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 Shaman of Karres – Snippet 19

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 19 Goth could see that it was more than just a question of getting out of the cabin. They could hardly run this rig without at least some of the crew of the ship, if not the captain, being in the know. And in space… well, the captain was...

The Eleventh Gate – Snippet 15

The Eleventh Gate - Snippet 15 10: NEW CALIFORNIA Sloan said to Sophia, "Are you sure?" "Of which part?" she said, logically.  "The battle or the planetary-development station?" "Both!"  He heard his agitated tone, breathed deeply, and brought himself to...

The Shaman of Karres – Snippet 18

The Shaman of Karres - Snippet 18 Chapter 6 Goth embarked on the sheen clipper Sheridan. It was racing to get its cargo of fresh sheen to Morteen, the provincial capital of the Empire's southwestern sector. Morteen, when she looked it up was described as tropical to...

The Eleventh Gate – Snippet 14

The Eleventh Gate - Snippet 14 9: GALT News of the victory at the Prometheus gate reached Rachel on Galt eight days after the battle.  Interplanetary communication was, she thought and not for the first time, a throwback to pre-industrial humanity on old Earth,...