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Traveling to The Future Monthly, and Looking Ahead

Over the years we — that’s Sharon Lee and Steve Miller — have done a pretty fair amount of traveling for our fiction. We’ve been Guests of Honor at conventions around the country, we’ve been to riverside hotels and motels in Canada and a pondside geese-infested hotel in Kansas City. We’ve crossed international borders in a Blazer loaded down with books and in a Subaru carrying a small box with all of our awards, ending up in Montreal, Fredericton, Toronto before returning home to Maine. We’ve traveled AMTRAK to dusty Salt Lake City, to beautiful downtown San Jose, to busy Atlanta, to Reno and to Minneapolis and Baltimore and Chicago and … well, you get the idea.

Around all the traveling,  in and among it, before it, between it and during it, we’ve been writing...

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A Three Chapter Splinter, posted October 27

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.


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Alternate Universe Splinter

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.


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New Splinter and Author’s Intro Up!

Sharon has been cleaning out her files!

Here’s the author’s introduction to the first outline for Scout’s Progress, in which the Author Explains All.

And here’s the outline, in its entirety.

Have fun!

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New Story!

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.

Here’s your link


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New Story!

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!

Of course.

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 y...

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Klamath updated again: See Klamath, Splinter 4

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.

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First Klamath Splinter is live!

The story of Klamath is complex, and as we present it here in Splinter Universe, both unfinished and in disparate and at times conflicting pieces. Our parts in the story came from a piece of back-brain information that filtered through to us while Agent of Change, the first Liaden Universe novel, was in progress. That information was the news that Miri Robertson, Mercenary Soldier, had not always lived a pure and wholesome life and in fact had taken a bit of a detour from the straight and narrow following the the effective destruction of civilization on Klamath, if not before.


Steve’s intro here

Jump right to the First! Splinter!

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