Pinbeam Books is the latest electronic publishing project by ebook pioneers and authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Welcome, and enjoy!
Lee and Miller have long supported the electronic reading revolution. starting with their own BPLAN Virtuals efforts in the late 1980s, into the early century with Embiid, then to online serializations with Fledgling and Saltation in 2007 and 2008, and now to the wider electronic universe with their own Pinbeam Books as well as the Baen Books electronic line, Webscriptions.net.
Together, Lee and Miller have co-written eighteen science fiction and fantasy novels, most set in the Liaden Universe® — a space opera geography of their own devising.
In addition, Miller and Lee have written dozens of short stories together since 1995 and published them in hard copy as chapbooks — saddle-stitched pamphlets of up to 70 pages, typically including two mid-length, or one novella length story.
This is where Pinbeam Books comes in. For years, readers have been asking the authors to make those chapbook titles available in electronic format. They are now doing just that.
Lee and Miller’s novels are available as ebooks directly from Baen Webscriptions, and Baen is also publishing paper editions. During 2010 and 2011 Baen Books has or will be issuing the entire Liaden Universe® backlist in a series of omnibus editions. The next new Liaden novel is Ghost Ship, to be published in August 2011. In addition, Lee and Miller have three more books under contract to Baen — Dragon Ship, Trade Secret, and a novel to be named later.
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Two stories about the folks who keep the social and technical machinery running. "Landed Alien" finds Kara ven'Arith on a space station maintenance crew when a series of inexplicable events overtake support functions. In "Eleutherios," the friars at a down-and-out abbey are taken in hand by an unlikely savior. Both stories previously appeared on Baen.com website.
A faction of renegade priestesses is seeking to circumvent the Dyan City High Priestess to outlaw "hedge magicians." Their reason is that such "bogus magic" confuses the simple, and diverts awe and respect that ought to be reserved for the true magic worked by priestesses in the name of the Goddess.
Two tales inspired by the magical Maine coast: "Emancipated Child" features Jason Thibodeau, a young man who is challenged to accept his power -- and his destiny -- in the tiny coastal town of Surfside. "How Nathan Archer Came to be a Prince of the Land of the Flowers," tells the story of a young woman who puts duty before all.
Reflections on Tinsori Light
For those who wish to see how a short story goes from outline to short story, this echapbook presents the outline for, and the completed short Liaden story, "The Space at Tinsori Light," with an explanatory foreword by Sharon Lee.
Two stories of ancient computer systems and the changes they bring to the Liaden Universe.
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Adventures in the Liaden Universe No. 18. Two new adventures! "Kin Ties" explores the ties that bind beloved kin--and desperate enemies. "Guaranteed Delivery" is a tale of love, leadership, and insurance fraud.
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Meet William Drew Faro the 4th, a human from Khareton's TriGrace Academy, and Trikura Dai, a rock-chewing, space-faring Chenri who is definitely not of this world!
Together, they will face pirates, politics, police, and plots and learn to "walk Osara."
The Tomorrow Log
Meet Gem ser'Edreth, a wizard with electronics -- and a freelance thief. Deliberately solitary, unencumbered by family or friends, he immerses himself in his profession, rising to a pinnacle of skill so exalted that the planetary crime boss seeks him out with a commission to steal. Refusing the commission, of course, is his first mistake.
Steve Miller--grandson of internationally esteemed poet Dorothea Neale--spent portions of his early writing years as a touring coffee house poet.
In response to audience requests, Steve's first book, TimeRags, was published in 1975 in an edition of 200 copies. TimeRags II updates that edition, with three poems added and two deleted.
Endeavors of Will
Included in this collection of stories by Sharon Lee are: Stolen Laughter, The Winter Consort, The Pretender, The Silver Pathway, Stormshelter, The Girl, The Cat and Deviant, A Matter of Ceremony, The Handsome Prince, and the poem Cards.
The Naming of Kinzel
Three stories of power, innocence, and magic.
Kinzel the Foolish: Meet Kinzel. Not quite the village fool. And does it take a fool, or a wise child, to bargain with a unicorn?
Kinzel the Innocent: Kinzel has won a wizard's staff. It's a good life, but it may be a short one, for Kinzel has made powerful enemies.
Kinzel the Arbiter: Two men vie for the attention of the grey crow of legend.
A Yours, Mine and Ours collection of short stories from Liaden Universe(R) authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.
Included are Steve's "And Hawks for Heralds," Sharon's "Master of the Wind," and joint effort "Candlelight."
In "Sweet Waters," a Liaden survey pilot discovers a planetary tragedy, only to have it take on a decidedly personal flavor when his ship crash-lands and he must make his way in a doomed culture.
"A Night at the Opera" explores the correlation between great heart and great magic — and what price is too high to pay for revenge.
By the authors of the Liaden Universe(R)
The Cat's Job
In this chapbook we look at a cat mayor at work, talk about cats as people, and share several fictional pieces dealing with the place of cats in the universe at large.
The Cat's Job was one of SRM Publisher's most popular titles since 2002; in 2010 Sharon Lee and Steve Miller added a 1979 collaborative effort as well as a timeline of the household they call The Cat Farm and Confusion Factory.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) #17
Historic moments, it turns out, are not always comfortable, even for honorable people. Vertu's reward for acting exactly as a delm ought is perfectly Liaden. Her salvation?
