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It features Jethri Gobelyn , a young Terran trader who is adopted by a Liaden Master Trader to the consternation of virtually everyone. A sequel to this popular book, Trade Secret , was published in and follows Jethri as he starts his career as a trader. The ninth novel, Crystal Soldier , published in February , takes place even earlier still: The sequel, Crystal Dragon , was published in and takes the story up through the founding of Liad and of Clan Korval. The series is notable because it almost failed to take flight, and probably would only be three books long except for the Internet.

The authors had written the first three books Agent of Change , Conflict of Honors , Carpe Diem but were told that sales were not sufficient to justify continuing. Unbeknownst to them the books had caused such a stir on the Usenet group rec. They published some chapbooks to stave off the hungry fans and started writing: Plan B and a further three books followed in due course to complete the "Agent of Change" sequence.

There are also a number of short stories, some filling in gaps between novels, some providing background on minor and not so minor characters. The series is ongoing as of [update] , with seventeen novels and numerous chapbooks and short stories, and a number of new novels contracted to be written. The first three novels were originally published in mass-market by Del Rey. The novels were later re-published, along with several subsequent novels, by the now-defunct Meisha Merlin , who have also anthologised the earlier novels. The novels were then re-issued in mass-market by Ace Books.

All books and many of the stories were formerly available in electronic form from Embiid Publishing, which is now out of business. In , Baen Books published the first 10 Liaden novels in electronic form, followed by two short story collections. Baen began publishing new Liaden novels in , and in began releasing the first 10 Liaden novels in omnibus trade paperbacks.

These two novels comprise the origin story of the Liaden universe and introduce us to Cantra and Jela. These stories of merchants and intrigue take place between "The Great Migration" and "Agent of Change" sequences. This is the mainline for stories in the Liaden universe. In the later novels the "Theo Waitley" story timeline becomes coincident with the "Clan Korval" and "Surebleak" timelines. See notes below tables. Necessity's Child , which occurs on Surebleak at the same time as Ghost Ship , was published by Baen in hardcover in Feb.

For new readers, the subsequent Baen omnibus editions below provide the same books at a lower cost. These also include stories about Lute and Moonhawk, the earlier incarnations of two major characters in the books.

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Some short stories also are being made available for free either in the Baen Free Library or at Splinter Universe. On April 2, , Sharon Lee and Steve Miller announced [15] that Baen had purchased publication rights for the contents of Chapbooks 1 through 17 Two Tales of Korval through Skyblaze , and they would be reissued in two volumes. The second volume was published by Baen in January The third volume was published by Baen in August Baen has collected the chapbooks and other short stories in two volumes, with a third released in August As mentioned above, there are three main divisions of the human race which appear in the stories.

There are some notable non-humans also. Liadens are usually shorter than the Terran norm, often with golden skin. They are deeply concerned with their melant'i which roughly corresponds to the concern with "face" for which Japanese Samurai are famous. Some are almost rabidly isolationist; it is not uncommon for Liaden to refer to those of other races as "it" likening them to animals. Several characters are part- or even half-Terran: Liaden society is clan-based, each Clan being made up of one or more families "lines". The Head of a Clan is the "Delm", the head of a line is the "Thodelm"; either might be male or female as circumstances dictate.

Liaden Clans do not generally allow lifemating. Instead, Liaden's practice contract marriages, where two individuals from different clans are ordered, or allowed, by their Delm's to create a progeny for one of the two clans. This marriage is over when the terms of the contract are fulfilled. Most members of the clan must produce at least one progeny to replace them. Lifemating is when two individuals become exclusively bound to one and other. This can happen rarely by order of a Delm, or this can happen by the physical, emotional, and spiritual bonding of two individuals with dramliza abilities regardless of the depth of those abilities.

Some Liaden are trained as explorers: They are regarded with distaste by the more isolationist within Liaden society. Most of the stories thus far centre on members of Clan Korval, made up of the yos'Phelium and yos'Galan lines. Scouts also appear often. Home planet known as "Terra".


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As remarked above, there is a brief reference to the possibility that this planet is possibly the fourth of that name. From cultural references, familiar English names, and references to regional linguistic dialects that appear in the core books, it seems likely that this Terra is nonetheless our own Earth.

