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Books read in 2019

37. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

REMINDER! Pre-order your signed copy of Accepting the Lance!

The Uncle has spoken, to wit:

People have been asking all year when they will be able to order signed copies of the next Liaden novel by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Accepting the Lance ($25.00, expected early December), and you can get your copy personalized if you order by November 10.  We’ve just arranged to also have signed copies of two Liaden novelettes in trade paperback, Adventures in the Liaden Universe #28: Fortune’s Favor ($8.00, expected by mid-September) and Adventures in the Liaden Universe #29: Shout of Honor ($10.00, expected by mid-September).  These will be signed but not personalized.  If you wish to order all 3 Liaden books, we can either send the trade paperbacks right away (with a $6.00 shipping charge) and the hardcover in December (with another $6.00 shipping charge), or we can hold them all until December (and only have a single $6.00 shipping charge).  If you are ordering all 3 Liaden books, please let us know in the Order Comments section during checkout if you want one shipment or two shipments.  The Order Comments section is also where you should put your personalization request for Accepting the Lance.

Here is your link to the preorder page at Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore.

Here is the link to the Uncle’s newsletter, which lists events and lots of other opportunities to acquire signed books from your favorite author.

For those joining us for the first time:  Signed means that the authors will write their names in your book.  Personalized means that the authors will transcribe a short message supplied by you in your book, and also sign it.

Notes about personalized books:  The authors reserve the right to reject any personalization request for any reason.  This is solely up to the authors; there is no appeal.  Pro Tip:  The best way to make sure your personalization request is honored is to keep it short, keep it clean, and keep it polite.  Thank you.

All righty, then!  Start that pre-ordering.

One! More! Time!

Here’s the link.

Writers’ Weekend Off

So, this weekend, we took off to celebrate my birthday — belatedly.  We had planned this trip since we realized that Trader’s Leap wouldn’t be finished by my Actual Birthday, so on Friday, September 20, we took off for Lubec, Maine on the Bay of Fundy.

If you are unfamiliar Lubec, it is the easternmost town in the contiguous United States, situated across Lubec Narrows from Campobello Island, New Brunswick Canada.  Steve secured a third floor corner room in Cohill’s Inn, with windows looking over the Narrows, toward Mulholland Light on the Island, and more! windows! looking up the Bay toward Eastport.

In addition to being in just an awesome place, geographically, we were in Lighthouse Country.  Friday, after we checked into our room, we headed to West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, got our Lighthouse Passports stamped and took a cool zillion pictures.  Here’s some:

We then retired to our room, but were drawn outside again to watch the tide (the Bay of Fundy is famous for its rapid, dangerous tides) come in and to take another cool zillion pictures, this time of cormorants and seals.

Here’s a couple seals:

Next day, we crossed the International Bridge to Campobello Island, and drove out to visit Harbour Head Light Station at the verymost other end of Compobello Island, and Mullholland Point Light, in Welshpool, New Brunswick, which was coincidentally situated directly across Lubec Narrows from our room.

Here’s Head Harbour Light Station:

And here’s Mulholland Point Light:

Here’s a picture of The Spark Plug, in Lubec Narrows.  You can’t visit The Spark Plug, but the docent at West Quoddy Light had a stamp, so we got to claim it.

Oh, and here’s a picture of Cohill’s Inn, our Lubec Headquarters, from Mulholland Point Light, across the Narrows in Canada.  Ours was the room on the third floor right, last window, and then two windows around the corner.

Today, we said a reluctant farewell to Lubec, and Proceeded homeward in a leisurely fashion, taking side trips to Cutler, to view the really pretty little New England Harbor, and the super sekrit submarine base.  We have no pictures of Cutler, for obvious reasons.

Our second side trip was to Roque Bluffs State Park.  Here’s a picture of the sign, and the Art:

We’re home now, obviously, and reluctantly.  It was 68F/20C this morning when we left Lubec (stopping for breakfast at the Shore Thing Diner). When we arrived home in the metropolis of Waterville, it was 82F/28C.  If I could move Lubec Narrows to our back yard. . .

