Six questions you will answer me, and I will ask them all

Slow day at the day-job, waiting for the people who make decisions to make some so I can do what needs done.

Back at home, two more chapbooks compiled and converted (Variations Three, and Changeling: AitLU #6, for those who are counting), leaving me with just six more to compile. So that’s what? Twenty-five, told all. Then we’ll see if I’m tough enough to do The Tomorrow Log.

I have my talk for Thursday night in hand, the Trees of Maine are indulging in their annual spring effort to kill me, and the galleys for Ghost Ship have just landed. I’m guessing those are mine to do, since Steve just finished turning The Crystal Variation galleys (1184 pages of Crystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon, and Balance of Trade) around in truly heroic fashion.

At least Ghost Ship should be the last — no, I’m wrong. The mass market for Mouse and Dragon got added to October’s line-up. So! we’ll be seeing the galleys for that, bye-n-bye.

The fun? Never stops.

And! In celebration of the perseverance of the Trees of Maine, I’m going to go, I dunno — sit on the couch and read.


Hi! My Name’s . . .

I was talking with a colleague the other day about author bios, and, tangentially, the purpose that such exercises in sentence structure is supposed to accomplish.

I thought that there was a place, and an audience for, a breezier, flirtatious bio, like this one. My colleague felt that an author should maintain some distance, perhaps some dignity, in order to be taken seriously by potential readers, and was arguing in favor of something along the lines of this:

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller live in the rolling hills of Central Maine with three insistent muses in the form of cats, and a large cast of characters. Best known for their work in the Liaden Universe®, Lee and Miller have seen published seventeen collaborative novels. Baen Books is currently releasing all of the Liaden novels in several omnibus volumes. The next original Liaden novel, Ghost Ship, will be published in August 2011.

For more information about the Liaden Universe®, see

So, what do you think? Should a writer keep their distance and their mystique in a bio? Does a playful tone make you doubt the author’s craft? Tell all! Inquiring minds want to know!

In which busy hands, hurt. A lot.

Yesterday, I did lawn cleaning detail. Also, I worked in the garden. This turned out to be a Very Stupid Idea. I can either work in the garden and trash my hands and my bad shoulder or I can not work in the garden and avoid subsequent unpleasantness.

You’d really think I’d remember this, wouldn’t you? Especially given the system of reward and punishment involved. Sheesh.

In other news on the weekend, two more chapbooks have been added to the ever-growing pile on Amazon and BN — Dragon Tide: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 13, and Certain Symmetry: AitLU Number 4. They should be showing up tomorrow-ish, I’m guessing.

This weekend also brought the happy news that there will be a mass market edition of Carousel Tides hitting bookstores early next year — February 2012, is the informed guess.

I’ve also made some small headway on the outline of my talk for Thursday, but I obviously need to make more. Should’ve done that today, but today I decided to work on George.

Those who pre-ordered, or who were waiting the release of Korval’s Game (omnibus release of Plan B and I Dare)– your patience has been rewarded. The book is shipping as I type.

And now, it’s gotten late, for values of late that include the fact of tomorrow being Monday.

What did y’all do this weekend that was cool?

Progress on the Book Presently known as George
38,598 words/100,000 OR 38.6% complete

She didn’t think she would like to see the things that Droi did, that lived around corners, and under rocks, and in the lightless place of World That Might Be.

Books Read in 2011

Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson (e)
Foreigner, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
Betrayer, C.J. Cherryh (read out loud with Steve)
Right-Ho, Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse (e)
American Rose, Karen Abbott
The Bull God, Roberta Gellis (e)
Sin in the Second City, Karen Abbott
Of Blood and Honey, Stina Leicht (e)
The God Engines, John Scalzi (e)
Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key, Kage Baker (e)
Unseen, Rachel Caine
Total Eclipse, Rachel Caine
Weight of Stone, Laura Anne Gilman
The Story of Chicago May, Nuala O’Faolain

And it’s a double-edge knife, but there’s always tomorrow

OK, this is it. Your very last reminder to go, Go! here and pre-order a signed copy of Ghost Ship. Tomorrow — Saturday, April 30 — is the very last day ever that you’ll be able to do this. Pre-orders almost match pledges, so we know there’s somebody — or even somebodies — out there who will be Mighty Disappointed, as we say here in Maine, if they don’t Act Now.

In other news, it’s Friday, and that? Is a fine thing, indeed. I met Steve at Cacciatore’s after work for a late lunch, early dinner, then came home spent the BN gift certificate my faculty gave me for Secretaries Administrative Professional’s Day. Well, done Faculty! Canny shopping gained me The Perilous Gard (Elizabeth Marie Pope), I Don’t Want to Kill You (Dan Wells), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin), The Secret of Roan Inish, Ondine and! I pre-ordered Pat Wrede’s Across the Great Barrier, the (eagerly awaited, in these parts) sequel to Thirteenth Child. Four books and two selkie flicks.

