Category Five Minutes of Fame

Cover reveal!

Coming to a bookstore near you in February 2022, A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 5. Art by Sam Kennedy. Stories by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.
Table of Contents:
Authors’ Foreword
Fortune’s Favors
Opportunity to Seize
Shout of Honor
Command Decision
Dark Secrets
A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom
The Gate That Locks the Tree
Preferred Seating
Ambient Conditions
Dead Men Dream
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WSFA Small Press Finalists Announced

Liaden Universe® story “Standing Orders” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is a finalist in the 2022 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction.
“Standing Orders” was published in Derelict, edited by David B. Coe and Joshua Palmatier, from Zombies Need Brains LLC.
Below is the official press release, including a list of all the finlaists:
The Washington (DC) Science Fiction Association (WSFA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction:
“The Birdsong Fossil” by DK Mok, Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures, (April 2021) World Weaver Press ed. by Christoph Rupprecht, Deborah Cleland, Norie Tamura, Rajat Chaudhuri, and Sarena Ulibarri;
“Dress of Ash” by Y. M. Pang, Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories, ed...
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You can help promote Salvage Right!

Dear Friends of Liad and all the ships in space:

July 4 rolls rapidly toward us and beside being an important celebration for Americans, this July 4 is the official release day for Salvage Right, which you may recall is Lee and Miller’s 25th Liaden novel and 100th collaborative work – so two landmarks with this one!

Two landmarks in one book is certainly cause for celebration, and we want as many people as possible to get the news and join us in the happy dance of accomplishment.

If you’d like to help us get the word out, we’d love to have your help. You may say that there’s nothing you can do, that you’re only a reader, don’t have any important contacts, or any connections.

And you would be wrong.

For example, many of you are well-known to your local librarians — some of you are loc...

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Today is the official release day of the hardcover and ebook editions of Salvage Right, the newest Liaden Universe® novel, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

Below, for your reading pleasure, is a letter we wrote to accompany the eARC sent by Baen to industry professionals, which kind of puts Salvage Right into perspective, in our career, and explains why we’re quite so excited about this release.


Dear Readers,

We hope that 2023 has so far treated you well, and that as it continues to unroll, you will have many opportunities to share happiness, and to celebrate.

We’re writing because we have something to celebrate.

In July, Salvage Right, our one hundredth collaboration, also the twenty-fifth novel set in our original Liaden Universe® will be published...

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Lee and Miller interviews!

A couple weeks ago, Ray Routhier from the Portland Press Herald dropped by and talked to us for a bit, admired the artwork and the cats.  His article dropped today, and a very nice one, too.  Here’s the link.

Also!  If you missed the live stream of Lee and Miller’s conversation with John A. Douglas at Author’s Outpost on Friday, that was recorded, and you may view it at your leisure, here.


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Post your favorite Liaden Universe® pull-quotes here

Instructions from Facebook repeated below:

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE BELOW. Yes, it’s long, but it’s not as long as a novel,
and all of us here like to read novels.

So! Baen has given its authors a homework assignment, which is to poll their
readers — that’s you — for pull-quotes. These will be used for PR purposes.

Back in the day, we had a deck of quote cards that we used to give out at
conventions, stuff like “If it lifts, we can fly it” or “Other people give
their wives flowers.”

Pull-quotes are short and snappy. Pretty often, they’re dialogue or internal
dialogue, because they lend themselves to short and snappy.

The problem we have, particularly, is that we’re lacking quotes from the newer
books. So, that’s your assignment.


“There are entirely too many p...

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Blast from the Past: Two Takes on Conflict of Honors

Conflict of Honors, Steve Miller and Sharon Lee, Del Rey Books, June 1988.  Reviewed in July 1988 by Locus and Romantic Times.


Conflict of Honors, by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee, is an unabashedly entertaining tale of romance and adventure among the spacefaring merchants of the far future.  The heroine, Priscilla Delacroix y Mendoza, an outcast on her own world, works her way from planet to planet, hoping someday to earn her pilot’s certificate.  Inexplicably stranded on a remote planet, she is rescued by Liadens who recognize and nurture Priscilla’s special talents.  Enemies of both Priscilla and Captain yos’Galan provide plenty of action and bring the two ever closer together.

The writing is often choppy and the plotting a little loose...

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Guest Post by Ryk Spoor

Ribbon Dance is part of something extraordinary.

That “something”, of course, is the Liaden universe, creation of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. I, myself, didn’t encounter the Liaden books until long after the publication of the first book, Agent of Change, in 1988. This was unfortunate in one sense – that I was so long unaware of such a wonderful series – but fortunate in another, because then I was able to step into that universe in its full, living complexity and dive deep and long, meeting not one or two but many of the members of Clan Korval and those touched by their magnificent and sometimes damnable Luck.

What makes the Liaden series extraordinary is that it has maintained an unwavering and amazing level of quality for the last twenty-five years, despite now encompassing nearly ...

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