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BOOK 3 in the multivolume Liaden Universe ® short fiction collection. Tales of the Liaden Universe® brought together for the first time. Space opera and romance on a grand scale in a galaxy full of interstellar trading clans. A dozen recent Liaden Universe short works are added to the collection in the third volume of A Liaden Universe Constellation. Ranging from comic to c BOOK 3 in the multivolume Liaden Universe ® short fiction collection. Tales of the Liaden Universe® brought together for the first time. Space opera and romance on a grand scale in a galaxy full of interstellar trading clans. A dozen recent Liaden Universe short works are added to the collection in the third volume of A Liaden Universe Constellation. Ranging from comic to cosmic, only one of these works was first published before 2011. These welcome new additions bring the collected Constellation of Lee & Miller Liaden short stories to 45 works in three mega-volumes. The nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® novels are treasured by space opera aficionados for their wit, world-building, strong characterizations, tender romance, and edge-of-the-chair action. Since 1995, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller also created shorter tales, illuminating additional facets of the Liaden experience. Here is a vast tapestry of tales of the scouts, artists, traders, priestesses, sleight of hand magicians, and pilots who fill the Liaden Universe® with the excitement, action, and romance that readers of the hit series have come to adore. Contains all new entries published after 2011. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). About A Liaden Universe Constellation Volume 1: “. . . adds a bit of sparkle to ordinary life. . . . This series [is] . . . the premier place to find good romantic SF adventure. . . . strong characters finding their own way (and, often, each other) in an action-packed galaxy of worlds. . . . Every story stands on its own; readers don’t have to be familiar with the Liaden universe. Those who have had the pleasure, though, will find many connections to existing tales.” —Analog on A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume 1. About the Liaden Universe® series: “Every now and then you come across an author, or in this case, a pair, who write exactly what you want to read, the characters and personalities that make you enjoy meeting them. . . . I rarely rave on and on about stories, but I am devoted to Lee and Miller novels and stories.” —Anne McCaffrey “These authors consistently deliver stories with a rich, textured setting, intricate plotting, and vivid, interesting characters from fully-realized cultures, both human and alien, and each book gets better.”–Elizabeth Moon “[A] recommended, powerful pick. . .a fast-paced military and political thriller.”—Midwest Book Review on Ghost Ship “[D]elightful stories of adventure and romance set in a far future. . .space opera milieu. It’s all a rather heady mix of Gordon R. Dickson, the Forsythe Saga, and Victoria Holt, with Lee and Millier’s own unique touches making it all sparkle and sizzle. Anyone whose taste runs toward SF in the true romantic tradition can’t help but like the Liaden Universe.”—Analog “[T]he many fans of the Liad universe will welcome the latest…continuing young pilot Theo Waitley’s adventures.” – Booklist on Saltation “[A]ficionados of intelligent space opera will be thoroughly entertained. . .[T]he authors' craftsmanship is top-notch.” –Publishers Weekly on Lee and Miller’s popular Liaden Universe® thriller, I Dare Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller


