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."
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).
More details at the link. [Baen Books]