Liaden Universe® InfoDump No. 89


Liaden Universe® InfoDump No. 89
The Super-sized edition

This version somewhat different from the edition mailed yesterday to subscribers, due to late-breaking news from the programming folks at WorldCon.

Short story “Intelligent Design” may now be read for free on the Baen Books website. The story starts here  (you do have to scroll down a tiny bit to find the story). Also appearing is non-fiction “Gravity’s Punch” by Tony Daniel.

“Intelligent Design” will remain on the Baen front page through August 14. After that date, it will become part of a bundle of all the short stories premiered on the Baen front page. That compilation, also available for free, can be found here

NOTE: “Intelligent Design” will not be added to the bundle *until* it is retired from the front page — that is, after August 15.

Brand new Liaden short “Kin Ties,” the story of a dead man, his wife, and the daughter of an old and bitter enemy, will be uploaded to Splinter Universe on August 12.

Splinter Universe is a new short story feature site from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. We’ll be posting stories on an irregular basis. Some, even most, of the stories will be based in Sharon and Steve’s Liaden Universe®. However, the authors reserve the right to post a story set elsewhere, and to introduce new characters and situations.

Occasionally, the authors will also post “splinters” — character sketches, excerpts from projects that didn’t work, essays, possibly even cartoons. The current “splinter” on display are the beginning chapters of a novel entitled The Cards of Fortunate Destiny.

If you’d like to share the project’s URL, that’s great. If you want to send a dollar, that’s good, and if you want to send us $5 a month, or $1 a week, we promise you they’ll all go to the cause of keeping us full-time writers. Splinter Universe can be supported through the Paypal button set in the sidebar at the site, or if you prefer snailmail, send a check or money order (drawn on a US bank only) made out to Sharon Lee, or to Steve Miller, or both, to:

Splinter Universe
c/o Lee & Miller
PO Box 707
Waterville, ME 04903-0707

Oh, and in case you like this idea, we will admit that the more interest we see in the projects we share, the more likely we are to spend our time and energy on them.

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller will be panelists and workshop leaders at the 69th World Science Fiction Convetion, to be held in Reno Nevada, from Wednesday August 17 through Sunday August 21. Below, insofar as we know at this point, is our schedule. There will also be a Friends of Liad table in the fan hall. If you’re coming to WorldCon, stop by and say hi! You may also find one or both of us at the SFWA table from time to time. Please use the Friends of Liad table as your Liaden information destination.

Wed 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., Authors in the Library: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Sierra View Library (OFFSITE)
Reading, autographing, Q&A with local public library community
Thurs 10 a.m. – noon Writers Workshop (Naples1, Peppermill) THIS SESSION REQUIRED PRE-REGISTRATION AND IS CLOSED

Thurs 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Kaffeeklatsch (KK1, RenoSparksConventionCenter) SIGN UP AT THE CON
Fri 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lee and Miller Reading (A14 RSCC)

Fri 2 p.m .- 3 p.m. Lee and Miller Autographing (Hall 2 RSCC)

Fri 9 p.m. – until the Room Delm throws you out: FRIENDS OF LIAD PARTY! (Suite 1538 Atlantis)
Sat FRIENDS OF LIAD BREAKFAST in the Atlantis. Check at the Friends of Liad Fan Table for time and place!

Sat 11:00 – 12:00, Writers Collaboration Panel (Panel), A10 (RSCC)
Steve Miller (M), Philippa Ballentine, Sharon Lee, Tee Morris Note new day, time, location and moderator

Sat 12:00 – 1:00, The Importance of Continuity (Panel), C1 (RSCC)
Sharon Lee (Moderator), Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Steve Miller, Dean Wesley Smith

Sat 3:00 – 4:00, Fantasy in the Real World: The Rich World of Urban Fantasy (Panel), D05 (RSCC)
Lisa Goldstein (M), Larry Correia, Sharon Lee, Tim Pratt, Madeleine E. Robins

Sat 9 p.m. – until the Room Delm throws you out! OPEN PARTY in the LIADEN SUITE (Suite 1538 Atlantis)
Also look for Steve and Sharon, together and separately, at the Art Show, in the Dealer’s Room, and just spacing around the con. If you see either of us (and we don’t appear to be in a Very Serious Discussion, or doing our jobs for the con), ask for a ribbon.