So!  Tomorrow, it’s back to work, but, boy, didn’t we have a great weekend!

Books read in 2019

36. Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
35. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
34. Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks
33. Cats in Cyberspace, Beth Hilgartner (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
32. Dread Nation, Justine Ireland (e)
31. Masque World, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
30. The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
29. The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
28. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-read)
27. Star Well, Alexei Panshin (read aloud with Steve; re-read for both)
26. The Cat Who Wasn’t There, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
24. The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
23. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
22. Maiden of the Machine, Volume 1, Caitlin Like
21. The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
20. The Franchise Affair, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve)
19. City of Whispering Stone, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
18. Allegiance of Honor, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
17. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. Who Slays the Wicked, C.S. Harris
15. The Warlock in Spite of Himself, Christopher Stasheff (re-read)
14. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, Lilian Jackson Braun (read aloud with Steve)
13. Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
12. Shadow of a Broken Man, George C. Chesbro (read aloud with Steve)
11. How Much for Just the Planet?, John M. Ford
10. Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
9.  Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
8.  Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch
7.  The Luckiest Lady in London, Sherry Thomas
6.  Release the Virgins, Michael A. Ventrella, editor (read aloud with Steve)
5.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
4.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (read aloud with Steve; re-read for me; first read for him)
3. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
2.  Alliance Rising, CJ Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (read out loud with Steve)
1.  A Shilling for Candles, Josephine Tey (read out loud with Steve)

Calling the Mighty Tyop Hunters!

MIGHTY TYOP HUNTERS! Your hour is NOW!

If you have found TYPOS* in the eARC of Accepting the Lance, you may send them to me at rolanniATkorvalDOTcom. However, you may only do so until 9 PM EASTERN, Monday, September 9.

The format for sending typos is to send a few identifying words around the typo so it can be found (my pagination is not your Kindle’s pagination; this is a True Fact, so page numbers are useless).

This is correct format for reporting a typo: “Very nearly as bad! Perhaps I ought not to remark at all, but merely flout my skill in becoming silence.” QUERY: Should “flout” be “flaunt”?

*WHAT TYPOS ARE: Spelling errors. Wrong words. Missing words. Wrong character name and/or misspelled character name.

WHAT TYPOS ARE NOT: Grammar “errors” ESPECIALLY in dialogue. Sentences you don’t like. We’re not writing at this point; we’re seeking to make the existing narrative as clean as possible.

Everybody psyched?

Go!

Liaden Universe® InfoDump Number 123: The Lance Edition

Liaden Universe® InfoDump Number 123: The Lance Edition

ACCEPTING THE LANCE eARC AVAILABLE NOW
For those who indulge, the eARC of ACCEPTING THE LANCE, the the 22nd Liaden Universe® novel, created and co-written by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is now available from Baen.com.  eARCs are electronic Advance Reading Copies; they will contain errors of formatting, grammar, and perhaps even spelling.  However!  There will be no major changes to the story between it and the final book, which will be available in All Its Perfection on December 3.

Here is your link to the eARC edition of ACCEPTING THE LANCE:  https://www.baen.com/accepting-the-lance-earc.html

A SPOILER DISCUSSION PAGE has been opened at for those who have read . . .LANCE and want to talk about it.  Please be kind to the people who will not read the story until December — or later! — and limit spoilers to this area.

