Cover art for Neogenesis

Neogenesis cover art by David B. Mattingly

Neogenesis, the twenty-first novel in the Liaden Universe®, created Some Time Back by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, will be published in January 2018.

Here’s the blurb:

Menace from Back Space Looming out of the Dust of Time

The Complex Logic Laws were the result of a war waged hundreds of years in the past, when two human powers threw massive AI navies at each other and nearly annihilated themselves.  Being human, they blamed their tools for this near miss; destroyed what was left of the sentient ships, and made it illegal to be, manufacture, or shelter an independent logic.

Strangely, however, the Free Ships and other AIs did not turn themselves in or suicide, they merely became wary of humans, and stayed under their scans.  A clandestine support network grew up, including hidden yards where smart ships were manufactured, and mentors, humans specially trained to ease a new intelligence into the universe, socialize them, and teach them what they needed to know to survive.

Among those with a stake in the freedom of Independent Logics is Theo Waitley, who is somewhat too famously the captain of intelligent ship Bechimo. Theo’s brother, Val Con yos’Phelium, presides over a household that has for a generation employed an AI butler.  Recently, he approved the “birth” of the butler’s child, who was sent, with human mentor Tolly Jones, to rescue or destroy an orphaned AI abandoned at a remote space station.

Then there’s Uncle, the shadowy mastermind from the Old Universe, whose many projects often skirt the boundaries of law, both natural and man-made – and the puppet-masters at the Lyre Institute, whose history is just as murky – and a good deal less honorable.

All have an interest in the newly-awakening Self-Aware Logic that is rumored to have the power to destroy universes.

The question is: Who will get to it first?

Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 23

Change Management:  Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 23, has been uploaded and is publishing (in the case of Amazon, has published) to Amazon, Baen ebooks, BN/Nook, Kobo, iBooks, 24Symbols, Page Foundry, Scribd, and Tolino, so expect to be able to purchase it from those vendors within the next 72 hours or so.

Here’s the blurb for the book:

Times are perilous, violence rife, and the future uncertain. Success and the survival of all you hold dear may hinge on how you manage change.

Some people advise that we “Embrace Change!” Other people realize that change has edges, and if you embrace it the wrong way, it may feel a lot more like a knife than a bromide when it touches your guts.

Here are two Lee and Miller stories set in the Liaden Universe®, “Street Cred,” original to this chapbook; and “Wise Child,” reprinted from Baen.com. Both stories deal with the complications arising from decisive change, and decisive Change Management at the point of peril.

Recent Publishing News

Liaden Universe® novelette “Wise Child” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller available to read for free at Baen.com.  Here’s your link.

Alliance of Equals, the 19th novel-length Adventure in the Liaden Universe® will be released tomorrow, July 5, in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook!

The Gathering Edge, the 20th Liaden Universe® Adventure is tentatively scheduled to be published in May 2017.

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller will be doing a micro-mini-book tour in support of Alliance of Equals, starting tomorrow, July 5, at Flights of Fantasy, in Albany!

Here’s the schedule:

July 5, 7 pmFlights of Fantasy, Albany, NY
July 8, 7 pmAnnie’s Book Stop of Worcester, MA
July 9, 2 pmToadstool Books, Milford NH
July 16, 2 pm:  Children’s Book Cellar, 52 Main Street, Waterville ME

Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

The Question of the Month is apparently, “When will the next Liaden novel be published; it’s been so long since Dragon in Exile came out; I’m starving over here; feed me!”

. . .or words to that effect.

The Answer to the Question of the Month is!

Alliance of Equals is the next Liaden title; it will be published, in hardcover, by Baen, on July 5, 2016.

Also?  Dragon in Exile came out, in hardcover, on June 2, 2015, which really isn’t all that long ago.

Also, also, the eArc edition, if any, usually appears two to three months ahead of the hardcover publication.  So, you’re looking. . .April/May 2016 for the Alliance of Equals eArc.

We have been asked to write a short story in support of Alliance of Equals, which ought to be published to Baen.com on June 15, 2016.

The mass market paperback edition of Dragon in Exile is scheduled for June 2016.

The Liaden novel following Alliance of Equals is entitled The Gathering Edge.  Steve and I are working on this novel right now.  It is due on the publisher’s desk on February 15, 2016.  We do not have a publication date for this title.

The above represents the Entire Contents of My Head in re Alliance of Equals at this time.  When we have more — or different — news, we’ll shout it from the rooftops.

Thank you for your patience and support.

 

posted by S. Lee October 24, 2015

 

 

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
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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

New Liaden story, and where to find us and our stories, this summer

We’ve published a new Liaden Universe® story over at the Splinter Universe site — look for “Roving Gambler” along with other splinters and stories. We’ll be updating that site more regularly now — watch for some spoken word reprises of older (non-Liaden) Lee & Miller fiction starting soon.  You can help support these efforts — you’ll see donation buttons on the stories and in the margins there.

Coming up this summer, Lee & Miller will be attending DetCon 1 — this years NASFIC or North American Science Fiction Convention. That’ll be in July, and we expect to have an evening Liaden party, autograph, have Friends of Liad breakfast, and read from works in progress — as well as be on panels and wander the wonders of the convention. Our Splinter Universe site helps support our travel to meet fans around the US.

Meanwhile, if you’ve got questions or think you may have missed a story, there are two sites to check out. One is the Liaden Universe® Wiki, a fan organized and run site with all kinds of Liaden information. If you want to get answers to mysteries, or to help solve questions for others, that’s a great place to visit. The other place is Pinbeam Books, where there’s a list of the available Lee & Miller chapbook releases in ebook format. We don;t sell from that site — but it tells you what’s available and where to get it — Amazon, B&N/Nook, or Smashwords.