Science Fiction Fantasy Magazine Jim Baen's Universe Posts Fantastic Third Issue

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Jim Baen's Universe, hailed as the best new science fiction and fantasy magazine in decades, announces its third issue has gone live on the web with stories from award winning authors like Mike Resnick, Gene Wolfe, Gregory Benford and David Brin.

Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) October 2, 2006 -- The third issue of the critically acclaimed science fiction and fantasy magazine Jim Baen's Universe is available for sale. A one year subscription -- six issues, published bimonthly -- can be purchased for only $30.

"We have some very strong stories in this issue," says Editor Eric Flint. "We're especially proud of the brand new story by legendary scifi author Christopher Anvil. This is the first new story Anvil has published in many years."

Jim Baen's Universe is acclaimed by the critics! Lois Tilton, writing in the Internet Review of Science Fiction, about Universe's second issue, says, "About the time you might start to think that science fiction—the real stuff, not the species of fantasy that goes under the name—is really dead, along comes a story by Cory Doctorow."

To subscribe to the magazine, visit http://www.baens-universe.com.

Stories in the third issue include:

Science Fiction Stories

--All the Things You Are by Mike Resnick

--The Old Woman In the Young Woman by Gene Wolfe

--Every Hole is Outlined by John Barnes

--A Time to Kill by S. Andrew Swann

--The Man Who Wasn't There by Gregory Benford

--Little Sips by Barbara J. Ferrenz

--Great Minds by Edward M. Lerner

--The Power of Illusion by Christopher Anvil

Fantasy Stories

--Protection Money by Wen Spencer

--Baby Girl by Jon Skovron

--Femme Fatale by Jason Wittman

--Gnome Improvement by Rebecca Lickiss

--A Hire Power by J. Simon

Classic Stories

--A Matter of Fact by Rudyard Kipling

Serials - parts and parts.

--Travails With Momma, Episode 3 by John Ringo

--Fish Story, Episode 3 by Dave Freer, Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis

Introducing: Stories by new authors

--The Men in the Mirror by Steven Ray

--Songbird by Jeremiah Sturgill

--Devil May Care by Jason Kahn

NonFiction articles    

--Doing a Slow Turn by David Brin

--Terraforming: A Bumpy Road Ahead by B. B. Kristopher

Columns

--Salvos against Big Brother: Copyright: How Long Should It Be? by Eric Flint

--The Editor's Page: October 2006 by Eric Flint

Universe is available to read online in HTML, and for download in HTML, Microsoft Reader (.lit), Rich Text format (.rtf), Mobi-pocket reader (.prc), Palm Doc (.pdb), Rocket Ebook (.rb) and Postscript Portable Document Format (.pdf).

All of these formats are completely unencrypted, without Digital Rights Management or copy protection schemes. They can be downloaded into a home computer, laptop, palm blackberry, pocket pc, ebook reader, or almost any other electronic device.

Subscribers can also simply read the magazine without downloading it, on any Internet-enabled mobile device. Or, if hardcopy is preferred, the PDF version of the magazine is specifically designed for home printing.

Lois Tilton again, "...e-zines typically and unnecessarily restrict their fiction offerings to the shorter lengths. If this venture of Baen's is successful, it will prove that longer pieces can indeed be published online."

Editor Flint agrees. "We don't have the restrictions that traditional paper publication put on a magazine. We can experiment, and allow our authors to experiment with length. This gives our readers a unique experience."

Publisher Toni Weisskopf notes, "This was Jim Baen's last project, and he wanted it to succeed. We are pleased to report that it has."

"With our third issue," says assistant editor Paula Goodlett, "we have proven that we can attract and present the best fiction from big name authors who would not normally have a venue for short fiction."

Readers can subscribe for $30 per year, or they can purchase an upgraded membership in the Universe Club. Universe Club members receive e-books, chances to be tuckerized into new books by famous authors, editorially selected bundled novels (unencrypted e-books) andlots more. The entire list of Universe Club swag is at http://www.baens-universe.com.

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