Books read in 2024

12  A Duke in Disguise, Cat Sebastian (e) (reread)
11  Heart of Stone, Johannes T. Evans (e)
10  West with the Night, Beryl Markham (e)
9   A Song to Drown Rivers, Ann Liang (e) (netgalley)
8   Bookstores and Bonedust, Travis Baldree (prequel) (e) (library)
7   We Could Be So Good, Cat Sebastian (e) (library)
6   Thorn Hedge, T. Kingfisher (e) (library)
5   Wild Seed, Octavia M. Butler (e) (library)
4   In Our Stars, Jack Campbell (Doomed Earth #1) (pre-pub) (e)
3   Legends and Lattes, Travis Baldree (e) (library)
2   Heart of the Sun Warrior, Sue Lynn Tan, (Celestial Kingdom #2) (e) (library)
1   This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (e) (library)

Sunday in the new world

I want to thank everyone who sent condolences on Steve’s passing, and also everyone who sent donations in lieu of flowers.  I can’t possibly thank you all individually, but know that I’m grateful.

On the Theme of not being able to answer every question individually, I’m going to answer a bunch of them here, and then post links to this post everywhere.  I think this should catch most people.

So!  The first question —  Will I be continuing the Liaden series?
Yes, it is my intention to continue writing in the Liaden Universe®, at least to the point of finishing out the remaining three books contracted with Baen.  There will be some changes in how things go forward, which are inevitable, given Circumstances.  Trade Lanes is off the table, at least for now.  It is possible that it will never be written, but — I’m new at this, so let’s just not say “never” and instead say “we’ll see.”

I’m about 1/3 of the way through the book following Ribbon Dance, and have Extensive Notes for the book after that.  The sequel is due at Baen in September.  The deadline may have to be renegotiated; I don’t know that yet — see “new at this,” above — and I’ll have to talk with Madames the Agent and the Publisher.

Question the Second:  How am I doing?
I have no idea.  I have moments of relative peace — work is going to be a refuge, I can already see that — moments of immobilizing terror, and breathtaking pain.  I’m assuming these things are standard, but I’ve never lost my best friend, spouse, and creative partner before.

The cats have been a comfort, piling on whenever I land in a place and stay still long enough.

Local friends have also been keeping an eye on me, to the extent that I allow it; it’s hard to ask for help, and I’m not Steve, who loved people and made connections the way the rest of us breathe.  I’m a more … private person, a fact that it will do us all good to remember, going forward.  If I’m testy, sarcastic, or clueless — recall that I’ve always been that way, and that Steve always did the heavy interpersonal lifting.

Question the Third:  What am I doing?
Cleaning off Steve’s desk — he was a pile maker — in the hope that I’ll find all the account numbers and passwords and whatnot that I’ll need in order to do all the Stuff that attends a death, starting — well.  Tomorrow.  I did do this once, a couple years ago, long distance, when my father died.  At least this time, I know the broad outline of the Things To Be dealt with.

Referencing work as a refuge, I’ll be — today or tomorrow — converting my reading nook to a dedicated writing space, since my desktop is bearing the weight of the Stuff-coping.  A quiet space and a quiet computer will help me think.

Other than that, I’m trying to breathe, and not succumb to the Black Dog.  As a friend who knows me well wrote in her condolence card, “Be Strong.  The cats need you.”

Question the Fourth:  How can I help?
By being patient, of course, and realizing that this is a House in mourning, therefore instant answers will not be available.

Kind people have been sending gift cards, which I greatly appreciate, and which, I suspect, will come in extremely handy while the Accountant’s Guild clarifies my financial situation, going forward.

If you would like to donate a gift card  “in lieu of flowers” as many people have said, an Amazon gift card to rolanniATgmailDOTcom will be greatly appreciated, as will Hannaford gift cards, or Petco gift cards.

If you prefer to donate cash online, there’s the Patreon page, PayPalME, or you may buy me a Ko-Fi (which is PayPal by another process).

If you want to send a card, the best address is:
Sharon Lee
PO Box 1586
Waterville ME 04903

. . . I think that’s the full list of repeating queries.  Again, thank you all for your support and your love, down so very many years.  Group hug.

Here’s a picture of the reading-soon-to-be writing nook.  Coon cat provided for scale:

The end of the world as we know it

For those who missed the news, Steve died, very suddenly, last night.  He had gone down to the basement where we’re accustomed to walk every day for a figure-8 mile or two, which was our Plan for Keeping Fit through the Maine winters.  He was, he said, going to finish up his daily laps.  I told him, as I often did, to “have a good walk!”  and he answered, cheerfully, as he often did, “I will have a good walk!”

