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Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:39 am
by voralfred
Dear Lois
Thanks for your answer. So after all our man from Antwerp was right, to connect Vorutyer to the name Rutger.

Re: flimsies

PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:15 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: flimsies

PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:23 am
by voralfred

Re: flimsies

PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:34 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:51 am
by Stargazer
Two Questions:

1. I just finished CryoBurn and it was great! One "omission" in catching up with some characters in the series: Ivan Vorpatril. I would have liked to have somehow heard whether poor Ivan had managed to snag a wife in all this time. He's bound to be a Major by now, too. But no mention of him. If there were an Ivan Vorpatril fan club I would be a member. So, what is up with Ivan?

2. I get the strongest impression that both Leo Graf and Lord Auditor Vorthys are based on your father, Robert McMaster. Is this the case?

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:32 pm
by LMB

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:37 pm
by SPetty
Up? In text, or audio? I'll have to do some looking.

Sorry it's giving you trouble (that Ivan, I tell you!). I'm sure it will be worth it when it's finished!

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:04 pm
by voralfred
Dear Lois
When did Roic have to write a lot of forms after killing someone? I seem to have missed that event.
BTW, my wife just finished Cryoburn (in english of course since it is not tranlated yet) which for her is no trivial matter. You are one of the very very few writers by whom she reads entire novels in english. (Is this syntax correct? sounds weird, but I can't see how else to write this) It needs a lot of dedication on her part.
Happy new Year
Alfred

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:40 pm
by LMB

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:47 am
by voralfred
Thanks for the answer, and my wife says she is eagerly waiting for the new challenge (reading the Ivan book in english, too...)

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:23 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
In Cryoburn too I found some typo's.

The usual stuff like Vorkynkin and Vorklynkin and though where it should have been through.

But one presumed error may be intentional, not a typo at all.
Jin thought about Vorlynkin (last chapter, p. 328): "He was actually an all-right-all-round sort of fellow, though he needed to be brought up to speed on zoolology, if he was ... going to stick around."
I wonder if Jin was thinking of playful and funny animals, but was too polite to laugh out loud and instead added the lol to zoology?

LOL ...

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:32 pm
by LMB

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:56 am
by Tolon
Forgive me if I've overlooked the answer somewhere. I'm almost finished the Sharing Knife series, and being a long time reader of all those Vorkosigan books featuring Miles (which i like well enough believe me), i found the Sharing Knife to be one of the greatest D.P.D. series i've ever read.

Anyway I was wondering if your going to write any further books in the Sharing Knife series? or continue the story with a new series?

Thanks again

-Dan

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:15 am
by LMB

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 7:21 pm
by ULTRAGOTHA
Hello Lois, thanks for your time.

How did Barrayar pay for all the high tech right after the Time of Isolation? Does the planet have valuable exports? Was it galactic charity? A sum of money out there gathering interest from the first settlers?

Or maybe the Cetegandans brought it on planet during the occupation and left it behind? In that case, how did the resistance afford the smuggled arms from off-world? Other worlds opposing the Cetegandans?

I realize this is deep backstory but I've wondered about it for quite a while so thought I'd ask.

Good luck with the Ivan book. I hope it behaves itself soon. More from his POV would be lovely to read. And more Gregor, too!

UTRAGOTHA

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 7:55 pm
by LMB

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:46 am
by ULTRAGOTHA

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:26 pm
by athene
I read the Vorkosigan saga throughout my pregnancy and now during my pumping breaks at work (my son is 7 months). I've been thinking about uterine replicators (ok by the 8th month of my pregnancy I was wishing I had one!) and mothers. In Free Falling it was mentioned that it was cruel to take a nursing baby away from his mother. Therefore there is/was at least some push to nurse at some point. For mothers who have their children via uterine replicator, are they encouraged to lactate in some other way (hormones at the end, drugs, something?) or can the doctors/scientist by then reproduce a better facsimile to human milk than we can now with formula?

