Procrastinators Take Note

Uncle Hugo is taking pre-orders for signed and/or personalized* copies of the hard-bound edition of The Gathering Edge, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

The deadline for ordering personalized copies is April 1.

Repeat:  The deadline for ordering personalized copies is April 1.

Here’s your link to instructions and order form: Pre-order The Gathering Edge from Uncle Hugo.

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*”Personalized” means that the authors will write, in addition to their names, a salutation requested by the reader.  The authors retain the right to refuse to inscribe any salutation for Reasons.

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Today in the Liaden Universe®

It is a truism of the freelance lifestyle that one lives always in pleasant anticipation of the arrival of money, and this morning was no different than any other in that regard.

I make a clean breast at once.  Today, we did not get money in the mail.

Today, we got something better.

I have here in my hand a letter from David Mattingly, enclosing the first of 50 prints of the wrap-around cover for Neogenesis, the twenty-first novel in the Liaden Universe®.  David also kindly compliments the book, letting us know that he felt a “special connection.”

We also find that Amazon today has put up a catalog page for Neogenesis, which includes the publisher’s synopsis.  Here’s that link.

And here is the cover art:

There are forty-nine more prints available.  Apply to David Mattingly, if you would like to purchase one.  Here’s a link.

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Series Hugo eligibility

A question has arisen regarding the Liaden Universe® eligibility for the Series Hugo.  I believe that the question was merely for 2016’s “qualifying title,” but in case there should be more information required, here it is.

Agent of Change, Del Rey Books, February 1988
Conflict of Honors, Del Rey Books, June 1988
Carpe Diem, Del Rey Books, October 1989
Plan B, Meisha Merlin Publishing, February 1999
Pilots Choice (original two-novel omnibus including Local Custom and Scout’s Progress), Meisha Merlin Publishing, February 2001
I Dare, Meisha Merlin Publishing, February 2002
Balance of Trade, Meisha Merlin Publishing, February 2004
Crystal Soldier, Meisha Merlin Publishing, February 2005
Crystal Dragon, Meisha Merlin Publishing, February 2006
Fledgling, Baen, September 2009
Saltation, Baen, April 2010
Mouse and Dragon, Baen, June 2010
Ghost Ship, Baen, August 2011
Dragon Ship, Baen, September 2012
Necessity’s Child, Baen, February 2013
Trade Secret, Baen, November 2013
Dragon in Exile, Baen, June 2015
Alliance of Equals, Baen, July 2016

Scheduled:
The Gathering Edge, Baen, May 2017
Neogenesis, Baen, January 2018

 

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Five Minutes of Fame

I am reminded to remind you (which sounds like a Cheap Trick song, but isn’t) that!

ONE

The Liaden Universe® as a Thing is eligible for the Best Series Hugo being test driven at this year’s worldcon.

Also eligible are Alliance of Equals (Best Novel category, Baen); Wise Child (Novelette, Baen.com); Friend of a Friend (Novelette, Pinbeam Books, Sleeping with the Enemy); Shame the Devil (Short Story, Zombies Need Brains, Alien Artifacts ), by Lee and Miller

And! These titles by Sharon Lee are eligible:  The Wolf’s Bride (Novelette, Splinter Universe); Will-o’-the-Wisp (short story, Splinter Universe)

Hugo Nominations close on March 17.

TWO

Lee and Miller will be Author Guests of Honor at MidSouthCon 36, March 9-11, 2018, Memphis, TN.

THREE

Change Management: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 23, including novellas “Street Cred,” and “Wise Child,” is now available for purchase at Baen Ebooks.  Here’s your link.

FOUR

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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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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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Saturday morning book talk

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For those who missed the earlier announcement:  The eArc of The Gathering Edge, the twentieth novel set in the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is now available from Baen.

EArcs are only available from Baen; they are a specialty item that arose from the Baen Barfly community many years ago. EArcs contain errors in sentence structure, spelling, grammar. However, in our case at least, The Story is the exact same story that will be finally published in hardcover and in ebook.  EArcs cost more than the regular ebook edition because you are getting The Story approximately three months’ ahead of final publication.

Belle and Sprite have entered the Betting Pool again for this release.  Details of the wager are included in this blog post.

TWO

For those who have downloaded the eArc of The Gathering Edge, read it, and now want to Talk About It, there is a spoiler discussion here.

THREE

Yes, the Uncle, aka Mr. Blyly at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookstore, will once again be offering signed and/or personalized copies of the new hardcover.  We’ll let you know when the pre-order page for The Gathering Edge goes live.  In the meantime, there are still some signed copies of previously-published Lee and Miller titles here.

FOUR

Neogenesis, formerly Fourth of Five, has been turned in to Baen. Yes, Theo does make an appearance in this book.  It is not, however, a “Theo book.”  Neogenesis is currently scheduled for hardcover/ebook publication in January 2018.

FIVE

Fifth of Five, which doesn’t yet have a Public Title, is due at Baen on January 15, 2018.

SIX

We have five books scheduled for delivery after Fifth, so we continue to run the Red Queen’s Race here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory.  This is, as you know, All Your Fault — yes, you over there, it’s your fault, too!  — and we thank you very much for your continued support.

The books come in two contractual packages, to wit: the Masks (2 books); and the Triple Threat (3 books).  They will be set in the Liaden Universe®; beyond that — no, we don’t know, and it’s no sense asking.  It really doesn’t do much good to  talk about deadline dates this far out, but we’re looking at having work into the next decade.

SEVEN

Here, have a picture of Belle on my printer:

 

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List of Eligible Lee&Miller and Lee works 2016

I see by my inbox that we have now entered SciFi Silly Season.  Here, in one handy list, are all eligible Lee and Miller, and Lee, works, published in 2016.

Alliance of Equals, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, novel, Baen Books, July 2016
“Wise Child,” Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, novelette, Baen.com, June 2016
“Friend of a Friend,” Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, novelette, Sleeping with the Enemy, Pinbeam Books, July 2016
“Shame the Devil,” Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, short story, Alien Artifacts, Zombies Need Brains, August 2016

“The Wolf’s Bride,” Sharon Lee, novelette, Splinter Universe, January 2016
“Will-o’-the-wisp,” Sharon Lee, short story, Splinter Universe, January 2016

And! Lest I forget — which I almost did:  Lee and Miller’s long-running Liaden Universe® is eligible for the Best Series category in the Hugo Awards.

 

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Pinbeam Books on Sale at Baen

The last bundle of five Pinbeam Books titles has gone up for sale today at Baen ebooks.  Here’s your link.

The November bundle includes:
Master Walk, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Surfside, Archers Beach #4, by Sharon Lee
The Gift of Magic, Archers Beach #5, by Sharon Lee
Spell Bound, Archers Beach #6, by Sharon Lee
TimeRags, by Steve Miller

You may also buy each title separately, if you prefer.

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