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BOOK 3 in the multivolume Liaden Universe ® short fiction collection. Tales of the Liaden Universe® brought together for the first time. Space opera and romance on a grand scale in a galaxy full of interstellar trading clans. A dozen recent Liaden Universe short works are added to the collection in the third volume of A Liaden Universe Constellation. Ranging from comic to c BOOK 3 in the multivolume Liaden Universe ® short fiction collection. Tales of the Liaden Universe® brought together for the first time. Space opera and romance on a grand scale in a galaxy full of interstellar trading clans. A dozen recent Liaden Universe short works are added to the collection in the third volume of A Liaden Universe Constellation. Ranging from comic to cosmic, only one of these works was first published before 2011. These welcome new additions bring the collected Constellation of Lee & Miller Liaden short stories to 45 works in three mega-volumes. The nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® novels are treasured by space opera aficionados for their wit, world-building, strong characterizations, tender romance, and edge-of-the-chair action. Since 1995, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller also created shorter tales, illuminating additional facets of the Liaden experience. Here is a vast tapestry of tales of the scouts, artists, traders, priestesses, sleight of hand magicians, and pilots who fill the Liaden Universe® with the excitement, action, and romance that readers of the hit series have come to adore. Contains all new entries published after 2011. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). About A Liaden Universe Constellation Volume 1: “. . . adds a bit of sparkle to ordinary life. . . . This series [is] . . . the premier place to find good romantic SF adventure. . . . strong characters finding their own way (and, often, each other) in an action-packed galaxy of worlds. . . . Every story stands on its own; readers don’t have to be familiar with the Liaden universe. Those who have had the pleasure, though, will find many connections to existing tales.” —Analog on A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume 1. About the Liaden Universe® series: “Every now and then you come across an author, or in this case, a pair, who write exactly what you want to read, the characters and personalities that make you enjoy meeting them. . . . I rarely rave on and on about stories, but I am devoted to Lee and Miller novels and stories.” —Anne McCaffrey “These authors consistently deliver stories with a rich, textured setting, intricate plotting, and vivid, interesting characters from fully-realized cultures, both human and alien, and each book gets better.”–Elizabeth Moon “[A] recommended, powerful pick. . .a fast-paced military and political thriller.”—Midwest Book Review on Ghost Ship “[D]elightful stories of adventure and romance set in a far future. . .space opera milieu. It’s all a rather heady mix of Gordon R. Dickson, the Forsythe Saga, and Victoria Holt, with Lee and Millier’s own unique touches making it all sparkle and sizzle. Anyone whose taste runs toward SF in the true romantic tradition can’t help but like the Liaden Universe.”—Analog “[T]he many fans of the Liad universe will welcome the latest…continuing young pilot Theo Waitley’s adventures.” – Booklist on Saltation “[A]ficionados of intelligent space opera will be thoroughly entertained. . .[T]he authors' craftsmanship is top-notch.” –Publishers Weekly on Lee and Miller’s popular Liaden Universe® thriller, I Dare Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

