Current events via Splinter Universe, including Lee & Miller news

Splinter Universe is gaining a new set of splinters, these from the early days of Liaden myth-building, a period when were learning — rather quickly — that our initial idea of having 3 books, or even 7 books — might not be adequate.

So, there’s Shan and Priscilla Ride Again….

As mentioned elsewhere, here, for the next few weeks — aka through August 3, with one week off (the week of June 8) because, Book Tour, we will be posting a chapter from Shan and Priscilla Ride Again.  The reason it’s 16 weeks for 15 chapters is because there is a prologue.

Shan and Priscilla Ride Again is a Liaden novel which was never finished, though it was written out to 15 chapters (about 22,000 words).

The latest installment of Shan and Priscilla Ride Again is up now! Remember to check for new installments regularly!

Over the last few years we’ve heard from many of our fans that they want to acknowledge their appreciation of our work in ways that go beyond buying the latest book. We must admit that a freelance lifestyle gets iffy sometimes — and we’ve even asked for extra support  on several occasions — to get to conventions, to help us with medical issues, to support the retrieval of abandoned books from a warehouse, to help with vet costs for our cats. And we’ve found support coming our way, for a long time. You, our readers have reached out numerous times.

Some have done this by taking us to lunch or dinner at conventions, others by sending cards, gift cards, tea sets, weather vanes(!), or even stuffed toys for the cats — all of which, while fun, and greatly appreciated, are sometimes hit and miss.  We do try to share what’s happening, and you’ve shared as well.

Of course Splinter Universe is another way we share, and another way we see your support — there’s a donate button, after all, at the bottom of almost every Splinter Universe feature.

Still, some folks let us know that rather than supporting individual splinters or buying cat meds or trying to find a way to take us to lunch or dinner at a convention — they’d rather be able to give us regular, extra support.

We’ve been holding off on doing this, but recently there’ve been a spate of new crowdfunding opportunities and arrangements, services and platforms. And, there’ve been more calls for us to offer ways for our readers to help.

After considerable discussion at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory and a study of what was what, we’ve elected to try one of those support platforms. It is called Patreon, and it permits support levels for $1 and up. Our section of Patreon is now live. If you’d like you can visit Lee and Miller at Patreon now.

Also, we’re doing a book tour soon, and we’ve got a new book coming and .. here’s a link to more of the latest Lee and Miller news: Liaden Universe Infodump — #108

New cover reveal

Below is the cover art for A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume Three, coming from Baen in August 2015:

Cover A Liaden Universe(R) Constellation Volume 3 --Art by Steve Hickman
Cover A Liaden Universe(R) Constellation Volume 3
–Art by Steve Hickman

For those who are curious, here’s the table of contents

Authors’ Foreword
Code of Honor
Guaranteed Delivery
Intelligent Design
Out of True
Roving Gambler
King of the Cats
Kin Ties
The Rifle’s First Wife
The Space at Tinsori Light
Landed Alien
Moon’s Honor
Quick Working Glossary

. . .you’ll note that most of the above titles come from stories that have previously appeared on Splinter Universe, so if you’re wondering why a favorite story “vanished,” this collection is where it vanished to.

And in other news

While Steve’s been bogged down in house-hunting, med changes, and a couple sides of medical stuff — as well as pitching in with the recently turned in draft of The Dragon in Exile — Sharon’s been cleaning out backfiles and has come up with a couple you may not have seen.

Most recently, there’s this discussion and outtake from Carousel Tides, which she felt ought to see the light of day.

Before that, also found in files, was this piece, a much older outtake: Strings, Strands, and Vines In Motion, which is after all a part of Cantra’s original story which morphed into the version we later settled on.

Do keep watching — the last of the scheduled follow-up med visits are coming right up and we’ve cleared some space to work in. Aside from the upcoming Principal Speaker gig at PhilCon  in a couple weeks we’re both going to be focusing on the words pretty hard between now and Boskone (in February).


A splinter from the past. and movement toward the furure

All things are never equal.

In this case, my plans for a rapid turnaround of the next chapter of Quicksliver fell victim to the fact that we’ve put our house on the market and needed to do some hasty decluttering — and then my plans were not equal to the task of doing the  decluttering at the same time I was doing some disaster-recovery as my main working computer bit the dust.

Now that the back-up computer has been crowned king and the laptop named viceroy we’ll be getting back in gear — and we’re continuing with the process of shifting our base of operations, as well.  What that means is that files, both paper and computer, that have long been unused, are being weeded, and in some cases rediscovered.

Sharon, for example, found an out-take from the Crystal Soldier/Crystal Dragon duology — and found it so readable that she had to share. You can see it as “Strings, strands, and vines in motion” … and if you like, you can support the story. Also there’s an author’s intro for those who need to know more.

