Exciting Times for the Liaden Universe®

The Liaden Universe® didn’t start out as a Universe; it started out as one book. That book, a quirky little space opera called Agent of Change, was published by Del Rey as a paperback original, in February, 1988.

That would be, let’s see…

Twenty-five years ago, this February.

Holy bananas.

You’d think that having a Silver Anniversary to celebrate in 2013 would be excitement enough for any pair of authors — but you’d be wrong.

Not only is February 2013 the Silver Anniversary of the Liaden Universe®, the sixteenth novel in the Universe, Necessity’s Child will be released on February 5, in hardcover, signed hardcover, ebook, and audiobook!

Also?  Every single Liaden Universe® novel ever written is — at this very instant! — in print, as omnibus, hardcover, trade paper, mass market, ebook, and/or audiobook editions!

Having survived as writers for twenty-five years is an achievement by itself.  To have all of our novels in print during that twenty-fifth year is. . .amazing.  And humbling.

For those who are planning to attend Boskone, we’ll be hosting a dual Silver Anniversary/Book Launch party there.  We’re also mulling over some web celebrations, because really — you’re only in print twenty-five years once.

Ahem.

Lucky 2013 will also bring to you the first Liaden Universe® Constellation — a collection of seventeen short stories.  That will be available in trade paperback, and ebook editions, in July.  The second Constellation will be along in January 2014.

This year will also see the mass market release of Dragon Ship, already available in hardcover, signed hardcover, ebook, and audio.

While you’re reading, we’ll be writing, not just because that’s, yanno, what we do, but because we have a contract.

That should, actually, be…

A Contract.

A contract, with Baen Books, for five Liaden Universe® novels, which together will comprise the sequel to Dragon Ship.

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To recap, here’s the 2013/2014 publication schedule as presently known:

January 15:  “Eleutherios,” short story, Baen front page
February 5: Necessity’s Child, hardcover, signed hardcover, ebook, audiobook
July 2: Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 1, tradepaper, ebook
August:  Essay in Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern, Benbella Press
August 27: Dragon Ship, mass market
November 5Trade Secrets, hardcover, ebook
January 5, 2014Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 2, tradepaper, ebook

. . .and here’s our delivery schedule

February 14Carousel Sun (contemporary fantasy by Sharon)
August 15Carousel Seas (contemporary fantasy by Sharon)
May 15, 2014:  First of Five Liaden Universe® novels
February 15, 2015:  Second of Five Liaden Universe® novels
November 15, 2015:  Third of Five Liaden Universe® novels
August 15, 2016:  Fourth of Five Liaden Universe® novels
May 15, 2017:  Fifth of Five Liaden Universe® novels

…please be aware that the above are turn-in dates; the publisher sets the publication dates and they are, therefore, A Mystery.  One thing that we can say definitively is that the publisher will not publish any of the above novels before they’ve been turned in.

So, there you have it:  2013!  And, err, beyond.

May we all continue to have reason to celebrate.

–Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Cat Farm and Confusion Factory
Central Maine
January 11, 2013

Necessity’s Child Release Day!

Today! is the Official Release Day* for Necessity’s Child by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

Final cover Necessity’s Child
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Art by David B. Mattingly

If you’re new to the Liaden Universe® — or if you’re an old-timer who’s on the fence about buying a “side book” — you may, if you like, read the first nine chapters, free, right here at the Baen webiste.

Necessity’s Child hardcover is available from your favorite bookstore, and also from these fine vendors:

Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore
BN.com
Amazon.com
And! in audiobook format from Audible.com

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*Yes, yes; I know some of you read it months ago.  You may dance, too!  No, really; I insist.

The 2013 Lee and Miller Book Tour Schedule

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller will be embarking on a book tour in support of the seventeenth novel set in their star-spanning Liaden Universe®, Trade Secret.

The full tour schedule is below.  Please feel free to distribute it wherever it may be of interest.

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The Official Lee and Miller Book Tour Schedule

Thursday, October 31, 7-9 pm
Pandemonium Books and Games, 4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge MA

 Friday, November 1, 7-9 pm
The Toadstool Bookstore, 586 Nashua Street (Lorden Plaza), Milford NH

Saturday, November 2, 2-4 pm
Barnes and Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington MA

Sunday, November 3, 1-4 pm
Annie’s Bookstop of Worcester, 65 James Street, Worcester MA

Monday, November 4, 7-9 pm
Barnes and Noble, 7 Holyoke Street, Holyoke MA

Tuesday, November 5, 7-9 pm
Flights of Fantasy, 381 Sand Creek Road, Albany NY

Wednesday, November 6, 7-9 pm
Book Trader of Hamilton, 2421 Nottingham Way, Mercerville NJ

Thursday, November 7 (be careful! there are two events today)

Noon-2 pm : 
University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, 3601 Walnut at 36th Street, Philadelphia

7-9 pm:
Chester County Book Company, 967 Paoli Pike, West Chester PA

Friday, November 8 — Sunday, November 10
PhilCon, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ     

Sunday, November 17, 2-4 p.m.
Books-a-Million, South Portland, Maine

 

 

Day Four

Asyouknowbob, Lee and Miller have been traveling in books for the last few days.  We’ve signed books and shot bulls at four stores so far, from Pandemonium, in Cambridge, Mass, to Toadstool in Nashua, New Hampshire, Barnes and Noble in Burlington, Mass, and Annie’s Bookstop in Worcester, Mass.