Here is your link to the SPOILER DISCUSSION:  https://korval.com/2019/08/27/spoiler-discussion-accepting-the-lance/

SAMPLE CHAPTERS
Not sure you want to invest in ACCEPTING THE LANCE?  Here’s your link to the first 25 sample chapters:  https://www.baen.com/Chapters/A9781982124212/A9781982124212.htm

YOU MAY NOW PREORDER SIGNED COPIES OF ACCEPTING THE LANCE
Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore in Minneapolis will once again kindly be taking preorders for signed and/or personalized copies of ACCEPTING THE LANCE.  Here is what they have to say:People have been asking all year when they will be able to order signed copies of the next Liaden novel by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Accepting the Lance ($25.00, expected early December), and you can get your copy personalized if you order by November 10.  We’ve just arranged to also have signed copies of two Liaden novelettes in trade paperback, Adventures in the Liaden Universe #28: Fortune’s Favor ($8.00, expected by mid-September) and Adventures in the Liaden Universe #29: Shout of Honor ($10.00, expected by mid-September).  These will be signed but not personalized.  If you wish to order all 3 Liaden books, we can either send the trade paperbacks right away (with a $6.00 shipping charge) and the hardcover in December (with another $6.00 shipping charge), or we can hold them all until December (and only have a single $6.00 shipping charge).  If you are ordering all 3 Liaden books, please let us know in the Order Comments section during checkout if you want one shipment or two shipments.  The Order Comments section is also where you should put your personalization request for Accepting the Lance.

Here is your link to the preorder page at Uncle Hugo’s:  http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-lee-miller.php

Here is the link to the Uncle’s newsletter, which lists events and lots of other opportunities to acquire signed books from your favorite authors:  http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/Newsletter127-largeprint.pdf

For those joining us for the first time:  Signed means that the authors will write their names in your book.  Personalized means that the authors will transcribe a short message supplied by you in your book, and also sign it.

Notes about personalized books:  The authors reserve the right to reject any personalization request for any reason.  This is solely up to the authors; there is no appeal.  Pro Tip:  The best way to make sure your personalization request is honored is to keep it short, keep it clean, and keep it polite.  Thank you.

PUBLICATION ACCEPTING THE LANCE
ACCEPTING THE LANCE will be published in hardcover and ebook editions on December 3.  There will be an audiobook edition, narrated by Eileen Stevens.  You may pre-order the hardcover edition from the bookseller of your choice.  Because of Baen’s tradition of selling eARCs prior to the publication date, you may not preorder the final ebook edition.

A short story in support of . . .Lance will be published to Baen.com in mid-November, tentative title is:  “A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom.”

Advance praise for Lee and Miller’s Accepting the Lance:
ACCEPTING THE LANCE is a tour de force! So many threads woven, so many pieces moved on the board, old and new friends met, this book is an extraordinary installment in a brilliant series. I stayed up till 3 a.m. reading it and I have zero regrets. An incredible ride of a book!
Nalini Singh, Wolf Rain ~ Out Now/Archangel’s War ~ September/A Madness of Sunshine ~ December

TRADER’S LEAP
TRADER’S LEAP the twenty-third novel in the long-running and much-feted Liaden Universe® created and co-written by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, will be TURNED IN on September 30, 2019.  At this point, it is tentatively scheduled for publication in late 2020.

. . .LEAP is the direct sequel to 2016’s ALLIANCE OF EQUALS, and happens concurrently with the action in ACCEPTING THE LANCE.

Upcoming Conventions
Steve and Sharon have had a rough couple years In Real Life, and are mostly sticking close to home this year.  We are open to invitations from conventions for 2020, and beyond.

Remember to Visit These Sites:
Lee and Miller Patreon Support Page:
https://www.patreon.com/leeandmiller

Pinbeam Books: http://www.pinbeambooks.com an online catalog, with vendor links, to all Lee-and-Miller, Miller, and Lee self-published works

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

Offworld Designs: Liaden gear: https://www.offworlddesigns.com/liaden-

Blogs and Other Webly Things of Note
Sharon Lee’s blog, Eagles over the Kennebec: https://rolanni.dreamwidth.org/
Sharon Lee’s “Professional” blog: http://sharonleewriter.com
Steve Miller’s blog, Journeyman: https://kinzel.dreamwidth.org/

Facebook Connections
http://facebook.com/kinzel — Steve Miller
http://facebook.com/rolanni — Sharon Lee
Clan Korval: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=
Friends of Liad: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=
Flaran chamenthi: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=

Twitter
Steve’s on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bechimo
Sharon’s on Twitter, too: http://twitter.com/ClanKorval

Disclaimer Stuff
This InfoDump is a product of the Liaden Universe®, accept no imitations. You have received this message because you asked for it. If you wish to subscribe to the Liaden Universe® email list, to unsubscribe from the Liaden Universe® email list, or to change your delivery email address, go here: http://www.fireopal.org/cgi-bin/mailman/

Signed Copies of Accepting the Lance Available for Pre-Order NOW!

