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Contains two shorter works set in Lee and Miller's Liaden Universe®. Short story "A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom," which first appeared on the Baen Books website; original novelette "Ambient Conditions;" and an authors' foreword. "Galaxy Ballroom" explores the rift that has opened in the Scouts subsequent to Korval's removal to the planet Surebleak, and the consequences of Contains two shorter works set in Lee and Miller's Liaden Universe®. Short story "A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom," which first appeared on the Baen Books website; original novelette "Ambient Conditions;" and an authors' foreword. "Galaxy Ballroom" explores the rift that has opened in the Scouts subsequent to Korval's removal to the planet Surebleak, and the consequences of loyalty. "Ambient Conditions" details a dark time in Liaden history, and looks at what happens when discarded people are given power, and must choose how to use it.


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Contains two shorter works set in Lee and Miller's Liaden Universe®. Short story "A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom," which first appeared on the Baen Books website; original novelette "Ambient Conditions;" and an authors' foreword. "Galaxy Ballroom" explores the rift that has opened in the Scouts subsequent to Korval's removal to the planet Surebleak, and the consequences of Contains two shorter works set in Lee and Miller's Liaden Universe®. Short story "A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom," which first appeared on the Baen Books website; original novelette "Ambient Conditions;" and an authors' foreword. "Galaxy Ballroom" explores the rift that has opened in the Scouts subsequent to Korval's removal to the planet Surebleak, and the consequences of loyalty. "Ambient Conditions" details a dark time in Liaden history, and looks at what happens when discarded people are given power, and must choose how to use it.

30 review for Ambient Conditions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    This book includes two shorter Liaden stories, and a foreword by the authors, that explains the circumstances of the writing of the second story. The first story is the previously published "A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom." Korval's removal from Liad to Surebleak has, among its other consequences, let to a split in the Scouts. Scout Pilot Lina yo'Bingim has been somewhat aware of this, but, based on Liad, it hasn't seemed to affect her directly. An unexpected assignment, taking Administrator Chol This book includes two shorter Liaden stories, and a foreword by the authors, that explains the circumstances of the writing of the second story. The first story is the previously published "A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom." Korval's removal from Liad to Surebleak has, among its other consequences, let to a split in the Scouts. Scout Pilot Lina yo'Bingim has been somewhat aware of this, but, based on Liad, it hasn't seemed to affect her directly. An unexpected assignment, taking Administrator Chola as'Barta to Surebleak, lands her directly in the conflict. Loyalty, Scout ethics, and betrayal all play a role here, and yo'Bingim has some hard decisions to make. The second story, "Ambient Conditions," is a mirror story, "Preferred Seating" from the viewpoint of the other main character, Kishara. Kishara has been banished from her clan and from Liad for being a potentially dangerous "minor talent," while Can Ith yos'Phelium has left his clan for reasons the reader learned in "Preferred Seating." They meet, seemingly by chance, and confront a genuinely dangerous "minor talent," Mor Gan, banished from Liad at the same time as Kishara. They do not, of course, have any real chance to discuss what's going on, or why Kishara's plan for dealing with Mor Gan is the right one. Trust, improvisation, and risk-taking are the major factors here. These are both solid, enjoyable Liaden Universe stories, though you'll better appreciate "Ambient Conditions" if you find and read "Preferred Seating" first. "Preferred Seating" is available to be read free The second story, "Ambient Conditions," is a mirror story, "Preferred Seating" from the viewpoint of the other main character, Kishara. Kishara has been banished from her clan and from Liad for being a potentially dangerous "minor talent," while Can Ith yos'Phelium has left his clan for reasons the reader learned in "Preferred Seating." They meet, seemingly by chance, and confront a genuinely dangerous "minor talent," Mor Gan, banished from Liad at the same time as Kishara. They do not, of course, have any real chance to discuss what's going on, or why Kishara's plan for dealing with Mor Gan is the right one. Trust, improvisation, and risk-taking are the major factors here. These are both solid, enjoyable Liaden Universe stories, though you'll better appreciate "Ambient Conditions" if you find and read "Preferred Seating" first. "Preferred Seating" is available to be read free here on the Baen website. As I said, enjoyable stories. Recommended. I bought this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    KDinSC

    The perfect read for the end of the week! I really enjoyed this Liaden Universe chapbook and the stories there in. I also liked reading the backstory, and am very happy that MS. Lee returned with flying colors! Treachery, the Luck, timing, and best possible outcomes!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Excellent as always This is a little bit of background for the novel Traders Leap. However it stands strong on it's own, knowledge of past books serving only to burnish some of the edges. Excellent as always This is a little bit of background for the novel Traders Leap. However it stands strong on it's own, knowledge of past books serving only to burnish some of the edges.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    2 lovely short stories that are definitely worth your time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rita C

    I liked the first story, although it ended rather abruptly for my tastes. The second one was darker than I liked.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    Ahh the Linden Universe! Ahh the Linden Universe always a joy to come back and be entertained and see more wonders of this universe!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Ahhhh. Every Liaden story is like clear, cool water to a thirsty soul. These two tales do not disappoint. I am looking forward to reading them again and again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patti L

    The Liaden Universe is always a delight.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helen Bassett

    Very good book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sctechsorceress

    I always love these Another entry in the Liaden universe. These short works add a little more background to the novels. A quick read, but a good one

  11. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I like reading about bowli ball and the small talents. I wish Sharon well with her health issues.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Davies

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Tobin

  15. 4 out of 5

    Darcie Cooper

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephen V Petersen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suedoo

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beverly G

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cris

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alice

  21. 5 out of 5

    Res

  22. 4 out of 5

    avalondogpack

  23. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Morton

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda S

  25. 4 out of 5

    compiledwrong

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  27. 4 out of 5

    John H. Biddick

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

  29. 4 out of 5

    MagicTrix

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stein

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