The Preorder Period for the Special Edition pink and black I DARE Tree-and-Dragon tees is TOMORROW, May 10, US Mother’s Day. Preordered shirts will start shipping on Monday, May 11.
This is your reminder that Offworld Designs is taking preorders for the I Dare tshirt in pink and black, unisex and ladies styles. They are also having a sale on Dragon in Exile merch, including coffee mugs. And YOU can find it all at this link.
Special Bonus Reminder: If you want to own one of the I Dare tshirts, you must preorder by May 10 — that’s this coming Sunday, in the United States, it is Mother’s Day.
Here ends your reminder.
1a Tshirts! There is a deadline involved in preordering the new run of Liaden tshirts, and that deadline is! Mother’s Day, May 10. Your order must be in by that date. Shirts ship on a first-ordered, first shipped basis, and will start shipping the week of May 11.
1b If you don’t favor pink, take a look at the shirts on offer lower on the page at the link below, which are not only Not Pink, but are on sale. Also? There are coffee mugs.
2a The ebook edition of Splinter Universe Presents! has now been distributed to all of the Usual Suspects. Here’s the link to Baen. Here’s a universal link to Apple, BN, Kobo, 24 Symbols, and Angus and Robertson. Here’s the link to the Kindle edition.
2b Here’s the link to the paper edition which is available only from Amazon. No, the ebook and the paper edition have not been associated yet. This is something that Amazon does (or, doesn’t do), so telling us really doesn’t advance the cause, thank you.
3 Pinbeam Books (this would be Lee and Miller’s indie publishing arm) is a catalog of Adventures in the Liaden Universe® chapbooks, and other Lee-and-Miller, and Lee, and Miller chapbooks, with links to Amazon, Baen, and BN. This is the link to Pinbeam Books.
4 Please feel free to let your friends and fellow readers know about the limited edition tshirt offer, Pinbeam Books, and about the Liaden Universe® in general. You have the links, use them well and wisely.
5 Everyone stay safe, and stay peaceful. Tell your nearest and dearest that you love them, and thank them for being there.
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, working in partnership with Offworld Designs, offers for preorder, starting right now, a new edition of the classic Liaden Universe® tshirt.
For those who want to order NOW, here’s your link.
Continuing, for those who want the Rest of the Story…
The short sleeved shirts are offered in unisex (men) and women’s styles, in your choice of black shirt with pink message, or pink shirt with black message. In addition, in reply to popular demand, we are also offering a long-sleeve black tee with pink message.
The first Liaden Universe® tshirts were offered to fans by the authors in 1997. Since then, there have been several runs of tshirts, each with a different slogan. The tshirt previous to this one — DRAGON IN EXILE — was licensed in 2015, by Offworld Designs.
There is a Story behind this new tshirt, which I posted on Facebook barely three days ago, and which is reproduced below.
So, I was getting dressed this morning, and, since today’s adventures encompass me going to the pharmacy to pick up my new drugs and old, I said to myself, said I, “Self, you need something to coordinate with your face mask. How about! an I DARE tshirt?”
I went to the tshirt drawer, but of course I don’t have an I DARE tshirt, I have a DRAGON IN EXILE shirt — which is, don’t get me wrong, an EXCELLENT shirt. But I really wanted and I DARE shirt, and I figure to want an I DARE shirt for several weeks in the future.
And then I thought — it should be pink.
Um. I looked at that for a long while, trying to figure out where it had come from, and as I was doing that I was putting on my rings and my stylish new silicon bracelet that says NO IV/BP/NEEDLES THIS ARM, which is ALSO pink, for everyday wear, though I do have a black one, for formal occasions.
SO, for those of you who are with me so far, and before I pitch it to the long-suffering folks at Offworld Designs, here is The Question.
IS THERE ANY INTEREST IN AN I DARE TSHIRT, FEATURING THE TREE-AND-DRAGON ON THE FRONT, CHOICE OF COLORS BLACK OR PINK?
The answer to the above question was a resounding YES! and here we are.
So, I’m updating the List of Honors received by the Liaden books, because with one thing and another thing, and that thing over there, dammit — I’d gotten behind on recordkeeping.
Over 300,000 Liaden books in print — this was in April last year, but the best number I have.
13 National Bestsellers:
Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume I
Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume II
Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume III
Dragon in Exile
Mouse and Dragon
Agent of Change
The Gathering Edge
Accepting the Lance
One USA Today Bestseller: Saltation
22 Locus Bestsellers — that’s 22 titles, not weeks on the list
Balance of Trade, Hal Clement Award 2005
Scout’s Progress, Prism Award #1 2002
Local Custom, Prism Award #2 2002
Scout’s Progress Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, Best Science Fiction novel of 2002
Nebula Award Nominee: “Changeling”
Lee & Miller joint recipients of the Skylark Award, February 2012
Well, there. Busy little universe, ain’t it?
The last couple days have been sunny and warm, with high temperatures near 60F/16C, here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory. Tomorrow, the weatherbeans predict rain, or possibly snow, with a high around 36F/2C.
Welcome to Maine.
The deck is not quite finished — still lacking a privacy panel and the stairway down to the yard. But it’s plenty finished enough to put the deck chairs out, so that’s what we did. It’s nice to sit in the sunshine. I took advantage of that same warm sunshine to play the games of post-winter trash collection and pick-up-sticks in the yard. The Lawn Guys promise to come by next week to do a serious clean up — for instance, the branch that fell out of the apple tree needs either an application of chain saw to get it into pieces short enough to schlepp down to the Big Pile of Twigs by the Forest Gate, or it needs a tractor to drag it there.
