In which several points are addressed, in no particular order, and with no particular connection.
1. Have you pre-ordered your signed/personalized copy of Dragon in Exile from Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore yet? Time’s a-wastin’. Here’s a link to background and instructions.
2. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are writers. We are published by Baen Books. We are not horses, and we are not in “Baen’s Stable.” You may think it means “all of the writers who are published by Baen” — and you would be wrong. A human stable is understood to mean a group of people who have been trained, or who work for, a particular team or organization. Writers are trained by many, and they are self-employed.
3. Pursuant to 2, above, we have nothing to say (and have therefore said nothing) on the topics of sick and unhappy canines, as they have Nothing to do With Us. Sadly, some. . .outraged persons who are unable to make fine distinctions, have decided to make Grand Gestures, such as refusing to review all Baen Books, because they feel that Baen Books is the architect of the present silly shenanigans of a few. . . very loud authors. If you see fewer reviews of our work, this may be the reason why.
4. There is apparently more than enough Stupid to go around. This does not mean you have to take a handful of Stupid out of the box when it comes to you.
5. Eric Flint has written a cogent and sane piece about awards, and, coincidentally, the history of the SF/F genre, and the SF community. It is the long view from someone who has been in the field for longer than five years, and who has taken the time to understand the field, and the community. Well worth a read. It is a lengthy essay, but take it in shifts, if you need to. Here’s your link.
6. Yes, Korval’s Game has been out of print for about a year. How clever of you to notice! The good news is that it’s being reprinted by Baen this month, and should be available soon. Now! It used to be that the distributors would let indie bookstores know when a backordered book was reprinted, but apparently they don’t do that, anymore. So — if you would share this happy news with your favorite indie bookstore, the next time you’re in, you’d be doing everyone a good turn.