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What’s doing at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory

Let me say upfront that the cats are well.  Sprite in particular has been very much enjoying our serial viewing of “Lucifer.”  I think she has a crush on Maize.  In order to put back the weight she lost in the autumn, Belle has been getting a serving of gooshy food every day.  First, we tried giving this to her in Isolation, but she refused to eat it.  This made us realize the error of our way, and we now feed all three cats gooshy food at once (Trooper and Sprite getting a lesser amount), and now Belle eats with good appetite.  Maine coon cats are social eaters; they even come in and have a bite with us when we sit down to a meal (the cat bowls being in the dining room.  Yeah, it’s a strange house.).

In author news — we’re also well.  I’m still coming to terms with some of the results of having had cancer, and cancer therapy, and toothy new meds — but that’s going to be the story of my life for the next five or ten years, and therefore comes under the Umbrella of Well.

Because of the situation with my health, we did miss the deadline for the next book.  We have an extension from Madame the Publisher, and Steve is on the case, but, there will probably not be a new Liaden book for you in 2021.  We’re sorry about that, honest:  I would have much rather stayed on the planned timeline, where we handed the book in on time, had two weeks in Lubec, fulfilled our duties as Guests of Honor at AlbaCon, and seen Janis Ian in concert at Rockport, Mass.

I’m returning to writing somewhat more slowly.  Right now, I’m working on a story, or perhaps it’s a novel, set in Archers Beach.  I’m also making notes for a Liaden novel, because contracts exist, after all.

I do have a side project going at the moment — I’m talking about Trader’s Leap from my point of view.  Spoilers abound, but for those interested, the discussion starts here and continues here.  Also!  There is a spoiler discussion here, where people can ask me about Trader’s Leap.

And that’s the news that’s fit to print.

Everybody stay safe.

 

Books read in 2020

96  Murder on Cold Street, Sherry Thomas (e)
95  Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (e)
94  The Gimmick Oracle, Caitlin Like (graphic short story)
93  Over My Dead Body, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
92  The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher (e)
91  Not the Girl You Marry, Andie J. Christopher
90  Visions of Heat, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
89  Network Effect (Murderbot 5), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
88  Exit Strategy (Murderbot 4), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
87  Rogue Protocol (Murderbot 3), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
86  Artificial Condition (Murderbot 2), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
85  All Systems Red (Murderbot 1), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
84  Maybe This Time, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
83  Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
82  Return of the Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
81  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (annual read w/Steve)
80  Dorothy Parker:  What Fresh Hell is This?, Marion Meade
79  Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me)
78  Trust Me on This, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
77  Divergence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
76  Junkyard Cats, Faith Hunter (e)
75  The Mad Miss Mathley, Michelle Martin (read aloud w/Steve)
74  Cotillion, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
73  Emerald Blaze, Ilona Andrews (e)
72  The Ragged World, Judith Moffett (re-read) (e)
71  Alpha Night, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
70  The Liar’s Dice, Jeanine Lin (e)
69 The Cinderella Deal, Jennifer Crusie (Steve read to me)
68  The King of Next Week, E.C. Ambrose (e)
67  A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (e)
66  Too Many Cooks, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
65  Maskerade, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
64  The Masqueraders, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
63  What the Lady Wants, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
62  Black Dog, Rachel Neumeier (e)
61  The Red Box, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
60  Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (e)
59  The Rubber Band, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
58  Ruddy Gore, Kerry Greenwood
57  Manhunting, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
56  Nobody’s Perfect, Donald E. Westlake (e)
55  Charlie All Night, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
54  Paladin’s Grace, T. Kingfisher (e)
53  Wolf Rain, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
52  Slippery Creatures, KJ, Charles (e)
51  Star Rogue, Susan Grant (e)
50  The Black Mountain, Rex Stout (re-read) (e)
49  The League of Frightened Men, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
48  The Trouble with Jenny’s Ear, Oliver Butterworth (re-read)
47  Tooner Schooner, Mary Lasswell (re-read) (e)
46  Fer-de-Lance, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
45  Lake Silence, Anne Bishop
44  Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
43  Mort, Terry Pratchett (re-read) (e)
42  Network Effect, Martha Wells (e)
41  Lord and Ladies, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for both)
40 Trouble in Triplicate, Rex Stout (e)
39 The Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley (e)
38 Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (re-read aloud w/Steve, because Steve had a Notion about alligators, specifically Moot; the Talmadge Bridge, and Savannah in general)
37 Warprize, Elizabeth Vaughan (e)
36 Who Speaks for the Damned, C.S. Harris
35 Don’t Look Down, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (read aloud w/Steve)
34 Blood and Circuses, Kerry Greenwood
33 The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
32 One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
31 Sweep in Peace, Ilona Andrews (e)
30 Clean Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
29 Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (e)
28 Raven Heart, Murphy Lawless (e)
27 Iron Kissed, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
26 The Cat Who Said Cheese, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
25 Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
24 Moon Called, Patricia Briggs (re-re-read)
23 War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-&c read)
22 The Widow of Rose House, Diana Bill (e)
21 False Value, Ben Aaronovitch
20 Charity Girl, Georgette Heyer (read aloud w/Steve re-read for both)
19 Minor Mage, T. Kingfisher (e)
18 The Green Mill Murder, Kerry Greenwood
17 Tell Me Lies, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
16 Murder at the Brightwell, Ashley Weaver
15 Crazy for You, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
14 A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
13 The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
12 Ocean Light, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
11 Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, Cynthia Kim
10 Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang (e)
Fall into Spring, Amy Lane (e)
Resurgence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better…, Rachel Aaron (e)
Unmasked by the Marquess, Cat Sebastian (e)
Jimmy the Kid, Donald E. Westlake (e)
Wanted, A Gentleman, KJ Charles (e) (read aloud with Steve)
The Book of Atrix Wolfe, Patricia McKillip (e) (re-read)
Proper English, KJ Charles (e)

