it came out of the wordwork

Splinter Universe, Quicksliver, and you ...
I know a number of you are following my new project ....

Chapter 5 of Quicksliver is posted on and we're awaiting funding before getting Chapter 6 in gear.

I'd appreciate getting the word out to other fans -- share if you can!

Liaden Universe Infodump No. 104
Liaden Universe(R) InfoDump No. 104

Awards, travel, website story projects, books, audiobooks, Guests of Honor – a busy InfoDump indeed is Number 104


About the Maine Literary Awards:  Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance (MWPA) held the 2014 Maine Literary Award ceremony at the University of Southern Maine's Glickman Familiy Library Thursday, May 29, for books published by Maine authors in 2013. Among the finalists in the Speculative Fiction category was Necessity's Child, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, who attended the ceremony.

A list of all award winners and finalists can be found here:



In July of this year Lee and Miller are set to attend DetCon 1, the upcoming NASFIC in Detroit, Michigan. Both a Friends of Liad breakfast and a Friends of Liad party are among the festivities the authors hope to take part in at the con North American fans throw in years the WorldCon is overseas. The con runs from July 17 through July 20…. come on out!


Come November, Lee & Miller will be Principal Speakers at PhilCon, the oldest SF convention in the world. Principal Speakers are the PhilCon equivalent of Guests of Honor, and past PhilCon GoHs include  Allen Steele, Catherynne M. Valente, Tim Powers, Eric Flint, Connie Willis, and Fritz Leiber.  The con runs November 21-23, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ.  A party and an FoL breakfast are on the long range schedule. Come on out!

For those who travel to other conventions, and who would like to help publicize PhilCon, there is a printable flyer here:


The audiobook edition of Sharon Lee's Carousel Sun, which came out from Baen books on January 14 of this year, is scheduled for release in September 2014. The Carousel Seas audiobook will come out concurrently with the Baen edition …

Liaden Universe Constellation Number Three – Yes, there will be a third collection of Liaden stories, coming in your direction from Baen, RSN. Lee & Miller are (among other projects) prepping the book to turn it in, with story commentary and an intro, by July 15. An exact publication date is not yet set.

Quicksliver – a new Steve Miller book to be written live for the net, chapter by chapter, week by week, just like Fledgling and Saltation – on Lee & Miller's Splinter Universe. The rough draft will be presented weekly (with time out for travel and medical considerations) with the resulting edited ebook being available (a few weeks after the approximately 100,000 word book is completed in draft) to those who donate at least $10. For the moment the known details are here: … watch the skies!

Also at Splinter Universe – we're also posting Guest Stories by other professional authors – look at the guest story list at . Each story has a donate button on the story that goes directly to the author of that story.

Liaden Universe® novels

Here is the *delivery schedule* for the next five Liaden Universe® novels (aka the date that each novel is due in Madame the Editor’s hands):

*September, 2014*: First of Five
*February  2015*: Second of Five
*November  2015*: Third of Five
*August 2016*: Fourth of Five
*May 2017*: Fifth of Five

Blogs and Other Webly Things of Note
Theo_Waitley is the discussion group for readers of Fledgling and Saltation:
Where Dragons Rest:
Steve Miller’s blog, Journeyman:
Sharon Lee’s blog, Eagles over the Kennebec:
Sharon Lee’s “Professional” blog:
Splinter Universe Discussion List:

*Facebook Connections — please feel free to add us!* — Steve Miller — Sharon Lee

Pinbeam Books: an online catalog, with vendor links, to all Lee-and-Miller eChapbooks
Splinter Universe: features outtakes, splinters, and oddities from the Lee&Miller writing career, currently changes irregularly.
Welcome to Liad — The official homepage for Liaden Universe® news —
The Hyperspatial Boardwalk Shop: T-shirts, mugs, more! --

Liaden Interest Groups on Facebook
Clan Korval:
Friends of Liad:
Flaran chamenthi:

Steve’s on Twitter:
Sharon’s on Twitter, too:

Disclaimer Stuff
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News -- and more news ...
In case you haven't visited our other websites today ...

We've had a busy few days here in the wilds of Maine.  For one thing, after some whirlwind discussion with our editor and agent we're waiting for the contract to come in on Liaden Universe® Constellation Number Three. Yes! But, sorry, no publication date yet.

