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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Wednesday To-Do List

  1. Do dishes
  2. Clean cat fountain
  3. Clean bathroom
  4. Print out section to be hand-edited
  5. Prep Number Ten Ox and load thumb drive with working files
  6. Pack
  7. Explain the schedule for the next few days to Trooper and Scrabble (also to Belle and Sprite, who will immediately forget all about it, and start to panic about elevensies on Thursday, whereupon Trooper or Scrabble will have to talk them down and Review)

Steve and I will be handing the Keys to the Cat Farm to the housesitter early tomorrow morning, after which we’ll be getting on the road to Providence, and the Rhode Island Comic Con.  Since this convention doesn’t have a literature track, we will not be doing any panels, or readings, but we will be at the Wordfire Press booth in the Dealer’s Room at Booth 124, signing books and creating mischief.

Everybody stay safe.

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Friday morning advert

It’s raining in East Winslow, and aims to do so all day.  So, fine.  I have a section, ahem, “outlined” and words to go before I sleep.

In the meantime, your Friday morning adverts.

  1.  Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (and a Cast of Thousands) will be at the Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence, RI, November 11-13.  Look for us at the Wordfire Booth in the dealers room.  Here’s your link
  2. “The Road to Pomona’s,” a new-old story, with author’s commentary, has been posted to Splinter Universe.  Here’s that link
  3. Lee and Miller and the Liaden Universe® were spotlighted in the October issue of Locus Magazine.  You can download a pdf of the article here.
  4. Speaking of the October issue of Locus, Alliance of Equals appeared in the Number 2 spot for bestselling hardcovers (in July).
  5. Alliance of Equals currently has 241 reviews on Amazon. Steve and I thank everyone who took the time to comment.  It’s never too late to review a book on Amazon — any book on Amazon, not just ours — and by doing so you help the title, the writers, and other readers.
  6. The winter holidays will be here before you know it, and of course you want something Totally Cool to wear.  This is where the Liaden Universe® store at Offworld Designs comes in.  Polo shirts, long-sleeve denim shirts (in cool blue or formal black), the always–popular t-shirts, and! coffee mugs, which make a lovely gift for the hostess or host.  Here’s your link.
  7. The Gathering Edge, the 20th novel-length Liaden Universe® adventure, will be published by Baen in May 2017.
  8. Neogenesis, the 21st novel-length Liaden Universe® adventure, has been scheduled for publication in January 2018.
  9. Steve Miller and Sharon Lee are currently scheduled to attend three science fiction conventions in 2017.  They are:  Boskone, February 17-19, 2017, Boston MA; Marscon (Lee and Miller, writer guests of honor), March 3-5, 2017, Bloomington MN; Confluence  (Lee and Miller, writer guests of honor), August 4-6, 2017.
  10.   Neogenesis, aka The Book Scheduled for January 2018 publication, now stands at 73,891 words, more or less.

As a reward for reading this far, here’s a snippet:

“Only think! I may call upon soldiers and specialists. You may call upon — forgive me — a gaggle of pilots. While they are very fine pilots, they are of little use to us in the absence of –“

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No mail today…

Where I live, today is Columbus Day (observed).  Which means there’s no mail delivery.  Two Sundays in one week is kinda harsh. . .

Today’s big news!

The second of three Pinbeam Book bundles is now available for purchase at Baen ebooks.  The titles included in the October Bundle are:  Endeavors of Will, Sharon Lee; Gunshy (the sequel to Barnburner), Sharon Lee; The Naming of Kinzel, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller; The Cat’s Job, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller; The Day They Brought the Bears to Belfast, Sharon Lee.

Here’s your link

. . .you may also buy each title separately from that link.

In other news, I seem to have caught Steve’s cold, so no gym for me today.  Better luck tomorrow.

Today will be a writing day, commencing, as soon as I post this blog entry, with a session of sitting-on-the-couch-staring-at-nothing.  I’m always amazed when people treat the “creative process” like some kind of cognitive mystery.  All you have to do is stare at nothing, hard, until the bead of blood form on your forehead, and the backbrain has pity and forks over.