Books read in 2020

95  Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (e)
94  The Gimmick Oracle, Caitlin Like (graphic short story)
93  Over My Dead Body, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
92  The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher (e)
91  Not the Girl You Marry, Andie J. Christopher
90  Visions of Heat, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
89  Network Effect (Murderbot 5), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
88  Exit Strategy (Murderbot 4), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
87  Rogue Protocol (Murderbot 3), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
86  Artificial Condition (Murderbot 2), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
85  All Systems Red (Murderbot 1), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
84  Maybe This Time, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
83  Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
82  Return of the Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
81  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (annual read w/Steve)
80  Dorothy Parker:  What Fresh Hell is This?, Marion Meade
79  Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me)
78  Trust Me on This, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
77  Divergence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
76  Junkyard Cats, Faith Hunter (e)
75  The Mad Miss Mathley, Michelle Martin (read aloud w/Steve)
74  Cotillion, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
73  Emerald Blaze, Ilona Andrews (e)
72  The Ragged World, Judith Moffett (re-read) (e)
71  Alpha Night, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
70  The Liar’s Dice, Jeanine Lin (e)
69 The Cinderella Deal, Jennifer Crusie (Steve read to me)
68  The King of Next Week, E.C. Ambrose (e)
67  A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (e)
66  Too Many Cooks, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
65  Maskerade, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
64  The Masqueraders, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
63  What the Lady Wants, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
62  Black Dog, Rachel Neumeier (e)
61  The Red Box, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
60  Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (e)
59  The Rubber Band, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
58  Ruddy Gore, Kerry Greenwood
57  Manhunting, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
56  Nobody’s Perfect, Donald E. Westlake (e)
55  Charlie All Night, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
54  Paladin’s Grace, T. Kingfisher (e)
53  Wolf Rain, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
52  Slippery Creatures, KJ, Charles (e)
51  Star Rogue, Susan Grant (e)
50  The Black Mountain, Rex Stout (re-read) (e)
49  The League of Frightened Men, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
48  The Trouble with Jenny’s Ear, Oliver Butterworth (re-read)
47  Tooner Schooner, Mary Lasswell (re-read) (e)
46  Fer-de-Lance, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
45  Lake Silence, Anne Bishop
44  Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
43  Mort, Terry Pratchett (re-read) (e)
42  Network Effect, Martha Wells (e)
41  Lord and Ladies, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for both)
40 Trouble in Triplicate, Rex Stout (e)
39 The Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley (e)
38 Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (re-read aloud w/Steve, because Steve had a Notion about alligators, specifically Moot; the Talmadge Bridge, and Savannah in general)
37 Warprize, Elizabeth Vaughan (e)
36 Who Speaks for the Damned, C.S. Harris
35 Don’t Look Down, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (read aloud w/Steve)
34 Blood and Circuses, Kerry Greenwood
33 The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
32 One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
31 Sweep in Peace, Ilona Andrews (e)
30 Clean Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
29 Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (e)
28 Raven Heart, Murphy Lawless (e)
27 Iron Kissed, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
26 The Cat Who Said Cheese, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
25 Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
24 Moon Called, Patricia Briggs (re-re-read)
23 War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-&c read)
22 The Widow of Rose House, Diana Bill (e)
21 False Value, Ben Aaronovitch
20 Charity Girl, Georgette Heyer (read aloud w/Steve re-read for both)
19 Minor Mage, T. Kingfisher (e)
18 The Green Mill Murder, Kerry Greenwood
17 Tell Me Lies, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
16 Murder at the Brightwell, Ashley Weaver
15 Crazy for You, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
14 A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
13 The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
12 Ocean Light, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
11 Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, Cynthia Kim
10 Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang (e)
Fall into Spring, Amy Lane (e)
Resurgence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better…, Rachel Aaron (e)
Unmasked by the Marquess, Cat Sebastian (e)
Jimmy the Kid, Donald E. Westlake (e)
Wanted, A Gentleman, KJ Charles (e) (read aloud with Steve)
The Book of Atrix Wolfe, Patricia McKillip (e) (re-read)
Proper English, KJ Charles (e)