Remember! Your Absolute Authority for locations, times and participants for panels and other WorldCon events is — the program book! Always double-check so you won’t be disappointed by finding out that the panel you really wanted to see was shifted to — yesterday.

On SATURDAY, August 27, from 2:30 until 4 p.m. Steve and Sharon will be signing Ghost Ship (and other books. Yes, you can bring books you already own to be signed and/or personalized) at UNCLE HUGO’S SCIENCE FICTION BOOKSTORE AT 2864 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1320. For more information, check out the Uncle Hugo’s site.  A local meal or two with readers and fans is also likely.

Lee and Miller will be Guests of Honor at the following upcoming conventions:

September 16-18, 2011
Courtyard Marriott/Central Massachusetts Expo Center
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Steve and Sharon will be Guests at this Steampunk Extravaganza. Other attending luminaries include but are not limited to Abney Park, Phil and Kaja Foglio, and Jake von Slatt.

January 20-22, 2012
Chattanooga Choo Choo
1400 Market St
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Chattacon is a classic southern convention that Steve went to several times in very early incarnations — but hasn’t been back to for more than 30 years! This year coming, as for the last several, the convention will be held at Chattanooga Choo Choo — a train station turned into a hotel — a destination worth a trip all by itself! GOH list includes Steve Miller and Sharon Lee, Laura Anne Gilman, John Picacio – Artist GoH, Rachel Caine – Special Guest, and Mark Van Name – Toastmaster

KORVAL.COM GETS A FACELIFT has been on the web in one form or another since 1995. It began as a “practice” html web page entitled Authors of the Liaden Universe. From that one simple page, it grew, and grew again, then grew some more — in all directions at once.

As you can imagine, the contents of an author-grown website with a core of hand-set html can get…a little unwieldy after 16 years, so we’re rebuilding. You can view the start of the new web presence here

NOTE: If you had bookmarks linked through the old site, yes, they did stop working, and no, they won’t ever work again. You’ll need to regroup. We do apologize for the inconvenience.

All of the Adventures in the Liaden Universe® chapbooks, as well as the other Lee, Miller and Lee-and-Miller chapbooks produced since 1995 by SRM Publisher, as well as The Tomorrow Log, have been converted to eBook formatted and may be purchased through the Nook Store, the Kindle Store, and Smashwords. Go to Pinbeam Books for easy links and listings of the content of each chapbook.

Lots of Lee and Miller material coming in 2011 and early 2012, as Baen continues to issue omnibus editions of the Liaden Universe® backlist. Here’s what you can expect to see over the next few months in your favorite local bookstore:

Ghost Ship — August 2
The Crystal Variation — September 6 (includes Crystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon, Balance of Trade)
Mouse and Dragon mmp — October 25
Carousel Tides mmp — January 31, 2012

Uncle Hugo’s:
University Bookstore:
Pandemonium Books:
Missing Volume:
Dream Haven:
Flights of Fantasy:
Mysterious Galaxy:
Constellation Books:
Children’s Book Cellar:

All of the above folks do mail order and take want lists.

Theo_Waitley is the discussion group for readers of Fledgling and Saltation:

Where Dragons Rest:

Steve Miller’s blog, Journeyman:

Sharon Lee’s blog, Eagles over the Kennebec:

SRM Publisher blog:

Sharon Lee’s “Professional” blog:

Splinter Universe Discussion List:

Facebook Connections — please feel free to add us! — Steve Miller — Sharon Lee

Liaden Interest Groups on Facebook

Clan Korval:

Friends of Liad:

Flaran chamenthi:


Sharon’s Author Page:

*Steve’s on Twitter*:

*Sharon’s on Twitter, too*:

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