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There appears to be some resentment that the "younger" races usually Liaden hold more power in the realm of shipping and commerce than Terra; there is reference to at least one political party involved in less-than-legal operations. The Juntavas are an organized-crime "clan" who appear in various guises, sometimes as antagonists, sometimes as allies of the main characters. Unlike the real-world mafia, the Juntavas are apparently able to act as an unopposed organized government in their own right, to the point of having appointed officials called Sector Judges who administer justice within their appointed jurisdictions.

The Juntavas are usually not as oppressive as they might be, because they have learned that too much of that sort of thing is "bad for business. A number of other planets are known to have non-Liaden human inhabitants, presumably of the Terran strain. Some of these worlds, such as Surebleak and Delgado, were settled by Terrans from this universe's Terra. Others, such as Sintia, were settled by ships from the same Crystal Dragon -era colonization waves as Liad and Terra.

Some of these colony worlds, such as Vandar, have backslid to pre-spaceflight technology levels. These worlds have been considered interdicted by the Liaden Scout Corps, with external contact forbidden in order to permit their societies to develop without interference. As of "Prodigal Son," post- I Dare , there are signs that this policy may be changing. Home planet unknown at this time.

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Usually much larger than the Terran norm, they are a war-like people who live for conquest. They are almost universally prone to thinking of the other human races as animals. References in Crystal Soldier and Crystal Dragon suggest that the Yxtrang are the descendants of a group of "X Strain" and "Y Strain" genetically-engineered soldiers who served in a platoon with Jela and accompanied the human migration to the new universe.

Some of them venerate Jela an "M Strain" for his skills and deeds as a warrior.

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It is not known whether they can interbreed with Liadens or Terrans, though given their common genetic origin there is no reason why they should not be able to; the likely lifespan of such offspring is short, not for merely biological reasons. These non-humans are even larger than Yxtrang and very long-lived; they appear much like turtles walking upright, hence the name. The length of their names are directly proportional to how old they are and their accomplishments: Edger's full name apparently takes some hours to recite.

They are usually slow to act but are very dangerous when angered. Clutch turtles travel in starships made from hollowed-out asteroids using an electron substitution drive that can have hallucinogenic effects on the human nervous system. They are able to command forces of great destructive or healing potential by singing. Clutch turtles are greatly feared and avoided by the Yxtrang as the result of a resounding defeat in battle many years prior to the timeframe of the story.

The Clutch turtles encountered in the "Agent of Change" sequence make up a "market research" team on behalf of their clan, who are known for manufacturing crystalline blades of extreme sharpness and durability by growing them in caves over a timespan of decades.

There are many cats which appear in the stories, usually by name, often taking an active part in the proceedings. Unlike ordinary housecats, these cats often display paranormal abilities, as well as considerable intelligence. The race formally known as Ssussdriads. An unusual character is Jelaza Kazone a term that has been translated as "Jela's Promise," "Jela's Contract," or "Jela's Dream," among other variants and the seedlings thereof of which only two have thus far appeared in narrative.

This very large tree lives in the grounds of Clan Korval's primary residence also called Jelaza Kazone and is in the habit of communicating its likes and dislikes to senior members of that clan; it has particularly been noted to have an interest in the likely parents of future children of the Clan. As a young soldier, Jela found the tree on a desert planet on which his ship had crashed. Though barely a stunted seedling and the last member of a dying race, the tree was by itself able to repel invasion of the planet by the enemy Sheriekas. As an act of trust, the tree gave its only seed pod to feed the starving Jela.

When Jela's rescue came, he refused to leave the tree behind. The tree proved to be intelligent, and able to communicate via mental images. It also had the ability to manipulate the chemistry of its seed pods to create useful pharmaceutical compounds. Both these powers proved useful as Jela and Cantra searched for information necessary for mankind to escape its collapsing universe. In various respects, this story summarizes the thesis of the entire series: Anne and Er Thom add fresh life to a self-satisfied and hardened Liaden customs. Indeed a humor, but an epiphany as well.

Maine-based authors Steve Miller and Sharon Lee teamed up in the late s to bring the story of Kinzel to the world, an incompetent wizard who loves cats and has thirst for justice, together with staff of true power as well. Since then, the two have written many short stories, and more than twenty novels, most set in Liaden Universe. Their latest shared novel is the Trade Secret from Baen. Moreover, their novel-Dragon in Exile is going to be published in June Both Lee and Steve credit their newspaper experiences which taught them the finer points of teamwork.

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