James Baen

James Patrick Baen was born October 22, 1943 in Pennsylvania. He joined the United States Army when he was 17 and served in Bavaria as a Morse code intercept operator. He began his publishing career in the complaints department of Ace Books in the 1960s. He took over as managing editor at Galaxy Science Fiction when Judy-Lynn del Rey left the position and later became editor of Galaxy and Worlds of If.

In 1977, Baen returned to Ace to head their science fiction line where he worked closely with publisher Tom Doherty. When Doherty left Ace in 1980, Baen went with him and began a science fiction line for Tor. In 1983, Doherty released Jim from his long-term contract and Baen went on to found Baen Books. He established a large readership, publishing authors like David Weber, Eric Flint, Mercedes Lackey and Larry Niven.

Baen edited several anthology series, trying to combine the feeling of an anthology and a pulp magazine. Destinies, Far Frontiers and New Destinies were all published between 1978 and 1990. In late 1999, he began an experimental web publishing business, Webscriptions. Baen was extremely outspoken against DRM, believing encryption made it hard for people to read books. This venture is generally considered to be the first ebooks for money service whose product completely lacks encryption. He also created the Baen Free Library, where authors can make books available free of charge.

Baen was renowned in the science fiction field for his taste and ability to select authors with strong storytelling abilities and then steer them to commercial success. He suffered a massive bilateral thalamus stroke on June 12, 2006. He died 2 weeks later.

Galaxy: The Best of My Years

"The best of the best of the best of..During my tenure as editor of Galaxy something on the order of 20,000 manuscripts passed through my hands. These are the ten best. *Poul Anderson: Our Many Roads to the Stars *Isaac Asimov: Is There Hope For the Future *Ursula K. le Guin: The Day Before the Revolution *Larry Niven: Down and Out *Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth: The Gift of Garrigoli *Jerry Pournelle: That Buck Rogers Stuff *Fred Saberhagen: Birthdays *Charles Sheffield: The Long Chance *John Varley: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank *Roger Zelazny: The Game of Blood and Dust WHAT MORE IS THERE TO SAY? - James Baen"

Original Publication: Ace, May 1980
This Edition: Ace, May 1980
Cover Art: Steve Hickman
Format: Patrick Woodroffe

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Contents: The Myth of the Light-Barrier by James Baen, Is There Hope for the Future by Isaac Asimov, The Day Before the Revolution by Ursula K. le Guin, Our Many Roads to the Stars by Poul Anderson, The Gift of Gariqolli by C. M. Kornbluth and Frederik Pohl, Birthday by Fred Saberhagen, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank by John Varley, The Long Chance by Charles Sheffield, Down and Out by Larry Niven, That Buck Rogers Stuff by Roger Zelazny and Galaxy and the Galaxy by James Baen

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Destinies

"Volume 3, Number 1, Winter 1981 - Dean Ing, Frederik Pohl, Charles Sheffield, Robert Silverberg, Norman Spinrad, Ian Watson. Cover Story: Shall We Take a Little Walk? By, Gregory Benford"

Original Publication: Ace, April 1981
This Edition: Ace, April 1981
Cover Art: Steve Hickman
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Shall We Take a Little Walk? by Gregory Benford, Humans as Machines: The Ideas of Edward O. Wilson by Robert Silverberg, A Letter from God by Ian Watson, Minds, Machines and Evolution by James Hogan, Tears for Emily by Kevin O'Donnell, Jr., On Books by Norman Spinrad, Dear Editor... by James Randi, Crystal-Gazing for Fun and Profit by Frederik Pohl, The Final Days by David Langford, A Death in Realtime, by Richard S. McEnroe, Take Me to Your Teacher by Elizabeth Anne Hull, Dreams Come True by Eric Vinicoff, Understanding Ein by James Gunn and Travellers by David Drake.

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New Destinies: Volume III, Spring 1988

"New fact and fiction by Larry Niven, Charles Sheffield, Dean Ing and more!"

Original Publication: Baen, February 1988
This Edition: Baen, February 1988
Cover Art: Gregory A. West
Format: Paperback

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Contents: The Pure Space Act of 1989 by Jim Baen, Across the Great Divide by Charles Sheffield, Brenda by Larry Niven, The Winding Road: To Room-Temperature Super-Conductivity via Absolute Zero by Charles Sheffield, Cathouse by Dean Ing, Harvard Doesn't Publish Science Fiction by Hans Moravec and LaToya is Wounded by Dafyss ab Hugh

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New Destinies: Volume IV, Summer 1988

"Always new - always gripping.Controversial fact and fiction by: Poul Anderson, Martin Caidin, F. Paul Wilson, Charles Sheffield, Timothy Zahn and more!"

Original Publication: Baen, May 1988
This Edition: Baen, May 1988
Cover Art: Gregory A. West
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Drugs and the Law by Jim Baen, Unclear Winter by Charles Sheffield, The Deserter by Poul Anderson, The Woman Warrior by S.M. Stirling, Wires by F. Paul Wilson, How David's Sling Met Hypercard by Marc Stiegler, Turning of the Wheel by Evan B. Sayers, Which Road to Mars? by Donald Frederick Robertson, Clash of the Arms by Harry Turtledove, Fiction this Ain't by Martin von Strasser Caidin, and Time Bomb by Timothy Zahn

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New Destinies: Volume V, Winter 1988

"New Destinies: Real people, real science, real problems, and no compromises. "

Original Publication: Baen, December 1988
This Edition: Baen, December 1988
Cover Art: David Cherry
Format: Paperback

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Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Issue. Contents: In Appreciation: Robert A. Heinlein, 7/7/1907-5/8/1988 by Jerry Pournelle, The Long Watch by Robert A. Heinlein, Dance Session by Robert A. Heinlein, Rah, Rah, R.A.H! by Spider Robinson, Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long by Robert A. Heinlein, Robert A. Heinlein and the Coming of the Space Age by Rick Cook, Copyright Violation by Spider Robinson, The Blabber by Vernor Vinge, Counting Up by Charles Sheffield, Megaphone by Rick Cook, More Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long by Robert A. Heinlein, Freeze Frame by John Moore, King of All by Harry Turtledove, The Man Who Traveled in Elephants by Robert A. Heinlein, Farewell to the Master by Yoji Kondo and Charles Sheffield and The Witch Daughters by Robert A. Heinlein

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New Destinies: Volume VIII, Fall 1989

Original Publication: Baen, September 1989
This Edition: Baen, September 1989
Cover Art: Dennis Beauvais
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Paint Your Booster: Apollo-What Might Have Been by James P. Hogan, If Madam Likes You... by Anne McCaffrey, Roachstompers by S.M. Stirling, Fly Me to the Stars: The Facts and Fictions of Interstellar Travel by Charles Sheffield, Briar Patch (part 2 of 2) by Dean Ing, Allegories of Change: The "New" Biotech in the Eye of Science Fiction by Lois McMaster Bujold, Totipotent by Robert Reed, Those Greyout Blues by Dafydd ab Hugh, Statesmen by Poul Anderson and The End of the Hunt by David Drake

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