Books read in 2020

94  The Gimmick Oracle, Caitlin Like (graphic short story)
93  Over My Dead Body, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
92  The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher (e)
91  Not the Girl You Marry, Andie J. Christopher
90  Visions of Heat, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
89  Network Effect (Murderbot 5), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
88  Exit Strategy (Murderbot 4), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
87  Rogue Protocol (Murderbot 3), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
86  Artificial Condition (Murderbot 2), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
85  All Systems Red (Murderbot 1), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
84  Maybe This Time, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
83  Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
82  Return of the Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
81  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (annual read w/Steve)
80  Dorothy Parker:  What Fresh Hell is This?, Marion Meade
79  Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me)
78  Trust Me on This, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
77  Divergence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
76  Junkyard Cats, Faith Hunter (e)
75  The Mad Miss Mathley, Michelle Martin (read aloud w/Steve)
74  Cotillion, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
73  Emerald Blaze, Ilona Andrews (e)
72  The Ragged World, Judith Moffett (re-read) (e)
71  Alpha Night, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
70  The Liar’s Dice, Jeanine Lin (e)
69 The Cinderella Deal, Jennifer Crusie (Steve read to me)
68  The King of Next Week, E.C. Ambrose (e)
67  A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (e)
66  Too Many Cooks, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
65  Maskerade, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
64  The Masqueraders, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
63  What the Lady Wants, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
62  Black Dog, Rachel Neumeier (e)
61  The Red Box, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
60  Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (e)
59  The Rubber Band, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
58  Ruddy Gore, Kerry Greenwood
57  Manhunting, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
56  Nobody’s Perfect, Donald E. Westlake (e)
55  Charlie All Night, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
54  Paladin’s Grace, T. Kingfisher (e)
53  Wolf Rain, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
52  Slippery Creatures, KJ, Charles (e)
51  Star Rogue, Susan Grant (e)
50  The Black Mountain, Rex Stout (re-read) (e)
49  The League of Frightened Men, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
48  The Trouble with Jenny’s Ear, Oliver Butterworth (re-read)
47  Tooner Schooner, Mary Lasswell (re-read) (e)
46  Fer-de-Lance, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
45  Lake Silence, Anne Bishop
44  Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
43  Mort, Terry Pratchett (re-read) (e)
42  Network Effect, Martha Wells (e)
41  Lord and Ladies, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for both)
40 Trouble in Triplicate, Rex Stout (e)
39 The Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley (e)
38 Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (re-read aloud w/Steve, because Steve had a Notion about alligators, specifically Moot; the Talmadge Bridge, and Savannah in general)
37 Warprize, Elizabeth Vaughan (e)
36 Who Speaks for the Damned, C.S. Harris
35 Don’t Look Down, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (read aloud w/Steve)
34 Blood and Circuses, Kerry Greenwood
33 The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
32 One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
31 Sweep in Peace, Ilona Andrews (e)
30 Clean Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
29 Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (e)
28 Raven Heart, Murphy Lawless (e)
27 Iron Kissed, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
26 The Cat Who Said Cheese, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
25 Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
24 Moon Called, Patricia Briggs (re-re-read)
23 War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-&c read)
22 The Widow of Rose House, Diana Bill (e)
21 False Value, Ben Aaronovitch
20 Charity Girl, Georgette Heyer (read aloud w/Steve re-read for both)
19 Minor Mage, T. Kingfisher (e)
18 The Green Mill Murder, Kerry Greenwood
17 Tell Me Lies, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
16 Murder at the Brightwell, Ashley Weaver
15 Crazy for You, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
14 A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
13 The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
12 Ocean Light, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
11 Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, Cynthia Kim
10 Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang (e)
Fall into Spring, Amy Lane (e)
Resurgence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better…, Rachel Aaron (e)
Unmasked by the Marquess, Cat Sebastian (e)
Jimmy the Kid, Donald E. Westlake (e)
Wanted, A Gentleman, KJ Charles (e) (read aloud with Steve)
The Book of Atrix Wolfe, Patricia McKillip (e) (re-read)
Proper English, KJ Charles (e)

