To HELIOsphere and beyond!

. . .a convention report by Sharon Lee

So, along about last Wednesday Steve and I loaded up Skylark the Subaru and, after taking on breakfast at Governor’s, got on the road to New Jersey.

In keeping with our new philosophy of “Don’t Kill the Authors,” we had already decided to make the trip in two stages, staying Wednesday night at Rutland, Vermont (our next door neighbor was horrified to hear that we had actually chosen to go to Rutland, but, hey, we’re easily amused).

Having taken the decision to split the journey, it was easy go make the follow-on decision to eschew the Big Road in favor of Routes 2/4/5/7 and Bob’s your uncle.  It was a delightful drive through a New England just starting to stir toward spring.  We were escorted by daffodils, roadside waterfalls, and tender tree-buds...

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Lee and Miller HELIOsphere schedule

HELIOsphere is happening April 28 – 30, 2023 Holiday Inn Piscataway, NJ. Sharon and Steve are Writer Guests of Honor.
Here’s our schedule:

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm  – Library
Sharon and Steve read from their novelette “The Space at Tinsori Light”

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm  – Miracle Ballroom
How do you introduce new characters into existing story arcs?
Lancelot Schaubert (M), Chuck Gannon, Sharon Lee, Emily Munro, Walter Hunt
While you might be sure they belong, a misstep can unbalance a story and cloud what you’ve already written. We’ll explore approaches that allow new characters to thrive along with your story.


8:30am – Fusions Restaurant, in-hotel
Friends of Liad Breakfast
A continuing tradition: Steve and Sharon invite all Friends of Liad to join them for breakfast, where...

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Coming Soon to HELIOsphere

HELIOsphere is a mere 18 days in the future, and things are starting to firm up.

Steve and Sharon will be hosting a Friends of Liad Breakfast in the hotel restaurant on Saturday morning, to kick off what looks to be a busy day full of fun.

Saturday’s programming will include the Writer Guest of Honor interview — Sharon Lee and Steve Miller chatting with Kathryn Sullivan.

A little later in the day, Lee and Miller will be sitting down with Artist Guest of Honor David B. Mattingly to discuss whatever seems good  — art, maybe?  Cats, definitely.  Michael Ventrella will facilitate that discussion.

Then!  The Teddy Bear Tea in the hotel garden, where all the traveling stuffies get a chance to talk among themselves, and their humans can tell their stories to the other humans.

Saturday festivi...

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Your input is needed!

Attention Friends of Liad, and all the ships in space …

In a few weeks Lee and Miller will be the Writer Guests of Honor at Heliosphere — we hope you’ll be there!

What’s planned? A signing, a reading, some panels … and more. We expect to have a version of a “Teddy Bear Tea” for all the traveling stuffies, too — but now the hard part: We have to decide what we’re going to read at the Lee and Miller reading!

Why is this hard, you ask? Because we only have about six million words to choose from in the Liaden stories alone, and the reading’s going to be around an hour long. We’ve already made one decision — we’ll read from the Liaden Universe® rather than from our other stories….

So, friends and fans planning on being there, what would you prefer? Should we read an entire single story? Should...

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Salvage Right eARC Formatting Errors

Salvage Right EARC news! Please read this slowly, there are Details.

Many of you noticed that the table of contents and the chapter headers in your copy of the eARC were … badly formatted.  In answer to many reports made to me, and transmitted to Baen Tech Support, a formatted eARC  has been uploaded.

If you have a badly formatted eARC, you may go here  to download the corrected file at no charge (this is always the case with Baen, but I want to be clear).

If you discover similar formatting errors in your NEW file, please report those errors to baensupportATprincipledtechnologiesDOTcom

REPEAT: ebook formatting errors should be reported to Baen Tech Support.

I will ask you to please be detailed in your report, if any...

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Liaden Universe® InfoDump #131: Salvage Right Edition

Infodump No. 131    

In this issue:
Salvage Right eARC on sale now
Want to be a Mighty Tyop Hunter
Salvage Right Spoiler Space
Convention Appearances

Baen has released the SALVAGE RIGHT eARC, here:

Everything you need to know about tyop hunting is at this link:

As has been their pleasant habit, Lee and Miller have created a spoiler
discussion space available for those speedy readers who have read the
eARC, and want to talk about Salvage Right.  We do this in kindness to
those people who are waiting for the hardcover, or the audiobook, or the
mass market, and who do not want the story spoiled for them. Here’s the
link to the Salvage Right spoiler space:

Lee and Mille...

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This space is provided for those who have read Salvage Right, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, and Want to Talk About it.

This is a moderated space, which means that your post will appear when a moderator lets it go.  We try to be reasonably quick about this, but we’re not 24/7.  Thank you for your understanding.

If you have not read Salvage Right, and do not want the story spoiled for you, For the Love of GHOD, do not read the comments.

You have been warned.

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SALVAGE RIGHT eARC now available

For those who partake, the eARC of Salvage Right, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s 100th collaborative work, and the 25th book set in their original Liaden Universe®, is now for sale.

Here’s your link.

There will be — repeat!  There WILL BE a Tyop Hunt.

Watch the skies.

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Lee and Miller Heliosphere Writer Guests of Honor

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller will be Writer Guests of Honor at Heliosphere, April 28-30 (only six weeks away).  Long-time Liaden cover artist, David B. Mattingly, will be Artist Guest of Honor.  Chuck Gannon is Special Guest.

We’re really looking forward to this, our 25th GOH appearance, and our first in-person GOH gig since MidSouthCon, in 2018.

We always like to attend a con, of course, but attending as guests of honor is another level of joyous commitment. GOHs are highly visible, and are honored to spend most of their time with the members of the convention.  It is, in fact, an opportunity for us to thank you, for the years of support, and your ongoing enthusiasm for our creation and our characters.

We hope to see you — all of you — at Heliosphere...

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Salvage Right Page Proofs

Salvage Right page proofs have landed at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory!

We hear that here is a possibility of an eARC within the next week or two.

Watch the skies.

Photo of page proofs.  Dragon provided for scale.

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