The Jim Baen Memorial Award: The First Decade

The Jim Baen Memorial Award: The First Decade CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF THE JIM BAEN MEMORIAL SHORT STORY AWARDA DECADE OF SCIENCE FICTION EXCELLENCESince 2007 Baen Books and The National Space Society have sponsored The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award to honor the legacy of Jim Baen and to promote the ideals of forward-thinking positive science fiction Here gathered together for the first time are the best of the best of the first decade of the Jim Baen Memorial Award Winners and runners-up whose stories dared imagine a bright future in which humankind has shaken off the shackles of gravity and moved into that limitless realm known as “outer space” Each tale is set in a plausible near-future setting and yet the variations are as limitless as the imaginations of the array of authors represented Stories that ask “What if?” Stories that dare to say “Why not?” Stories that continue the grand science fiction tradition looking to the future with a positive outlook on humanity&39;s place in the universe About the AuthorWilliam Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning writer with more than fifty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Fantasy & Science Fiction Jim Baen&39;s Universe Writers of the Future Escape Pod Daily SF the SFWA blog and Ad Astra He&39;s been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry He administers the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society is a member of SFWA the National Space Society of North Texas a Launch Pad Astronomy workshop graduate is the Science Track coordinator for the Fencon convention and is a consulting editor at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly He lives near Dallas with his wife and three spoiled cats
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