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Product Details

  • Series: Liaden Universe® (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134634
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels, and, most recently, Carousel Tides, from Baen.

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I am a great fan of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.
Michelle Gutierrez
Crystal Soldier was the first Liaden Universe novel I read -- just picked it out from a new books shelf at the library.
Barb
Like all good authors do, they show rather than tell.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barb on September 7, 2011
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Crystal Soldier was the first Liaden Universe novel I read -- just picked it out from a new books shelf at the library. Then came the search to find the other novels, which weren't always easy to come by after the demise of the original publisher. Years passed, and the library no longer had a copy of Crystal Soldier, and it, like several of the other novels, even became hard to get through inter-library loan.

As the others have been republished, I've bought them, and the same for the newer Fledgling/Saltation/Ghost Ship series. But until now, I haven't had a chance to revisit Crystal Soldier or Crystal Dragon. And when the new omnibus arrived yesterday, I sat down and started reading. While I liked the books well enough first time through, this time -- having read the others -- there was so much more. If you also read these books out of order, or many years ago, you may similarly find richness and depth and background that makes far more sense today. It was a deeply enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, an evening, and most of the next day. Some day, I hope Lee & Miller come back and write about the early days of Liad.

I've been fortunate enough to have Balance of Trade in a trade edition for a while now, so this is just a bonus copy in the omnibus. It is a fabulous story, and one of my favorites in the Liaden Universe.

My only issue with the omnibus is that I wish they had issued in in hardcover. I'll take good care of it, but that big a book, with that kind of binding is inherently a little fragile. But, the price is tough to beat, and the stories within will probably keep you up just as they did me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Parks on March 20, 2012
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There are eight books in the original series. The internal order and the publish order are not the same. I recommend reading them in the internal order. The internal order is: Local Custom, Scouts Progress, Mouse and Dragon, Conflict of Honors, Agent of Change, Carpe Diem, Plan B, and I Dare.
Then there is the spin off series featuring Theo Waitley, Fledgling, Saltation, Ghost Ship and the to be released in Sept. 2012 Dragon Ship. You get a hint of the characters for this series in Plan B.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lynn Mcguire on October 14, 2013
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OK, I've got your space opera by the pound here. 1.6 pounds, 1200 pages, of prime supernatural space opera for only $10.47 at Amazon.

Psionic Elves in Space! Psionic cats! Trees that transcend space and time and influence elf genetics! All this and more await you in this awesome series of space opera. Did I mention the Elves in Space?

OK, based on my last contentious experience of trying to order the books, here is my reading order
by book, not story (I read a book at a time):
1, 2, 3: _The Crystal Variation_ omnibus of _The Crytal Soldier_, _The Crystal Dragon_ and
_Balance of Trade_
4: _Trade Secret_
5, 6, 7: _The Dragon Variation_ omnibus of _Local Custom_, _Scout's Progress_ and _Conflict of Honors_:
8: _Mouse and Dragon_:
9, 10: _The Agent Gambit_ omnibus of _Agent of Change_ and _Carpe Diem_:
11, 12: _Korval's Game_ omnibus of _Plan B_ and _I Dare_:
13: _Fledgling_:
14: _Saltation_:
15: _Ghost Ship_
16: _Dragon Ship_
17: _Necessity's Child_

I have read books 1-2-3, 5-6-7, 8, 9-10, 11-12, 13 and 14 now.

From Jessica, "for what it's worth, here is the authors' own commentary on reading order":
korval.com/publication-list/correct-reading-order/

On to _Ghost Ship_ !
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on August 30, 2011
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The Crystal Variation (2011) is an SF omnibus in the Liaden Universe series. It containing three prequel novels: Crystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon, and Balance of Trade. The initial work in this sequence is Agent of Change.

Crystal Soldier (2004) is the first SF novel in the Great Migration duology and the earliest work in the sequence. It is set millennia before the events within Agent of Change.

In this volume, humanity lives in a different universe within the multiverse. The inhabitants of Sherieka have transcended into a higher state. Unfortunately, they did not lose their emotions during their evolution.

The Sheriekas felt that other humans were hindering their progress and decided to purge them from the universe. They constructed many large and powerful machines and biological entities to destroy lower humans. These other humans have been fighting the Sheriekas for millennia.

In this story, Jela is stranded on a desert world. He had attacked an enemy vessel to protect the Trident. His light-duty vehicle has been holed multiple times in the battle.

The Trident and the enemy vessel had fled the system while his craft landed on the planet. His craft is damaged enough that it cannot make orbit, so he has to wait for rescue. Meanwhile, he is exploring the planet with a rescue beacon in his pocket.
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