Finishing up the laps should have taken about a half-hour, but I was writing and not keeping track of time, so it was close onto an hour when it occurred to me that I hadn’t heard him come upstairs, announcing to the house that he had achieved both heart-points and steps!

I walked back to his office, thinking he might’ve slipped past me, but he wasn’t there.  I went downstairs.

Steve was face down on the floor, and he wasn’t breathing.  I called 911, the operator walked me through getting him turned over and starting CPR, which I kept up until a policeman arrived, closely followed by EMTs, firefighters, and life-saving persons of all orders.  They labored for . . . I’m not quite sure, really.  A Long Time.  In the end, having hit him with everything they had, they just couldn’t get his heart to beat on its own.

After the EMTs left, I waited, in the company of the policeman and the City of Waterville’s chaplin.  I called my brother-in-law in Maryland to tell him the news, and asked him to call the rest of Steve’s family.  The policeman called Steve’s cardiologist, and got his agreement to sign off on the death certificate, which meant we didn’t have to wait another Long Time for the medical examiner.  After a slightly Less Long Time, the funeral people came and took Steve away.

And here we are.

I was “with” Steve Miller for 47 years, many years past half of my lifetime.  During our time together, he saved my life several times, taught me to write, provided me with adventures — some, to be sure, inadvertent — with cats, with enthusiasm, and courage.  He was proud of me; he liked taking care of me; and from the first he was unabashed and generous in his love.  He was an original thinker, and bouncing ideas around with him — whether we were trying to figure out dinner or the plot of the next novel — was a rare intoxication.

If I said he was a perfect angel, no one will be believe that — least of all me.  What he was, was a good person, who tried his best to be kind, who genuinely liked people, and had the gift of making lasting connections.

I want to go back to what I said up there, about Steve liking to “take care” of me.  The walking course in the basement?  Steve created that when I was recovering from cancer, and was gritting my teeth and pushing myself to walk in circles around the main floor of the house, trying to get my strength back.  The basement was cool and sheltered; I could sit down if my strength suddenly ran out — and he could keep an eye on me.  Ahem.  It was only one of the many gifts of, “Let me make this easier for you” that he gave me — and us — during our time together.

And yesterday’s event, as much as I wish it had never happened, was, in its way, one last gift of ease, if not comfort.  Steve had seen both of his parents go into  slow declines, ending in hospice care, and he had a horror of being in a similar situation.

As far as I can understand it, yesterday’s event was one quick bolt out of the blue after a perfectly usual day of writing, correspondence, plans for bringing a new cat into the house, and more plans of what he wanted to do — tomorrow.

I am not at all happy to have lost him, but I am happy that he was spared the decline he feared.

One more note:  People have been asking me How I’m Doing.  I’m trying to understand what happened.  I’m trying to gather up various paperworks, as one must. I have the passwords to both his computers, so that makes doing needed tasks much easier — again.  I’ve been sticking pretty close to my desk in my office, because that’s . . . usual.  Our days were Steve at his desk, me at mine, a chat-window open in the margin for random observation, news of interest, cat reports, and questions about what might be for supper.  So, sitting here at my desk is . . . a breathing space, when I can forget for a few minutes that he’s not sitting at his.

The chat-window, though, is dark.

Thanks to everyone who sent — who are sending! — condolences.  I can’t possible answer all of you individually.  Your love and support means a lot.

 

 

DOORS INTO CHANGE now Available!

Doors Into Change, by Sharon Lee, featuring three stories in her contemporary fantasy Carousel Series, is now available as an ebook from the following vendors:

Amazon     Baen     Universal link to 8 vendors including BN, Kobo, Smashwords

It is also available in a paper edition from Amazon.

Doors includes two short stories and a novelette.

“The Road to Pomona’s” is a rare precursor to the Archers Beach mythos, that examines the dangers of looking too far into fey matters, if you’re only a mundane human.

“The Vestals of Midnight,” takes place in one of the weirder and most dangerous corners of Archers Beach–the Enterprise, where things just “come in.” Only, what’s come in this time are children, and they’re in very great peril from the Enterprise’s ruling intelligence.

Novelette “Wolf in the Wind” serves up one of the Wise Ones who oversee the Six Worlds, and who might not be as impartial as their office demands.

Books read in 2024

11  Heart of Stone, Johannes T. Evans (e)
10  West with the Night, Beryl Markham (e)
9   A Song to Drown Rivers, Ann Liang (e) (netgalley)
8   Bookstores and Bonedust, Travis Baldree (prequel) (e) (library)
7   We Could Be So Good, Cat Sebastian (e) (library)
6   Thorn Hedge, T. Kingfisher (e) (library)
5   Wild Seed, Octavia M. Butler (e) (library)
4   In Our Stars, Jack Campbell (Doomed Earth #1) (pre-pub) (e)
3   Legends and Lattes, Travis Baldree (e) (library)
2   Heart of the Sun Warrior, Sue Lynn Tan, (Celestial Kingdom #2) (e) (library)
1   This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (e) (library)

Archers Beach Pull-Quotes Needed

OK!  Folks have been working the Liaden Universe® pull-quote fields, now it’s time to up the ante!

