Tuesday evening Book Report


Uncle Hugo is now accepting pre-orders for signed and/or personalized copies of The Gathering Edge, the 20th novel of the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller many, many years ago when they should have been doing more productive things.  Instructions are at the link.  It will help you to recall going in that “personalization” means “In addition to their names, the authors will write something you have specifically requested that they write in your book.”  It is also well to remember that the authors reserve the right to NOT include a particular personalization if it offendeth them for any reason. There is no appeal from the authors’ judgment in this.

Pre-orders for personalizations will be taken until April 1.

This is your link to pre-order signed and/or personalized copies from Uncle Hugo.


It is a fact little realized that Agent of Change, the very first Liaden novel written, was published as a Paperback Original by Del Rey Books in 1988.  It was followed, latter in 1988, and in late 1989 by Conflict of Honors and Carpe Diem, also Paperback Originals.

This is important for a couple of reasons.

First! Publication in 1988 means that! in 2018, the Liaden Universe® will be 30 years old.

Second! In all that time, and through all the various shufflings and republishings of the various Liaden novels the first three have never been published as single hardcovers.

Third! Baen will be celebrating Thirty Years of Liad starting with a hardcover reprinting — the very first hardcover printing! — of Agent of Change in the spring of 2018, with Conflict and Carpe to follow.

Watch the skies for more details.


We are finishing up the 23rd Adventure in the Liaden Universe® echapbook, Change Management, including reprint “Wise Child,” and original-to-this-chapbook “Street Cred,” plus an About This Book by the authors.  It will be available from The Usual Suspects before the first of March.  We of course, shout from the rooftops and dance in the streets when it is published.


The eArc of The Gathering Edge is now available from Baen ebooks, and only from Baen ebooks.  Frequent visitors to this blog will recall that there is a three-way wager regarding the eArc going on, between Belle, Sprite, and me.  Here are the particulars.  The eArc will be available until and only until, the hardcover goes on sale, in May.

Here’s your link to The Gathering Edge eArc.

. . .here endeth the Tuesday Evening Book Report.


4 thoughts on “Tuesday evening Book Report”

  1. Whoopee and cheers on a hardcover edition of first 3 Liaden books since I’ve worn out several of each.

    And cheers on the rest, too.

  2. Delighted to hear all the news and will be watching for the unveiling of the new chapbook. I will of course pounce immediately upon it in the eformat but will there be a dead tree version available as well? I have all the original chapbooks and would like to have a paper copy of this one too to add to the groaning shelves. Also, will the 30 year celebration hardbacks be leather bound or just regular hardback editions? I already have my eARC copy of THE GATHERING EDGE (fantastic read!) and now the pre-order of the hardback. I guess it’s too soon to start the eARC chant at Baen’s Bar for NEOGENESIS. Keep up the very, very good work.

    Anne in Virginia

  3. The last paper chapbook we did was Skyblaze: Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number 17, published in 2011, after EMMC graciously gave Steve a brand-new ICD as a New Year present. A combination of factors, including the draconian overhaul of the postal system/rates that made mailing physical books to places outside of the continental US Impossibly Expensive (and not really all that reasonable inside the lines, either), and Steve’s health (at that point, I still had my day-job, which meant Steve did all the schlepping of heavy boxes, and! He’s not supposed to do that, anymore), made the decision to shut down SRM (our chapbook arm) inevitable.

    Unfortunately, if that’s the word I want, we are in the habit of writing a short story now and and then (both of us started out as short story writers), so we started in published eChapbooks. Baen then collected all the back chapbooks, and some of the forward ones, too, into the three Liaden Universe(R) Constellations.

    So, yanno, the form changes, but we still do manage to get our stories out to readers.

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