May 19, 2012

SF&F Literati Meet a Week Early!

Enter the Liaden Universe--Just in Time for ConQuesT!
When: May 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m. NOTE! THIS IS A WEEK EARLY!
WhereBarnes & Noble #2352, 11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214, 2nd Floor.

Brush up on Liad! Be in the know at ConQuesT!
Our ConQuesT 43 Guests of Honor, the authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, wrote this month's selection, Balance of Trade. It is available from Barnes & Noble.

You may enjoy a chance to learn much more about Lee and Miller and their Liaden Universe, in the recent notable interview by our own Bryan Thomas Schmidt.
B&N Overview of Balance of Trade:
     “Assistant Trader Jethri Gobelyn was an honest, hardworking young man who knew a lot about living onboard his family's space-going trade ship; something about trade, finance, and risk-taking; and a little bit about Liadens.
     “It was, oddly enough, the little bit he knew about Liadens that seemed like it might be enough to make his family's fortune, and his own, too. In short order, however, Jethri Gobelyn was about to find out a lot more about Liadens... like how far they might go to protect their name and reputation. Like the myriad of things one might say-intentionally or not-with a single bow. Like what it would take to make a Liaden trade-ship crew trash a bar. Like how hard it is to say ‘I'm sorry!’ in Liaden. 
     “Pretty soon it was clear that as little as he knew about Liadens, he knew far less about himself. With his very existence a threat to the balance of trade, Jethri Gobelyn needed to learn fast, or else help destroy all he held dear.”

Next Month, it's Back to the Fourth Monday:
Get your copy now, and start reading!
June 25 - So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane, also available from Barnes & Noble. Same time, same location: 7:00 p.m. at the Oak Park Barnes & Noble.

B&N Overview:
     “Something stopped Nita's hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine. It was one of those So You Want to Be a . . . books,  a series on careers. So You Want to Be a Pilot, and a Scientist . . . a Writer. But his one said, So You Want to Be a Wizard.
     “I don't believe this, Nina thought. She shut the book and stood there holding it in her hand, confused, amazed, suspicious—and delighted. If it was a joke, it was a great one. If it wasn't . . . ?
     “Diane Duane is the author of more then twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including four other books in the Young Wizards series. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Ms. Duane lives in rural Ireland.
     “Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.”

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