Balance of Trade by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Meisha Merlin, 2004) is the winner of the Hal Clement Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction Novel of 2004. The award is presented by the Golden Duck Awards (http://www.goldenduck.org), which also presents the Eleanor Cameron Award for Best Middle Grade Science Fiction, as well as a picture book award. Past winners of the Hal Clement Award include: Caroline Stevermer, Lois Lowry, Nancy Farmer, Steven Gould, David Gerrold, and Harry Turtledove.
The Golden Duck Awards are funded by Super-Con-Duck-Tivity, Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation, which also sponsors regional science fiction convention DucKon. Winners are selected by a group of teachers, librarians, parents, high tech workers and reviewers. The awards have been given since 1992.
In other news, the trade paperback edition of Balance of Trade debuted in the Number 2 spot in the Locus Bestseller list for May. The hardcover edition spent three months in a row on the list.
Balance of Trade was the first Lee and Miller hardcover not to have a print run limited to the number of pre-orders. This means that, while signed hardcovers are no longer available from Meisha Merlin, both hardcover and trade paperback editions are available at fine bookstores near you, as well as through Amazon.com and BN.com.
CRYSTAL SOLDIER AVAILABILITY
Early distribution problems with the hardcover release of Crystal Soldier have now reportedly been solved, and the books should be on the shelves of your favorite local bookstore. If you cannot find the book, it remains available at these and other independent bookstores: Uncle Hugos (http://www.unclehugo.com), Mysterious Galaxy (http://www.mystgalaxy.com), Pandemonium Books (http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/), Borderlands (http://www.borderlands-books.com/), DreamHaven (http://www.dreamhavenbooks.com). All of these stores are happy to do mail order.
Signed books are no longer available from Meisha Merlin. Those who want signed copies of Crystal Soldier may want to write to Ellen Richmond, owner of Children's Book Cellar, Lee and Miller's local indie bookstore, at kidsbookscellarATverizon.net (replace the AT with the usual "at" sign).
CRYSTAL DRAGON COVER ART AND EXCERPT ONLINE
Meisha Merlin (http://www.meishamerlin.com) now has the cover art and a brief excerpt for Crystal Dragon online, and has opened ordering. Once again, Lee and Miller will sign the first 750 pre-ordered books, after which signed books will no longer be available from Meisha Merlin.
SPECIAL NOTE: At this time, ebook arrangements have not been finalized. Look for an announcement regarding the Crystal Dragon ebook in the fall.
SWORD OF ORION AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
Lee and Miller completists take note: Sword of Orion, first of a series of novels set in the post-Oligarchy universe, and featuring sixteen-year-old Jerel Telmon is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
LOCAL CUSTOM AUDIOBOOK
The audiobook edition of Lee and Miller's Local Custom, narrated by Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1), will begin shipping the week of June 27, and is now available for order from Buzzy Multimedia (http://www.buzzymultimedia.com).
LIADEN UNIVERSE(R) ARTWORK
Prints of the cover art for the Meisha Merlin edition of Crystal Soldier and – soon – the artwork for Crystal Dragon are-or-will-be available from the artist, Donato Giancola. Visit him here: http://www.donatoart.com/
Also, prints of the audiobook cover of Local Custom are available from artist David Seidman: http://www.lunarlightstudios.com/ds.html
MIRI ROBERTSON SHORT STORY
"Fighting Chance," featuring Liaden Universe(R) hero Miri Robertson will appear in Women of War, edited by Tanya Huff and Alexander Potter, due out from DAW in July. The anthology may now be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.
BOOK EXPO AMERICA
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller will be at Book Expo America in New York City Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4. Stop by the Diamond Distributor/Meisha Merlin booth and say hi!
SRM PUBLISHER NEWS
Check the SRM online catalog – http://www.korval.com/srmcat2.htm for several specials, including the Surprise Spring 4x4.
Coming in June: Other Ways: Three Tales of the Secant by Mark W. Tiedemann
NOTE: Several of the earlier SRM Liaden Universe(R) chapbooks will be going out of print in early summer. Now is the time to fill in missing numbers.
Get your tree-and-dragon t-shirts, mugs, notebooks, coasters, and bags at SRM Publisher's Boardwalk Shop. The shop's just open and new merchandise will be arrive throughout the season, so check back often: http://www.cafepress.com/srmpublisher