We have hyacinth and snowdrops in the backyard, and several pods of daffodils blooming by the front door.
So, yes, it is spring, Maine-style.
Splinter Universe Presents! is a collection of character sketches, discovery drafts, portions of novels, and of stories, that quit before they became whole. Each piece comes with an author commentary, which may make the volume of value to those who are interested in the writing process, and possibly to those who wish to become — or who are becoming — writers. All of the material has been previously published to splinteruniverse.com, and all are Liaden in nature.
In other news, I have what I sincerely hope is the definitive telehealth visit with Oncologist the First this afternoon, to discuss the results of the oncotyping. Today, I should find out what my treatments will be, going forward, and have the beginning of a schedule for same. Which is to say, Waiting will End, and Events will Move. That by itself will be a relief.
At the moment, I have two coon cats — Trooper in the copilot’s chair, and Sprite on the desk by my keyboard — snoring in the sun, my mug is empty, and it’s time to make up a list for Instacart, and start the towels to washing.
See y’all on the flipside. Stay safe.
…the ebook edition of Splinter Universe Presents from Baen.
YES, WE WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHING TO AMAZON, BN, AND ALL THE REST OF THE USUAL SUSPECTS. I’m going to pull the trigger now.
Here’s what you need to know.
Splinter Universe Presents! a collection of outtakes, thought experiments, and partial (some very partial) stories and novels, will be published as an ebook from Baen.com, Amazon, BN, Kobo, Apple, and all the rest of the Usual Suspects on Thursday, April 16. A paper edition of this book will be available through Amazon only.
Please note that, while the ebook price of $4.25 has not changed, the price of the paper edition is $10 — $2 over our usual paper edition price of $8. This is because Splinter Universe Presents! is a big book, by Pinbeam Books standards — 230+/- pages, and because paper costs more than electrons.
Here is the sell copy:
Splinter Universe Presents!
Something a little bit different
What this collection is–it’s Something A Little Bit Different. We will explain. We’ll try to be brief. And we’ll start with what it isn’t.
It isn’t a Liaden Universe® novel
It isn’t a collection of Liaden short stories
It isn’t an Adventure in the Liaden Universe®
So what is it, you ask.
Well, it’s this: bits of novels or stories that stalled; outtakes from published novels; character sketches; and discovery drafts. All of these bits and bobs are Liaden in nature, but they are not–not one of them is–complete. They are of possible interest to devoted fans of the Liaden Universe®; they are not guaranteed to be everyone’s cuppa.
Also? Every single one of the said bits and bobs included in this collection has been previously published on Splinter Universe, for the amusement of the authors and the interest of those same devoted fans. There is nothing new here, save the Authors’ Introduction.
All of the material in this book has been removed from Splinter Universe; the only place you will find them is in this collection. Why? Because we promised those devoted readers that the material would not be Lost Forever.
Having read this, If you’ve decided to continue–we welcome you, along with those devoted fans who traveled with us down the years.
Clearly, we are doing our damnedest to not sell this book. We don’t want to mislead anyone, we don’t want angry reviews — or emails — about how The Authors Lied. We want everyone to be very clear about what this is.
This publication is kind of a test for whether we will be putting up the Big New Splinter, or if we Had Better Not. We’re kind of divided here, among ourselves — well, among Steve and me; the cats don’t care, frankly. We do know that writers see fiction differently than readers, and we don’t want to set up a False Canon, so to speak. But there’s some Good Stuff in this Splinter — Splinter though it is — and we’re all bored, and it could be amusing.
So, there’s that.
The contract has been signed, so I can now reveal that!
Barnburner and Gunshy, two cozy mysteries set in Maine written by Sharon Lee, will soon be available as audiobooks, produced by Tantor Media.
Barnburner and Gunshy were first published by SRM Publisher LTD in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Barnburner was also published as an ebook by Embiid, in 2002.
Both books are available as ebooks, from the Usual Suspects, and as paper books from Amazon. They concern the adventures of one Jennifer Pierce, a native of Baltimore, who has inherited her aunt’s house in Wimsy, Maine.
Sharon Lee introduces us to Wimsy, Maine…a world built with the same attention to character, story, and setting that we have long expected in the Liaden Universe® books. Like all her books, this one is a keeper… — Modean Moon, author of RWA RITA Award winner The Covenant
Y’all know what today is, right?
It’s Book Day! Carpe Diem by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller in an all-new paperback edition, with brand-new cover art by David Mattingly!
Carpe Diem was the third Liaden Universe® novel EVER published, appearing. . .
First! as a Del Rey mass market original in October 1989, cover art by Stephen Hickman.
Second! as part of the three-novel compilation, Partners in Necessity, in February 2000, cover art by Michael Herring.
Third! as a mass market from Ace Books, in February 2003, cover art by Michael Herring.
Fourth! as part of two-novel compilation, The Agent Gambit, from Baen Books, in January 2011, cover art by Alan Pollack.
Fifth! as a mass market paperback from Baen Books, today, February 25 2020, cover art by David Mattingly.
That’s 31 years of active publishing life, which is pretty dern amazing.
So! Let’s raise a glass to Carpe Diem!
On a related note — today’s publication of Carpe Diem means that the First Three Books, which is All The Liaden there was for seven-or-ten years (depending on if Steve’s counting or I am) are all in print in the same format, and in stores, now. So this is the perfect time to do needy friends a favor and introduce them to Val Con, Miri, Edger, Shan, Priscilla, Mrs. Trelu, Hakan, Kem, and all the rest of the people who live in: Agent of Change, Conflict of Honors, and Carpe Diem.
Eeeh-HAH, Book Day! Always exciting. Even after so many years.