Monday morning adverts

Remember!  The Uncle is now taking pre-orders for signed and/or personalized hardcover editions of The Gathering Edge, the twentieth novel in the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller; the fifth book in the Theo Waitley story arc.  Procrastinators Take Note:  Orders for personalized copies must be made no later than April 1.  Here’s your link.

Change Management:  Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 23, including two novelettes, brand-new “Street Cred,” and reprint, “Wise Child,” is now on sale at All the Usual Suspects, and will be coming to Baen ebooks realsoonnow.  This ebook has 15 5-star reviews on Amazon!

Those who can’t wait until May 2 to find out what happens in The Gathering Edge, may purchase the eArc (with all its flaws and warts) directly from Baen ebooks.  (Yes, the authors receive royalties on eArc sales.)  Here’s your link.

In other news, a Humongous Winter Storm is headed for the Cat Farm, with a predicted fall of heavy snow from 14-18 inches.  I will, therefore, be going into town to take on supplies just as soon as I finish this blog entry.

Everybody stay safe.

 

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There is too much. I shall sum up.

Last Wednesday, early, O! early, Steve and I left the Cat Farm in the capable hands of the housesitter, and started out for the Albany-Rensselear train station. The first couple of hours were somewhat of a strain on my nerves, as the driver.  It was raining, slightly.  Just enough, in fact, to encourage the snow to sublimate, creating the ever-popular Snow Fog, which is an interesting and rather pretty weather phenomenon, so long as you don’t have to drive in it.

But, drive in it, we did, and eventually arrived at the train station, parked the car, gave our luggage into the hands of the baggage checker and boarded, all in good time, and so off we went to Minneapolis and MarsCon 2017, where we had a terrific time.

Mickie Erickson is a Hero of the Convention.  She provided transportation to and from the train station, schlepped boxes, and made sure we were more or less on a even keel throughout.  This involved not only physical stamina, and a whole lot of patience, but the power of will to get up at 6:00 am on her day off to get us back to the train station for our return trip.

We arrived back at the Cat Farm this past Wednesday, and got back into the social whirl of doctor’s appointments, and gym excursions, with sides of doing the laundry and catching up on email.  Yesterday, I got out the manuscript of Neogenesis and am giving it a cold(ish) read.  So far, so good, and a pleasant surprise to this fond author.

Despite the thaw which was underway last week, it turns out that winter is not yet done with us.  The weatherbeans are calling a snowstorm starting Tuesday morning and continuing in to Wednesday.  In the meantime, just to get us ready, the temperatures have taken a nose-dive back into the low teens for daytime and below zero at night.

Variety is good, I guess.

One thing I did discover on our recent trip is that — the holes in my ears have entirely closed up, which means I can no longer wear earrings.  Not that I was wearing earrings much, obviously.  So I am faced with a dilemma.  Do I get them re-pierced, and if so, do I go with the conservative one-hole-in-each ear, or should I do what All the Cool Kids are Doing and get multiple piercings in one ear — say three in my right ear, in which I shall set three diamonds, each symbolizing a decade of being a published writer?

Or should I, as Steve suggests, Respect my Immune system and acknowledge that I am so old that I’m cool even without earrings?

First World problems. . .

So!  What did y’all do while I was away?

Oh.  Today’s blog title comes from The Princess Bride.

Here’s your link.

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Books read in 2017

14. Memory, Linda Nagata (e)
13.  Bonita Faye, Margaret Moseley (e)
12.  Burn for Me, Ilona Andrews (e)
11. Snuff, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
10. A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (e)
9.  Some Danger Involved, Will Thomas
8.  Thud!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
7.  White Tiger, Kylie Chan
6.  The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
5.  Trading in Danger, Elizabeth Moon (e)
4.  The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney (e)
3.  The Cat Who Saw Red, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
2.  Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse, Jayme Lynn Blaschke (e)
1. Sand of Bone, Blair MacGregor (e)

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Books read in 2017

13.  Bonita Faye, Margaret Moseley (e)
12.  Burn for Me, Ilona Andrews (e)
11. Snuff, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
10. A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (e)
9.  Some Danger Involved, Will Thomas
8.  Thud!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
7.  White Tiger, Kylie Chan
6.  The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
5.  Trading in Danger, Elizabeth Moon (e)
4.  The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney (e)
3.  The Cat Who Saw Red, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
2.  Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse, Jayme Lynn Blaschke (e)
1. Sand of Bone, Blair MacGregor (e)

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Books read in 2017

11. Snuff, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
10. A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (e)
9.  Some Danger Involved, Will Thomas
8.  Thud!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
7.  White Tiger, Kylie Chan
6.  The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
5.  Trading in Danger, Elizabeth Moon (e)
4.  The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney (e)
3.  The Cat Who Saw Red, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
2.  Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse, Jayme Lynn Blaschke (e)
1. Sand of Bone, Blair MacGregor (e)

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Books read in 2017

10. A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (e)
9.  Some Danger Involved, Will Thomas
8.  Thud!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
7.  White Tiger, Kylie Chan
6.  The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
5.  Trading in Danger, Elizabeth Moon (e)
4.  The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney (e)
3.  The Cat Who Saw Red, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
2.  Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse, Jayme Lynn Blaschke (e)
1. Sand of Bone, Blair MacGregor (e)

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Preliminary Lee and Miller Bare Bones MarsCon Schedule

As mentioned Elsewhere, Steve and I will be Writer Guests of Honor at MarsCon in Minneapolis next weekend.  I know some folks will be coming in from Far Places (Alaska!), and some will be attending their first con, or their first con in years.  Below, is a quick idea of what we’ll be doing when at the con.   Because this is not the final schedule, not all of the panelists are sorted, yet, so I’ve just noted which of us will be on each.

