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About the Author

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller live in the rolling hills of Central Maine with two insistent muses in the form of cats and a 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, nonfiction, and reviews published under his name, while Sharon has seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels.

 

Steve was the founding 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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Product Details

  • Series: Liaden Universe® (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Original edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134399
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Barb on May 5, 2011
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Copies of "I Dare" were very hard to come by, and even hard to obtain through inter-library loan, so I was thrilled to receive Korval's Game, which includes both Plan B and I Dare. The writing still works, and the inter-weaving of story lines across so many books shows some great plotting. Re-reading both of these books sets the stage for the old Korval stories to merge cleanly with the Saltation/Fledgling series to a culmination of both in the forthcoming Ghost Ship. Bravo! And Bravo to Baen for finally making some older treasures once again available. Given how hard the older Liaden novels were to find, I'm glad to now have the full set residing on my bookshelf.

One quibble: Why do the artists for the Lee/Miller books always manage to introduce some weirdness into figures on the cover? Balance of Trade features Norn ven'Deelin with absurdly short arms, and another figure whose head looks badly photoshopped jutting ahead of his body, and Korval's Game features Miri Roberston - war-hardened mercenary -- with a poochy tummy hanging out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on April 30, 2011
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Korval's Game (2011) is the third SF omnibus edition in the Liaden Universe series, following The Agent Gambit. It contains Plan B and I Dare. The initial omnibus in this sequence is The Dragon Variation.

Plan B (1998) is the fourth SF novel in this series, but it is something like the seventh by internal chronology. It is a direct sequel to Carpe Diem.

In this story, Shan has contacted Val Con and learned about the Department of Interior. They decided to meet on Lytaxin. Then Shan and Priscilla took the Dutiful Passage away from Liad and converted it into a battleship.

Val Con and Miri take the DoI ship away from the Interdicted World. The DoI Commander of Agents watches the tracking device on the ship leave orbit and travel to Waymart. Later the trace disappears from his screen.

Val Con and Miri head toward Lytaxin. That world is the home of Clan Erob, a close ally of Korval. On the way, Miri gets a gene test and discovers that she can use sleep learning without harm.

They land on Lytaxin shortly after the end of a civil war. Val Con introduces Miri as a scion of Clan Erob. The Erob delm is doubtful at first, but another gene test convinces her that Miri is from her clan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Boulter on May 2, 2011
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Korval's Game (Liaden) contains the two novels 'Plan B' and 'I Dare', which complete the story arc begun in The Agent Gambit (The Liaden Universe) containing 'Agent of Change' and 'Carpe Diem. If you haven't read the first two, go there before diving into 'Korval's Game'.

'Plan B' and 'I Dare' continue the saga of Val Con and Miri while adding in the others of the Korval Clan in their fight against against those who wish Korval destroyed. The characters are well drawn and sympathetic; the writing engrossing and entertaining.

Together, Steve Miller & Sharon Lee have created a detailed universe in which they play, gleefully drawing the reader into their machinations and the twists and turns of the Liaden Universe. I've read all four of these novels several times and still enjoy going back to revisit old acquaintances from time to time.

I find it difficult to write this review without including spoilers from the first books. Nevertheless, I highly recommend Korval's Game once you've read The Agent Gambit: Agent of Change / Carpe Diem. If you HAVE read 'Agent of Change' and 'Carpe Diem', you won't need my recommendation to continue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry Hackner on June 30, 2011
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Sharon and Steve are incredibly fine writers who have never had the too mass exposure they deserve. Their Liaden Universe series is brilliant, but unless you discovered them from a very small (now bankrupt publisher) (Meisha Merlin) you probably have never encountered them. FINALLY they have a real publisher who is reprinting all their great books. Google them to fine there entire bibliography. Luckily I have them all and as there is less and less HARD Science Fiction being published (I refuse to use the word Sfi Fi!) having a new source of great books, with brillliant charters, plots and intelligent writing is rare. Grab them all and get on their mailing list. You will truly not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Rains on August 5, 2011
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After so many years, this marvelous book picks right up where the authors left off, and makes a wonderfully satisfying read. I got the book, started reading it about 6 in the evening, and finished at 2:30 in the morning. I could not put it down. It is on its umpteenth reading, in only a week. I already have the next book in the series in my cart. Clan Korval does not disappoint, and Miri grows into a phenomenally competent and interesting person, more than suitable to lead the maverick Clan Korval. Look out universe!! And the ending of this chapter of the Korval saga has such an unexpected twist - if you want to know more then buy and enjoy the book!
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