Jim Baen's Universe Issue Four Released

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New science fiction and fantasy magazine Jim Baen's Universe releases issue number four for December 2006. This huge magazine contains six science fiction stories, four fantasy stories, three brand new stories by brand new writers, a Kuttner and Moore classic from the Golden Age, and more.

Winston-Salem, NC (PRWeb) December 30, 2006 -- New science fiction and fantasy magazine Jim Baen's Universe releases issue number four for December 2006. This huge magazine contains six science fiction stories, four fantasy stories, three brand new stories by brand new writers, a Kuttner and Moore classic from the Golden Age, and more.

"I can't do justice to these stories in so short a space. I do strongly recommend that you check this magazine out!" says the reviewer at SFRevu, a highly respected review site devoted to SF and Fantasy, talking about "Jim Baen's Universe" issue three.

Jim Baen's Universe is the best Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine in the world, today, based on the number of respected, Award winning and best selling authors published in every issue, and also based on the number of stories in each issue. If Jim Baen's Universe weren't an online magazine, it'd be the size of a thousand-page book every other month.

"I think you'll be delighted with this edition of Jim Baen's Universe," says Toni Weisskopf, the publisher and award-winning editor of Baen Books. "We've outdone ourselves once again, if we do say so ourselves--and we do."

Founded by Jim Baen, and edited by Eric Flint and the Universe Team, JBU is published online every other month. Visit http://www.baensuniverse.com for subscription details.

This issue is the December 2006 issue, and went live at http://www.baensuniverse.com on December 1.

Here's a look at what's inside.

There are six science fiction stories…

"Incident on a Small Colony" by Kristine Smith begins, "The receiving dock stank of berries… Raspberries, I think. Jani Kilian stared at the bright pink mess that spilled across the floor in front of her. With a hint of . . . what? Battery hyperacid, judging from the bitter tang. Add to that the melted plastic odor of evaporating sealant, backed by the ever-present undercurrent of stale station air.

"Dammit. Above her, the dock alarms whirled like dervishes, sending wave after wave of red light breaking across the walls and ceiling.

"Red.

"Jani struggled to concentrate as, around her, the very air seemed to throb with color. Six hours for the paperwork. Another day and a half to get it all signed off. All that work for one shattered fifty-kilo drum of flavor concentrate. But it's Family-licensed, and all the containers are tagged. Once you acquired a reputation for losing Family shipments, you could pretty much kiss your business good-bye."

"Anna came in too fast, too low. There was a screech of tearing metal as Stheno's carbon trees gouged the hull and the flyer tilted fifty degrees. Anna's body slammed forward in her rigid suit." So begins "Tesseract" by Tom Brennan, the story of a crash landing on a strange planet, but with an unexpected twist.

"Alone," by Joe R. Lansdale and Melissa Mia Hall begins with an eerie image…

"The smooth silver rockets stood against the sky, silent sentinels piercing the night. Waiting for something or someone, those spaceships reminded him of those big, old stone faces down on the ridge outside of Mud Creek."

"Olaf and the Merchandisers," by Barry N. Malzberg and Bill Pronzini is one of the funniest SF stories JBU has received in months. Olaf imagines better times while he watches sports action rumble, commercials and promos tumble.

Dex hadn't planned to save the entire human race. Mostly, he'd been trying not to die, while still keeping his job in the process--two goals that, Dex had learned, were often mutually exclusive. Find out if Dex saves the human race or dies, or both, or neither…in "Murphy's Law" by Douglas Smith.

"'Governor General's dead.'

"I glanced up from the disassembled comm comp I'd been trying to Frankenstein together. The G G was Core. Unkillable. But Mox didn't look like he was kidding.

'How?'"

Find out in "The Big Ice" by Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold.

…and there are four fantasy stories…

"Can someone explain to me what a box labeled 'cookware' is doing in the upstairs guest bath?" Prosecutor Harry Ferguson gets a lesson in the way things work in "The Nature of Things,"

by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff.

"Every fall, I was there when my grandmother sang the disir back.

"They had an agreement with our family, back through the ages, carried over the sea when our ancestors came to the New World. They were ours and we were theirs, and every fall on the Disting holiday, we renewed our bond. We sang to them, to ask them to return to us after a summer apart, and they always came.

"I'd never done it without her. I supposed I'd have to start now."

Find out what happens in "Singing Them Back" by Marissa Lingen.

"'Dad, look out!' Jen caught her father by the shoulders and yanked him away from the rake in the grass. Charlie Liles teetered, then recovered his balance…" What happens when an egyptologist is sent a mysterious statue? Find out in "Servants to the Dead" by Steven Piziks.

"Tearing down the yellow crime-scene tape, Cassie keyed open the door to INNER EYE TATTOO and stepped inside. Closing the door, she glanced around the shattered shop she and Alex shared."… "Caught Forever Between" by Adrian Nikolas Phoenix is a story of voodoo and murder… set in New Orleans, of course.

Next in the line up, Jim Baen's Universe introduces three new writers in their first published stories:

"The Girl With the Killer Eyes" by B. B. Kristopher

"Pastry Run" by Nancy Fulda

"Fishing" by Thea Hutcheson

Plus, Universe re-prints a classic story from the golden age, "Home is the Hunter" by C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner.

The third installment of David Brin's serial, "The Ancient Ones," is in Issue Four, as is a new chapter in "The Fish Story" by Eric Flint, David Freer, and Andrew Dennis; plus editorials by Eric Flint, David Drake, Steven Euin Cobb, and a non-fiction article by Gregory Benford.

"We're trying to provide a new market for short fiction that pays well enough to attract the attention of world-class, award-winning writers," says Editor in Chief, Eric Flint. "And we're succeeding."

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