Some fictional characters have all the luck, and others... well, they just can't catch a break. For years, authors of various Baen Books titles have worked in an in-joke, involving a minor character named Joe Buckley who always dies in the most horrible fashion. And now, he's finally getting the spotlight.

The military science fiction publisher is putting out a special book called The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley, by "Assorted Baen Authors and Barflies." The book will raise money for two worthy causes: "Operation Baen Bulk, which sends books, ereaders, and other supplies to our men and women in uniform, and ReadAssist, which allows disabled readers free access to Baen ebooks."

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Here's the description for the actual volume:

Joe Buckley is simultaneously a real person and an unlucky figment of numerous Baen authors' imaginations. He's been drowned, shot, stabbed, turned into a werewolf, eaten by a shark, and put through a snow blower and had his atomized remains spewed into the air, just to name a few. He's been spindled, folded, mutilated, blown up, and autopsied.

Now for the first time we have compiled the many instances of Buckley meeting a bad end, with introductions by the dastardly authors—and one artist—who did him in. Find out who killed him first and why, and how the tradition grew. With bonus material: "The Buckley Alphabet" by Sarah Hoyt's Dinerzens, and a filk song, "The Twelve Days of Battle" (to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas).

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More details at the link. [Baen Books]