An addendum to this post regarding the publication of Splinter Universe Presents!
Amazon has written to say the content of Splinter Universe Presents! is freely available on the web (which it is not), and that I must Prove I haven’t stolen it. I have replied. However, this may put Amazon publication back. We will publish on schedule with the other ebook vendors, including Baen, BN, Kobo, Apple &c.
Paper edition fanciers — I cannot tell you when — or if — a paper edition will become available. Watch this space.
The authors and Pinbeam Books are very sorry for this snafu.
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.
. . .or possibly, DEconstruction Site.
I am in the process of taking down the older Splinters — and combining them into a single volume, tentatively entitled Splinter Universe Presents! The First 17 Years! Or some such. This will make the site cleaner and more able to receive a Very Long Splinter that I have been contemplating posting for Some Time.
So! Watch the Skies! And if your favorite Splinter goes missing — know that it’s not gone forever.
Added today, the splinter entitled, Daav’s Leaving Town, with author commentary.
Added today, the splinter entitled “Shan’s getting married,” with author comments.
The discovery of a small folder of short Liaden snippets from the mid-1980s has inspired a fit of housekeeping. We will be, over the next while, posting those snippets, with author commentary, here, so, yanno, watch the skies. Or this site, whichever works best for you.
In the meantime, in order to get my hand back into Splinter Universeing, a non-Liaden snippet from the same time period, indeed! found in the same folder — has been posted here.
Listen to Steve read Lee and Miller’s “A Choice of Weapons.”
With the Liaden Universe® World Tour getting on the road again — this time to visit the Pittsburgh area where we’ll be Guests of Honor at Confluence — you might miss us on FaceBook or some of our other social media outlets. While we hope you can catch us at the convention, if you can’t you can still catch up on a couple of Splinter Universe Live reading from the spring.
First, at least timewise, there’s A Gift of Music, as read by Sharon Lee, a story in Sharon’s Carousel Tides universe which appeared originally as a featured story on Baen.com.
Then, there’s Steve’s story Charioteer, which was his first published story in Amazing, sold to Ted White in the mid 70s — it appeared in late 1977 in what was officially the May 1978 issue.
Another story read by Sharon was the joint Lee-Miller Liaden Universe® story The Beggar King, in which Clarence O’Berin arrives on Liad under rather uncertain conditions.
We’re still working on a lot of backlog of stories we’d like to read for you — Sharon’s just added what she considers one of her favorite chapters ever out of the Liaden Universe® to the Patreon site (Chapter 3 of Mouse and Dragon) and it and the fun Liaden story “A Day At The Races” will be available from links here in the fall.
As always, if you want to show support for a particular story you can drop us a note or use the Paypal donate button on the left side of the page. We thank you for all your help!
Listen to Steve read Lee and Miller’s locked-room murder mystery, “A Night at the Opera.” Here’s your link.