I HAVE QUESTIONS: Trader’s Leap Author Spoiler Discussion

If you are reading the Author Spoiler Discussion of Trader’s Leap, and have questions — please post those questions below this post.  I’ll get to them as soon as I can.

For those who do not wish to have the story of Trader’s Leap spoiled, the Usual Rules Apply:  Do Not Read the Comments.

Thanks.

Books read in 2020

93  Over My Dead Body, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
92  The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher (e)
91  Not the Girl You Marry, Andie J. Christopher
90  Visions of Heat, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
89  Network Effect (Murderbot 5), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
88  Exit Strategy (Murderbot 4), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
87  Rogue Protocol (Murderbot 3), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
86  Artificial Condition (Murderbot 2), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
85  All Systems Red (Murderbot 1), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
84  Maybe This Time, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
83  Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
82  Return of the Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
81  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (annual read w/Steve)
80  Dorothy Parker:  What Fresh Hell is This?, Marion Meade
79  Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me)
78  Trust Me on This, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
77  Divergence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
76  Junkyard Cats, Faith Hunter (e)
75  The Mad Miss Mathley, Michelle Martin (read aloud w/Steve)
74  Cotillion, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
73  Emerald Blaze, Ilona Andrews (e)
72  The Ragged World, Judith Moffett (re-read) (e)
71  Alpha Night, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
70  The Liar’s Dice, Jeanine Lin (e)
69 The Cinderella Deal, Jennifer Crusie (Steve read to me)
68  The King of Next Week, E.C. Ambrose (e)
67  A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (e)
66  Too Many Cooks, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
65  Maskerade, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
64  The Masqueraders, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
63  What the Lady Wants, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
62  Black Dog, Rachel Neumeier (e)
61  The Red Box, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
60  Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (e)
59  The Rubber Band, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
58  Ruddy Gore, Kerry Greenwood
57  Manhunting, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
56  Nobody’s Perfect, Donald E. Westlake (e)
55  Charlie All Night, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
54  Paladin’s Grace, T. Kingfisher (e)
53  Wolf Rain, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
52  Slippery Creatures, KJ, Charles (e)
51  Star Rogue, Susan Grant (e)
50  The Black Mountain, Rex Stout (re-read) (e)
49  The League of Frightened Men, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
48  The Trouble with Jenny’s Ear, Oliver Butterworth (re-read)
47  Tooner Schooner, Mary Lasswell (re-read) (e)
46  Fer-de-Lance, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
45  Lake Silence, Anne Bishop
44  Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
43  Mort, Terry Pratchett (re-read) (e)
42  Network Effect, Martha Wells (e)
41  Lord and Ladies, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for both)
40 Trouble in Triplicate, Rex Stout (e)
39 The Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley (e)
38 Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (re-read aloud w/Steve, because Steve had a Notion about alligators, specifically Moot; the Talmadge Bridge, and Savannah in general)
37 Warprize, Elizabeth Vaughan (e)
36 Who Speaks for the Damned, C.S. Harris
35 Don’t Look Down, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (read aloud w/Steve)
34 Blood and Circuses, Kerry Greenwood
33 The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
32 One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
31 Sweep in Peace, Ilona Andrews (e)
30 Clean Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
29 Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (e)
28 Raven Heart, Murphy Lawless (e)
27 Iron Kissed, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
26 The Cat Who Said Cheese, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
25 Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
24 Moon Called, Patricia Briggs (re-re-read)
23 War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-&c read)
22 The Widow of Rose House, Diana Bill (e)
21 False Value, Ben Aaronovitch
20 Charity Girl, Georgette Heyer (read aloud w/Steve re-read for both)
19 Minor Mage, T. Kingfisher (e)
18 The Green Mill Murder, Kerry Greenwood
17 Tell Me Lies, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
16 Murder at the Brightwell, Ashley Weaver
15 Crazy for You, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
14 A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
13 The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
12 Ocean Light, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
11 Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, Cynthia Kim
10 Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang (e)
Fall into Spring, Amy Lane (e)
Resurgence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better…, Rachel Aaron (e)
Unmasked by the Marquess, Cat Sebastian (e)
Jimmy the Kid, Donald E. Westlake (e)
Wanted, A Gentleman, KJ Charles (e) (read aloud with Steve)
The Book of Atrix Wolfe, Patricia McKillip (e) (re-read)
Proper English, KJ Charles (e)

