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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: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Original edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134078
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nogentlereader on December 29, 2010
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This is an omnibus edition containing two of the novels in the growing (yay!) and most wonderful Liaden series: Agent of Change and Carpe Diem. If you have never read these novels and you love science fiction and beautiful writing, you really should read them, as well as the entire series to date. If you have the old Ace editions, they are probably worn out, falling apart and barely re-readable anymore. So here is your chance to replace them.

Miller and Lee, or Lee and Miller, write with such style, grace and humor that you almost forget how much action is packed into the stories and how interesting a universe they've created. Other reviewers have provided great detail on what the books are about, so I won't rehash that. Read all the reviews.

With Korval's Game, due out in May 2011 and containing Plan B and I Dare, and Crystal Variation coming out in September 2011, containing the "origins" novels, all the previously published Liaden books will be available again-finally! Thank you Baen.

I envy the first time reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joe aubuchon on May 17, 2013
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My introduction to the Liaden Universe was reading Agent of Change a couple of decades ago. It was a a good read with interesting characters, but I had not read any other Lee and Miller books until I got the Theo Waitley series several weeks ago. I just had to read the others in the Liaden series. I purchased all four of the omnibus editions and had great fun reading them. (I'm retired and live at the beach - great reading environment.) Val Con and Miri are the main characters in these two stories but many of the other Liaden characters are introduced - hop on and enjoy the ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kg4giy on December 10, 2012
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If you are a fan of Miller and Lee's work, this is not a new book - it is a repackaging of Agent of Change and Carpe Diem. If, like me your copies of Agent of Change and Carpe Diem are missing their covers, front pieces and are held together with duct tape, then you might want to pick this up.

If you are new to the series, then here are two of the foundation books. Agent of Change tells of the meeting between Val Con and Miri. It is not exactly love at first sight. In fact, as the line goes, "either I am going to kill her or I am beginning to like her." This is classic pulp. A little romance, a little space opera, lots of chases, cheesy dialogue, and a predictable plot line. That being said, the dialogue is crisp, the action interesting, and the plot wide open. This is comfort reading at its best. I have read these stories dozens of times and never get bored. This is not Dune, or Foundation, but it is no less enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Smith on August 4, 2013
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Fundamentally, I am a recent discoverer of the Liaden Universe and I'm voraciously imbibing everything I can find by these authors... I don't think I am an impartial reviewer, but if you like sci-fi and space opera you can't do better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose on June 23, 2013
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I'm a old fan of this author and I can only say that she never fails to hold my interest with her work!! Pleasure to read and enjoy always.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gonecrazytoo on March 31, 2013
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This is the first book I read in the series. Captivating. Well written. I hated to see the story end. As I was reading the last book.... I was sad, because I knew I would have to leave behind an old friend. I like a book that makes me feel what my characters feel. These books have plenty of triumph, but they are equal in despair. This is what kept me enthralled with the continuing story line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrie Hillgaertner on March 9, 2013
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This must be a 5th or 6th reading for this series. I have hardback, paperback and one other e-book set. Each time I read this I fall more in love with all the characters. Lee & Miller have the great talent to manufacture a believeable universe compleat with society, individualized national customs, political environments and deep personal characters. The books contain all the action, adventure, romance and suspense you could wish for between two covers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Gawthrop on February 21, 2013
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It's all here: terrific plotting, engaging characters, powerfully effective world building and enough humor to keep it all in balance. I cannot rate this too highly!
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