Well before before Lee & Miller became Lee & Miller Steve’s metamorphosis from traveling poet to pro fictioneer had begun. But he’d been doing short fiction, and he’d had a life, and then, there was a start on a book never finished. Is it abandoned? Delayed? Three chapters from Quicksliver are presented as the newest Splinter Universe offering — and you can read the author’s intro to start, if you like.
Remember that time when Val Con yos’Phelium was re-acquired by the DOI, the super-secret, underground organization bent on Galactic Domination? And how they invoked and enhanced his previous programming and set him loose to take down Clan Korval?
Author’s essay and splinter — right here.
“Emancipated Child” and “How Nathan Archer Came to be a Prince of the Land of the Flowers,” have been compiled into the eChapbook Surfside, now for sale at BN.com — here’s the link — and in the Kindle store at Amazon — here’s that link.
Please visit the complete eChapbook catalog at Pinbeam Books for all the Lee and Miller, Lee, Miller, and Liaden chapbooks now in existence!
Over the next few days-or-weeks, I will be aging stories off the site, compiling them into eChapbooks, and uploading them to Amazon, BN, and possibly Smashwords, depending on how much of a pain in the neck Smashwords is being this week.
Steve and I had intended to write a new story for the Liaden Universe® Silver Anniversary, but. . .
The world has been just a little too much with us. Deadlines, real-life matters, including the fact that we — or at least I — have been under quite a bit of heavy weather.
So, anyway, the brand-new story went on hold — after all, this is the twenty-fifth year of the Liaden Universe®; plenty of time to write a new story when the schedule becomes, shall we say, a little less action-packed and filled with excitement?
Still. . .we felt that the occasion of February — the month in which It All Began, back in 1988, with Agent of Change, and the month that It All Continues, with the publication of Necessity’s Child – we felt that the occasion should be marked in some way.
Which is why we’re offering a splinter; the first 12,000-ish words of the Lute and Moonhawk novel we put aside in 1996, meaning to get back to it, someday.
We hope you enjoy it.
A piece that falls between splinter and story; deep background for Carousel Tides and the ties that bind families together.
Written in February, 2006 as part of the first, exploratory draft of the novel that became Carousel Tides.
Steve and I have been ignoring Splinter Universe as we took care of some other things, professional and private, that had kind of gotten piled up.
We’re still super busy, and can’t promise a story every week, or even every month, but! we couldn’t let the Summer Solstice go by without giving y’all a beach story.
This one’s set in Surfside, the next town up from Archers Beach, familiar to those of you who’ve read Carousel Tides* — and every word is absolutely true!
Here’s your link to Emancipated Child.
Enjoy! And if you like the story, please consider donating by clicking the PayPal button at the bottom of the page.
–Sharon Lee, June 20, 2012
*If you haven’t read Carousel Tides, but would like to, it’s available in mass market paperback and in trade paper from your favorite local bookstore, from Amazon, and Barnes and Noble, and in the ebook format of your choice directly from the publisher, Baen Books.
Klamath updated again: Look for Klamath, Splinter 4
Steve and Sharon spent several weeks buffing one project (Dragon Ship) and finishing up another (Necessity’s Child) and then fought with an old scanner/software combination until they gave in … and got a new solution, which makes turning old-brown pages of 16 lb newsprint covered in 9-pin dot matrix squiggles into free-flowing electronic pages a heck of a lot easier.
We’ll try to keep up a more or less weekly up-date schedule until our summer travels slow us a bit; in the meantime, right now in fact,
you can go read the latest Klamath installment, right here:
As always, we’re taking donations to support the on-going needs of the Cat Farm’s online projects like splinters for Splinter Universe.
Steve put up the third Klamath piece yesterday. This one introduces new characters, new setting and new POV.
Here’s the link