We’ve been having a blast, and apparently the nice folks we’ve been visiting with have, too.  Why, they even threw a parade in Boston!  But seriously, look at these happy faces!

So!  Here’s the rest of the schedule:

Monday, November 4, 7-9 pm
Barnes and Noble, 7 Holyoke Street, Holyoke MA

Tuesday, November 5, 7-9 pm
Flights of Fantasy, 381 Sand Creek Road, Albany NY

Wednesday, November 6, 7-9 pm
Book Trader of Hamilton, 2421 Nottingham Way, Mercerville NJ

Thursday, November 7 (be careful! there are two events today)

Noon-2 pm : 
University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, 3601 Walnut at 36th Street, Philadelphia

7-9 pm:
Chester County Book Company, 967 Paoli Pike, West Chester PA

Friday, November 8 — Sunday, November 10
PhilCon, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ     

Sunday, November 17, 2-4 p.m.
Books-a-Million, South Portland, Maine

Hope to see you!

Podcast and PhilCon Shedule

This just in!  Laura Haywood-Cory interviews Lee and Miller!  Here’s the link.  Please share it widely.

Lee and Miller PhilCon Schedule (be aware that this is our preliminary schedule, and that changes may be made:

FRIDAY

Fri 7:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
READING: STEVE MILLER (1648)

SATURDAY

 Sat 12:00 PM in Autograph Table (1 hour)
AUTOGRAPH: SHARON LEE, STEVE MILLER (1678)

Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
“MUNDANE” SCIENCE FICTION (1593)
[Panelists: Gregory Frost (mod), Barbara Krasnoff, Allen Steele,
Margaret Riley, Steve Miller]
Science fiction can be set in the future without all of the
impossible tropes, such as time travel, faster than light travel,
psi powers and galactic empires.  What are some examples, and what
goes into creating it

Sat 4:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
“DANGEROUS VISIONS” RE-EXAMINED (1541)
[Panelists: Tim W. Burke (mod), Edward Carmien, Tom Doyle, Jim
Freund, Steve Miller]
Taking another look at Harlan Ellison’s ground breaking anthology.
Did this change the field forever?  Or is it overrated

Sat 6:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
ABOUT THE PHILIP K. DICK AWARD (1602)
[Panelists: Gary Feldbaum (mod), Tim Sullivan, Rock Robertson, Steve
Miller
, David Walton]
What is the Philip K. Dick Award, and what does it have to do with
Philadelphia area fandom?  How is it administered?  What are oame
famous works that have won?  What influence does it have in the
field

Sat 7:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
BALONIUM, UNOBTAINIUM AND UPSIDASIUM (1530)
[Panelists: John Ashmead (mod), Darrell Schweitzer, John Monahan,
Sharon Lee]
From cavorite to kryptonite, science fiction fiction writers love to
add new elements to the periodic table.  How do you create
convincing imaginary substances and what do you do with them

Sat 8:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour)
EXPANDING A SHORT STORY INTO A NOVEL (1505)
[Panelists: Steve Miller (mod), Sharon Lee, Lawrence M. Schoen, Mike
McPhail]
How do you turn a short work into a longer work without just simply
padding.  What are proper ways to expand a story

Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
I WANNA BE A PUBLISHER! (1500)
[Panelists: Sally Wiener Grotta (mod), Brian Koscienski, Steve
Miller, Mike McPhail]
Some people want to go beyond just writing and editing books into
the world of publishing.  If you really do want to publish books,
what steps do you take?  What pitfalls must you avoid

 Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
CHARACTERS YOU CAN NOT STOP WRITING ABOUT (1603)
[Panelists: Peter Prellwitz (mod), Danielle Ackley-McPhail, David
Sklar, Sharon Lee]
There are characters or character types so popular that certain
writers can not stop writing about them even if they want to. Can
you name your favorite examples

 SUNDAY

 Sun 12:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
READING: SHARON LEE (1662)

Sun 1:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
IS THAT A “STORY”? (1611)
[Panelists: Darrell Schweitzer (mod), Jim Freund, David Sklar,
Sharon Lee]
Ever since the days of the “New Wave” we have had this argument.
What is a story?  Are there works published that are not stories

 Sun 2:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
THE BUSINESS OF WRITING (1621)
[Panelists: Steve Miller (mod), D.H. Aire, Christine Norris, Alex
Lidell]
Everyone talks about the craft of writing, but what are some of the
hidden pitfalls from the business side of… well… the business?
From contract basics to handling taxes, published professionals will
talk about what you need to know, and what traps are out there for
the unwary.

Contest Over!

Thanks to everyone who told the story of their First Contact with the Liaden Universe®. The topic is still open to those who want to tell their stories, but the contest is now closed.

The recipients of the five free Trade Secret audiobooks graciously supplied by Audible, will be chosen from among those who commented before the midnight, Friday, December 6, deadline.

Watch this blog to find out if you’re one of the lucky winners, and for instructions on how to claim your prize.

Steve and Sharon