We've also got word that we can unveil a special, this week only, price on the popular Audible audiobook version of Fledgling. This special price is available to all comers -- that means member or not, you can get Fledgling for just $3.95.  Or, if you join -- you can get it absolutely free. Get one for you and tell your friends!

All this is happening now over  at the special Fledgling sales page at Audible

Watch the skies -- oh wait, here's news!
So, you say that say that you're not sure NASFIC and Worldcon will be enough this year? Need a burst of fannishness just before Thankgiving? Well then ...

Why not visit PhilCon 2014, based at the Crown Plaza Hotel in  Cherry Hill, NJ, where Sharon Lee and Steve Miller will be this year's Principal Speakers. This year's iteration of the world's oldest ongoing SF convention will take place November 21 to 23, 2014 & will feature Lee & Miller along with dozens of other well-known writers, artists, filkers, and fans! Watch for more details, coming soon!

Party time -- in July
And ... we have news --

looks like we'll have that Friends of Liad party room for DetCon, most likely on Saturday night. Who wants to come? Who wants to help? We haven't seen the party rules yet so I can't be sure if helping mean carrying bags of ice, watching the doors and checking for badges, or baking brownies, cookies, and bread.  ....

If you can join us, we'd love to see you. Also, we'll probably have a Friends of Liad breakfast in case you can't make the party ...

Liaden Universe Constellation Volume 2 ...
As many of you know, we've got a couple of recent books out ... including several collections of our short stories. You may also know Locus as the newspaper of the science fiction field, and they have a bestseller list.

So, this month, (in newsstand time it would be April, 2014) in trade paperback, some dude named Ray Bradbury has the 1 bestselling trade paperback, for some book called Fahrenheit 451. And this dynamic duo named Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have the Number 2 bestselling trade paperback this month -- a collection of short fiction -- Liaden Universe Constellation, Volume 2.

Say hey and tell your friends -- the Liaden short stories *are so* mostly in print again, and apparently a lot of folks are taking advantage. -- You can too. From fine bookstores and online sources ...

And ... in ICYMI ... another review:
Here's another review of a Lee & Miller Book .. please feel free to share ...and to write your own if you happen to have a blog, a reading group, or a fan group that you work with regularly.

We'll be adding a review link list to several of our other sites - please visit,,, and to keep up with us!

Here's something to read ... that gives us a nice mention
It is good to be recognized by other writers -- we just hope that some of these mentions will translate into more readers for all concerned ...

The National SF Convention .... coming in July
I've posted this over in the Friends of Liad group on Facebook and to the original FoL mailing list but to be sure ...

Dear Friends of Liad

DETCON 1 has been in touch with us -- that's this years NASFIC (North American SF Convention which happens in years the WorldCon is outside of North America) and besides assuring us that we will be program participants they also want to know if we're going to....

1) be having a party room or suite

2) if we'll want/need a fan table

Since we don't have programming information to hand, we can't know yet how heavily we might be scheduled, but we'd love to be able to participate in the usual way -- if we'll have Friends of Liad there to help, and if nothing else, we'll plan on a Friends of Liad breakfast.

I'm assuming there will be parties and programming by some of our fellow travelers (like Baen Books, SFWA, and future worldcon bids, for example) but as usual, much is up in the air 5 months out from the event.

If you'd like to help with or take part in a FoL party, send me a message via Facebook or the usual FoL mailing list and I'll put you in touch with whoever looks like they'll be doing something. If someone would like to volunteer to help coordinate, that would be good, too.

My expectation is that the NASFIC will be larger than most regionals but not nearly as big as a North American WorldCon -- the last NASFIC I went to was in Raleigh, and there were on the order of 1200 people there. What this means is, in part, that it ought to be easier to get to see the artshow and the attending professionals and program participants .. and that there won't be as many of them as there usually are for worldcon.

DETCON will happen in Detroit from July 17-20; we'll likely be there a day earlier and a leave the day after -- and hope we'll be seeing a bunch of you there.

Thanks for reading!


Hey ... coming soon ... and coming today ...
And ... today is mass market publication day, for those who buy everything Lee & Miller in the traditional SFnal book size.

Looking ahead? --


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