Lois McMaster Bujold
Bujold is best known for her series of novels featuring Miles Vorkosigan, a severely-disabled interstellar spy and mercenary admiral from the planet Barrayar, set approximately 1000 years in our future. The series demonstrates Bujold's mastery of various science fiction genres and sub-genres. Earlier titles are generally firmly in the space opera tradition with no shortage of battles, conspiracies, and wild twists, while in more recent volumes Miles becomes a detective. In A Civil Campaign, Bujold explores yet another genre: a high-society romance story with a plot centered on a catastrophic dinner party, with misunderstandings and dialogue justifying the subtitle A Comedy of Biology and Manners. Her psychological insights and creation of complex characters are particularly appreciated by many readers.
There is considerable debate among readers as the best order to read the Vorkosigan series. Some favor reading in publication order, some in order of internal chronology, and some other orders. This illustrates the widely held view that this series consists of a set of independent works which none the less gain from their inter-relations.
Bujold is a highly successful writer, having won the prestigious Hugo Award for best novel 4 times, a record matched only by Robert Heinlein. She has also won the Nebula award for best novel, and her novella The Mountains of Mourning won both prizes. In the fantasy sphere, The Curse of Chalion won the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature and was nominated for the 2002 World Fantasy Award for best novel, and her fourth Hugo for a novel was for "Paladin of Souls".
Bujold currently lives in Minnesota. She is divorced and has two children.
Table of contents
The Vorkosigan Saga
Listed in series order:
- Falling Free [set approximately 200 years before the birth of Miles Vorkosigan] (1988) — Nebula Award
- Shards of Honor [set approximately 1 year before the birth of Miles Vorkosigan] (1986)
- Barrayar (1991) — Hugo Award
- The Warrior's Apprentice (1986)
- The Mountains of Mourning (1989) (included in Borders of Infinity) — Hugo Award, Nebula Award. Available online via the Baen Free Library
- The Vor Game (1990) — Hugo Award
- Cetaganda (1995)
- Ethan of Athos [Miles Vorkosigan is referred to, but does not actually appear, in this novel] (1986)
- Labyrinth (1989) (included in Borders of Infinity)
- Borders of Infinity (1989)
- Brothers in Arms (1989)
- Mirror Dance (1994) — Hugo Award
- Memory (1996)
- Komarr (1998)
- A Civil Campaign (2000)
- Winterfair Gifts (2003 in Croatian and Russian, 2004 in English)
- Diplomatic Immunity (2002)
- The Spirit Ring (1993)
- The Curse of Chalion (2001)
- Paladin of Souls (2003) [sequel to The Curse of Chalion] Hugo Award
- The Hallowed Hunt (2005) [Forthcoming]