Lee and Miller Interview Blitz!

It’s been a busy month for us, what with Trader’s Leap taking its first steps into the world.  We’ve done a total of three interviews in support of it and the Liaden Universe® in general.

For those interested, here is a comprehensive list:

Baen editor Tony Daniel interviews Lee and Miller (your choice of audio or video.  Princess Jasmine Sprite makes a special guest appearance in the video)

Mysterious Galaxy reading and Q&A (video)

Paul Semel Interviews Lee and Miller (written)

Have fun!

 

 

Books read in 2020

92  The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher (e)
91  Not the Girl You Marry, Andie J. Christopher
90  Visions of Heat, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
89  Network Effect (Murderbot 5), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
88  Exit Strategy (Murderbot 4), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
87  Rogue Protocol (Murderbot 3), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
86  Artificial Condition (Murderbot 2), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
85  All Systems Red (Murderbot 1), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
84  Maybe This Time, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
83  Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
82  Return of the Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
81  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (annual read w/Steve)
80  Dorothy Parker:  What Fresh Hell is This?, Marion Meade
79  Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me)
78  Trust Me on This, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
77  Divergence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
76  Junkyard Cats, Faith Hunter (e)
75  The Mad Miss Mathley, Michelle Martin (read aloud w/Steve)
74  Cotillion, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
73  Emerald Blaze, Ilona Andrews (e)
72  The Ragged World, Judith Moffett (re-read) (e)
71  Alpha Night, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
70  The Liar’s Dice, Jeanine Lin (e)
69 The Cinderella Deal, Jennifer Crusie (Steve read to me)
68  The King of Next Week, E.C. Ambrose (e)
67  A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (e)
66  Too Many Cooks, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
65  Maskerade, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
64  The Masqueraders, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
63  What the Lady Wants, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
62  Black Dog, Rachel Neumeier (e)
61  The Red Box, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
60  Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (e)
59  The Rubber Band, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
58  Ruddy Gore, Kerry Greenwood
57  Manhunting, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
56  Nobody’s Perfect, Donald E. Westlake (e)
55  Charlie All Night, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
54  Paladin’s Grace, T. Kingfisher (e)
53  Wolf Rain, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
52  Slippery Creatures, KJ, Charles (e)
51  Star Rogue, Susan Grant (e)
50  The Black Mountain, Rex Stout (re-read) (e)
49  The League of Frightened Men, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
48  The Trouble with Jenny’s Ear, Oliver Butterworth (re-read)
47  Tooner Schooner, Mary Lasswell (re-read) (e)
46  Fer-de-Lance, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
45  Lake Silence, Anne Bishop
44  Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
43  Mort, Terry Pratchett (re-read) (e)
42  Network Effect, Martha Wells (e)
41  Lord and Ladies, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for both)
40 Trouble in Triplicate, Rex Stout (e)
39 The Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley (e)
38 Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (re-read aloud w/Steve, because Steve had a Notion about alligators, specifically Moot; the Talmadge Bridge, and Savannah in general)
37 Warprize, Elizabeth Vaughan (e)
36 Who Speaks for the Damned, C.S. Harris
35 Don’t Look Down, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (read aloud w/Steve)
34 Blood and Circuses, Kerry Greenwood
33 The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
32 One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
31 Sweep in Peace, Ilona Andrews (e)
30 Clean Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
29 Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (e)
28 Raven Heart, Murphy Lawless (e)
27 Iron Kissed, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
26 The Cat Who Said Cheese, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
25 Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
24 Moon Called, Patricia Briggs (re-re-read)
23 War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-&c read)
22 The Widow of Rose House, Diana Bill (e)
21 False Value, Ben Aaronovitch
20 Charity Girl, Georgette Heyer (read aloud w/Steve re-read for both)
19 Minor Mage, T. Kingfisher (e)
18 The Green Mill Murder, Kerry Greenwood
17 Tell Me Lies, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
16 Murder at the Brightwell, Ashley Weaver
15 Crazy for You, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
14 A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
13 The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
12 Ocean Light, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
11 Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, Cynthia Kim
10 Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang (e)
Fall into Spring, Amy Lane (e)
Resurgence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better…, Rachel Aaron (e)
Unmasked by the Marquess, Cat Sebastian (e)
Jimmy the Kid, Donald E. Westlake (e)
Wanted, A Gentleman, KJ Charles (e) (read aloud with Steve)
The Book of Atrix Wolfe, Patricia McKillip (e) (re-read)
Proper English, KJ Charles (e)