*is happy*

Plans for the weekend include the ever-popular laundry; the lawn-tidying postponed from last weekend; working on George; and finishing up with Treasure Island. Maybe I can convert a chapbook or two, if I get up early. Um? I have to outline a talk that I agreed to give on. . .next Thursday evening.


Well. Maybe the chapbooks will wait.

I haven’t forgotten the Closet Auction; plans are to get those started early-to-mid next week.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Liaden Universe(R) InfoDump No. 88

If you want a signed hardcover first edition of Ghost Ship, which will be published by Baen in August 2011, you must pre-order a copy from Uncle Hugo’s special website, here and you must do so by Saturday, April 30! That’s just three days.
Reiterating the rules from InfoDump #87:

Your credit card will not be charged until your book has actually shipped.

If you want to receive a signed copy of GHOST SHIP, you must pre-order, even if you entered a pledge for a book.

And you must act NOW: Pre-orders are open through April 30, 2011.

GHOST SHIP will be published in early August 2011. Cover price is $25.

Uncle Hugo’s offers a flat $6 shipping fee in the U.S.; two GHOST SHIPs travel for the same six bucks as one GHOST SHIP. Overseas orders will have to have their postage figured on a case-by-case basis at the ordering site.

Yes, you may add other books to your GHOST SHIP pre-order.

Questions about this part of the process must be addressed to: unclehugoATaolDOTcom (where AT and DOT are replaced by the usual)


Pinbeam Books (aka Steve and Sharon) has been busily adding to its lists at and Barnes and Noble. The following chapbooks have been uploaded and are, or will shortly be, available from the Kindle and the Nook stores.

Allies: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 12
Calamity’s Child
Duty Bound: AitLU Number 3
Eidolon: AitLU Number 14
Fellow Travelers: AitLU Number 2
Halfling Moon: AitLU Number 16
Master Walk: Tales of the Advocacy Number One
Misfits: AitLU Number 15
Necessary Evils: AitLU Number 11
Shadows and Shades: AitLU Number 8
Skyblaze: AitLU Number 17
The Cat’s Job
Two Tales of Korval: AitLU Number 1
With Stars Underfoot: AitLU Number 10

The chapbooks are available from:,,, Search on “pinbeam books” or particular titles. And do check back — we’ll be uploading chapbooks until we run out!

As mentioned, the eChapbooks are DRM free. This means that you don’t need to have a Kindle or a Nook (or a Kindle or Nook app) to read them. You can read Pinbeam Kindle files on your mobi device and Pinbeam Nook books on your ePub reader. We do eventually intend to extend our distribution base to other ebook vendors.

Full disclosure: Many of these stories have been available as part of the Liaden Unibus bundles I and II from for several years.


All preordered editions of Skyblaze: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 17, have shipped. If you have not received your book(s), please write to editor1ATsrmpublisherDOTcom
(where AT and DOT are replaced by The Usual).


For those who indulge the Ghost Ship eARC is now available, here

An “eArc” is an electronic Advance Reading Copy. It will contain errors. It does cost more than the corrected ebook, coming in early August. What you get for your money is this: You get to read the story four-and-a-half-months before the Whole Rest of the Entire World!
Where in the World Are Lee and Miller?
June 23-26, 2011
Wyndham Hotel
South Portland, Maine
PortCon Maine is a fan-run anime convention growing into being a general geek-interest convention. Sharon and Steve have previously been panelists at PortCon; this year, they’re listed on the Guests of Honor page for this June’s event.

August 17-21, 2011
Reno, Nevada
Sharon and Steve will be panelists. See you there!

September 16-18, 2011
Courtyard Marriott/Central Massachusetts Expo Center
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Steve and Sharon will be Guests at this Steampunk Extravaganza. Other attending luminaries include but are not limited to Abney Park, Phil and Kaja Foglio, and Jake von Slatt.

