- Agent of Change (copyright 1988, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller)
- First publication in the Liaden Universe, it begins the Agent of Change sequence, featuring Val Con yos'Phelium and Miri Robertson
- Set directly before the events in Carpe Diem
- Also published in The Agent Gambit a Baen Book Omni-Trade Edition, with Carpe Diem
- Available in audiobook format, narrated by Andy Caploe
- see The Books (and other stories)
Once a brilliant First-in Scout, Val Con yos'Phelium was "recruited" by the mysterious Liaden Department of Interior and brainwashed into an Agent of Change—a ruthless covert operative who kills without remorse.
Fleeing the scene of his latest murderous mission, he finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a tough Terran on the run from a team of interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other—or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.
- Val Con yos'Phelium, Nadelm to Clan Korval
- Miri Robertson
- retired bodyguard, retired sergeant in The Mercs
- Clutch Turtles Edger, Sheather, Handler, Watcher, Selector
- Val Con met the Clutch Turtles years previously, as portrayed in the short story To Cut an Edge