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Publication Order of Vorkosigan Saga Books

Aftermath (In the Cordelia's Honor Collection) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shards of Honor (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Warrior's Apprentice (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ethan of Athos (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Falling Free (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brothers in Arms (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mountains of Mourning (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Labyrinth (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borders of Infinity (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weatherman (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vor Game (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barrayar (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirror Dance (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cetaganda (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreamweaver's Dilemma (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memory (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Komarr (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Civil Campaign (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diplomatic Immunity (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winterfair Gifts (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cryoburn (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flowers of Vashnoi (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Vorkosigan Saga Books

Dreamweaver's Dilemma(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Falling Free(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shards of Honor(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aftermath (In the Cordelia's Honor Collection)(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barrayar(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Warrior's Apprentice(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mountains of Mourning(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weatherman(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vor Game(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cetaganda(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ethan of Athos(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borders of Infinity(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Labyrinth(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brothers in Arms(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirror Dance(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memory(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Komarr(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Civil Campaign(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winterfair Gifts(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diplomatic Immunity(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flowers of Vashnoi(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cryoburn(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Vorkosigan Collections

The Vorkosigan Companion (With: John Helfers,Lillian Carl) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Curse Of Chalion Books

The Curse of Chalion (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paladin of Souls (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hallowed Hunt (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Sharing Knife Books

Publication Order of Penric and Desdemona Books

Penric's Demon (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Penric and the Shaman (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Penric's Fox (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masquerade in Lodi (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Penric\'s Mission (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mira's Last Dance (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prisoner of Limnos (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Orphans of Raspay (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Physicians of Vilnoc (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Assassins of Thasalon (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knot of Shadows (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Demon Daughter (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Penric and Desdemona Collections

Penric's Labors (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Spirit Ring (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Sidelines (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gerould Family of New Hampshire in the Civil War (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Publication Order of Anthologies

Free Lancers(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine, February 1988(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Science Fiction and Fact, February 1990(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Hugo Winners, Vol. 3(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women at War(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Space Opera Renaissance(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Federations(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women of Futures Past(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infinite Stars(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conversations From the Edge: The Galaxy's Edge Interviews(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unrivalled(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the giants of modern science fiction. Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1949, she became a voracious reader as a child, influenced by her father, an engineering professor at Ohio State University. Robert Charles McMaster was very well known in the scientific community, editor of the most important text in the field of welding engineering. He was also an avid science fiction fan and frequently bought paperbacks and had subscriptions to several SF magazines. Lois picked them up and was very quickly hooked. She started writing in Junior High School and collaborated with a friend on a story all through high school. While still in high school, she had the opportunity to spend a summer hitchhiking through Europe with her older brother, an adventure that produced many ideas for writing.

In college at Ohio State University Lois initially studied English, but then became interested in biology. She was able to participate in a six week program in East Africa, an experience that supplied her with scenery and ecology for her first novels. After college she worked as a pharmacy technician for six years until she married. The marriage failed, ending in divorce, but she had two children, Anne and Paul. She has credited them with teaching her about birth and growth and parenthood.

She started writing seriously in 1983, while working and struggling as a single mother with two young children on a very limited income. One of her earliest works, a short story, was about a single mother who puts her children into suspended animation.

She wrote her first novel, Shards of Honor, in 1983 and it was published in 1985. The story brings together Cordelia Naismith, captain of a small Betan starship, engaged in exploring a newly discovered planet, and Captain Lord Aral Vorkosigan, captain of a Brarrayan starship. The two are enemies in a war instigated by a dying emperor of Barrayar, where a feudalistic society, isolated from the galactic milieu for 500 years, has been abruptly cast back into the modern, technologically advanced culture by the discovery of a nearby wormhole. Cordelia, who comes from the advanced civilization, is marooned on the unexplored planet with Vorkosigan, a product of an archaic aristocracy. During their shared ordeal, they are drawn to each other. The novel takes them through battles and imprisonment, torture and disgrace. Aral asks her repeatedly to marry him, but she consistently refuses until she finds that she cannot go home again. She flees to Barrayar and marries Lord Vorkosigan, third in line to the throne.

Lois McMaster Bujold’s second novel, written in 1984, The Warrior’s Apprentice, introduced her quirky, dwarf-like hero, Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, the son of Cordelia and Aral. Poisoned in utero during an assassination attempt on his parents, Miles has extremely brittle bones that break with very little force. He spent his childhood in casts since he insists on trying to be the man he thinks his father wants him to be. He applies to the Barrayan military academy, but breaks both legs attempting to complete the obstacle course. Feeling despondent and shamed by his physical disabilities, he leaves Barrayar and wanders, eventually acquiring a group of followers. He organizes them into the Dendarii mercenaries and takes on a new persona, that of Admiral Miles Naismith, commander of the mercenaries.

The relationship between Miles and his father, Aral Vorkosigan, derives somewhat on Bujold’s relationship with her own father, a world famous engineer and highly respected educator, a man she admired immensely. She depicts Miles trying to win his father’s respect in a society where abnormal babies are routinely killed. The aristocracy into which he was born admire strength and valor above all and Miles fails miserably at physical strength. But his character has extraordinary depth and his perseverance in the face of pain and repeated defeats, along with his hyperactive, somewhat manic depressive personality, make him one of the most unusual and likeable protagonists in science fiction.

While most of the main characters in Bujold’s novels are male, some of the most engaging and perhaps the strongest characters are female. Cordelia’s chronic battles with the patriarchal Barrayan aristocracy eflect the emergence of a feminist movement on Barrayar. Her introduction of the uterine replicator, a machine in which a fetus can be brought to term after the first few weeks in utero, promises liberation of women from the physical demands and dangers of child bearing. Lois McMaster Bujold herself has noted that she believes that women cannot be liberated except in a technologically advanced society, where machines take over much of the work, freeing both men and women for more intellectual activities.

Since the publication of her first two Vorkosigan novels, the series has been extended by more than a dozen novels, as Miles and his companions age. The stories also have grown as Bujold delves deeper into the characters of Miles and his family. The novels are also rollicking adventure tales, fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable.

She has branched out into the fantasy field with her novel, The Curse of Chalion, published in 2001. The book was nominated for the Hugo Award (her seventh nomination), and for the World Fantasy Award. It won the Mythopoeic Award as the best adult fantasy. She followed that with a sequel, Paladin of Souls, which won the Nebula Award for 2005. The Sharing Knife, Volumes 1 through 4, has also been widely acclaimed in the world of adult fantasy.

As an indication of her status as one of the best science fiction writers of our time, Lois McMaster Bujold has won four Hugo Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the field, with ten nominations, more than any other author except Robert Heinlein. She has also won two Nebula Awards, as well as a string of other prizes. She continues to write prolifically, continuing the Vorkosigan series, as well as writing in the fantasy field. None of her books have been made into movies or television series, possibly because the worlds she creates are so complex and her characters so unusual that Hollywood would have a hard time doing justice to her creations.

She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but her imagination roams freely through this universe and many others.

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2 Responses to “Lois McMaster Bujold”

  1. Steve: 2 years ago

    Thanks for this biography.

    Lois has written an amazing and inspiring plethora of books. It is really interesting to know about the author with such insights into people, personalities, characters and aspirations, while weaving these riveting stories. Her imagination, and skill are amazing. What a great author! I look forward to the next instalment from this amazing lady.


  2. Steve Booth: 4 years ago

    Nice write up, but it was an obstacle course not a endurance course.


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