A Liaden Universe Constellation Volume 4, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Baen Books 2019 science fiction short story collection, 324 pages.
The Liaden universe is the setting for an ongoing series of science fiction novels and stories written by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. The series covers a considerable time period, some thousands of years in all, although since it also covers more than one universe the exact chronology is…difficult. However the main timeline extends across only a few generations.
The central stories primarily concern Clan Korval, a leading house in Liaden society. The stories are primarily in the genre of space opera, with some incidental romance, intrigue, and even a small dose of psionics. The Liaden universe is chock-a-block with characters, planets, clans, politics and action. As of this coming November there will be 22 novels, plus the story collections, of which this is the fourth and latest. All are available as ebooks.
I have read only a small few of the novels. While they are good solid SF, I have a tendency to forget who is who and the complicated social structure of the setting. Last time I read one, I consulted an on-line primer to help me get up to speed (I have the same problem with the Expanse novels by Corey, though there are many fewer of those).
NOTE: There is a pretty complete article on Wikipedia on the Liaden books, HERE, including chronology, timelines and characters. If you’re interested, it’s worth your time.
But these story collections can be enjoyed without much bother about all that. I figure if the necessary background isn’t at least sketched out, it’s not important to the story, in my experience that has held true. So I have read each of the previous collections, and now have finished this one.
“Street Cred” *
“Friend of A Friend”
“Block Party” *
“Degrees of Separation”
“Excerpts from Two Lives”
In this one, I enjoyed all (but the last) story, especially those I starred, which is a good percentage for a story collection. This has made me want to read another of the novels. Are you a Liaden universe reader?
Meanwhile, what are you reading?