30 review for A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume III

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A welcome collection of 12 short stories, some of which I've already read. Some get 5 stars, some fewer, so I average to 3.5. All of these titles have been published before, if only online at Baen.com or at the authors' wonderful Splinter website. Some have been published previously in digital two-fer chapbooks and/or in larger anthologies. So, paying twice for the same story. Each story and some previous publication info: "Code of Honor” was first published on Spinter Universe, May 2014. It takes A welcome collection of 12 short stories, some of which I've already read. Some get 5 stars, some fewer, so I average to 3.5. All of these titles have been published before, if only online at Baen.com or at the authors' wonderful Splinter website. Some have been published previously in digital two-fer chapbooks and/or in larger anthologies. So, paying twice for the same story. Each story and some previous publication info: "Code of Honor” was first published on Spinter Universe, May 2014. It takes place on Liad and Surebleak. “Even now, reduced as they are, Korval has the qe’andra in their pocket,” his grandfather put in. “Why, dea’Gauss is the chair of their council! The Terran mercenaries have no qe’andra .” “Which does not make them guilty of war crimes, sir!” Tom Lei felt ill. What did his grandfather hope to gain from this? “Eleutherious” was first published on www.Baen.com, January 2013. This story is part of the Liaden Universe, but there are no Korval characters. It sheds light on the Bedel people. Cross references with terms seen in Necessity's Child and Dragon in Exile: Bedel, Luthia, kompani, gadje “Guaranteed Delivery” was first published on Splinter Universe, September 2011, and also published in Courier Run two-fer and in a larger anthology. As newlyweds, a younger Daav and Alliana deliver a courier package off-world. I enjoyed the story well enough, but it kinda went nowhere. “Intelligent Design” was first published on www.Baen.com, July 2011. (Very good! We learn why Jeeves is devoted to Val Con, and to Clan Korval. We learn what he is — an Independent Artificial Military Module (IAMM) — and get a sense of his vast age and experiences.) Excerpt: He felt . . . movement, or perhaps it was his dying intelligence describing its last spiral. He sank, struggling . . . Perhaps, indeed, he slept, for suddenly he wakened. Wakened to a slow and steady trickle of energy. He sought the source, found the physical connection. Humans wept at such moments. “Kin Ties” was first published on Splinter Universe, July 2011. Also published in Courier Run, with Guaranteed Delivery. It takes place soon after Korval moved to Surebleak. Ren Zel is sent to handle Korval trading business on his home planet. A place of loss, treachery, and abandonment. Good story. “King of the Cats” was first published in The Cats’s Job, SRM Publisher, Ltd., 2002. This story features Miri Robertson and Val Con soon after they met in Agent of Change. There is also Kenzi, a hapless but kindly wizard from some other book. Oh, and about 140 cats. Of course it would be cats. Never dogs. No parrots. Or bunnies. Not even the adorably ferocious dust-bunnies featured in the romantic sci-fi world of Jayne Castle, like After Dark. “Landed Alien” was first published on www.Baen.com, October 2012. This book features Theo's friend Kara from the piloting academy. Kara’s story “Moon’s Honor” was first published on Splinter Universe, February 2013. Shan as Lute and Priscilla as moon goddess. Meh. I like Shan and Priscilla, but not interested in their alter-ego counterparts. “Out of True” was first published on www.Baen.com, October 2013. This book features norbears and is set around the time period of Balance of Trade. “Roving Gambler” was first published on Splinter Universe, April 2014. Adding nothing new to the series-wide plot, this story was slow and somewhat boring. It features Quin, who might have the luck of his father, Pat Rin. He meets Villy Butler, who works at the sticks table in the Emerald Casino. We know from Dragon in Exile that Quin and Villy have a fling. “The Rifle’s First Wife” was first published on Splinter Universe, January 2014. This somewhat sweet little piece features Diglon, a Rifle-class Yxtrang soldier, now devoted to Korval. He plays poker, and assists a biologist Scout named Alara. A frustratingly inept attempt at romance, the pace is slow, the romance swamped by inner reflections and cultural protocols. But still, I liked it. “The Space at Tinsori Light” is intriguing and mysterious, with potential for more to come in future novels on the topic. It was first published on Splinter Universe, November 2011. It's a little spooky, with dark tech. From the preface: "The first mention of Tinsori Light is in the heading preceding chapter twenty-nine of Scout’s Progress . The heading purports to be part of a beam-letter sent from Jen Sin yos’Phelium to his delm, complaining of the cost of repairs at, and impugning the reputation of the keeper of, the Light. It was meant to illustrate the use, and worth, of a Jump Pilot’s Ring, which figures in the storyline of the novel. We never intended to write a story about the Light, or the Keeper. Well. It turns out that Tinsori Light has a mind of its own." Space is haunted. Pilots know this; station masters and light keepers, too; though they seldom speak of it, even to each other. Why would they? Ghost or imagination; wyrd space or black hole, life— and space— are dangerous. The usual rules apply.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Quite good, now I wait till the next Liaden series book..

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    A few interesting stories in this volume. I particularly enjoyed the one with the Light Keeper and the one with the Bebels and the church organ. Also, the one with Jeeves' orgins was very enlightening. A few interesting stories in this volume. I particularly enjoyed the one with the Light Keeper and the one with the Bebels and the church organ. Also, the one with Jeeves' orgins was very enlightening.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    2022 bk 42. Another of the short story collections. This included a story of the bedarii that was wonderful and included music, the story of Diglon Rifle becoming more at ease in his new role and no longer a soldier. An honest, ethical mercenery dismayed at how corrupt his delm has become and other tales of the Liaden and Moonhawk. A good read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charty

