Forthcoming Books for 2011 and Other News

The Inheritance, a short story collection of works by Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm, will be coming out in 2011.  The Voyager (United Kingdom) edition will be first, available in late March, and appearing in early April in Australia as well.  The US Eos edition in trade paperback form will arrive in May.  There are stories both old and new in this volume.  Some have been previously published, a couple are Nebula finalists, one was a Hugo finalist, some have never seen print before.  Although the Lindholm stories are more numerous, they occupy about the same number of words as the Hobb ones.  Each story has a small preface that tells a bit about how the story came to be written.  The UK cover features lovely art by Jackie Morris, and the US one has some wonderful Yin/Yang cats.

The Table of Contents:

Megan Lindholm

A Touch of Lavender

Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man


The Fifth Squashed Cat



Drum Machine

Robin Hobb


The Inheritance

Cat’s Meat

I hope that readers of Megan Lindholm will sample Robin Hobb’s work here, and vice versa.  To me, the styles and topics seem very different for each pseudonym.  It will be interesting to see if readers agree.

In other news, I’ve added another trip to my 2011 schedule.  This one is to Australia, I’m thrilled to say.  I’ll be a guest of SupaNova in early April, visiting Brisbane and Melborne, with a stop at Sydney in between!

Following that, also in April, I’ll be at Trolls&Legendes in Mons, Belgium.

Then in May, it’s off to Imaginales in Epinal for thier 10th anniversary!

And finally, in June, Saint-Malo Etonnants Voyageurs.

Details are over there, on the right, if you click on my events.

Best to all!


21 Responses to Forthcoming Books for 2011 and Other News

  1. Looking forward to the new book! And lovely to see you’re coming to Australia, although very sad to see you’re missing Tassie. Don’t you know we’re the best state?

  2. I haven’t read any of your work as megan. I love your Robin Hobb books thoroughly and look forward to reading and purchasing these stories. I am excited to read your Lindholm stories, I would like to see for myself how she differs from Hobb. Will there be signed editions to purchase from the normal site? Also I know you have mentioned out in your past postings, but when can we expect another novel from Robin Hobb? Congratulations on your upcoming trips, I how you enjoy them!

  3. Awesome Robin! Glad to hear that you’re going down under. I can’t think of anyone that deserves a long vacation more than you.

    I went a few years back and I have to give you some travel advice –> take an extra week and be sure to hit Cairns/Port Douglas to SCUBA the Great Barrier Reef. Its something that everyone must see in their lifetime. The best part is that you don’t have to be certified to go as they have Divemasters that will lead the dives.

    Also, if you want to extend your vacation another week be sure to hop a flight (only 4 hrs from Sydney) to New Zealand. I spent two weeks cycling around the South Island in 2008, and it was a life changing experience. I’ve traveled to around 25 countries on 5 continents, and New Zealand is by far the most beautiful place I’ve been to.

    It would be a shame to be so close to some of these things and miss out, so please give yourself some extra time! You never know if/when you’ll be back.


  4. Robin, did you ever have a short story published in an collection entitled “Liavek”? I have some distant memory of it, but it’s been so long since then that I may be experiencing false memories. If so, what was the title and is the book still available? Just finished the Solder Son trilogy. Simply staggering. As for the Fool, I can only hope we see him in his homeland in his own book.

  5. Can’t wait for the new book!
    Hope the trip to Australia all goes well, i don’t suppose a UK tour are on the cards at any stage in the future? I know you’re very busy though! 🙂

    Kim Hughes

  6. My wife and I read aloud to each other every day. I would read to her in the mornings when I would bring her a cup of tea. When we finished the Farseer trilogy she cried for Fitz that he had finally found peace and love. We went on to read the other fascinating trilogies, including Forest Mage, Renegade’s Magic etc. Unfortunately before we could begin Dragon Keeper she got very ill and passed away. I do not read aloud anymore, but I still read with a cup of tea every morning. I would love to read more about the wondrous city of Kelsingra. Are my hopes unfounded? Will there be a third? I am considering buying the whole set to have on my iPad so I could read them all over again.

    Thank you so much for taking me and my wife into your world.


  7. Richard, you post really touched me. Thank you for sharing this with me. I cannot think of a higher compliment that I could receive.

    And yes, there is another volume about Kelsingra and the Dragon keepers. It is with the publishers now, at the beginning of the editorial and publishing process. Thanks for asking. I hope you’ll enjoy it.


  8. Hi Kim! No plans for a UK trip right now. I think that after all my travel in spring, I’ll be ready to settle down at home and get some work done!


