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Fledgling (Liaden Universe Book 12) Kindle Edition

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Sharon Lee and Steve Miller live in the rolling hills of Central Maine with two insistent muses in the form of cats and large cast of characters.  The husband-and-wife team's collaborative work in science fiction and fantasy include twelve novels and numerous short stories in their award-winning Liaden Universe. In addition to their collaborative work, Steve has seen short stories, nonficition, and reviews, published under his name, while Sharon has seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels.

Steve was the foundling curator of the University of Maryland's Kuhn Library Science Fiction Research

Collection and a former Nebula juror. For five years, Sharon served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, consecutively as Executive Director, Vice President and President. Sharon's interests include music, seashores and pine cones. Steve also enjoys music, plays tournament chess, and collects cat whiskers.

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  • File Size: 915 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Walt Boyes on August 1, 2009
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Once upon a time, there were a pair of distinguished science fiction writers whose publisher folded leaving them owed a whole bunchaton of money. They were distressed, but being creative types, Sharon Lee and her husband and writing partner Steve Miller got out the begging bowl.

What they did was to set up a website and post a chapter a week of a new Liaden Universe novel, as long as they received enough contributions to meet their threshhold.

The book, now called Fledgling, was wildly successful, the begging bowl filled to overflowing, and Baen Books was delighted to publish it...and now YOU can read it.

This is not the book that was posted. Miller and Lee have edited the posted rough draft into a polished, tightly edited, extremely wonderful book about a young woman's coming of age in a difficult situation she does not understand.

She does not know that the "Delm of Korval" her father, Jen Sar Kiladi, has told her solves all the problems in the galaxy is, in fact her father...or was, before he left Clan Korval to solve and balance his wife's murder. She does not know that Korval has for hundreds of years bred themselves to be pilots of speed, balance, brilliance and integrity. She does not know that sometimes members of Clan Korval are gawky, awkward, and graceless during their adolescence...because Jen Sar has tried to protect her and hasn't told her who she is.

WE know who Jen Sar Kiladi is, because Theo Woodley appears at the very end of the novel "I Dare" which is the last of the mainline Liaden Universe novels to be released.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Runkle on August 7, 2009
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I purchased the electronic Advance Readers' Copy from Baen Books. And it was money well spent. I expect that I'll be purchasing more than one hardcover of Fledgling for gift giving this year. Although this was written as a straight science fiction novel, it works extremely well as a young adult novel.
Theo has been raised as the daughter of two scholars in a university setting. Her schoolmates are the children of academics, and it is generally expected that most, if not all, of the youngsters will also become scholars.
Sounds idyllic, right?
Well, no. The academic life isn't all sweetness and light. Worse, Theo doesn't quite fit in. Just how much and why she doesn't fit in is revealed over the course of the book. But this is not just a story of teen angst. Instead, it's a voyage of discovery, as Theo takes her first steps in learning where she does fit in, and who her companions of choice are.
This story fits in very well with Lee and Miller's Liaden universe, but it is also a delightful YA Science Fiction novel. Although there are fantasy and horror books galore for young adults, it's very hard to find science fiction with engaging, smart protagonists with believable problems and straightforward, elegant writing. This fits all the bills. We know of several youngsters who would very much enjoy these books.
One warning for parents - not only is Theo a protagonist and viewpoint character, but so are her parents. Some of the wonderful complexity of this book involves the care and concern that each of them has for the others. Very highly recommended. But purchase two copies, because once you start reading it, you might not want to give it away.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By poltroon on September 15, 2009
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When I first saw the description for this novel, about an academic fraud investigation of falsified citations, I laughed myself silly. I had to click through to see more; I wanted to gawk at what was surely to be a spectacle of either poor judgement or the tragic outcome of a foolish bet. I have a fondness for and connection to academia, but not even I want to read a novel about department politics or falsified data. Who would be so brazen as to publish such a thing?

But then I saw the five-star reviews. "Hmm," I thought. Maybe there's something to this.

Of course, Fledgling isn't about academic fraud at all. It's a coming-of-age story about Theo, our 14 year old heroine, and how she goes from being an odd-girl-out as a potential academic, to a fearsomely talented pilot-candidate. The falsified data is just an excuse to drive the plot, to get Theo to the places she needs to be to find the place where she belongs. And like all good coming of age stories, we feel Theo's lows, mortified that she's seen as physically impaired and driving her Team score down, 'misunderstood' by her parents, obligated to go places she doesn't want to go, as well as her highs when she has the moments of joy, moments where she becomes sure of her skills and talents.

I also enjoyed Theo's interaction with her cats, her use of lace-making to create patterns and resolve puzzles for herself, her dancing, and how she sees the world in terms of math and patterns. I loved the way that a dance step on one world was martial art on another, just as we see in disciplines like capoeira. I find myself soothed by housefather Jen Sar Kiladi's deliberate, relaxed manner.

This is my first introduction to the Liaden Universe of Lee and Martin, and I quite enjoyed it.
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