    More Liaden stories are always welcome, and this installment has a decent ratio of good to great stories for readers to enjoy. As would be expected, if you don't have a previous knowledge of the Universe and it's many books, most of these stories will not be fully appreciable. I most enjoyed: Intelligent Design which sees the origin story of Jeeves, Korval's robot butler; Roving Gambler, wherein we learn about Quin (Pat Rin's son and heir); King of the Cats, which was a fun crossover with Val Con More Liaden stories are always welcome, and this installment has a decent ratio of good to great stories for readers to enjoy. As would be expected, if you don't have a previous knowledge of the Universe and it's many books, most of these stories will not be fully appreciable. I most enjoyed: Intelligent Design which sees the origin story of Jeeves, Korval's robot butler; Roving Gambler, wherein we learn about Quin (Pat Rin's son and heir); King of the Cats, which was a fun crossover with Val Con and Kinzel meeting unexpectedly; Kin Ties about Ren Zel and Anthora, which fills in their backstory a little bit more, Eleutherios, which explores more about the Bedel and could be read without any previous story knowledge; The Space at Tinsori Light, also a good stand alone story for the uninitiated, which has a somewhat unexpected and creepy ending; and lastly Moon's Honor, which I ended up enjoying more than I expected and also would be a good one to read as a standalone, as Moon and Lute don't figure much into the Liaden universe. These will hopefully tide over readers anxious for the next installment in their ongoing space opera!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    With all due respect to other writers, reading a Liaden Universe tale is like traveling First Class after a lifetime of being relegated to the baggage compartment. Each story is a glittering jewel. Laughter, tears, loves, and ... not loves. Pilots (of course, Pilots), bakers, soldiers, children, scoundrels and nobles. These stories are not written to be read in a day; they were created to be savored ... and loved enough to be enjoyed over and over again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    This is the third collection of Liaden short stories and novellas in the series called Liaden Universe Constellation. It contains twelve stories and, surprising to me since I thought I never missed a story, had a couple of stories that I hadn't read before. I liked Intelligent Design which tells the story of how an AI former war machine came to be the butler for Korval. There was also a story which starred the Bedel on a world other than Surebleak. I liked Roving Gambler which stars Quin and tell This is the third collection of Liaden short stories and novellas in the series called Liaden Universe Constellation. It contains twelve stories and, surprising to me since I thought I never missed a story, had a couple of stories that I hadn't read before. I liked Intelligent Design which tells the story of how an AI former war machine came to be the butler for Korval. There was also a story which starred the Bedel on a world other than Surebleak. I liked Roving Gambler which stars Quin and tells us a lot more about him than we learned in other stories where he appeared. I also enjoyed King of the Cats which combined two of the authors' fantasy worlds by combining Val Con and Kinzel on Kinzel's world. This collection also included Moon's Honor which is another Lady Moon Hawk and Lute story and talks about their meeting. I thought it gave quite a different take on them than Crystal Dragon - the novel where they also make appearances. I prefer their appearances in the short story and wish that novel starring them could have sold and therefore been written. All in all, it was an enjoyable collection. I'm glad to have a convenient source of all of the stories on my Kindle.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Milady133

    Good collection of stories, I enjoyed them all mostly. - Code of Honor: 5 stars - Guaranteed Delivery: Quite convoluted story of people using other people, 4 stars. - Intelligent Design: I enjoyed it, but I didn't grasp how Balance was achieve through employing Jeeves, 4 stars. - Out of True: 4 stars. - Roving Gambler: 5 stars. - King of the Cats: I didn't liked it much, a mixed story. 2 stars. - Kin Ties: 5 stars. - Eleutherios: 5 stars. - The Rifle's First Wife: 5 stars. - The Space at Tinsori Light: 4 Good collection of stories, I enjoyed them all mostly. - Code of Honor: 5 stars - Guaranteed Delivery: Quite convoluted story of people using other people, 4 stars. - Intelligent Design: I enjoyed it, but I didn't grasp how Balance was achieve through employing Jeeves, 4 stars. - Out of True: 4 stars. - Roving Gambler: 5 stars. - King of the Cats: I didn't liked it much, a mixed story. 2 stars. - Kin Ties: 5 stars. - Eleutherios: 5 stars. - The Rifle's First Wife: 5 stars. - The Space at Tinsori Light: 4 stars. - Landed Alien: 5 stars. - Moon's Honor: 3 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Litz

