By Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Baen Books (April 20, 2010)
Theo Waitley is a Nexus of Violence. Thrust mid-year into a school for pilots far from the safe haven of her birth home on scholarly Delgado, young Theo Waitley excels in hands-on flying while finding that she's behind the curve in social intricacies as well as in math. Her mentors try to guide her studies and training into the channels best suited to her special abilities and inclinations, including suggesting that she should join in the off-world studenty association, a plan resulting in mixed success. After a series of confrontations, fights, and ultimately a riot after which she is thanked for not killing anyone, Theo is named a "nexus of violence" by the school's administration. Facing suspension and carrying little more than a hastily procured guild card, a pistol taken from an attacker, and the contents of her pants pockets, Theo must quickly decide if she's ready to return to Delgado in disgrace, or launch herself into the universe as a freelance pilot with credentials she's already earned. The sequel to Fledgling, Saltation is the tenth book in the Liaden series.
Why I'm Waiting: I watched Sharon and Steve write the first draft of this one on the internet a chapter at a time as funds rolled in from subscribers. I want to see how that rough draft of a book has grown and changed into this polished book. I am also a huge fan of the Liaden Universe books.
Because I contributed financially to the web version of this story, I will be receiving an autographed copy of the book but, alas, not by April 20.
Also, there are just two days left to enter my first contest. I am giving away a bunch of books. Look here for the entry form and a list of the book titles.