Liaden Universe® InfoDump Number 100

Welcome to the 100th edition of the Liaden Universe® InfoDump! Thanks for sticking with us on this long, strange trip.But, wait! We have news!
Book Tour
Baen Books is sending us on a book tour in support of the hardcover release of Trade Secrets on November 5. Here’s where we’re going to be, and when. Please note that this is a Northeastern-ish Tour. Many thanks to Corinda Carfora for putting this together for us!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Pandemonium Books and Games
4 Pleasant Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Friday, November 01, 2013
The Toadstool Bookstore
586 Nashua St.
Milford, NH 03055

Saturday, November 02, 2013
Barnes & Noble
98 Middlesex Turnpike
Burlington, MA 01803

Sunday, November 03, 2013
Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester
65 James Street
Worcester, MA 01603

Monday, November 04, 2013
Barnes & Noble
7 Holyoke St,
Holyoke, MA 01040

Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Flights of Fantasy-Albany
381 Sand Creek Road
Albany, NY 12205

Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Book Trader of Hamilton
2421 Nottingham Way
Mercerville, NJ 08619

Thursday, November 07, 2013
University of Pennsylvania Book Store
3601 Walnut Street & 36th
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Chester County Book Company
967 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

Speaking of Trade Secret. . .
. . .the eArc is now available in every format known to humankind, direct from Baen. Here’s the link.

Remember that eArcs are uncorrected; expect spelling errors and grammatical atrocities of every stripe and patch; names may morph in the middle of the story; continuity may be found in disarray. You have been warned.

Will there be a Trade Secret Audiobook?
To the best of our knowledge, based on a conversation with Mr. Feldberg of Audible at the BEA — yes, there will be an audiobook edition of Trade Secret, to be released simultaneously with the hardcover, in November.

Speaking of Audiobooks. . .
. . .we have here in our hands the contract for an audio edition of The Tomorrow Log. Details regarding publication date and narrator to come.

Lee and Miller on the Airwaves
Steve and Sharon were lately guests on Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf. The show aired on July 18, and you may listen to it *only* through Tuesday, July 30, from this link.  Please note that the July 18 show is in two segments. During the show, Sharon and Steve read from Trade Secret.

Meanwhile, on July 19, Steve and Sharon were interviewed by Baen’s own Tony Daniel. You may listen to that podcast at this link.  Scroll down to the July 19 podcast.

Publication Schedule
July 2: Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume I
August 6: Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern
August 27: Dragon Ship mass market
October 15: As-yet-untitled short story on the Baen website
November 5: Trade Secret
January 7, 2014: Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume 2
February 4, 2014: Carousel Sun
February 25, 2014: Necessity’s Child mass market

Delivery Schedule*
August 15: Carousel Seas (contemporary fantasy by Sharon)
September 15: As-yet-untitled story for the Baen website
May 15, 2014: First of Five Liaden Universe® novels
February 15, 2015: Second of Five Liaden Universe® novels
November 15, 2015: Third of Five Liaden Universe® novels
August 15, 2016: Fourth of Five Liaden Universe® novels
May 15, 2017: Fifth of Five Liaden Universe® novels

*please be aware that these are delivery dates — which is to say, the date on which the completed manuscript should arrive on the editor’s desk. Publication dates are determined by the publisher, and are not set until the authors deliver the final manuscript.

Where in the World are Lee and Miller?
PhilCon — November 8-10, 2013, Cherry Hill, NJ. Here’s the link.
There is a possibility of a Friends of Liad Breakfast at PhilCon. More news there as we get closer to the con.

Blogs and Other Webly Things of Note
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:
Sharon Lee’s “Professional” blog:
Splinter Universe Discussion List:

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

Pinbeam Books: an online catalog, with vendor links, to all Lee-and-Miller eChapbooks
Splinter Universe: features outtakes, splinters, and oddities from the Lee&Miller writing career, currently changes irregularly.
Welcome to Liad — The official homepage for Liaden Universe® news —
The Hyperspatial Boardwalk Shop: T-shirts, mugs, more! —

Liaden Interest Groups on Facebook
Clan Korval:
Friends of Liad:
Flaran chamenthi:

Steve’s on Twitter:
Sharon’s on Twitter, too: Stuff
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8 thoughts on “Liaden Universe® InfoDump Number 100”

  1. Argh! I live next to Cherry Hill but I will be vacationing in Maine when you guys are in the area.

  2. Andrea — Have fun! I like Maine in November.

    Barbara — Nope; not at the moment.

  3. I just read the eARC, back to back with Balance of Trade: you’ve written a lovely story, exiting and engrossing, and with very interesting characters and possibilities of future links.
    And may I compliment you on a very very clean text, even before the proofreading gets done? I only noticed something three times in the whole book, and those might have been intentional voice – Jethri speaking quickly forgetting a little word like ‘is’ is the only one I remember now.