    I like these short stories. They give background to a character skimmed over in a novel. I keep trying to get the older stories about my favorites but the electronic world we live in now is getting rid of actual books. People will be sorry when they have a book burning like "Fahrenheit 400" described in a future world and they are not allowed to own books anymore. I'm old and I still like the feel of books in my hands. I like these short stories. They give background to a character skimmed over in a novel. I keep trying to get the older stories about my favorites but the electronic world we live in now is getting rid of actual books. People will be sorry when they have a book burning like "Fahrenheit 400" described in a future world and they are not allowed to own books anymore. I'm old and I still like the feel of books in my hands.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is a collection of short stories based in the Liaden Universe. It is very good and ties up or starts several story lines from the main series of books. As a fan of the universe, it is too long between new books in the series, although I know the authors have to have time to write the books. I eagerly look forward to each as they come. As I wait for the next book in the series, I am happy to reread the short stories in this collection.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dr susan

    Excellent science fiction I love the Constellations, because when I'm reading a main Liaden book, I often wonder what happened to a secondary character or how that character got sucked into Korval's orbit. And these short stories are great to read before I fall asleep. I've read all the Constellation multiple times. Excellent science fiction I love the Constellations, because when I'm reading a main Liaden book, I often wonder what happened to a secondary character or how that character got sucked into Korval's orbit. And these short stories are great to read before I fall asleep. I've read all the Constellation multiple times.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rhode

    Bought in a weak moment as I’d always wanted to read one of the stories in it. Threw up my hands 20 pages in though. The writing is so intensely mannered. I enjoyed, even loved, the first few books in part because of the manneredness. But this is like a cupcake smothered in a gallon of mannered icing. I have no patience to wade through this overwritten stuff. Never again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    A.i. Standfield

    Another collection of interesting stories I love how these short stories can fill in bits of the Universe, while tellings tales all their own. Very well written, fun, and intriguing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie Malcolm

    Most enjoyed the stories about Clan Korval

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    So many origin stories!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Roland

    An excellent compliment to the Liaden Universe novels. Side characters, what-if's and other points of interest are found therein. An excellent compliment to the Liaden Universe novels. Side characters, what-if's and other points of interest are found therein.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    4.5* Reading these anthologies enriches the Liaden experience, really fantastic short stories.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Georgann

    Several good origin series here: Jeeves, norbears, and the partnership of Lady Moonhawk and Lute.

