I’m in the process of writing a review of Spindle’s End, which I finished last night, so more on that anon.
In the meantime, I read “Changeling,” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, set in the same universe as Partners in Necessity. This is a short story originally printed in Absolute Magnitude and available electronically from Embiid Publishing; it tells the story of Ren Zel and how he came to be a pilot on the Dutiful Passage. It’s a perfectly fine story, and, well, I don’t have much more to say about it than that.
I do hope, though, that the numerous Liaden stories currently available in chapbook form will eventually be made available through electronic versions, or, preferably, a print collection (the chapbooks being considerably out of my price range). They apparently fill in some of the gaps I’d noticed in Partners in Necessity (like what the heck Priscilla’s exile was about), and while I still wish the authors had done a smoother job papering over those holes in the background, it’s nice to know that the stories exist somewhere.