See?  Easy.

So!  Things are starting to heat up, in A Night in the Lonesome OctoberSomebody’s shown Bad Form, and somebody else is offended.  The Things are getting restive, and the lines are confused.  Not only that, but there’s a new fellow in the neighborhood, who is strangely determined to befriend Jack and Snuff; and the Great Detective is afoot.

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“Yes, I am familiar with your candor, and the limits placed upon it. I will ask carefully, Translator. I would not unwittingly cause you pain.”

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Mixed bag, with fame, and toydrake

As advertised, Steve and I are reading A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny one chapter a night, starting on September 30, and ending on Halloween (some folks have reported being able to download this as an ebook; I can’t find it myself, so if anyone can give a tip to those still looking, it would be appreciated).

So far, on our journey, we’ve met Snuff, our narrator; Jack; the graveyard dog; Greymalk; Cheeter; Needle — and heard news of Nightwind; Morris and McCab; the Great Detective and his companion; Crazy Jill; the Mad Monk Rastoff; Quicklime; the Count; and the kindly Druid.  And let us not forget that curious  paw print in the yard…

Mysteries are starting to pile up, and there turns up a curious question — Are you an opener?  or a closer?#

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Yesterday, the coon cats and I spent many hours on the sofa, mapping out the Rest of the Story.  We decided to cut out one narrative line for lack of space, and package it as a short story; and I think have a working strategy for getting everyone at the corner of Elm and 10th Street at the same hour on the date appointed.  I have pointed the Auctorial Finger of Doom at several characters.  We’ll see how well I do this time.

The whole stream of consciousness doc has gone to Steve for review.  There is a brainstorming session in our very near future.

# # #

Let’s see, what else?

Steve and I have been making an effort to bring more light into the house — this is in literal, rather than the metaphorical, sense.  To that end, we have acquired an LED arc lamp to illuminate the living room.  Steve has replaced his ancient (WWII vintage) desk lamp with a jazzy new LED lamp; I have a reading lamp in my upgraded reading corner, and we have placed a torche-thingy in the bedroom, which we’ve angle at the ceiling, and which illuminates the whole room.

What a difference a few lamps makes.

On that theme, my desk lamp (with full spectrum light tubes) blew out on Saturday.  I’ve ordered in a replacement bulb, which will be here, it says here, on Friday.  And not a moment too soon.

We still need to do something better about illuminating the bathroom and the kitchen.  I’m thinking we should look into LED bulbs to replace the big globe- lights-onna-bar that were fashionable a while back, since we’re working with what we’ve got as much as possible. The kitchen. . .

The kitchen will require Creative Thinking.

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So, it’s Wednesday, and I’m for the volunteer gig in a little while.  While I’m gone, you can read the Spotlight interview from Locus, here (please note that this is a pdf file):    lee-miller-locus-oct-2016

I hope everybody has a pleasant day.

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Saturday morning news

Today is October 1, which means Locus has pubbed its ish, and it is available electronically this morning to those of us who subscribe.

In it, we find that!

  1.  Alliance of Equals, the 19th novel-length adventure in the Liaden Universe®, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, owner-operators, appears in the Number Two position on the Locus Bestseller List, snuggled between The Nightmare Stacks, by Charles Stross, and Children of Earth and Sky, by Guy Gavriel Kay.
  2. Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, and the self-same Liaden Universe® are the first spotlighted in a new Locus feature about long-running series.  The Spotlight appears on pages 80-81 of my epub edition.

Steve and I thank you all for your support of our work — and of our cats! — during this long, strange trip we’re on.  And we most especially thank you for your enthusiasm for Alliance of Equals.

Aaaah. Fame.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to grab another cup of coffee so I can vacuum the house before going to work for the day.

Author copies arrive June 1 2016Here — Steve’s wandering around the house humming this, so y’all might as well share the earworm with him.  “The Cover of the Rolling Stone,” Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.  Here’s your link.

 

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