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Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

Multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Lois McMaster Bujold is creator of the Miles Vorkosigan universe and the world of Chalion.

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Postby mycatis » Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:04 pm

(An obvious question sorry)
When will we get a new book about Miles?
I recently read Mirror Dance and tried to read it very slowly as it was the last time I would read a Vorgosigan book for the first time. (for a while anyway)
I have to know, will Ivan find love? what happened to Bel? How are the Koudelkas gonna to cope with their daughters 'interesting' choices of men?
ha ha sorry I'll stop now :D
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Postby mycatis » Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:06 pm

Oh and where on Earth can I get to read "Winterfair gifts"?? thank you
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Postby tollbaby » Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:14 am

And what manner of jackassery must we put up with today? ~ Danae, Non Sequitur
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Postby mycatis » Fri Dec 08, 2006 4:40 pm

Ah thank you loads!! :D
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Postby mycatis » Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:31 pm

I have read them all, I just hoped Bel would appear again :lol: Thanks for the answers, wonder how many time I can reread the series to keep me going till 2009? :P
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Postby Reede Kullervo » Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:48 pm

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Postby voralfred » Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:16 pm

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Postby nng » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:58 am

Dear Ms Bujold,
I wonder if you have any control over the publishing of your books in foreign languages?
I ask this because here in Russia your books (esp. Vorkosigan series) were awfully translated; for example, all initially Russian names in your books were replaced by deliberately non-Russian ones concocted by the translators, i.e. Piotr became Peter, Serg - Zerg (so that there would be no similarity to Serguei), Yuri - Uri (like the Hebrew name), Ivan - Aiven, Ludmila - Luimilla, Droushnakovi - Drushikko, and so on. Besides, in some books up to the quater of their volume were just thrown out so that the books could look more teenagers-friendly.
Unfortunately your books are not the only ones that suffered from this inconceivable policy of our publishing companies, but somehow I feel especially awful about them.
I think the publishers must be punished somehow for this, but I can't imagine how. Is that possible that you can do something about it?
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Postby voralfred » Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:07 pm

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Postby Ragua » Mon May 05, 2008 5:17 pm

I have just turned several friends onto the Vorkosigan series, and so I started rereading them again myself. It led to a few questions, but I'll stick to one at a time.

In Shards of Honor, the Escobarans give the Barryarans 17 uterine replicators bearing children who were the result of rape. I remember one of the characters mentioning strong feelings about abortion, but would any Escobaran women choose to keep/bear such children? It seems unlikely, but seeing how Cordelia nearly died when Miles was transplanted into the uterine replicator, some of the victims may not have wanted to chance the procedure.

Just wondering if there were any counterparts to Elena who may have grown up on Escobar.
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Postby voralfred » Mon May 05, 2008 5:38 pm

Well, I hope LMB will agree with me, but it seems to me that on Beta and Escobar embryo transfer to a uterine replicator was a standard procedure, with a very small risk, when performed at the appropriate time. Remember Cordelia was on Barrayar where the technique was new, and transplant was an emergency, after soltoxin poisoning. Granted, in case of rape early in the war, transplant could happen later than in the normal procedure, and with women weakened by months of captivity, but still by escobaran surgeons in the best (one would hope) hospitals. The risks should have been less than to Cordelia. Soltoxin is nasty stuff.
Where I share your question, however, is on psychological aspects. Results of rapes or not, those children were, for half their genes, Escobarans. That the raped women would not want to keep them makes sense, but wouldn't the escobaran society, as a whole, want to keep them (adoptions, or government care) rather than send them to benighted Barrayar?
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Postby Ragua » Sat May 31, 2008 7:27 pm

Just reread "Winterfair Gifts," and I was wondering if the Jacksonian house involved in the crimes will face some serious ImpSec wrath for attempting to mess with one of the Emperor's chosen Voices.

One would think loud, gory retribution would discourage other Jacksonian houses from attempting shenanigans on Barryar or messing with the Emperor's subjects.
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Postby voralfred » Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:21 pm

Well maybe the author would give us the answer about Mayhew and Mayhew.

Is the pilot who took Cordelia to Escobar at the end of Shards one and the same as Arde?

I think I remembered you once answered "yes". However, the debt of honor that Miles mention in _WA_ is purely imaginary, he did not recognize the name and had no notion that he was indeed indebted his very life to Arde, as his mother would not have been able to marrry his father without the latter.

But what surprises me a bit is that Arde does not try to reminisce with Cordelia in _WG_. Certainly, after all those years in Miles' employ he must have heard his mother's maiden name (well, of course he heard it, it was the Admiral's name!) and not being a total idiot he certainly has made the connection. So why is there no recognition between these two?
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Postby SPetty » Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:20 pm

In the dendarii.com FAQ list, it does mention that Arde Mayhew is the same person (poor Arde, being taken for a ride by Naismiths everywhere!).

Arde and Cordelia may well have spent some time talking, though we'd be less likely to see it through Roic's frame of view. I suspect, though have no actual idea, that a scene involving that could have been edited out in order to tighten up the novella (after all, it's about Roic and Taura, and Miles and Ekaterin's wedding, not Arde and Cordelia).

It reminds me of questions at the Denvention about the Imperial Heir. It's rumored that at least one exists, but there wasn't a good way to fit it into _DI_ (though since children come up so often in the book, if I'd written it, I probably would have squeezed in some casual mention of it, perhaps when Bel was showing off his photo cube).
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Postby Ragua » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:45 pm

Okay, I've been rereading the Vorkosigan series yet again, and I have a really trivial question. What the heck is a flimsy? What's it made of? How does it work? Why is it used instead of paper?

In my mind, I've always pictured the transparency film you use with an overhead projector, but that just doesn't seem right.
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Postby aaronw409 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:38 pm

Hi Lois!

You've said before that you outline 1 or 2 chapters ahead before you start writing. I was wondering how detailed the outlines are. Are they step by step accounts of "what happens" or are they broad generalizations of the plot?
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Outlining techniques

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Postby Kurt Montandon » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:35 am

Two quick questions:

1. ... what happened to Galeni's mother? There's no mention of her after Brothers In Arms, where Galeni says she helped identify his brother's remains after the bombing that supposedly killed his father. And then ... nothing. Is she dead? On Komarr? Did I just miss a line somewhere? Because no mention in either ACC or in Miles' reading of Galeni's secret file in BIA. And you'd think the subject would come up in A Civil Campaign, at the least.

2. Is "Ser" a first name, or a title, in place of Signeur (or variants), or whatever. That's been bugging me forever, since Komarr has a vaguely Italian-ish feel, so I couldn't take it for granted that it was a name. We've seen a Ser Galen and a Ser Anafi (IIRC), and I have no idea.
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