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Vorkosigan Books In Order

Publication Order of Cordelia Naismith Books

Shards of Honor (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barrayar (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Miles Vorkosigan Books

The Warrior's Apprentice (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ethan of Athos (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falling Free (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brothers in Arms (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vor Game (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mirror Dance (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cetaganda (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Memory (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Komarr (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Civil Campaign (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Diplomatic Immunity (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cryoburn (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Miles Vorkosigan Short Stories

The Mountains of Mourning (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Labyrinth (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winterfair Gifts (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weatherman (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Miles Vorkosigan Collections

The Borders of Infinity (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order Miles Vorkosigan Books

Falling Free (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shards of Honor (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barrayar (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Warrior's Apprentice (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mountains of Mourning (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weatherman (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vor Game (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cetaganda (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ethan of Athos (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Borders of Infinity (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brothers in Arms (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mirror Dance (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Memory (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Komarr (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Civil Campaign (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winterfair Gifts (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Diplomatic Immunity (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cryoburn (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


The Vorkosigan series is a series of short stories and science fiction novels written by the well known American novelist Lois McMaster Bujold. There is a total of 16 novels and 6 short stories published in the series between the years 1986 and 2015. All the novels of the series are set in a fictional universe and are based on the romance, space opera, and science fiction genres. Author Lois McMaster Bujold has received a number of awards and nominations in her writing career because of the success of the novels of the series. She has particularly won the Hugo award for three times in her career. As author Bujold kept publishing new novels in the series, a lot of variations were seen in her approaches and she has even crossed the genres of the plot of the novels for several times. There is a great deal of mixture of comedy and humor in the novels of the Vorkosigan series, which are sometimes shown as very black and juxtaposed with some tragic losses and deaths. Bujold has also tried to mix military adventure, romance, political thriller, and the whodunit in a variety of proportions throughout the series. The main characters in the series include a few women, a gay man named Ethan and the pair of brothers Mark and Miles Vorkosigan. The primary female characters of the series include Cordelia and Ekaterin. Some of the novels in the series also feature the cousin of Vorkosigan brothers named Ivan Vorpatril. There are also less important characters featured throughout the Vorkosigan series.

The author has laid a great emphasis on the medical ethics as an important concern in the series. She has particularly narrated the problems related to personal identity, especially the role of physical state in the determination of personhood. Author Bujold as described that the identity of a person can be easily affected with the help of Bioengineering in the science-fiction context of the novels of the series. Other forms of technology like genetic manipulation, medical technology, and cloning also play an important role in the series for replacing the failing systems and prolonging the lives of the characters. Some of the stories mentioned in the series also depict relationships between pair-bonding, child-rearing and sexual activities. Most of the depictions of the forms society and government of the series are similar to the real politics of the 20th century. In many of the novels of the series, author Bujold has described a contrast between the Beta Colony and Barrayar society. The Beta Colony has been described by the author as a technologically rich egalitarian society, whereas the Barrayar has been described as a hierarchical, militaristic, and heroic society. The personal relationships present in these societies necessarily ensure the societal continuity. Miles Vorkosigan, who has played the role of the main protagonist in most of the novels of the series is a good example of embodying the contrast of the two major societies of the series as he is depicted as the son of a Barrayaran aristocrat father and a Betan mother. Miles has been depicted as a physically disabled citizen of the planet of Barrayar, who life before his birth, his military career, and his present post-military career seems to be a challenge to the prejudices of his native planet against the mutants. All the novels of the series have been listed by the author in the order of chronology and not by their publication date. The first couple of novels in the series feature Miles Vorkosigan and his family members, whereas the next few novels do not mention them at all.

One of the initial novels of the Vorkosigan series is titled as ‘The Warrior’s Apprentice’. It was published by the Earthlight publishing house in the year 1986. The plot of this novel revolves around the life of the handicapped aristocrat and the main protagonist, Miles Vorkosigan. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, Miles Vorkosigan is shown as trying to carry out the seemingly impossible works of living up the legend of his warrior father and overcoming the limitations of his own physically disabled body. He is really required to face these daunting challenges in order to prove his worth to his planet Barrayar. After a short while, he arrives on the Beta Colony society and unexpectedly comes to know that he holds an obsolete freighter as its sole owner. When he finds about this, he begins to think that he has added more debts on his shoulders that he ever possibly thought. Soon, he becomes successful in creating a new identity for himself with the help of his ever-inventive nature and by getting propelled by his ‘forward momentum’. With his new identity, he becomes the commander of his own fleet and tries to take control of a lucrative cargo which contained deadly weapons destined to be used in a dangerous war zone.

One of the other initial novels of the Vorkosigan series written by author Lois McMaster Bujold is the ‘Barrayar’ which was published by the Gardners Books publishing house in the year 1991. With the success of this novel, author Bujold was able to win the Hugo Award and the Locus Award in the category of the Best Fiction Novel in the year 1992. The plot of this novel revolves around the lives of Aral Vorkosigan and Cordelia. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, the two characters are shown expecting the birth of their first child. After the death of Ezar Vorbarra, Aral takes control of his kingdom as a regent to his grandson Gregor. After a little while, Cordelia and Aral are plotted to be assassinated with a poisonous gas, but they are saved with the help of an antidote. The powerful effect of the antidote poses a dangerous threat to the development of bones in Cordelia’s unborn son. In order to prevent this from happening, she transfers him to an artificial womb. The physical handicaps and weakness were culturally spurned among the Barrayans and their babies with defects were euthanized. Therefore, after learning about the condition of Cordelia’s unborn son, Aral’s father, Piotr Vorkasigan, tries to destroy her fetus so that he can prevent his title from getting passed to a deformed mutant. But, Cordelia does not let him do that. At the Kingdom of Ezar Vorbarra, Vidal Vordarian tries to attempt a coup, but the 5 year old Gregor, who is now the Emperor, gets saved by the loyal chief of security, Captain Negri. He is then reunited with the Vorkosigans by Negri. Gregor hides in the hills among the rural population along with Cordelia and a bodyguard named Bothari, while Aral and father plan to organize a resistance for their safety.

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