That will depend on her.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) #16
"Hidden Resources" introduces untested pilot Quin yos'Phelium, suddenly in charge of the escape ship for the clan's youngest members as the eldest face several vessels bent on revenge.
"Moon on the Hills" focuses on Surebleak, Korval's refuge after their exclusion from Liad. Boss Conrad, must deal with finding a landing zone for clan house, and the tree.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) #15
Before Miri Robertson met Val Con yos'Phelium she was a recruit in Lizardi's Lunatics. During the action on Klamath it was her duty to carry special meteorological equipment.
Meanwhile, on the orbiting space station, there was a weatherman, Ichliad Brunner. His duty to observe and predict.
Then the war took an unexpected turn, and duty became dangerous.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) #14
"Shadow Partner": When Ceola's bar-partner sister find interest in the business waning, even leaving for days on end without warning, the tavernista turns to her sister's ex-lover for help.
"Persistence": Beba's family has a history to outlive, and she must be the point person in dealing with Conrad, a man who smells like blood to her "extra" senses.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number 13
Kareen yos'Phelium is the foremost scholar of the Liaden Code of Proper Conduct on Liad. Now, enemies stir, and Kareen must act. Is she merely an expert of the Code, or is she a DAUGHTER OF DRAGONS?
When the trees do well, the world does well.
When the world is turned upside down, a young dragon is cast into action against an unknown menace.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe No. 12
"Fighting Chance" features young Miri Robertson, and a life-changing decision. Reprinted from Women of War, DAW, 2005.
"Prodigal Son" sends Val Con yos'Phelium back to Vandar in search of old friends--and old enemies. Can he prevent a hostile takeover of the planet?
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Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number 11
"The Beggar King," is takes place on Liad and about the young Daav yos’Phelium’s early training to be Delm. "Necessary Evils" is set during the time and space before Clan Korval, when the universe was degenerating into chaos, and individuals faced evil in many guises, including bio-engineered human-plant hybrids, slavery, and of course, greed.
With Stars Underfoot
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number 10
"Lord of the Dance," brings together many old friends for a holiday party on snow Surebleak.
Also included is "This House," a Liaden Universe(R) story written specifically at the request of Janis Ian for the 2003 Janis Ian tribute anthology STARS.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number 9
In this volume is "Veil of the Dancer," in which a scholar with three daughters properly marries off the two eldest, while teaching the youngest, Inas, how to read.
Also included is "Quiet Knives," which finds Captain Rolanni with time on her hands -- time to fulfill a promise she made years ago to a man who may no longer be a friend.
Shadows and Shades
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number Eight
"Naratha's Shadow" pits a Scout and a priestess against a wandering artifact of the Old War -- a planet eater that hasn't, quite, run out of power.
In "Heirloom," Pat Rin yos'Phelium and his young cousin Nova must unravel the puzzle behind an old rug that has been stored, not only dirty, but bloodstained.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number 7
In "A Matter of Dreams" the oft-disappointed crew of an itinerant spaceship find that dreams can come face to face with power -- and that power abhors an honest confrontation.
Also here is "Phoenix," which gives an intimate glance at the Solcintra's Low Port, where artists and the abandoned must struggle to survive.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number Six.
Novella "Changeling" features the collision of two off-world Liaden Clans -- one rich and influential, one borderline respectable -- after the contract marriage between two young and promising pilots results in an unforeseeable disaster for both of them.
Trading in Futures
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number Five.
The short story "Balance of Trade" introduces Jethri Gobelyn, an aspiring Terran apprentice Trader who comes to the attention of a Liaden Master Trader.
In "A Choice of Weapons," Daav yos'Phelium must Balance an insult amid the elegant formality of a Liaden garden party.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number Four.
"The Wine of Memory" -- Lute can get into a locked the house, but can he put a ghost to rest?
In "Certain Symmetry," Pat Rin yos'Phelium receives two packets in his morning mail.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number Three.
"Pilot of Korval" finds Er Thom yos'Galan and Daav yos'Phelium, beginning to learn their adult roles of trader and scout.
In "Breath's Duty," a grown-up Daav must undertake a painful duty of friendship -- find his best friend's ship, which was lost in the aftermath of a space battle.
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number Two
Moonhawk is a priestess of the Goddess, traveling on quest. Lute is an itinerant magician, specializing in sleight-of-hand and ventriloquism. The two of them meet on the road, and continue on together, down the road, and across lifetimes.
Two Tales of Korval
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number One. Originally published in chapbook form by SRM Publisher in 1995. Includes the two classic Liaden stories, "To Cut an Edge," and "A Day at the Races."
Chariot to the Stars
Chariot to the Stars features some of Steve Miller's favorite early work from Amazing Science Fiction and elsewhere. as well as a previously unpublished short story.
Included here are Rain Day, The Inventoried, The Solution, The Cat's Job, and Charioteer
Includes three short stories.
"Coffeecat," is a fun story about the reality of morning coffee. "The AfterImage" offers an incisive look at beauty contests of the future. "Passionato" shows a collector at work, who, in his own fey way shares the inmost dreams and passions of the artists he sponsors.
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