We have a winner for the second week challenge!

Brian Davis and Ironsides reveal their Cunning Plan for conquest in the name of the Tree-and-Dragon.

Brian Davis: Relaxing like a Delm with Centurian Tank “Ironsides” while showing the Tree and Dragon. It’s all part of Plan B.

Brian Davis: Relaxing like a Delm with Centurian Tank “Ironsides” while showing the Tree and Dragon. It’s all part of Plan B.

You may view all the entries for Week Two by clicking this link.

You may view all the entries for Week One by clicking this link.

Many thanks to everyone who rose to last week’s challenge to display their Inner Delm.  The next challenge period begins tomorrow, Monday, August 31, when we hope to see you Doing It Like A Delm.

Challenge rules may be found by clicking this link.

And the winner is!

Jennifer McGaffey and Lt. Colonel Michael P. Anderson give the Dragon a hand in Spokane.  Jennifer will be awarded a coupon for a free Baen ebook of her choice.

Jennifer McGaffey: I and Lt Col Anderson, at Sasquan, doin' it like a delm.

Jennifer McGaffey: I and Lt Col Anderson, at Sasquan, doin’ it like a delm.

You may view all the entries for Week One by clicking this link.

Thanks to everyone who rose to the challenge last week, and showed their Inner Delm.  The next challenge period begins tomorrow, Monday, August 24, when we hope to see you Doing It Like A Delm.

Challenge rules may be found by clicking this link.

Liaden Universe® Challenge!

Now that there’s new Liaden Universe® gear, not to mention two! new! books! out loose in the world causing who knows what havoc and consternation, Steve and I said, What the heck; let’s have a contest.

We are therefore announcing the DO IT LIKE A DELM contest. Here’s what you have to do to play:

Take a picture (a selfie, or ask a friend to help you out) of yourself, wearing your cool! new! Liaden gear, in. . .a bookstore. . .at WorldCon. . .in a hang-glider. . .at the top of Mount Washington. . .swimming with dolphins. . .at a family picnic — you see where we’re going with this, right? Right.

What’s that you say? You don’t have any cool! new! Liaden gear?

We got you covered.

You may also play by taking a picture of you and one of the two! new! books just out from Baen — those being Dragon in Exile, and Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 3 — in exciting situations similar but certainly not limited to those listed above.

OR!

If you are one of the few and the proud who still own your original green-and-gold Plan B tshirt, or the second-run navy-and-white I Dare tshirt — take a picture of yourself wearing this historic gear, and you will have a Bonus Point added to your entry.

Entry?

Yes, entry!

You didn’t think we just wanted you to take photos to post to your Facebook Wall, did you?

Heck no! After you take that picture, we want you to send it to us! We’ll post it on korval.com, and every Sunday,  starting August 23, we will choose a winner from all entries.

Cool, huh?

OK, here’s the rules in 1-2-3 format.

1. Take a picture of yourself in your new or historic Liaden gear doing something interesting. ALTERNATIVELY, take a picture of yourself with one of the two new Liaden books doing something really interesting — but not dangerous! No, really. This isn’t worth getting killed.

2. Send that picture to liadenuniverse@gmail.com, be sure to include an email address that you check regularly with your entry.

3. Multiple entries are allowed, but! No more than one picture per day may be submitted.

4. All submissions may be posted to a gallery on korval.com

5. On Sunday we will choose a winner, and the winning picture will be posted on korval.com in Isolated Glory.

6. In addition to Glory, the winner will receive a coupon for one free Baen ebook of their choice.

7. Contest starts Monday August 17 at 1:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and ends at noon EDT on Saturday, October 3, 2015.  Pictures received before Monday August 17 will not be admitted to the contest.  The last winner will be posted on korval.com on Sunday, October 4.

Want to play, but don’t have a shirt? Order one here: Offworld Designs

Want to play, but don’t have a book? Look to the Uncle. Uncle Hugo, that is.

To get y’all in the mood, here are a couple of sample shots:

Steve, doin' it like a delm

Steve, doin’ it like a delm.  A delm slightly in his cups, perhaps, but a delm, nonetheless.

Sharon doing it like a delm.

Sharon doin’ it like a delm.  Those kids just can’t keep outta trouble on the streets, can they?

 

Book Day!

oday is the Official Release Day for the trade paper edition of A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume III, a collection of one dozen previously-published Liaden Universe® stories.

Table of Contents:
Authors’ Foreword
Code of Honor
Guaranteed Delivery
Intelligent Design
Out of True
Roving Gambler
King of the Cats
Kin Ties
Eleutherios
The Rifle’s First Wife
The Space at Tinsori Light
Landed Alien
Moon’s Honor
Quick Working Glossary

Art by Stephen Hickman

Art by Stephen Hickman

Liaden Universe® InfoDump No. 110

It’s All About the Clothes — Liaden Tshirts and More!
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have teamed up with Outworld Designs to bring you — yes, you! — Liaden Universe® tshirts, polos, and denim shirts.  Here’s the link to the search page. Click on the thumbnail to see the whole shirt, and to pre-order the items of your choice.
Signed Copies of Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 3
The deadline for pre-ordering personalized copies of this upcoming collection has passed, but!  you can still pre-order signed copies. Uncle Hugo’s also has signed copies of many other Lee-and Miller, and Lee, titles.  Here’s your link to pre-order and to browse other volumes.
RavenCon, Here We Come!
Miller and Lee will be Writer Guests of Honor at RavenCon, April 29-May 1, 2016, in Williamsburg, VA!  Here’s your link.Mark Your Calendars!
Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 3 publication date:  August 4, 2015
Dragon in Exile, mass marked edition publication date: June 2016
Alliance of Equals, the 19th novel in the Liaden Universe® publication date: July 2016
The Gathering Edge, the 20th novel in the Liaden Universe® turn in date:  February 2016

Bestsellers Again!
Looking for signed copies of Dragon in Exile?
These fine book shops hosted Lee and Miller on the book tour that helped us hit the Bookscan Science Fiction Bestseller list for June 6 at #3 in hardback and #9 overall. They’ll probably still have a few signed copies of Dragon in Exile – stop by and tell them the authors sent you!