I'm not even sure if you've thought about these things, but as I read your books while pumping so that my son can have milk while he and I are apart, I can't help but think about it.

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:56 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:14 pm
by LMB

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:01 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi
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P.S. I wonder if these guys have just read that particular book.

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:12 am
by Stargazer
Things are definitely very quiet here since the last time I checked in!

First a thankyou to LMB for the Vorkosiverse. I have every book in both printed and audible form, and find myself frequently listening to the books all over again in internal chronological order.

I love all the books, but the one which has most caught my interest is Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. I've always liked Ivan a lot, and really wanted to see him move out of Miles' shadow. If not that, then something Aral once said intrigues me, and that is why not resume adopting non-Vors into the Vor class? Sergyar is a fast growing planet, and I am thinking that besides a Viceroy, it could stand to be divided into two Districts, and two new Vor could be appointed Counts. And my favorite idea is this: adopt Ilyan into the Vor, and appoint him as Count over one of the Sergyaran Districts! Can you imagine Vorilyan's District!?! And of course, he and Alice Vorpatril would marry. Would Ilyan and Alice want to pop a kid of their own to inherit the new Countship? Or would Ilyan adopt Ivan as his son and future Count? I think that Ivan would prefer to stay Vorpatril and let his Mom and Ilyan pop a kid of their own! And what about the other Sergyaran Count? Should he be a second son of one of the existing Counts? Or should he be a non-Vor raised to the Vor class? I can think of a couple of candidates right off: long live Count Vorkoudelka. Or, even better, Count Vorgaleni! Another possibility is Consul Vorlinken from Cryoburn -- it strikes me that he is probably the second son of Count Vorlinken, and with his new wife, Jin Sato's mother, he would make a good Count over a District that had people from many worlds. He needs a new name, though. At this point my imagination fails me and I leave to the mistress -- should she actually follow my suggestion.

And here's a something I've been wondering since imagining Count Vorilyan: What the heck is Ilyan's first name? I have read every book in the Vorkosiverse multiple times, and I don't believe his first name has ever been uttered by anyone. Georg? He seems like a Georg to me.

EDIT by E Pericoloso Sporgersi: Several spoilers have been ... well, spoilerised to protect readers who haven't yet read Lois's latest novels.

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:12 am
by E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Re: Questions for Lois McMaster Bujold

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:59 am
by voralfred
Dear Stargazer
I'll forward your questions to LMB, correcting the spelling of her characters and removing your question about Simon Illyan's first name.
But I can anticipate some of her answers: none of your candidates seem likely.
A Count is not a figurehead as are kings in the UK or Scandinavia. They are expected, at least, to take a real part in the affairs of their district. Poor Simon may have somewhat recovered after the destruction of his memory-chip but is definitely not up to such a demanding task. This is even more true for the Viceroyalty.
Koudelka is in slightly better shape, but still too old and crippled. It would be cruel to appoint him, he'd kill himself doing his best trying to be up to the job. And Drou would veto it, no doubt. What, be wormholes away from her daughters ?
Galeni is interested in integrating Komarr to the Imperium. All his military carrer is oriented in that direction. What he would aim for is some high position in the staff of Komarr's Viceroy (sorry, the Komarr Imperial Councilor, as he is styled), or maybe become Imperial Councilor himself ! Ruling some District in Sergyar would take him far away from there.
Consul Vorlynkin ? Clearly, he did a good job, therefore he deserves a new one. First, upgrade Barrayar's representation to Kibou Daini to Embassy level, with him as Ambassador, sure. Then maybe a move to a more important place, Escobar or Eta Ceta for instance. If he does a super job there, maybe, but if no special new crises come up, for him to show exceptional qualities, he certainly has not yet done enough to be promoted Count on Sergyar.

And Alys and Simon surely have reached the age when you are eager to have grand-children (or step-grandchildren), not children of your own!