The Uncle has spoken, to wit:

People have been asking all year when they will be able to order signed copies of the next Liaden novel by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Accepting the Lance ($25.00, expected early December), and you can get your copy personalized if you order by November 10.  We’ve just arranged to also have signed copies of two Liaden novelettes in trade paperback, Adventures in the Liaden Universe #28: Fortune’s Favor ($8.00, expected by mid-September) and Adventures in the Liaden Universe #29: Shout of Honor ($10.00, expected by mid-September).  These will be signed but not personalized.  If you wish to order all 3 Liaden books, we can either send the trade paperbacks right away (with a $6.00 shipping charge) and the hardcover in December (with another $6.00 shipping charge), or we can hold them all until December (and only have a single $6.00 shipping charge).  If you are ordering all 3 Liaden books, please let us know in the Order Comments section during checkout if you want one shipment or two shipments.  The Order Comments section is also where you should put your personalization request for Accepting the Lance.

Here is your link to the preorder page at Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore.

Here is the link to the Uncle’s newsletter, which lists events and lots of other opportunities to acquire signed books from your favorite author.

For those joining us for the first time:  Signed means that the authors will write their names in your book.  Personalized means that the authors will transcribe a short message supplied by you in your book, and also sign it.

Notes about personalized books:  The authors reserve the right to reject any personalization request for any reason.  This is solely up to the authors; there is no appeal.  Pro Tip:  The best way to make sure your personalization request is honored is to keep it short, keep it clean, and keep it polite.  Thank you.

All righty, then!  Start that pre-ordering.

One! More! Time!

Here’s the link.

Writers’ Day Off

NOTE: No authors were injured in the production of this day’s adventures.

So, this happened. . .

But, before that, Steve and I had decided to take a Day Off, go to Augusta to tour the Gem and Mineral Show, go for a ride, have a nice dinner at a nice restaurant, and an evening off, playing Scrabble, or watching a movie, or. . .

In Keeping with This Plan, we arrived at the Gem Show a few minutes after they opened the doors at 10:00, split up and toured the offerings.  I bought a piece of rutilated fluorite, and a couple of small swirl-glass eggs that will be introduced into my jar of marbles.  My Big Adventure of the show was, after I’d been messing around with the raw opal (displayed in a tub of water), I shook the water from my hand, walked around the end of the table, and there encountered a tub of amethyst and blue tourmaline chips.  I ran my fingers through them, as one does, brought it up, and said, in distress, “Oh, no!”

The vendor dashed over to me — “What’s wrong?” — and I showed her my hand, covered in gem-chips, like some steampunk glove, explaining that I’d been looking at the opals immediately previously, and she shook her head apologetically.  “We really ought to put a roll of paper towels over there.  You are not the first person this has happened to.”  I nodded, scraped gem-chips off my hand, and eventually moved on.

After we left the gem show, we commenced on our ride, out to Belgrade, where we stopped at an antiques/art shop, where we did not buy a lawn cannon; out toward Farmington, over the Strong Road, moving through Starks and crossing over into Anson.

Now, the thing about this drive was that — we were on our day off, on the Saturday of a long holiday weekend, and Steve was driving the speed limit, being under no necessity to hurry.  This relaxed state did not apply to the persons behind us, and just as we crossed from Starks into Anson, Steve pulled over onto the shoulder to free the folks pushing us to their necessities.