  19. 5 out of 5

    KateNZ

    [If you’re already a fan of the Liaden Universe series, don’t read the rest of this. You know it already]. Confession time. From the time I picked up “Conflict of Honors” for the first time, I have been a total fangirl of all Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's books, particularly the Liaden Universe series. Their world building is so detailed and appealing and I never want to leave the company of their characters, particularly Daav (spot the crush), Er Thom and Val Con. The tone of the books is alway [If you’re already a fan of the Liaden Universe series, don’t read the rest of this. You know it already]. Confession time. From the time I picked up “Conflict of Honors” for the first time, I have been a total fangirl of all Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's books, particularly the Liaden Universe series. Their world building is so detailed and appealing and I never want to leave the company of their characters, particularly Daav (spot the crush), Er Thom and Val Con. The tone of the books is always spot on - more than a little like Georgette Heyer, but in space. These authors really inhabit their world and take the reader with them. I'm positively greedy about their stories - I wait for months for the next book, pounce on the Amazon parcel as if it's the last volume in a literature-starved universe, stay up half the night reading and then sulk because I have finished it and now I have to start waiting all over again. This latest collection of their short stories is no exception. I had meant to keep it for next month's book tag on PBT [series], but it was magnetically attracted to my hands. Then I genuinely tried to read just one story a day but there it is. Sitting on the kitchen bench. Finished. (*Correction: my mother has just nicked off with it). It didn't let me down. This is a lovely, varied, and balanced group of stories. Sure, I'd read most of them before: if they're published as separate stories rather than in anthologies, I've probably got them on the iPad. But it's so much easier to indulge in a paper copy. "Intelligent Design" is probably my favourite (relating the genesis of Jeeves the robot butler who is more than he appears to be). But I loved all the others too: "The Space at Tinsori Light" - an earlier member of the Korval clan; "Guaranteed Delivery" - a clever courier story featuring Daav and Aelliana; "Moon's Honor" - Lute meets Moonhawk for the first time; "The Rifle's First Wife" - about the Yxtrang Diglon, which is unexpectedly funny; "Eleutherios" - starring a person of the Kompani. Various other stories flesh out some less emphasised (though important) characters like Pat Rin's son Quin in "Roving Gambler" or Ren Zel in "Kin Ties". Others explain an episode that's only fleetingly referred to in one of the central novels ("Code of Honor" that follows on from Korval's encounter with the Department of the Interior in I Dare; or "Landed Alien" that follows Kara after the end of Saltation Animals feature, as usual: in "The King of the Cats", Val Con acquires yet another title, and "Out of True" introduces us to a certain species of small furry empathic creatures. No dragons, though. I'm sure they could have found space for a dragon or two. Good grief, I managed to find a criticism.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Black

    l I keep enjoying these books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Paris

    This Liaden short story collection is like a box of tasty, tasty chocolates: I devoured one, then another, then another, each one with something yummy in the middle. Or maybe it's a ship, and I get to see where some passengers get onboard or go ashore, and every so often a door opens and I get a peek at the goings-on down the side passages. So basically, if you've ever wondered "What happened to--" or "Where did so-and-so come from" or "But what about--," then this is for you. (As are the previou This Liaden short story collection is like a box of tasty, tasty chocolates: I devoured one, then another, then another, each one with something yummy in the middle. Or maybe it's a ship, and I get to see where some passengers get onboard or go ashore, and every so often a door opens and I get a peek at the goings-on down the side passages. So basically, if you've ever wondered "What happened to--" or "Where did so-and-so come from" or "But what about--," then this is for you. (As are the previous two volumes.) But those who haven't yet encountered this universe, take heart! These are great short stories, full of interesting characters facing challenges.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joy Smith

    I love the Liaden universe, their culture, and all those characters in all those books so I was happy to read another collection and add it to my bookshelves. All the stories are new except for King of the Cats, but I enjoyed rereading it. There are early and later stories focusing on various characters, and I enjoyed the updates and the new backgrounds. My favorites include Code of Honor (seeing Miri and Beautiful is always a treat), Guaranteed Delivery (fun), and Intelligent Design (I loved it I love the Liaden universe, their culture, and all those characters in all those books so I was happy to read another collection and add it to my bookshelves. All the stories are new except for King of the Cats, but I enjoyed rereading it. There are early and later stories focusing on various characters, and I enjoyed the updates and the new backgrounds. My favorites include Code of Honor (seeing Miri and Beautiful is always a treat), Guaranteed Delivery (fun), and Intelligent Design (I loved it! Great background!! A definite favorite), and... Wait. I think I loved them all. Oh, I guess I'll have to reread them to be sure...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    If you're familiar with the Liaden Universe, I don't need to say anything beyond - another great collection of the short stories from the chapbooks and from the Baen website. If you're not..... stop reading this. Go and find a friend with the entire set, and book a week off work - you'll want it. These stories do stand alone, but they're SO much better when you know the characters. Lee & Miller's short stories are filling in the background of the universe, and each one is like a chocolate truffl If you're familiar with the Liaden Universe, I don't need to say anything beyond - another great collection of the short stories from the chapbooks and from the Baen website. If you're not..... stop reading this. Go and find a friend with the entire set, and book a week off work - you'll want it. These stories do stand alone, but they're SO much better when you know the characters. Lee & Miller's short stories are filling in the background of the universe, and each one is like a chocolate truffle - but stays in your brain not on your hips. You can't read just one...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sctechsorceress

