are Baen’s ‘tentpole’ writers,” says Weisskopf. “Baen is set to maintain its rock-solid position in the marketplace. Having all of these wonderful writers aboard with new agreements is intensely satisfying and very exciting.”

Founded by Jim Baen in 1983, and known for its story-oriented approach, Baen Books is a dominant presence in the military science fiction and adventure genres, with over fifty million copies in print and over 35 New York Times best-sellers.

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That's excellent news. Jim's work should go on; his memory deserves no less.

Now to catch up on Weber. :)

It will be nice to see a new Miles book, but I won't wait for it, as it will get written in its own good time. If only Bujold had Ringo's writing speed. I think she has two writing projects right now, so I wouldn't expect the next Miles for awhile.

It's nice to see that Jim's creation is going on after he is gone.


Now if Toni will just pick up a few more of our books.....

I'm an Honor Harrington fan. I hope he ends the war with Haven next book. There's a whole 'nother story arc building in that series and some peace while it gathers steam would be a pleasant change.

I'm a major 1632 fan. But "series" is the wrong term. I think of it as the "1632 cascade." Has this ever been done in any genre? I'm happier with their desision to make the Flint/Weber colaborations side-series and let Eric write the main series on his own, so it can move along.

I'm... a Ringo fan. New books in the Aldenata series is a good thing. I'll own 'em.

Finally, I'm a Bujold Fan. I realize that the Nexus is her only series with Baen, and I'm delighted to hear there'll be a new Miles book. I'd have been as happy to hear of a new Chalion book, even though it wouldn't involve Baen books. Sadly, it'll probably be fall 2008 before we see this new book. In the meantime, I plan on buying both her forthcoming megabooks.

Re: Mixed Blessings

Big Dave has said some things about Honor that I can't repeat on a web page. If you want to know more, drop me a note at walt@waltboyes.com.

Suffice it to say that there's life in the old girl yet...especially since Eric managed to keep MWW from killing her off in At All Costs, which was the original intent.

I think this is going to make Ringo a better writer, too, because Toni is a better "book editor" than Jim was.

Who knows what the future will bring, as far as LMB is concerned. Toni is also much easier for women authors to get along with than Jim was.

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