Bread Alone

Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 34

To survive, humans need air, water, a place to stand, a place to sleep, and sustenance. Bread is a good start for sustenance. Don Eyr and Serana were survivors who came to Low Port—it gave them air, water, a place to stand and a place to make bread. The place to sleep meant they needed a certain amount of safety and to get that they founded a bakery at the corner of Crakle and Toom, brought in others seeking to survive in the midst of the poverty and ignorance, and built a tiny bastion of a self-sufficient community dedicated to raising competent, alert children who understood decency.

Low Port toughs tried to break the bakery and a planet-shaking blast from the skies nearly did it in, but the bakery was hope, and people who have hope will fight to keep it.

This chapbook collects four stories about sustenance, all about the bakery, its people, and its influence. ″Degrees of Separation,″ ″Fortune’s Favors,″ and "Block Party" are reprints. The novelette ″Our Lady of Benevolence″ appears here for the first time.

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people or events is purely coincidental.

November 2021 by Pinbeam Books

Distributed by Pinbeam Books
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Waterville ME 04903

ISBN: 978-1-948465-19-9

Copyright © 2021 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

"Degrees of Separation" first appeared in Degrees of Separation: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 27, January 2018
"Fortune's Favors" first appeared in Fortune's Favors: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 28, April 2019
"Block Party" first appeared on, November 2017
"Our Lady of Benevolence" is original to this chapbook

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Electronic version by Baen Books