I need your favorite pull-quotes from the Archers Beach Trilogy by Sharon Lee — that is Carousel Tides, Carousel Sun, Carousel Seas.  This is to assist Baen in a new PR project.

A pull-quote looks like this.  Please follow the form.  We do need the title, and the speaker.

Dammit, Marilyn!” I overrode her. “We’re already pulling a rabbit out of a hat here, and now you’ve got the goddamn nerve to ask for a kangaroo?” — Kate Archer, Carousel Tides

Post as many as you like.  Remember!  Short and snappy is the key!

Books read in 2024

10  West with the Night, Beryl Markham (e)
9   A Song to Drown Rivers, Ann Liang (e) (netgalley)
8   Bookstores and Bonedust, Travis Baldree (prequel) (e) (library)
7   We Could Be So Good, Cat Sebastian (e) (library)
6   Thorn Hedge, T. Kingfisher (e) (library)
5   Wild Seed, Octavia M. Butler (e) (library)
4   In Our Stars, Jack Campbell (Doomed Earth #1) (pre-pub) (e)
3   Legends and Lattes, Travis Baldree (e) (library)
2   Heart of the Sun Warrior, Sue Lynn Tan, (Celestial Kingdom #2) (e) (library)
1   This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (e) (library)

Liaden Universe® InfoDump #134

In this issue:

1 Doors Into Change preorder
2 Ribbon Dance News: eARC date, signed hardcovers, publication date
3 Upcoming short stories in collections: Chicks in Tank Tops, The Last Train to Kepler-283c, Familiars
4 Plan B anniversary edition
5 Double Vision
6 Trade Lanes news
7 In the Works
8 Pull-Quote Project

DOORS INTO CHANGE

Door Into Change: Fantastic Stories from Archers Beach, by Sharon Lee
This chapbook includes two short stories and a novelette set in Sharon Lee’s notable small town contemporary fantasy world of Archers Beach, Maine.

“The Road to Pomona’s” is a rare precursor to the Archers Beach mythos, that examines the dangers of looking too far into fey matters, if you’re only a mundane human.

“The Vestals of Midnight,” takes place in one of the weirder and most dangerous corners of Archers Beach–the Enterprise, where things just “come in.” Only, what’s come in this time are children, and they’re in very great peril from the Enterprise’s ruling intelligence.

Novelette “Wolf in the Wind” serves up one of the Wise Ones who oversee the Six Worlds, and who might not be as impartial as their office demands.

PRAISE FOR SHARON LEE’S CAROUSEL SERIES
“This is how things would be if the fae world actually did impinge on our own world.” — SFRevu

“. . . a virtuoso ride, full of the spirit of the carnival, fully aware of the thinness of the veil between the worlds and expert at managing to twitch it aside just enough to matter.” — Alma A. Hromic

RIBBON DANCE CENTRAL

Ribbon Dance, the 26th novel set in the Liaden Universe® created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is the sequel to 2020’s Trader’s Leap. In it, we follow the Tree-and-Dragon Trade Team headed by Master Trader Shan yos’Galan, ably assisted by new Trader Padi yos’Galan, as they attempt to establish if Colemeno, recently emerged from Rastov’s Dust can be made to anchor an exciting new trade route, while attempting to avoid falling afoul of local custom.

1 Ribbon Dance will be published in hardcover, ebook on June 4 2024. We await news of an audiobook edition.

2 The eARC will be available from Baen.com on March 15

3 Uncle Hugo WILL BE accepting preorders for signed copies of the hardcover in mid-March.

LEE AND MILLER SHORT STORIES UPCOMING

The following upcoming anthologies include stories by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller:
1 Chicks in Tank Tops, edited by Jason Cordova, Baen, February 7 includes Liaden Universe® story “Gadreel’s Folly.”

2 Familiars, edited by Patricia Bray, and Joshua Palmatier, Zombies Need Brains, August, includes “Familiarity.”

3 The Last Train to Kepler-283c, edited by David Boop, Baen, November 5, includes Liaden Universe® story “The Last Train to Clarkesville.”

PLAN B ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Baen is reprinting Plan B, the sequel to Carpe Diem, in a spiffy anniversary paperback in October. The book will include a new afterword from the authors.