Meanwhile, work on Quicksliver is going forward, and my loyal readers have already moved us nearly one hundred dollars toward the goal of chapter seven. Thanks for all the support and the trust — forward motion is returning!

Tuesday report: sharpening the keyboard ….

While we’ve been busy getting the house ready to put on the market a lot of readers were doing their 4th of July vacations.  Hope you all had a blast — safely. Now, I’m sharpening the keyboard and getting ready to start on the next installment of Quicksliver — just as soon as the next donation comes in. It’ll take a couple days to get up, but at the moment we’re at 99.1 percent for Chapter 6. Oh, by the way, what pushed us so near the brink on the overnight? Several $5 monthly recurring support payments. Thanks gang!

What’s that look like?


OH, and on the big front:

At the bottom is the link to donate directly via Paypal… If you prefer to donate to Splinter Universe or Quicksliver by mail, send to Splinter Universe, C/O Steve Miller, PO Box 1586, Waterville, ME 04903 – make checks or gift cards payable to Steve Miller

A little bit of pre-holiday progress on Quicksliver

Looks like the summer doldrums and vacations have hit the Quicksliver progress bar. Here it is going on 10 days after the last post and we’re just under 80% of funding for Chapter 6, with the two most recent donations coming in the form of checks to the PO Box.  You may actually end up with a two part add-on for Chapter 6 — we’ll see how that works once I’m down to it.

In addition to the work on Quicksliver we’re in the midst of prepping the house to put it up for sale (and we’re also looking for another house, in town and closer to the interstate, the railroad station, the bookstore, and the ocean…)and we’ve got about 2/3 of the first book of the next 5 Liaden books in rough draft about now.


For visual excitement, the current standings for Chapter 6 in blue:


And for the overview, here’s the long-range standing:


At the bottom is the link to donate directly via Paypal… If you prefer to donate to Splinter Universe or Quicksliver by mail, send to Splinter Universe, C/O Steve Miller, PO Box 1586, Waterville, ME 04903 – make checks or gift cards payable to Steve Miller

The Saturday report: progress on several fronts

Saturday update:

I missed the scheduled 9 AM post this morning, what with me sleeping in, reading the new real estate ads, feeding Mozart and us, doing an early stirfry to avoid cooking in the expected afternoon heat, and starting the laundry.

Oh yeah, I’m afraid that in the middle off breakfast I had a Eureka Moment about a piece of the Quicksliver back-story that had become dated because of recent science – and so we may add a bit to a couple of the early chapters or even come up with a prolog, to answer this. Science is wonderful, but sometimes you have to run hard to keep up! Also, Sharon was quite patient about refilling my coffee while I was in the middle of an idea-attack.

Here’s the Chapter Six line at the moment (call it 12 Noon, Saturday, June 28) – and it is a good thing I waited until now because we just got in a $5 donation bringing us up to 66.6% (yeah, 2/3) of the goal. Many thanks for the support!

Our usual visual aids follow:

This week’s goal:

And here’s the long range goal, in thermometer graph:

Also, if you want to make sure I keep busy over the next few days, here’s the link to donate directly via Paypal… If you prefer to donate to Splinter Universe or Quicksliver by mail, send to Splinter Universe, C/O Steve Miller, PO Box 1586, Waterville, ME 04903 – make checks or gift cards payable to Steve Miller.

Paypal link:

Thursday evening, not quite halfway on Chapter 6

I missed the usual 9 AM post this morning since Sharon and I had competing medical appointments across the bridge in different parts of the city of Waterville.  After lunch … back to work. What we’re working on now (besides Quicksliver and the unnamed Liaden book 1 of 5) is travel plans & decisions for our party at DetCon – and deciding when the house goes on sale.

Here’s the Chapter Six line at the moment (call it 7 PM, Thursday, June 27) – still under 50% of the goal.

And here’s the long range goal, in thermometer graph:

Quicksliver Chapter 5 online

Thank you all for your patience while life — and delays to the Quicksliver project — happened here. The good news is that much of the work we needed to do around the house to prepare for going on the market with it is done.

Chapter 5 is available now, and as soon as I made the link live I realized there was something that needs amending for the longer story to work — thank the lucky stars this is rough draft and not the absolutely final copy.

Oh, and if you’ve been following along at home, you may want to know how the next chapter is coming. I’ll be working on that over the next few days and so far I’m not late because we’ve yet to hit the support goal there. Still, even without my reminders, we’ve moved beyond the $9 I reported last week….

How are we doing? Here you go:

And that means on the overall we’re now at:



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