    I don’t think the next bit contains any real spoilers as I’m just thinking about an already known name, an old detail, and some generalities, but if you don’t want to see any reference to the new book before reading it please stop reading this comment here!


    I immediately decided to reread a lot of the ‘current timeline’, and one of the things I immediately noticed on starting Fledgling was one of her favourite childhood books being ‘San Tim and the Ugly Day’ – it seemed such a similar name to poor Tan Sim who had such a bad time thanks to his nasty mother.
    I was already wondering where Jethri fits on the timeline in reference to the Agent of Change – Plan B books. I somehow had the impression that Balance of Trade was a lot earlier, but with all the hints in Trade Secret about trouble (likely from the Department of the Interior) within the Scouts, and the running down of the Old Tech, it seems to be not that much earlier that the Plan B times: at most decades, not centuries.
    So that would make it unlikely for Tan Sim to be the inspiration for the San Tim children’s book, I’d guess… just a random coincidence?

    Could you comment on Jethri’s place in time in comparison with some of the other storylines?

    All these hints at potential links (Uncle and the duplicators and fractins here, Uncle and Daav’s rescue in the Theo-thread, the DoI-hints in the trouble among the Scouts, etc.) make me hope that Jethri and company will not be left completely dangling while you write the next set of 5 contracted books in the Theo thread. As Theo has by now intersected with Korval and the Plan B thread as well, I’m very very interested in where the next 5 contracted books will take us.

  4. On further reading I found the author of the Sam Tim book mentioned, whose name (Meicha Maarilex) sounds as if she’s one of the twins in the new book – so not such a coincidence?
    Of course, it might be an ancestor or descendant, names do get reused…

  5. @Hanneke…I have to admit, the timeline is something I have wondered about for some time as well. How much time between Cantra and Jethri. How much between Jethri and Theo. And has the uncle spanned the entire timespan. But I am thinking that Sharon and Steve have purposely not answered this, either a) because they have a plan, b) because the amount of time isnt relevant or c) they havent decided yet. Im guessing we will get it when it is a necessary part of the story. Until then, atleast its a good hook to leave us wondering. I dont mind.

  6. @Chip, oh yes, I’m still wondering…
    I do get the impression that ‘Uncle’ is supposed to have spanned centuries, maybe almost the entire Liaden timeline – but it’s not clear (purposely mysterious, I’d think) whether that would be as one individual, or as a series of clones made in and maintained by the Duplicators, maybe containing the same ‘old soul’. In Saltation Uncle tells Theo that both he and his female friend (Dulsey Omron) are dependent on the ‘autodoc’ machinery on his ship, which can regenerate tissue almost to the point of cloning, and even heal aging given time enough. I’ve also wondered if they are reincarnations of Lute and Moonhawk (from the Fellow Travelers chapbook).

    Saltation contains some mention of things that happened hundreds of years ago (and don’t seem to have ended well for Uncle and for one of the groups of traders), that *could* refer to some of the ongoing/just started/upcoming general actions by Uncle and/or the trade groups that are hinted at in Trade Secrets. As those mentions in both books are just hints, and quite unspecific, they could just as easily be completely unrelated.
    The Wikipedia entry does say: “The eighth novel, Balance of Trade, is set 275 years prior to the end of the “Agent of Change” sequence.” but doesn’t give a source for that dating. It confirms the idea I had before reading Trade Secrets, that Jethri was set some centuries earlier, but I can’t remember where I got that idea either.

    I love the way this series has little hints strewn throughout, that can connect things in the background if I’m alert for them while reading, while the story itself doesn’t need those connections to be fully engaging if I haven’t read or noticed the other part of the hints (yet). It creates a strong feeling of a fully-realised universe, where no individual (inside the universe) can know everything, while it still makes sense for the people who happen to know about that other bit of what’s going on.
    Very very clever (advertent?) of the authors, both to be able to keep track of all these little bits and pieces and how they connect, and to be able to write the stories the way they do, so you don’t need to read them all, or in order throughout the different threads, to be able to enjoy each book and the adventure.

  7. @Hanneke I really do enjoy the little hints that the authors give that connect people, places and spacecraft in the Liaden Universe. Keeps the suspense going!

    I’m not sure which books you’ve been able to read, I know that you are overseas, a several books and short stories have dealt with the subject of Lute and Moonhawk. In Conflict of Honors, Priscilla is Moonhawk although her home planet would deny it. Shan is Lute, he meets himself in the hall of weapons – not sure whether that was in Plan B or I Dare as I don’t have either book with me at the moment. I’ll look up which one it is or, if you prefer, leave you to the joys of investigation.

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