Working name of US editor James Patrick Baen (1943-) from the beginning of his career in US publishing in 1972, when he became Gothics editor at ACE BOOKS, though he nevertheless sometimes signed himself James Baen. He moved to GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION in 1973 as managing editor, taking over the editorship in 1974 of both Gal and IF from Ejler JAKOBSSON. These magazines were then in a crisis, which resulted in their amalgamation (as Gal) in January 1975. JB soon showed himself to be a capable editor, and over the next two years turned Gal into one of the liveliest current magazines, introducing popular columns by Jerry POURNELLE (science fact), Spider ROBINSON (book reviews) and Richard E.GEIS (general comment). Gal also began regularly to feature the much acclaimed stories of John VARLEY, and serialized novels by Frank HERBERT, Larry NIVEN, Frederik POHL, Roger ZELAZNY and others. In 1977 JB returned to ACE BOOKS as sf editor, becoming executive editor and vice-president before leaving in 1980 to join Tom Doherty's newly founded TOR BOOKS as editorial director. He retained this post until his departure in 1983 to form Baen Books, a firm which, though it distributes its publications through Simon \& Schuster, has maintained itself as a full and genuine publisher, generally specializing in military sf, though the range of authors it publishes is fairly wide, including Lois McMaster BUJOLD, John DALMAS, David A.DRAKE, Elizabeth MOON, Niven, Pournelle, S.M.STIRLING and Timothy ZAHN. As an editor of books in his own right, JB produced some anthologies of reprints from Gal and If, including The Best from Galaxy III (anth 1975) and \#IV (anth 1976), The Best from If III (anth 1976) and Galaxy: The Best of My Years (anth 1980). He then produced, in Destinies, Far Frontiers (with Pournelle) and New Destinies, a sequence of magazine/anthologies printing original material. The DESTINIES sequence includes Destinies: The Paperback Magazine of Science Fiction and Speculative Fact, Volume One (in 4 successive "issues", anths 1979), Volume Two (in 4 successive "issues", anths 1980), The Best of Destinies (anth 1980) and Volume Three (in 2 successive "issues", anths 1981). The FAR FRONTIERS sequence, each co-edited with Pournelle (and, uncredited, John F.CARR), includes Far Frontiers (anth 1985), \#2 (anth 1985), \#3 (anth 1985), \#4 (anth 1986), \#5 (anth 1986), \#6 (anth 1986) and \#7 (anth 1986). The third sequence, New Destinies, following on directly from the second, includes New Destinies \#1 (anth 1987), \#2 (anth 1987), \#3 (anth 1988), \#4 (anth 1988), \#6 (anth 1988), which comprises a special tribute to Robert A.HEINLEIN (there is no \#5), \#7 (anth 1989), \#8 (anth 1989), \#9 (anth 1990) and \#10 (anth 1992). He also edited The Science Fiction Yearbook (anth 1985) with Carr and Pournelle. With Barney COHEN, JB has written one novel, The Taking of Satcom Station (1982). See also: HISTORY OF SF; SF MAGAZINES.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Baen Books — is an American publishing company established in 1983 by long time Science Fiction publisher and editor Jim Baen. It is a science fiction and fantasy publishing house that emphasizes space opera, hard science fiction, military science fiction,… …   Wikipedia

  • Baen Books — ist ein Buchverlag in den USA. Der Verlag produziert und verkauft vor allem Science Fiction und Fantasy. Geschichte Der Verlag wurde 1983 von Jim Baen gegründet. Nachdem Jim Baen am 28. Juni 2006 gestorben war, folgte ihm die langjährige… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jim Baen — Infobox Person name = James Patrick Jim Baen image size = 140px caption = birth date = birth date|1943|10|22 birth place = Pennsylvania death date = death date and age|2006|06|28|1943|10|22 death place = Raleigh, North Carolina other names =… …   Wikipedia

  • Jim Baen's Universe — Infobox Website name = Jim Baen s Universe caption = The greatest online SF F magazine in the world url = http://www.baens commercial = Yes type = Periodical language = English registration = owner = Baen Books author = Eric Flint,… …   Wikipedia

  • Baen Free Library — The Baen Free Library is a digital library of the science fiction and fantasy publishing house Baen Books where (as of February 2007) 94 full books are available for free download in a number of formats, without copy protection. It was founded in …   Wikipedia

  • Requiem (book) — This book also contains the short story Requiem (short story) by Heinlein. There are other uses of requiem. Requiem: New Collected Works by Robert A. Heinlein and Tributes to the Grand Master (1992, ISBN 0 312 85168 5, TOR Books) is a… …   Wikipedia

  • Digest size — For other uses, see Digest (disambiguation). Digest size is a magazine size, smaller than a conventional or journal size magazine but larger than a standard paperback book, approximately 5½ x 8¼ inches, but can also be 5⅜ x 8⅜ inches and 5½ x 7½… …   Wikipedia

  • Eric Flint — Infobox Writer name = Eric Flint caption = Photo courtesy of Eric Flint. pseudonym = birthdate = 1947 birthplace = California deathdate = deathplace = occupation = Novelist, short story author, editor, e publisher genre = Science fiction, Fantasy …   Wikipedia

  • Webscriptions — was originally an e publishing experiment organized both to test the e publishing market place and as a test of Jim Baen s controversial assumptions in Digital Rights Management (DRM) launched by arrangement (contract, not jointly) in 1999 by Jim …   Wikipedia

  • The Grantville Gazette — infobox Book | name = Grantville Gazette author = Eric Flint, et al. image caption = Grantville Gazette I Trade Paperback cover (No hardcover edition published). cover artist = Thomas Kidd country = United States language = English series = 1632… …   Wikipedia

  • 1632 series — The 1632 series, also known as the 1632 verse or Ring of Fire series , is an alternate history book series, created, primarily co written, and coordinated by historian Eric Flint. It is, excepting the lead novel and the serialized e novel The… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”