About the Snippets

Snippets are excerpts from books which have not yet been published. I started posting snippets on Baen’s Bar back in 1999 and have maintained the practice ever since. Some years ago, when I first launched this web site, I carried over the snippets and post them here. They’re also still posted on Baen’s Bar, if you prefer that venue. (Go to www,baen.com, select “Baen Community,” and then select “Baen’s Bar” from the drop-down menu.)

All of the snippets are posted in my conference, titled “Mother of Demons.” They can sometimes also be found in other conferences, depending on the title.

The snippets begin with the start of a book and typically go through half the novel before breaking off when the book is published. In addition to posting snippets from my own novels, I also post (with their permission) snippets from books written by many other authors.

We post snippets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Most Recent

The Eleventh Gate – Snippet 17

The Eleventh Gate - Snippet 17 12: GALT A grandmother was not supposed to favor one of her grandchildren over the others.  Certainly she was not supposed to dislike one.  That was the conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom was so often wrong. Rachel...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 21

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 21 The steward's jacket had a pen in the pocket, so Goth wrote on one of the napkins from the drawer of the trolley. Stop banging. I'm coming to get you out, she wrote. She almost signed it Goth but remembered in time to write Leinna....

The Eleventh Gate – Snippet 16

The Eleventh Gate - Snippet 16 11: THE ELEVENTH GATE The Skyhawk streaked through normal space, trailing the two Peregoy ships that Luis Martinez had sent ahead to the new gate.  He was in retreat, tail between his legs, and everyone on the bridge kept their eyes...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 20

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 20 Chapter 7 Goth needed to think it through, to come up with a plan. In the meanwhile, she had the inconvenience of force-cuffs, and of having to stay hidden in no-shape. First things first. She wanted their knockout drops, and...