Liaden Universe® InfoDump No. 126

Liaden Universe® InfoDump No. 126
Trader’s Leap is the 23rd Liaden Universe® novel, written by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.  It is the immediate sequel to Alliance of Equals (the 19th novel in the Liaden Universe®) with the action taking place concurrently with the latter part of Neogenesis and with Accepting the Lance (the 21st and 22nd novels in the Liaden Universe®).  Trader’s Leap will be published by Baen on December 1, 2020.  Yes, there will be an ebook edition published at that time.  You cannot preorder it because Reasons.  We expect, but do not know that there will be an audiobook, as well.
1  The eARC of Trader’s Leap is now available for purchase from Baen.  Here’s your link
2  You may pre-order signed copies (no personalizations this year, sorry) of the Trader’s Leap hardcover, from Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore.  Here’s your link.
3  If you’re not sure you want to commit to Trader’s Leap, you may try out the sample chapters at this link.
4.  If you’re STILL not sure, here’s what a couple of discerning readers have to say about the early edition of Trader’s Leap.
NALINI SINGH (author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series):  “I recently read an early copy of Trader’s Leap by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller and found it a brilliant, immersive adventure of a book.”
DON BLYLY (owner-operator of Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore and long-time science fiction reader): “I’ve been recommending this series since 1988…  I enjoyed this book more than any other book in the series for several years (and I’ve enjoyed them all).”

In early 2018, the writing team of Lee and Miller “threw away” the first 70,000 words of a Liaden novel.  They weren’t bad words; merely, they weren’t the right words.  The book that rose from the ashes of this failed draft, Accepting the Lance, was published by Baen Books.  Some of the 70,000 words of failed draft found their way into that novel, but about 44,000–didn’t.  They were still perfectly good words; strung together, they presented an interesting story, and an amusing look at what not to do when writing a direct sequel in a long-running-series.  Lee and Miller decided to make these words available to their readers.

The Wrong Lance, as the failed draft was titled, was originally posted at and at Lee and Miller’s Patreon page patreon/leeandmiller.  The chapters have now been removed, and compiled into this volume.

The Wrong Lance is a non-canon Liaden story.  This means that nothing that is reported in its pages actually happened in the Liaden Universe®.  For an accurate report of what did happen at Surebleak during the TerraTrade Survey, please consult Accepting the Lance, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

You may pre-order the ebook edition of The Wrong Lance from All the Usual Suspects.  Follows a partial, but by no means complete list:  Apple, Nook, Kobo, Angus & Robertson   Amazon
YES, The Wrong Lance will also be offered from Baen, on October 27.  Baen does not support pre-orders for Pinbeam Books publications.
YES, there will be a paper edition, but Amazon cannot seem to get it together to allow people to pre-order paper copies, so that edition, too, will be available on or near October 27.
On Sunday, August 30, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller joined Debra Doyle and Jim Macdonald virtually at AlbaCon in the Afternoon.  There were readings, a little conversation, and some Q&A.  The event was recorded, and AlbaCon is looking for a good hosting site.  As soon as a link is available, we’ll send it along. NOTE: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are on-board as Writer Guests of Honor for AlbaCon 2021, date and venue TBD.
On Wednesday, December 2, at 7 pm PACIFIC, Mysterious Galaxy will host Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.  We’ll be reading from Trader’s Leap, talking trash, answering questions, and possibly sipping some wine (7 pm Pacific being 10 pm Maine time).  It should be a whole lot of fun and we look forward to seeing you there.  To sign up for this event, follow this link (yes, we know Sharon’s name is spelled wrong; we’ve asked that this Be Fixed).

September means that annual genre award season is fast approaching, and alas, very often “Best of Year” lists start circulating by Halloween, with a quarter of the year yet to go! The problem for us is that with the recent 1) proliferation of awards and 2) proliferation of authors, and 3) multiple complications in our lives that have been quite distracting – we don’t know what awards (especially small press and convention awards) our work for 2020 may be/will be eligible for.

If you, dear readers, know of an award you think our work should be nominated for – can you do a favor for us and your fellow readers by making that nomination? If the nomination must come from a publisher (in some cases that’s us) let us know. If it must come from a nominator not yourself but who you know – please pass a suggestion on. If it requires submitting samples to specific readers, let us know.

So far we know that the Liaden novel Trader’s Leap will be out December 2. We also know we’ll have “Preferred Seating” a Liaden short story (5,065 words) at in November. Those already suffer from the “late in the year syndrome” – so please watch out for them and consider them as is appropriate. Also, Pinbeam Books (that’s us) published “The Gate That Locks The Tree” – a novella at 21,818 words, number 30 in the Adventures in the Liaden Universe series – on February 20.

Aside those items, this year our publication lists includes two genuine oddities: Splinter Universe Presents — a chapbook of partials and odds and end. Not a novel, not a short story, a collection of splinters – maybe it could go under “Related works” category some awards allow … in any case, if you admired it and think it worthy, nominate or suggest it … it came out April 13, via Pinbeam Books. But wait, that’s not all! – another Splinter Universe Presents item via Pinbeam Books – The Wrong Lance – comes out October 27. That one is the “didn’t quite work” start to the book that became Accepting the Lance … again. Hard to know what award category it might come under, if any; I note it was published briefly online before moving to more formal publication status.

Thank you for listening. Thank you for your good will and your support of our work during this 30-odd year journey.

Lee and Miller Patreon Support Page
Pinbeam Books: an online catalog, with vendor links, to all Lee-and-Miller, Miller, and Lee self-published works
Splinter Universe: features outtakes, splinters, oddities from the Lee&Miller writing career, currently changes irregularly.
Welcome to Liad: The official homepage for Liaden Universe® news
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One thought on “Liaden Universe® InfoDump No. 126”

  1. Well, I was not paying attention. Purchased Trader’s eARC & started re-reading Neo same day to be followed by Accepting to get me in the mood for Trader’s. GACK I should have started the re-reading binge with Alliance!

    That said, after having been reading other authors for awhile, I found myself thinking “Ahhhhh…” [with accompanying pleasurable sigh] as I began Neo. Just something about Liaden books that put me in a better place.

    Debated with myself about when to read Wrong – before Accepting, after Accepting, or after Trader’s. I guess it’s going to be the latter.

    Much Obliged & Best Wishes, Bob

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