Pandemonium Books, 4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge MA
Toadstool Bookstore, Colony Mill Marketplace, 222 West Street, Keene NH
Toadstool Bookstore, 586 Nashua Street, Milford NH
Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, 65 James Street, Worcester MA
Northshire Books, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
Flights of Fantasy, 381 Sand Creek Road, Albany NY

UPDATES TO KORVAL.COM
New and adjusted content on Welcome to Liad include:
A new FAQ
A partial Liaden dictionary
A list of 70! reasons why you — and all of your friends — should be reading the Liaden Universe® novels:
And Lee and Miller’s policy on fanfiction based on their work

Blogs and Other Webly Things of Note
Sharon Lee’s blog, Eagles over the Kennebec: http://rolanni.livejournal.com/
Sharon Lee’s “Professional” blog: http://sharonleewriter.com
Splinter Universe Discussion List: http://splinterverse.livejournal.com

Lee and Miller Patreon Support Page: https://www.patreon.com/leeandmiller?ty=h

Facebook Connections — please feel free to add us!
http://facebook.com/kinzel — Steve Miller
http://facebook.com/rolanni — Sharon Lee

Pinbeam Books: http://www.pinbeambooks.com an online catalog, with vendor links, to all Lee-and-Miller eChapbooks
Splinter Universe: http://www.splinteruniverse.com features outtakes, splinters, oddities from the Lee&Miller writing career, currently changes irregularly.
Welcome to Liad — The official homepage for Liaden Universe® news — http://www.korval.com
The Hyperspatial Boardwalk Shop: T-shirts, mugs, more! — http://www.cafepress.com/hyperspatial

Liaden Interest Groups on Facebook
Clan Korval: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=38719490864&ref=ts
Friends of Liad: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=16280839259&ref=ts
Flaran chamenthi: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=2213414696&ref=ts
Twitter
Steve’s on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bechimo
Sharon’s on Twitter, too: http://twitter.com/ClanKorval
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rolanni/

Disclaimer Stuff
This InfoDump is a product of the Liaden Universe®, accept no imitations. You have received this message because you asked for it. If you wish to subscribe to the Liaden Universe® email list, to unsubscribe from the Liaden Universe® email list, or to change your delivery email address, go here: http://www.fireopal.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/liadenuniversenews

Dragon in Exile loose upon the world, a bestseller

Supported by a well attended East Coast book tour by the authors, Dragon in Exile, the 18th Liaden Universe® novel, was published in hardcover and audio book editions June 2, 2015, and is now available in those formats as well in multiple ebook formats.

After less than a week on sale, Neilsen Bookscan rankings showed Dragon in Exile as the #3 hardback science fiction book during release week, and over-all the #9 SF book in US markets. The mass market edition of Dragon in Exile is set for publication next June, while the next Sharon Lee & Steve Miller release to hit the shelves will be Liaden Universe® Constellation Number Three, due in stores August 4, 2015.

Alliance of Equals, the sequel to Dragon in Exile and the next scheduled Liaden novel, is also slated for publication in the summer of 2016, most likely in July.

Liaden Universe® is a registered trademark of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Dragon in Exile as an ebook, and other news

The kindle edition of Dragon in Exile, the eighteenth novel of the Liaden Universe®, created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is now on sale.  Here’s your link.

The arrival of the kindle edition means that reviews are open at Amazon.com.  If you read the eArc, or if you are so moved after you read the eBook, please leave a reader review. Reviews help move the Amazon ranking numbers.

Also, also!  You may, of course, buy Dragon in Exile in every ebook format in the Known Universe from Baen ebooks. So even if you don’t have a kindle, you can still buy the ebook today.  Here’s your link.

And!  For those who may have missed it yesterday, “Chimera,” a Liaden Universe® short story, is available to read for free at Baen.com.  Here’s your link.

Additonally, new chapters of the old and unfinished partial novel we’re calling “Shan and Priscillia Ride Again” are up at splinteruniverse.com

Two more books under contract and more news

Baen Books has just extended an offer for two more Liaden books from the authors — those contracts are in the works and should result in new books being turned to Baen in 2018 and 2019. Alas, we’re not sure of the exact publication dates as yet. Those contracts are for books that will not be in the “Five Book Dash” we’re currently in the midst of — we’re (temporarily, at least) calling them the “mask books” since we can’t give you titles and we’re masking what they’ll be about.

In the meantime, readers and fans have been asking for ways to show extra support for our work. In the “old days” of the interwebz several Lee & Miller sites had tip jars … and now, given the frequency of the request, Lee & Miller have joined Patreon, where you can offer a dollar or two — or whatever your limit is — each month to help the authors keep things even between royalty periods. Here’s the Lee & Miller Patreon page!