The one-hour free audio samples of the first book in each Sequence of the Liaden Universe® are now up!
This is the kind of day young writers sending out their first story dream of — the day down the road when the world takes notice, when there’s a whole lot going, when in addition to a few awards sprinkled among the time, there are books, books for people to read, books people can suggest to their friends, lots of books. And so I’m pleased and I admit it.
As usual there’s a glitch or two — the master link to see our books in one spot as The Liaden Universe at Audible hasn’t been switched on yet — but hey, that’s minor.
Here’s a listing of the The Liaden Universe® series as being issued by Audible:
The Books of Before Sequence: Crystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon, Balance of Trade
The Space Regencies Sequence: Local Custom, Scout’s Progress,
Mouse and Dragon
The Agent of Change Sequence: Agent of Change, Conflict of Honors,
Carpe Diem, Plan B, I Dare
The Theo Wailtley Sequence: Fledgling, Saltation, Ghost Ship, Dragon Ship
Here’s the link to the Liaden Universe® landing page at Audible.
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.
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.
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, 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 5: Trade Secrets, hardcover, ebook
January 5, 2014: Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 2, tradepaper, ebook
. . .and here’s our delivery schedule
February 14: Carousel Sun (contemporary fantasy by Sharon)
August 15: Carousel 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
January 11, 2013
We’ve been remiss in reporting here the news that both Agent of Change and Fledgling are now available as free downloads from most major sources including Baen Books and Amazon. We’d been thinking about this for some time since so many of our readers and fans have reported that their introduction was a loaned or free copy of a Liaden book. Now you can have copies of these two Liaden Universe® novels for your own ebook or point your ebook-reading friends toward them – for free!
At Baen, find Agent of Change here in the ebook section: http://www.baenebooks.com/p-595-agent-of-change.aspx and you can find Fledgling here for the free book: http://www.baenebooks.com/p-1026-fledgling.aspx
At Amazon.com’s Kindle Store, see Agent of Change at: http://www.amazon.com/Agent-Change-Liaden-Universe-ebook/dp/B00BSW2FG6/ and you’ll find Fledgling here — http://www.amazon.com/Fledgling-Liaden-Universe-ebook/dp/B00APAELRI
Although the Kindle and other electronic versions were released a little early our Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 1 came out from Baen Books in paper July 2, both through online venues and in stores. Early on it briefly hit the Amazon top 10 of SF anthologies and short stories and has been sighted in stores from coast to coast.
Here’s your chance to catch up on the stories and adventures you might have missed during the universe’s early years where some of the short stories were first published in hard-to-find genre publications. make sure you have this, and let your friends know about it too!
Coming in August:
Dragonwriter (collected essays celebrating the life and writing of Anne McCaffrey) due August 6, 2013 from Smart Pop.
Edited by Todd McCaffrey, this collection features of the field’s big names reflecting on Anne McCaffrey as they knew her. Included is an essay by Sharon and Steve on one of the favorite Liaden fans…
Also coming in August …
The paperback edition of Dragon Ship (mass market) coming August 27, 2013 from Baen …
First Class Pilot Theo Waitley is determined to live down her reputation as a “nexus of violence.” Unfortunately, the universe isn’t cooperating. She has accepted the precarious captaincy of a mysterious — and illegal — self-aware ship aching to find a crew and a purpose. Together, they agree to test a trade route for Clan Korval, which seems an occupation with limited access to violence. But Clan Korval has enemies and they’re soon on Theo’s trail. Then, she’s challenged to rescue hundreds of stranded pilots and stationers from an explosive situation in near orbit around a suddenly hostile planet. Lovers, enemies, an ex-roomie, and a jealous spaceship are all in peril as Theo wields power that no one in the universe is sure of, especially her.
Watch for these from your favorite bookseller!
It’s silly season in the SF/F world; the season when All the Writers remind All the Readers, and especially those who vote on the Hugo Awards, which of their works are eligible for Hugo consideration.
The 2014 Hugo Awards, for works published in 2013, will be presented at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, LonCon 3, to be held in London, England, August 14-18, 2014
If you’re not sure if you’re eligible to nominate and/or vote in the 2014 Hugo Awards, here’s the link to the rules.
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller published several works in 2013, which are eligible for consideration. They are:
Necessity’s Child, Baen, February 2013
Trade Secret, Baen, November 2013
“Eleutherios,” Baen.com, January 2013
“Moon’s Honor,” Splinter Universe, February 2013
“Out of True,” Baen.com, October 2013
When nominating, please keep our work in mind.
For January we’ve added a new story to the line-up over at Splinter Universe — you can find it there now. We plan to add a story each month as well as the occasional guest story as well. The new story, “The Rifle’s First Wife” is a novelette of just over 13000 words and will be online for a few months. If you’d like to support these expanded efforts, read the story, and find a donate link at the end.
Meanwhile, as things stand now Sharon will not be at Boskone the weekend between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, but Steve will. Look for a Friends of Liad Breakfast, probably Saturday February 15 in one of the hotel restaurants. Steve had a full slate of program items, a reading, signing and kaffeeklatsch on schedule.
Saturday, February 15
Sunday, February 16
In other news, we’ve been doing a little work behind the scenes — and in the front room — over at our Splinter Universe story-and-stuff site.
Please take a look, and watch for changes. Support the site or individual stories, or both!
ALSO REMEMBER, Sharon Lee has a new contemporary fantasy book out in the Kate Archer series. That’s Carousel Sun — available from most online bookstores — but EXCLUSIVELY available signed by bookplate from Uncle Hugo’s excellent bookshop.
*Don’t know what Boskone is? Ask us about Science Fiction conventions!