Liaden Universe® InfoDump No. 111

Publication Date for Alliance of Equals
The Question that Ate October, here at our email boxes and around the web, is: When will the next Liaden novel come out?  Can I get an eArc?  Sample chapters?  Something?

The Answer to this question is:  Alliance of Equals, the nineteenth novel-length adventure in the Liaden Universe®, aka “the book after Dragon in Exile” is scheduled to be released in hardcover on July 5, 2016.

And, in an attempt to forestall the Inevitable:  Baen makes the eArc editions of novels, if any, available somewhere between two to three months ahead of the hardcover publication.  So, you’re looking. . .April/May 2016 for the Alliance of Equals eArc.

Mass Market Edition of Dragon in Exile
Baen will be releasing the paperback edition of Dragon in Exile, which was published in hardcover on June 2, 2015, in June, 2016.

The Gathering Edge
The Gathering Edge is the title of the Liaden Universe® novel that comes after Alliance of Equals.  Sharon and Steve are in the process of writing this novel even now. It is due on our publisher’s desk on February 15, 2016.  We do not (that’s DO NOT) have a publication date for this title.

Hey, Wanna Get Mugged?
The Liaden Universe® store over at Offworld Designs is now offering Liaden Universe® coffee mugs, in addition to tree-and-dragon denim, polo, and t-shirts.  Mugs and shirts make great gifts! Here’s your link.

Do It Like A Delm
The Do It Like a Delm contest was a huge success, and a lot of fun, too!  If you missed the entries, take a look, starting here.

Lee and Miller Interview with John Mierau
Earlier this month, Steve and Sharon did an interview with John Mierau re: crowdfounding in general, and Patreon in specific. Here’s your link to the interview.

Mark Your Calendars!
Dragon in Exile, mass market edition PUBLICATION DATE:  June 2016
Short story in support of Alliance of Equals, baen.com 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

Where In The World Are Lee and Miller?
Boskone 53, February 19-21, 2016, Boston, MA.
Ravencon, April 29-May 1, 2016, in Williamsburg, VA!  Lee and Miller are Writer Guests of Honor.
Balticon 50, May 27-30, 2016, in Baltimore, MD.   Lee and Miller are Returning Guests of Honor.  Read all about it, here.
MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, August 17-21, 2016, Kansas City, MO.  Miller and Lee have purchased their attending memberships.

Trivia Isn’t Trivial
Sharon and Steve are working in a universe more than a couple million words old, and strive for consistency. That means they often need to recall details like “What does a pre-Exodus Yxtrang salute look like” or “Is Miri left-handed?” or maybe “What’s the name of the ship that didn’t fire on Cantra when….” While you may see a quick question from the authors on Facebook, far more often they’re referring to that resource that both you and they can use — The Liaden Wiki. Not only can you use it, but you can contribute to it by creating or updating pages and sections. Got a head for ship names or planets or want to be sure the language is right?  The Liaden Wiki is one way you can show off and also help keep the stories — and entire universes! — on the right  track!  Go here to see the 105 pages already in place.

Blogs and Other Webly Things of Note
Sharon Lee’s blog, Eagles over the Kennebec
Sharon Lee’s Professional Site, and The Blog Without A Name
Splinter Universe Discussion List

Lee and Miller Patreon Support Page

Facebook Connections — please feel free to add us!
Steve Miller
Sharon Lee

Pinbeam Books: An online catalog, with vendor links, to all Lee-and-Miller eChapbooks
Splinter Universe:  Features outtakes, splinters, oddities from the Lee&Miller writing career, currently changes irregularly.
Welcome to Liad:The official homepage for Liaden Universe® news.

Liaden Interest Groups on Facebook
Clan Korval
Friends of Liad
Flaran Cha’menthi

Twitter
Steve’s on Twitter
Sharon’s on Twitter, too
Pinterest

Disclaimer Stuff
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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

 

 

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 cover reveal

Below is the cover art for A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume Three, coming from Baen in August 2015:

Cover A Liaden Universe(R) Constellation Volume 3 --Art by Steve Hickman

Cover A Liaden Universe(R) Constellation Volume 3
–Art by Steve Hickman

For those who are curious, here’s the table of contents

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

New free Liaden story at Splinter Universe and Boskone news

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.

Why yes, we do have works eligible for the Hugo Awards

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:

Novel:
Necessity’s Child, Baen, February 2013
Trade Secret, Baen, November 2013

Novelette:
“Eleutherios,” Baen.com, January 2013
“Moon’s Honor,” Splinter Universe, February 2013

Short Story:
“Out of True,” Baen.com, October 2013

When nominating, please keep our work in mind.

Gifts, Travel, and Writing Going Forth

David Mattingly, creator of the wonderful cover art for Liaden Universe® novels Saltation, Mouse and Dragon, and Ghost Ship sent us an animation of the Ghost Ship cover, which you can see here:  Ghost Ship

This kind gift inspired me to link to all of the artists who have created images for Liaden Universe® novels and stories over the years — check them out over in the sidebar.

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Steve and I have only just now returned from the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, with a side trip to Minneapolis to sign (lots and lots) of books at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore.

We have one more trip scheduled this year.  In just two weeks Steve and I, with Phil and Kaja Foglio, Abney Park, and many, many other Very Cool People will be Guests at The Great New England Steampunk Exposition in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  The Exposition begins on Friday, September 16, and runs through Sunday, September 18.

This promises to be a delightful and awesome experience, so do plan on attending!

Once we return from the Expo, we’ll be sticking very close to home until it’s time to make the trip to Chattanooga, in mid-January.

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In between all this gallivanting around to WorldCons and Steampunk Expos, we have some writing to do.  Rather a lot of writing, as it happens.  Here’s a brief rundown of what’s on our plate:

Dragon Ship — Steve is lead writer on this project, which is the sequel to Ghost Ship

George — Sharon is lead writer on this project, which sorta takes place in a pocket of Ghost Ship. If I do it right, it will be another Portal Book into the Liaden Universe®, joining Agent of Change, Conflict of Honors, Balance of Trade, Local Custom, Fledgling.  An amusing, if not outright terrifying, note:  We had dinner with Madame the Editor at WorldCon, wherein she inquired after “George.”  The die may be cast.

“Guaranteed Delivery” — For the moment, Sharon is lead writer for the original fiction posted on Splinter Universe.  This will change as various deadlines approach and are surpassed.  This particular story, which I hope to post on September 12, concerns  the Ride the Luck courier service.

“The Space at Tinsori Light” — another story destined for Splinter Universe, featuring a yos’Phelium pilot from the Diaries.  Shooting for mid-October posting, though here we’re getting near the delivery deadline for Dragon Ship, and all things give way before a book deadline.

Trade Secret — the sequel to Balance of Trade.  Steve is lead writer on this project.

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In other news, Liaden Universe® story “Intelligent Design” has aged off of the Baen front page and now joins other excellent stories by Patrick Lundrigan, Larry Correia, Travis S. Taylor, and Robert Buettner in the Baen Free Story 2011 Collection, available here.

“Kin Ties,” a Liaden Universe® story concerning a dead man, his wife, and the daughter of an old enemy, is available to be read at Splinter Universe.

. . .and I think that’s all the news that’s fit to print.

Stay healthy and safe, everyone.

–Posted September 3, 2011  by Sharon Lee