  9. Oh, yes, Madmonkey, I wrote several Liavek stories. It was my first opportunity to collaborate with Steven Brust. Later, it led to our writing The Gypsy together. There were several Liavek anthologies. I was in the very first one, titled simply Liavek, and the next two. I think you may be able to find the anthologies in used book stores or places like

    Thanks for asking!


  10. Well, I will have to blast off from Australia and head home so I can then depart for Belgium the next week. So, not this time! But maybe another time. Thanks for the ideas!


  11. Hi Robin,

    I’m completely thrilled that I may have the chance to meet you when you will be stopping by Melbourne!

    I fell in love with your books when I was in Grade 6! I saw the beautiful Tintaglia on your third book on the ship of destiny and beg dad to purchase it for me. Such a young age to start reading your novels. I dare say I didn’t understand them un till I read them the 2nd time when I was a little older and managed to purchase all of them. They are a fantasy that I love reading and would love to have a chance for you to sign the very first one I got!

    P.s I’m always on the look out for all your other novels! Strolled by the dragons keeper in a shop and I absolutely love it!

  12. That is so awesome that there is another Hobb novel on it’s way to us. Robert, that is a very touching story about your wife. I’m glad you.have something that reminds you of good times with her that you can cherish.

  13. Robin
    Just discovered your latest series, i.e., Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven. I couldn’t put them down and finished both within a week. Looking forward to your next book in that series. I have enjoyed all of your other Rain Wilds stories. Thanks for the many hours of enjoyment.

  14. Thanks for attempting to correct those Brisbane dates, Robin. Looking forward to meeting you then!!

    Richard, though I am struggling with a bit of a scary Hobb addiction myself (and have therefore read all of Robin’s works umpteen times and then some!), my husband and I also read the ROTE books and related short stories to each other when we can throughout the day and night as he progresses through his first reading of them all.

    He/we are nearing the end of Fool’s Errand and, knowing what’s to come at every turn of the page, I love sharing his reactions to all of the events as they play out. Such special moments we’ve shared in Robin’s world that I know I will never forget…

    I don’t mind admitting that I have shed some tears for you, and I will be thinking of you often(and enjoying my own cup of tea) as we continue to read.

    Veronica, tsk, tsk…everyone knows Queensland’s the best state…don’t let a couple of floods and cyclones lull you into thinking that our crown has slipped!! :mrgreen:

  15. Hi Robin!

    I was umming and ahhing about whether or not I should go to SupaNova this year, being as I’m at school again and spend more money on books than anything else- but this has given me the motivation to go! I can not express how excited I am that I might get to meet you, or even just see you. Your books were/have been/are such a big part of my life, defining me. There were points in my life where your characters inspired me to keep going- gave me strength of character.
    If nothing else, I would just like to meet you to thank you.
    See you at SupaNova, hopefully I’ll be able to speak and not just squeal and make excited sounds at you.

    ~ Samantha.

  16. Good evening,

    I just finished reading the Farseer and the Liveship Traders trilogies and wow… I don’t even know how to say this. I really felt attached to these characters and these stories. They left me wanting more and you can be certain I will have the pleasure to read them again. Reading these brought me tears, joys and emotions from the whole spectrum.

    Your books are the best I ever had the chance to read and I really thank you for that.

    I am very much looking forward to read the Tawny Man Trilogy and the Rain Wild Chronicles.


  17. Just finished the Rain Wilds books, as always enjoyed your work. Perhaps its just me but I detected a calmer, more reflective tone.

    Lovely work as always, now it’s a waiting game for the next!

  18. Hi Robin,

    Lots of exiting news! Do you think there is potential for a trip to the New York area anytime in 2011? I would love to meet the person whose stories have touched me so deeply.

    Hope all is well,

  19. Hey robin.

    I enjoyed dragon haven and keepers. i would like to see you, but it wont happen with this trip to australia as you skip Adelaide.

    I would like to read the earlier books but for some reason (might be stupidity on my part) can’t seem to work out where the Rainwilde stories start.

    Thanks for the good books, i await the 3rd volume of the keepers, can’t wait to see if thyme as capable of flight.

    now that my foolish muttering is over, good luck with your future books.


  20. Hi Russell!
    The Rain Wild Chronicles connect most directly to The Liveship Traders trilogy. That is where you will find most information about Bingtown, Jamaillia, the Pirate Isles, and the Rain Wilds. But if you want to begin at the beginning, then you should start with Assassin’s Apprentice, the first book of The Farseer Trilogy. It begins with the tale of Fitz and the Fool.
    I hope you’ll enjoy your sojourn in the Realm of the Elderlings.