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