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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 clong » Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:09 pm

This is the thread for posting questions for author Lois McMaster Bujold.
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Postby clong » Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:04 pm

I guess I will start things off. I have spent a bit of time looking around at http://www.dendarii.com looking for discussion about these issues, but haven't found anything. My apologies if I've overlooked it!

1. Can you tell us a bit about The Sharing Knife beyond that it is "a romance-fantasy-adventure that [keeps] the relationship stuff central"?

2. In the past several years you seem to be focusing more and more on fantasy rather than science fiction/the Vorkosigan saga. Is this a temporary trend or a long term change of focus or just something that I am imagining?
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Postby Ghost » Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:46 am

Ms. Bujold is there any recommended order for reading the books in the Vorkosigan saga?

So far I've read The Warrior's Apprentice and Borders of Infinity .
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Postby clong » Fri Jan 20, 2006 7:56 pm

Hello again, Lois. The Curse of Chalion is one of my favorite fantasy novels of the past few years. I am curious, when you started writing CoC, did you start with the character Cazaril, or did you start with a world-building concept (political, social, gods, magic, etc.), or did you start with the idea of the 3 deaths prophecy?

Like Miles, Cazaril seems to be a far cry from the stereotypical hero. Do you set out to create protagonists who depart from the norm, or do they just end up that way?
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Postby Reede Kullervo » Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:11 pm

Hello Lois, will you continue writing about Chalion-Ibra, please :).
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Countries to look at

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Living in a fantasy world --- you say that like it's a bad thing.
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Postby Vesna » Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:19 pm

I have a question, LMB, if you don't mind: I've always been wandering whether the 'old' textual fragment that you used as a part of the plot in Borders of Infinity belongs to a book by another author. I've had the feeling that it does, but I've never seen it in any books I've read... and I'm curious.;)
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It's a classic

Postby AlbuquerquePat » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:30 pm

It's from John Bunyan's PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, c. 16??
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Re: It's a classic

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Postby Reede Kullervo » Wed May 03, 2006 5:37 pm

I'm confused about name of Mark Pierre Vorkosigan.
Miles' name should be Piotr Miles Vorkosigan, first from paternal grandfather, second from maternal grandfather.
So, Mark's name means that second name general Piotr Vorkosigan is Mark and second name Cordelia's father is Pierre.
In Brothers in Arms, Miles mentioned that name of second son is from second's names his maternal and fraternal grandfathers :?.
But, I had impression that name Pierre is related to Pierre le Sanguinaire :?:.

I apologise both for my English and my pedanterie :oops:.
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Chicken/Egg question (SPOILERS for Ethan of Athos)

Postby bookwyrm » Sat May 06, 2006 7:46 pm

Ever since I read Ethan of Athos (which I re-read several
times a year), I've been curious about which came first:
the planet Athos, or Terrance's conspiracy/dilemma.

On the one hand, Terrance's solution only works on
Athos, so how could you have thought of it without
Athos already existing in your mind... On the other
hand, maybe you thought of Terrance's situation
first, and then came up with a planet that would suit
his purposes.

I'm trying not to give anything away here for those
who haven't read the book yet...
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Re: Chicken/Egg question (SPOILERS for Ethan of Athos)

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Postby clong » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:47 am

I just read Ethan of Athos for the first time and enjoyed it very much ('s my brief review if anyone's interested).

I'm very curious as to how things might look on Athos several generations after the time of Ethan. Have you ever thought about revisiting the subject?
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Postby Ghost » Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:11 am

I just read Ethan of Athos and Cetaganda for the first time this weekend, both were very good - I was a little disappointed waiting for Miles to pop in the Ethan of Athos novel when he never did.
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Postby Reede Kullervo » Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:11 am

I'm looking forward about The Sharing Knife :clap:.
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