Books read in 2020

91  Not the Girl You Marry, Andie J. Christopher
90  Visions of Heat, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
89  Network Effect (Murderbot 5), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
88  Exit Strategy (Murderbot 4), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
87  Rogue Protocol (Murderbot 3), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
86  Artificial Condition (Murderbot 2), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
85  All Systems Red (Murderbot 1), Martha Wells (e) (re-read)
84  Maybe This Time, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
83  Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
82  Return of the Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
81  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (annual read w/Steve)
80  Dorothy Parker:  What Fresh Hell is This?, Marion Meade
79  Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me)
78  Trust Me on This, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
77  Divergence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
76  Junkyard Cats, Faith Hunter (e)
75  The Mad Miss Mathley, Michelle Martin (read aloud w/Steve)
74  Cotillion, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
73  Emerald Blaze, Ilona Andrews (e)
72  The Ragged World, Judith Moffett (re-read) (e)
71  Alpha Night, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
70  The Liar’s Dice, Jeanine Lin (e)
69 The Cinderella Deal, Jennifer Crusie (Steve read to me)
68  The King of Next Week, E.C. Ambrose (e)
67  A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (e)
66  Too Many Cooks, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
65  Maskerade, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
64  The Masqueraders, Georgette Heyer (e) (re-re-re-&c-read)
63  What the Lady Wants, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
62  Black Dog, Rachel Neumeier (e)
61  The Red Box, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
60  Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (e)
59  The Rubber Band, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
58  Ruddy Gore, Kerry Greenwood
57  Manhunting, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
56  Nobody’s Perfect, Donald E. Westlake (e)
55  Charlie All Night, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve)
54  Paladin’s Grace, T. Kingfisher (e)
53  Wolf Rain, Nalini Singh (read aloud w/Steve)
52  Slippery Creatures, KJ, Charles (e)
51  Star Rogue, Susan Grant (e)
50  The Black Mountain, Rex Stout (re-read) (e)
49  The League of Frightened Men, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve)
48  The Trouble with Jenny’s Ear, Oliver Butterworth (re-read)
47  Tooner Schooner, Mary Lasswell (re-read) (e)
46  Fer-de-Lance, Rex Stout (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
45  Lake Silence, Anne Bishop
44  Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for me; first time for him)
43  Mort, Terry Pratchett (re-read) (e)
42  Network Effect, Martha Wells (e)
41  Lord and Ladies, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve, re-read for both)
40 Trouble in Triplicate, Rex Stout (e)
39 The Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley (e)
38 Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (re-read aloud w/Steve, because Steve had a Notion about alligators, specifically Moot; the Talmadge Bridge, and Savannah in general)
37 Warprize, Elizabeth Vaughan (e)
36 Who Speaks for the Damned, C.S. Harris
35 Don’t Look Down, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (read aloud w/Steve)
34 Blood and Circuses, Kerry Greenwood