REMEMBER:  This is not the final schedule.  You will get a final schedule in your registration packet at the convention.

This is Very Important: Steve and I will be hosting a Stuffed Animal Tea (aka a Teddy Bear Tea) on Saturday at, err, tea time — 5:00-5:50.  Do plan on escorting your stuffed animal to tea.

Also!  We will be hosting the Friends of Liad breakfast at 9:00 Saturday morning in the hotel restaurant.  For those for whom this is a new thing:  The Friends of Liad Breakfast is, basically, just a bunch of the family getting together for breakfast, to share gossip and clan news and basically catch up with each other.  Each person must come prepared to pay for their own breakfast, just like Steve and I will be paying for our breakfasts.  Looking forward to seeing all you early risers there!

Friday

4:00-4:50pm, Krushenko’s. Panel: Psi Powers. Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
7:00 p.m.-, Mainstage. Opening  Ceremonies.  Sharon and Steve, and a Cast of Thousands
8:00-8:50pm, Re(a)d Mars. Panel: Clans and Families in Space.  Sharon Lee

Saturday

9:00-10:00 Hotel restaurant, Friends of Liad breakfast
11:00-11:50am, Re(a)d Mars. Massive Literary Autographing I. With: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Michael Merriam, Kathryn Sullivan
2:00-2:50pm, Krushenko’s. Fiction Reading: Sharon Lee
3:00-3:50pm, Krushenko’s. Fiction Reading: Steve Miller
5:00-5:50pm, Krushenko’s. Teddy Bear Tea. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, hosts
8:00-8:50 p.m, Re(a)d Mars. Panel: Relativistic Space Travel Fiction.  Steve Miller

Sunday

11:00-11:50am, Krushenko’s. Panel: Sharon Lee’s “Carousel Tides” Urban Fantasy Series. Sharon Lee
1:00-1:50 p.m, Krushenko’s. Literary Guests of Honor Interview. Polly Jo Peterson and ____, interviewers; Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
2:00-2:50 p.m., Krushenko’s. Talk: Living a Science Fictional Life. Steve Miller
4:00pm, Mainstage. Closing Ceremonies, Steve and Sharon, and, yes, a Cast of Thousands.

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Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 23

Change Management:  Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 23, has been uploaded and is publishing (in the case of Amazon, has published) to Amazon, Baen ebooks, BN/Nook, Kobo, iBooks, 24Symbols, Page Foundry, Scribd, and Tolino, so expect to be able to purchase it from those vendors within the next 72 hours or so.

Here’s the blurb for the book:

Times are perilous, violence rife, and the future uncertain. Success and the survival of all you hold dear may hinge on how you manage change.

Some people advise that we “Embrace Change!” Other people realize that change has edges, and if you embrace it the wrong way, it may feel a lot more like a knife than a bromide when it touches your guts.

Here are two Lee and Miller stories set in the Liaden Universe®, “Street Cred,” original to this chapbook; and “Wise Child,” reprinted from Baen.com. Both stories deal with the complications arising from decisive change, and decisive Change Management at the point of peril.

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Tuesday evening Book Report

ONE

Uncle Hugo is now accepting pre-orders for signed and/or personalized copies of The Gathering Edge, the 20th novel of the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller many, many years ago when they should have been doing more productive things.  Instructions are at the link.  It will help you to recall going in that “personalization” means “In addition to their names, the authors will write something you have specifically requested that they write in your book.”  It is also well to remember that the authors reserve the right to NOT include a particular personalization if it offendeth them for any reason. There is no appeal from the authors’ judgment in this.

Pre-orders for personalizations will be taken until April 1.

This is your link to pre-order signed and/or personalized copies from Uncle Hugo.

TWO

It is a fact little realized that Agent of Change, the very first Liaden novel written, was published as a Paperback Original by Del Rey Books in 1988.  It was followed, latter in 1988, and in late 1989 by Conflict of Honors and Carpe Diem, also Paperback Originals.

This is important for a couple of reasons.

First! Publication in 1988 means that! in 2018, the Liaden Universe® will be 30 years old.

Second! In all that time, and through all the various shufflings and republishings of the various Liaden novels the first three have never been published as single hardcovers.

Third! Baen will be celebrating Thirty Years of Liad starting with a hardcover reprinting — the very first hardcover printing! — of Agent of Change in the spring of 2018, with Conflict and Carpe to follow.

Watch the skies for more details.

THREE

We are finishing up the 23rd Adventure in the Liaden Universe® echapbook, Change Management, including reprint “Wise Child,” and original-to-this-chapbook “Street Cred,” plus an About This Book by the authors.  It will be available from The Usual Suspects before the first of March.  We of course, shout from the rooftops and dance in the streets when it is published.

FOUR

The eArc of The Gathering Edge is now available from Baen ebooks, and only from Baen ebooks.  Frequent visitors to this blog will recall that there is a three-way wager regarding the eArc going on, between Belle, Sprite, and me.  Here are the particulars.  The eArc will be available until and only until, the hardcover goes on sale, in May.

Here’s your link to The Gathering Edge eArc.

. . .here endeth the Tuesday Evening Book Report.

 

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Books read in 2017

9.  Some Danger Involved, Will Thomas
8.  Thud!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
7.  White Tiger, Kylie Chan
6.  The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
5.  Trading in Danger, Elizabeth Moon (e)
4.  The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney (e)
3.  The Cat Who Saw Red, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
2.  Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse, Jayme Lynn Blaschke (e)
1. Sand of Bone, Blair MacGregor (e)

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