This would have been a Good Plan, save for one thing — the asphalt edge of the road crumbled as Steve pulled Skylark the Subaru off; the right tires became mired in very loose sand, and, long story short, we slid into the ditch, though not quite over into the ditch, with the two left wheels dug into the level sand sort-of at road level, the back rear wheel resting on the side of the ditch, and the right front tire — hanging in space.

With difficulty, Steve pushed his way out of the door, which was more over his head than it was level with his shoulder.  I climbed over the stick by hanging onto the steering wheel for dear life, convinced the car was going to go the rest of the way over, and frantic to get out before it did.

I say here that I did the car wrong.  It rocked, but it never rolled the rest of the way over; it just sat there, patiently balanced in space for the two-and-a-half hours it took for help to arrive.

Now. . .here is why we live in Maine.  Every car that passed us stopped to make sure that we were all right, and that we had called for a wrecker.  Eventually, an Anson Volunteer Fireman, Kelly, stopped and kept with us the whole time, directing traffic around us, and making sure no one else attempted to pull over onto that stupid sandy shoulder.

Now, the sad part.  Triple A.  I have been a member of Triple A for 42 years, and this was by far the worst experience I have ever had with them.  First, the person on the help line couldn’t find Anson, Maine on her “map.”  She could find Farmington — 20 miles behind us.  She took leave to doubt that there was a town called Anson, so I finally gave her to Steve in frustration.  He was able to insist hard enough on our location that she was finally able to find it on a map, though she continued to say that a wrecker would have to be sent from Farmington.

This was when Kelly stepped up with the information that there was, just a few miles away in Madison, a Triple A certified garage.  He got on the phone and gave the dispatcher the information. She confirmed that she had called that facility and that a truck was on the way, arrival time about 2:00 — 45 minutes in the future.

We settled down to wait, chatting with Kelly, and with the cars and trucks that continued to pull up and ask if we needed help, and the other cars that pulled with offers of using their onboard chains to drag us out.

It was kind of like a mini-convention, there in the middle of Route 43 East, and in this manner it got to be 2:00, then 2:15, then a text message arrived from Triple A stating that the wrecker would be along about 3:30.

I called Triple A back.  Triple A told me that it was a holiday weekend, that they had called our preferred service, but no one had answered, and they had sent the job to the big company in Skowhegan, which was right out straight, and if my car was in such a precarious place, then I had better contact the “local emergency personnel.”

Well, it so happened that we had a member of the “local emergency personnel” standing right there with us in the road, and he took it to the next level.  He called our preferred wrecker service on the boss’s private cellphone; he called his fire station for a senior to come over and evaluate the situation, and could the fire truck maybe pull us out; he called the Sheriff’s Office to have a deputy come by and make a report, in case the car was discovered to have taken damage after it was pulled out, and we needed to file a claim with the insurance company.

The guy who owned the wrecker service had been at a barbecue; Triple A’s call had gone direct to voicemail without his knowledge.  He sent a truck, “with Damien.”  The senior volunteer fireman arrived, surveyed the situation and gave it as his opinion that the wrecker, now on its way, could do the job; no need to get fire equipment involved; and the deputy sheriff was on his way.

Wrecker and deputy arrived around the same time.  Damien crawled around under the precariously balanced car, attaching chains.  The deputy got in the car, put it in neutral, and helped guide it out of the ditch and up onto the flatbed when the winches started.

From start to finish, that part of the operation took 15 minutes at the outside.

Questioned, Damien admitted that the operation had been “hairy,” and added that he’d pulled dozens of cars out of “that ditch,” though mostly in winter.  The deputy took our information and will be making a report, but!  Skylark the Subaru took no damage.  It drives fine; the paint didn’t even get scratched.

Thanks were said all around, and we drove — carefully — back to Waterville, where we stopped at Colonel Sanders for take-out — close calls calling for salt, as they do — and brought it home so we could eat it over a glass or two of wine.

And that’s what we did on our writers’ day off.

Tomorrow and Monday are writing days.  Tuesday, the cats are having in a contractor. . .and from Wednesday on is clear for writing, as well.

Everybody. . .stay healthy.  And watch out for soft shoulders.