33 The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
32 One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
31 Sweep in Peace, Ilona Andrews (e)
30 Clean Sweep, Ilona Andrews (e)
29 Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (e)
28 Raven Heart, Murphy Lawless (e)
27 Iron Kissed, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
26 The Cat Who Said Cheese, Lilian Jackson Braun (Steve read to me)
25 Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs (re-read)
24 Moon Called, Patricia Briggs (re-re-read)
23 War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-&c read)
22 The Widow of Rose House, Diana Bill (e)
21 False Value, Ben Aaronovitch
20 Charity Girl, Georgette Heyer (read aloud w/Steve re-read for both)
19 Minor Mage, T. Kingfisher (e)
18 The Green Mill Murder, Kerry Greenwood
17 Tell Me Lies, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
16 Murder at the Brightwell, Ashley Weaver
15 Crazy for You, Jennifer Crusie (read aloud with Steve)
14 A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
13 The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
12 Ocean Light, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
11 Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, Cynthia Kim
10 Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang (e)
Fall into Spring, Amy Lane (e)
Resurgence, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better…, Rachel Aaron (e)
Unmasked by the Marquess, Cat Sebastian (e)
Jimmy the Kid, Donald E. Westlake (e)
Wanted, A Gentleman, KJ Charles (e) (read aloud with Steve)
The Book of Atrix Wolfe, Patricia McKillip (e) (re-read)
Proper English, KJ Charles (e)

25th Anniversary of Two Tales of Korval

Well! File770 reports on a celebratory event that I’d missed — the 25th anniversary of the first, limited edition publication of TWO TALES OF KORVAL, later to be dignified as ADVENTURES IN THE LIADEN UNIVERSE® NUMBER ONE, shown in the report with the Jean Ann Pollard cover.
Included in TWO TALES were two stories (duh) — “To Cut an Edge,” and “A Day at the Races” — which had been accepted for publication several times by magazines that then died. For the sake of the field, we decided to publish the stories ourselves, as SRM PUBLISHER LTD.
Produced during the Long Silence between the 1989 publication of CARPE DIEM, the third Liaden novel, and the 1999 publication of PLAN B, the fourth Liaden novel, TWO TALES has gone on to sell thousands (and thousands) of copies, worldwide, and is available as an ebook from all of your favorite vendors.
Thank you, Mike Glyer, and your staff! A pleasant anniversary, indeed! And thank you, Kathryn Sullivan, for pointing the piece out to us!
Here’s a link to the pixel scroll at File 770.
In other news, Winter has arrived and in celebration of that, the power went out for a few hours last evening, coming back on just as the house was becoming uncomfortably chill.
For a brief few hours yesterday, Trader’s Leap was Amazon’s #1 Bestseller in Space Opera — thank you all for making that happen!
If you’ve read Trader’s Leap, do please consider leaving a review at the venue of your choice.  Reader reviews really do help.
Also!  If you’ve read Trader’s Leap and Want To Talk About It without spoiling it for those of us who read more slowly, or are saving the book as a reward, or a long day off — there is a spoiler discussion at this link.  This is a moderated area, so be aware that your comment will not appear immediately, though most do within 24 hours.
If you have suddenly! realized! that you must have a signed copy of Trader’s Leap, you may order from Uncle Hugo’s or Mysterious Galaxy.
I think this brings us up to date.  Everybody stay safe and warm.