The Liaden Universe® Award and Gift-Giving Post

So, it’s the time of year when people ask writers what they saw published in the current year.

There are a couple of reasons for this.  One is that books make great gifts! and we’re coming up on a gifting time of year.

The other is that some folks read for and nominate in the various awards that are floating about.  The end of the year is coming up right briskly, and they want to make sure that they’ve read as widely as possible.

That said, follows the list of What Lee-and-Miller published in 2023:

“Gadreel’s Folly,” novelette, Chicks in Tank Tops, edited by Jason Cordova, published by Baen Books, January 2023

Salvage Right, novel, published by Baen Books, July 2023

“Interventions,” short story, Solar Flare: Solarpunk Stories, edited by Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier, published by Zombies Need Brains LLC, July 2023

Not a long list, but quality counts.

For those who are thinking in the direction of gift-giving to readers who may need some sarcasm, hope, and good triumphing over evil in their lives, not to mention cats, norbears, and sentient trees,  I cannot recommend the novels and stories set in the Liaden Universe® enough.

There are 25 novels published in the Universe, which may sound . . . overwhelming.  However!  There are arcs within the Universe, which may be more manageable.  A brief list of those arcs, with titles listed in order, is below.

Theo Waitley (coming of age as a pilot):  Fledgling, Saltation, Ghost Ship, Dragon Ship, The Gathering Edge, rejoining the rest of the characters in Neogenesis

Jethri Gobelyn (coming of age as a trader): Balance of Trade, Trade Secret, Fair Trade

PrehistoryCrystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon

Space Regencies (for fans of Georgette Heyer):  Local Custom, Scout’s Progress, Mouse and Dragon, joins the Theo Waitley arc in Fledgling

The Dutiful Passage (space traders):  Conflict of Honors, Alliance of Equals, Trader’s Leap, Ribbon Dance (publishing in June 2024)

Agent of Change (action adventure):  Agent of Change, Carpe Diem, Plan B, I Dare

Korval in Exile (action adventure):  Dragon in Exile, Neogenesis, Accepting the Lance, Salvage Right

Standalone within the series (coming of age as the new kid in a new culture):  Necessity’s Child

For more information about reading order in the Liaden Universe®, check out this link

For more information about which titles have been combined with other titles in omnibus editions, click this link

Thank you for reading.

3 thoughts on “The Liaden Universe® Award and Gift-Giving Post”

  1. I appreciate the updates and was wondering if you will be publishing the short stories as chap books or is that not allowed.

  2. It’s Complicated. And? Much depends on The Contract.

    “Gadreel’s Folly” had a six-month exclusivity clause, which means we can now reprint. But! It’s too short to be a chapbook all by itself. Which means it’s waiting for (1) The Authors to write a new story to partner with it in a chapbook or (2) another story to come to the end of its exclusivity.

    “Interventions” will come to the end of its exclusivity in July 2024. It isn’t a Liaden story, so has less chance of being collected into a chapbook.

    “Last Train to Clarksville” won’t even be published until the latter part of 2024, and has, I think, an exclusive year dating from publication. It is a Liaden story and could be reprinted as part of a chapbook, but . . . not for a Good Long While.

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