    I had read most of these stories before, but they all stand up well to re-readings, and it's nice to have them all in one book. I love Lee & Miller's books, and I have to say I absolutely agree that just because a character appears only on a couple of pages of a novel, that doesn't mean that character doesn't have her, or his own story. You'll find some of those stories, here. Also some bits of a novel or two that never were. Very enjoyable from start to finish. Of, course, this is a must for an I had read most of these stories before, but they all stand up well to re-readings, and it's nice to have them all in one book. I love Lee & Miller's books, and I have to say I absolutely agree that just because a character appears only on a couple of pages of a novel, that doesn't mean that character doesn't have her, or his own story. You'll find some of those stories, here. Also some bits of a novel or two that never were. Very enjoyable from start to finish. Of, course, this is a must for any Lee & Miller completists.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Love these As always Lee and Miller come through with a pack of varied stories in the Liaden Universe(R) that fill in gaps you didn't know you wanted filled. Kinda like your friend the good cook saying ,"Here, try this." And OMG! suddenly your taste buds are going dingdingdingding! And life is complete. No, really. They do this kind of stuff all the time while leaving you wanting to find the nearest taxi for Maine so you can respectfully sit and pet the cats and maybe make them bacon while waitin Love these As always Lee and Miller come through with a pack of varied stories in the Liaden Universe(R) that fill in gaps you didn't know you wanted filled. Kinda like your friend the good cook saying ,"Here, try this." And OMG! suddenly your taste buds are going dingdingdingding! And life is complete. No, really. They do this kind of stuff all the time while leaving you wanting to find the nearest taxi for Maine so you can respectfully sit and pet the cats and maybe make them bacon while waiting for the next book. We'll be quiet, we promise!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Moses

    Mostly I love Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's fiction, most of which is set in the Liaden Universe, of their own invention. This is a collection of short works that tend to follow bit players introduced in longer works, or side characters affected by the action of the main story. And they're really interesting and enjoyable in their own rights! If you have found the Liaden Universe to your taste (this would be a thinking person's space opera) then don't miss this book. Mostly I love Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's fiction, most of which is set in the Liaden Universe, of their own invention. This is a collection of short works that tend to follow bit players introduced in longer works, or side characters affected by the action of the main story. And they're really interesting and enjoyable in their own rights! If you have found the Liaden Universe to your taste (this would be a thinking person's space opera) then don't miss this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    As always a great visit to the Liaden universe! A fine collection of shorts from the undisputed masters of universe building Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. I have bought, read and thoroughly enjoyed every novel and collection they have offered in this series. I would recommend any and all of their works to anyone seeking an enjoyable read in the science fiction genre.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I enjoyed these stories very much, but was a little disappointed to discover there were only three in the collection that I didn't already own. There is a lot of overlap between the various collections - Unibus vs Constellations vs standalone "chap books". Still, I was happy to have 3 new stories to read. I enjoyed these stories very much, but was a little disappointed to discover there were only three in the collection that I didn't already own. There is a lot of overlap between the various collections - Unibus vs Constellations vs standalone "chap books". Still, I was happy to have 3 new stories to read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    Good stories that fit in well. The only fiction I have kept copies of is the books of the Liaden series. These are also the only books I reread. These short stories are worthy of inclusion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    A chocolate-covered-cherry almond jamocha chip Blizzard of a treat.

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