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Fledgling
by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Publisher: Baen Books

Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado, a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy's premier institutions of higher learning. Both Theo's mother, Kamele, and Kamele's onagrata Jen Sar Kiladi, are professors at the university, and they all live comfortably together, just like they have for all of Theo's life, in Jen Sar's house at the outskirts of town.

 Suddenly, though, Theo's life changes. Kamele leaves Jen Sar and moves herself and Theo back into faculty housing, which is not what Theo is used to. Once settled back inside the Wall, Kamele becomes embroiled in faculty politics, and is appointed sub-chair of her department. Meanwhile, Theo, who has a notation in her file indicating that she is "physically challenged" has a series of misadventures, including pulling her best friend down on the belt-ride to class, and hurting a team mate during a scavage game.

  With notes piling up in her file, Theo only wants to go "home," to the house in the suburbs, and have everything just like it used to be.

  Then, Kamele uncovers evidence of possible dishonest scholarship inside of her department. In order to clear the department, she and a team of senior professors must go off-world to perform a forensic document search. Theo hopes this will mean that she'll be left in the care of the man she calls "Father," Professor Kiladi, and is horrified to learn that Kamele means to bring Theo with her!

About the Authors

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 seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels.

Steve was the founding curator of the University of Maryland's Kuhn Library Science Fiction Research Collection and a former Nebula juror. For five years, Sharon served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, consecutively as Executive Director, Vice President and President. Sharon's interests include music, seashores and pine cones. Steve also enjoys music, plays tournament chess, and collects cat whiskers.

Published 9/1/2009
SKU: 1439132879
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1. stacy on 8/12/2014, said:

Interesting start to a another story arc
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2. Sabine on 12/10/2011, said:

You can start reading the Liaden series with this book, but it doesn't hurt if you've read "Scout's Progress" and "Mouse and Dragon" first. Those will give you some background on Professor Kiladi. The so-called "safe world" Delgado turns out to be a chafing environment, ruthlessly sacrificing the well-being of individuals who are outside the norm for the sake of a safe uniformity. It makes you feel with young Theo who is struggling to find her own identity in an environment that is not ready for her. The second plot is about tampered academic sources which is much more interesting than it sounds, and after a while makes you wonder about all the online encyclopedies we have nowadays. What is truth, after all? The entire setting seems to be inspired by our everyday life, with gadgets that come in so handy and regulations that seem to make so much sense but which can all be used against you, to control your actions. In this aspect this book is a bit more than just a good sci-fi story. The social criticism is well integrated into the story, however, and is neither distracting nor boring. The story itself starts at a somewhat sedate pace and then rapidly gains speed. It is a joy to follow Theo as she spreads her wings when she finally meets people who understand her and make her aware of her own abilities. As with all books of the Liaden series you should start reading only if you have enough time, they are hard to put down once you've started.
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3. Thomas on 4/6/2010, said:

A great introduction to the Liaden Universe. Glad I picked up this in the Webscription. Now to find more of their books to read!
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4. Richard on 3/17/2010, said:

If you wanted to jump into the Liaden Universe here you could do that as this is the first book of 'Theo' and her time/family) so if you wanted to jump in here for the first time you could. It is more of a coming of age story (like some of the best of Heinlein's) rather than 'bang' space opera scifi like some of Lee/Miller's other Liaden stuff. Basically the Liaden family/series/ saga's span several generations. This particular book 'almost' has something for everybody. The upcoming 'Saltation' and 'Mouse and Dragon' are touted as the tenth and eleventh in the Liaden series which would make this the ninth one. . . but I don't think that's true. I have Chrystal Soldier, Chrystal Dragon, Local Custom, Balance of Trade, Scout's Progress, Conflict of Honors, Agent of Change, Carpe Diem, Plan B, I Dare, Fledgeling, (Saltation), (Mouse and Dragon). Then there are 1-2 omnibus, Tomorrow Log & Dragon Tide and I'm not sure where they fit in time-wise. However, like I said if you read the 'Theo' books first you wouldn't miss out on anything regarding the story line. In fact, there are overlaps of world events that become more apparent with Saltation. These is a really good series, be sure to read them all.
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5. Jo-Ann on 3/13/2010, said:

I also read the first draft online as it was written. What a privilege. This finished edition is a masterpiece. Keep the Liaden stories coming.
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6. Rosanne on 2/2/2010, said:

I am a Baen customer, but bought this book directly from the authors after following it through its serialization phase. Terrific, as usual!
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7. James on 10/9/2009, said:

I'm a big fan of the Liaden series and jumped at the chance to read the web serialization of Fledgling and Saltation (the follow on novel). Having just read the finished version of Fledgling, I have to say it is much improved from the first draft. Fans who read the serialization owe it to themselves to pick up the final product. Fans of Lee and Miller who missed the serialization are in for a treat. However, those new to the Liaden universe might be better served starting with Balance of Trade or Conflict of Honors.
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8. Constance on 9/8/2009, said:

I love this series. These are the only books I just can't put down.
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9. Chaddai on 8/17/2009, said:

The serialization on the web was excellent but this polished version is much better ! Another fantastic work by Lee & Miller.
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10. Jean on 6/17/2009, said:

every bit as well constructed as the other works of this team
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