DOUBLE VISION COMING SOON

Double Vision is just that – a collection combining our two different visions. In many cases there are two different understandings of story, some written individually and some written together, things that you may not have seen if you’re dyed in the wool Liaden fans but didn’t tread – or were too young for! – the larger market of anthologies and magazines that helped us get our single and joint careers in motion.

If you are a fan of our Liaden stories, or of Archer’s Beach, for that matter, you’ll find some familiar themes, ideas, and character types … if you’re just started reading our work you might consider Double Vision a kind of primer on the question where we and the Liaden Universe came from.

This Pinbeam Books edition of Double Vision replaces the long-out-of-print SRM Publisher edition published 15 years ago – you can consider this a 15th anniversary edition of that 2009 collection if you like. Most of the text of that edition has been retained but some additional editing and reformatting has been performed.

NOTE: The cover of this edition is used by special permission of the artist, Chris McGrath – it was previously used for the Meisha Merlin edition of Low Port, edited by Lee and Miller.

TRADE LANES NEWS

From Steve and Sharon: “Yes, Trade Lanes is much later than we’d like. Steve’s recasting the book since an insidious plot miscue meant two of the core threads actually conflict with established Liaden Universe® canon. Much of the novel is being rebuilt word by word. At this point, we anticipate turning in a finished manuscript in 2025.”

WHAT’S IN THE WORKS

Sharon is lead on the sequel to Ribbon Dance (title TBA), which is due to Baen in September.

PR PROJECT: PULL QUOTES

Baen is asking its authors to provide them with fun pull-quotes from their books, for an upcoming PR push. We are therefore asking you, our readers, to help us out. This is your chance to see your favorite Liaden Universe® quote up in lights.

Go here to read the instructions.


THE SMALL PRINT


Sites of Interest

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

Blogs and Other Webly Things of Note

Sharon Lee’s Blog

Facebook Connections
Steve Miller

Sharon Lee

Clan Korval

Friends of Liad

Flaran cha’menthi

BlueSky

Sharon: clankorval.bsky.social

Steve: bechimo.bsky.social

Xitter

Steve

Sharon

Disclaimer Stuff
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Books read in 2024

9   A Song to Drown Rivers, Ann Liang (e) (netgalley)
8   Bookstores and Bonedust, Travis Baldree (prequel) (e) (library)
7   We Could Be So Good, Cat Sebastian (e) (library)
6   Thorn Hedge, T. Kingfisher (e) (library)
5   Wild Seed, Octavia M. Butler (e) (library)
4   In Our Stars, Jack Campbell (Doomed Earth #1) (pre-pub) (e)
3   Legends and Lattes, Travis Baldree (e) (library)
2   Heart of the Sun Warrior, Sue Lynn Tan, (Celestial Kingdom #2) (e) (library)
1   This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (e) (library)

Liaden Pull-Quotes Needed

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE BELOW. Yes, it’s long, but it’s not as long as a novel, and all of us here like to read novels.

So! Baen has given its authors a homework assignment, which is to poll their readers — that’s you — for pull-quotes. These will be used for PR purposes.

Back in the day, we had a deck of quote cards that we used to give out at conventions, stuff like “If it lifts, we can fly it” or “Other people give their wives flowers.”

Pull-quotes are short and snappy. Pretty often, they’re dialogue or internal dialogue, because they lend themselves to short and snappy.

The problem we have, particularly, is that we’re lacking quotes from the books after I DARE. So, that’s your assignment.

WHAT BAEN PULL-QUOTES LOOK LIKE:

“There are entirely too many pretty iced cakes in this undertaking.”– Padi yos’Galan, RIBBON DANCE, Liaden Universe®, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

“Yes, I heard. Forgive my lack of appropriate consternation. Tinsori Light is not a regular environment. Strange things happen here.” — Jen Sin yos’Phelium, SALVAGE RIGHT, Liaden Universe®, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

HOW YOU CAN PLAY:

Go to this link and post a reply containing your quote in the form exampled above.
Yes, we do need the speaker and the title of the book from which the quote has been excerpted. No, we don’t need the page number.

THERE IS A LIMIT
Please confine yourself to no more than six quotes. Fewer is fine, too. Simply the fact of 26 novels makes it pretty certain that we’re going to overwhelm Baen’s system, but it’ll be fun for us — and we hope for you — to read what other’s found amusing/compelling/sad/true.

REMINDER RE WEBSITE HOUSEKEEPING
korval.com has human operators. We will accept new posts as quickly as we can, but we do sometimes take an hour off, or go to sleep, or go somewhere else. Don’t assume you’re being ignored if your reply doesn’t immediately go live.

AND! The Best Part

Thank you. Let’s have some fun!