January 20-22, 2012
Chattanooga Choo Choo
1400 Market St
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Chattacon is a classic southern convention that Steve went to several times in very early incarnations — but hasn’t been back to for more than 30 years! This year coming, as for the last several, the convention will be held at Chattanooga Choo Choo — a train station turned into a hotel — a destination worth a trip all by itself! GOH list includes Steve Miller and Sharon Lee, Laura Anne Gilman, John Picacio – Artist GoH, Rachel Caine – Special Guest, and Mark Van Name – Toastmaster

Lots of Lee and Miller material coming in 2011, as Baen continues to issue omnibus editions of the Liaden Universe® backlist. Here’s what you can expect to see over the next few months in your favorite local bookstore:

Korval’s Game — May 3 (includes Plan B and I Dare)
Saltation mmp — June 28
Ghost Ship — August 2
The Crystal Variation — September 6 (includes Crystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon, Balance of Trade)
Mouse and Dragon mmp — October 25

Uncle Hugo’s:

University Bookstore:

Pandemonium Books:

Missing Volume:


Dream Haven:

Flights of Fantasy:

Mysterious Galaxy:

Constellation Books:

Children’s Book Cellar:

All of the above folks do mail order and take want lists.


Theo_Waitley is the discussion group for readers of Fledgling and Saltation:

Where Dragons Rest:

Steve Miller’s blog, Journeyman:

Sharon Lee’s blog, Eagles over the Kennebec:

SRM Publisher blog:

Sharon Lee’s “Professional” blog:

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

Liaden Interest Groups on Facebook

Clan Korval:

Friends of Liad:

Flaran chamenthi:


Sharon’s Author Page:

*Steve’s on Twitter*:

*Sharon’s on Twitter, too*:

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I can climb the highest mountain; I can cross the wildest sea

Called CIGNA this afternoon, explained the problem and got it taken care of in less time than it had taken to navigate the phone tree and actually reach a live human. Thank you, Brittany; it is rare and bright and very welcome, to find something that was easier to do than I had feared.

Moving on with the evening’s work, I compiled and uploaded Duty Bound: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number Three (copyright date: December 3, 1999. Um, eek.), and Shadows and Shades: AitLU Number Eight.

The electrifying project has really brought home how long we’ve been doing this writing thing — and I’m only dealing with work from the First Rebirth — and how much we’ve written. Yeah, it’s taken us dern near 30 years (with, yanno, a ten-year gap in the middle), but still — that’s an impressive little mountain of words we’ve got here.

Probably no echapbooks uploaded tomorrow — we have class — but my intent is to see this thing done. We’ve uploaded fourteen; only — what? — eleven? twelve? more to go? Piece o’cake.

After we get the existing paper chapbooks in the Kindle and Nook stores, then we’ll start expanding our distribution base. It remains Highly Improbable that these books will be offered at Webscriptions. This is why. Remember that Nook = epub and Kindle = mobi, and that we are making the electronic chapbooks available DRM-free.

And now, it’s time for lunch.

And Eidolon Makes Twelve

Eidolon: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number Fourteen has been uploaded to the Nook Store and to the Kindle Store. Look for it tomorrow, late afternoonish, I’d guess.

Today’s mail brings correspondence from the Scranton Claim Office of the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, which has a Chattanooga address. CIGNA imparts the happy news that it is rejecting payment of a bill for ambulance services submitted on our behalf by the Bangor Fire Department, because — wait for it — the Bangor Fire Department is not an approved vendor.

O, rly?

*sees long, acrimonious phone conversation in her very near future*

But, honestly, what can you expect from people who think Scranton’s in Tennessee?

OK, I’m calling it a night.

Stay safe, y’all.

Hey, mother earth, woncha bring me back down, safely to the sea

Got lots of stuff done this weekend. Still got lots of stuff to do. Day-job not high on the list of things to do that seem either useful or remunerative.

Ah, well.

I’m still thinking about the best disposition of the things that fell out of my closet. Yes, when I decide what’s going up to eBay and when, I will let y’all know first.

No echapbooks created today. Maybe tomorrow. As of right now, the Compleat List of electrified, DRM-free chapbooks stands at eleven. Here are the titles:

Allies: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 12
Calamity’s Child
Fellow Travelers: AitLU Number 2
Halfling Moon: AitLU Number 16
Master Walk: Tales of the Advocacy Number One
Misfits: AitLU Number 15
Necessary Evils: AitLU Number 11
Skyblaze: AitLU Number 17
The Cat’s Job
Two Tales of Korval: AitLU Number 1
With Stars Underfoot: AitLU Number 10

The chapbooks are available from:

Barnes and Noble

Progress on the Book Presently known as George
37,038 words/100,000 OR 37.4% complete

School was nothing at all like guesting with Maelin and Wal Ter at Glavda Empri, and sharing their tutors and lessons.

Hugo Nominees and Campbell Award Finalists

The voting lists for the Hugos in all categories and for the Cambpell Award for Best New Writer have been announced.

This is the list from which the membership of this year’s upcoming WorldCon — Renovation, to be held in Reno, Nevada, August 17-21 — will vote. The winners of that round of voting will be announced at the Hugo Awards Ceremony on August 20.

Congratulations to all the finalists! And to everyone who put forth the effort to nominate — thank you!