In which the authors are giving you a present

We here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory celebrate Yule as our Winter Holiday, but, in order to keep peace in the family, most of whom celebrate the Commercial Christmas*, we traditionally raise a glass, and give and open presents, if any, on Christmas Eve.

We are this year, including you — yes, you! — in our hybrid holiday, and giving you a Yule present, which you may open on Christmas Eve.

Sometime between 10:30 pm and 11:59 pm on Christmas Eve, Maine time, if you click on the link below, you will be able to read the first few pages of The Gathering Edge, which is, it says here, the twentieth novel-length adventure in the Liaden Universe®, scheduled to be published by Baen in May 2017.  It is the direct sequel to Dragon Ship, and the action happens concurrently with the action in Alliance of Equals.

Everybody confused now?


Here’s your link


EDITED TO ADD:  Once the excerpt goes live, it will remain live, until routine housekeeping takes it down, which means you have months to read it.


*Which is to say, they do not attend services or mass.  The last time anyone in my family went to midnight mass on Christmas Eve was ‘way back in 1978, when I drove my grandmother and aunt, as had become my habit, and attended mass, too, since I was there, and midnight mass is kinda pretty, really.

13 thoughts on “In which the authors are giving you a present”

  1. Must we read it during this window or will it remain available for those of us who sleep at night?

  2. After it goes live, the excerpt will be available until the Heat Death of the Universe, or I get bored with looking at it, whichever comes first.

  3. Merry Yule and a Happy New Year to you and Steve and the furry kids!!! I do hit mass but where I will be with my godchild had her family they can’t stay up that late so 5pm mass it is on Christmas eve!! Then off to dinner at friends house and some games.

  4. What a wonderful present to look forward to – thanking you in advance as I hope to be on my way across the Atlantic at that time but will search as soon as we land! Best season’s wishes to you.

  5. I’m going to save this and read it at the end of this Very Very Long Day. Finishing up two major craft/art shows. I open one, work for a while, get a break to close down the other, and then return to close first booth. Not Fond of Commercial Christmas. Merry Solstice and Let the Light Return!

  6. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Thank you for this wonderful gift.

  7. 4:30 am to 6 am here in Austria…
    Hope that persistance thing will work!

    Anyway, have a nice Yule…

    Wolfram, originally from Berlin, now guest of my parents in law, in Feldkirch, Austria

  8. Thank you for the gift, whatever the reason. Your writing is a gift to us all. The real question is, will I be enough awake to enjoy this after midnight mass, or will I wait to read it in the morning? Maybe I’ll just read it twice, to be certain. Hmm, I have to wait for everyone to go to bed so I can fill the stockings, I could read something while I wait. Hmm…

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