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Lois McMaster Bujold

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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestselling Vorkosigan Saga. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.

A listing of her awards and nominations may be seen here:

http://www.sfadb.com/Lois_McMaster_Bu...

A listing of her interviews is here:

http://vorkosigan.wikia.com/wiki/Auth...

An older fan-run site devoted to her work, The Bujold Nexus, is here:

http://www.dendarii.com/




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Mm, family is difficult. My parents passed away years ago, my father when my career was only starting. From one comment he made, I gathered that my ad…more

Mm, family is difficult. My parents passed away years ago, my father when my career was only starting. From one comment he made, I gathered that my adult content was a bit dismaying to him; I think that somewhere in his head, I was still twelve. My mother was not a F&SF reader, so while the writing part seemed sort of OK to her, the genre was not something to which she related. "If you want to write, why not try writing for the local paper?" she once inquired, when I was bemoaning my early lack of progress. Leaving aside the rural benightedness of The Marion Star, the noncomprehension of this question seemed profound.

Only one of my brothers is a reader -- he does like my stuff, and I think reading it has brought me into focus as a human being for him, rather than a vague fuzzball labeled "little sister". I gather he found this rather unexpected. (He loved The Curse of Chalion.)

My kids, well, my children are rather opaque to me. Cordelia's apparent maternal telepathy is the most wish-fulfillment part of the character, from my point of view. My daughter has read at least some of my work, and we relate to each other as adults nowadays, or at least I think we do. My son has never, as far as I know, read any of my fiction. Not sure what to make of that. (I wish he would, for just the reasons you name above, but I can hardly make my books required reading.)

My friends pretty much consist of folks who like my stuff, because there is, after all, a selection process at work there.

Ta, L. (less)
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I see that both "Masquerade in Lodi" and "Penric's Mission" are presently being numbered on Amazon as "Penric and Desdemona Book 4".

This brings me back to the same puzzle I had with "Penric's Fox", when dropping in what people will insist on seeing as a prequel. At the time, we renumbered all the then-extant titles, which some people complained about. I figured if I wrote any more, I'd just conti Read more of this blog post »
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Short request is, Don't, but more helpfully, any Goodreads member whom I have friended can use the GR private messaging system to send email within the system. The trick, it turns out, is that one must have been friended to make the address box popul See Full Answer
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Thank you for this gem of a story! I've been hoping for/anticipating the backstory on Learned Iserne since the
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Well, hm.

As usual, I read this tracking back from the anime adaptation, which has lately popped up on Crunchyroll. It's definitely aimed at the younger segment of the target audience, as one can tell by the 12-year-old protagonist and, early on, an a
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I'm very glad you find my work heartening, but I do have to say I didn't start out to represent anything but the characters themselves. All sorts of characters, in all sorts of situations (that interest me, a necessary caveat), revealing themselves a See Full Answer
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Yes, SubPress will be rel
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" Penny wrote: "That last idea is a very smart one ... I would really appreciate that feature."

@ 15, 16 -- It sounds like a good idea, but if everyone e
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recommended to Lois Bujold by: loaned by a manga-reading friend
recommended for: readers interested in Japanese religious syncretism
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From a description, I'd been expecting something more satirical, but I was pleased to find this rather gentle and kind. Jesus and Buddha, incarnated for the purpose at an apparent age of about 24, take a year's, so to speak, sabbatical in the materia
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" Patrick wrote: "Glad to hear it, if I'm honest, I kinda thought you'd retired from writing. Good luck with the editing/second draft."

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A continuation from The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: a Field Guide to Japanese Yokai (reviewed by me at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) in the same mode -- a short article followed by a charming illustration. Great style for short a
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“Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.”
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GCB-LovesGoodBooks Thank you for accepting my friend request! I am grateful.


message 20: by Mark

Mark Henwick Thank you for Penric, who I consumed all too quickly. This swallow's sip from the World of the 5 Gods will keep me satisfied for...oh...another week. At most.
:-)


message 19: by Mark

Mark Balson One of your early and I believe rather unappreciated books is the first one I read. It was "Ethan of Athos". I bought it with every intention of hating it. I knew for sure it was either gay literature with a space ship or it was a book to show how impaired gay relationships were. Within 15 pages I no longer cared what he was or why. He was an interesting well developed and complex character with the same issues as everyone else. At the time I worked in social services in a neighborhood with a strong gay community. Your characters showed the same vast normality that I saw in our neighborhood. Is was soothing to have a nice tale about complex characters without the sexual orientation becoming the lynch pin of the story. It was also told at a time when gay friendly literature was not popular. My best comment that I could make is this was a good story well told and I would read another book by this lady. I have and have not regretted a single page.


message 18: by Rotuma

Rotuma Thank you for accepting my friend request ... I am honoured.


message 17: by Steve

Steve Thank you so much Lois, for accepting my friend request.

Steve


message 16: by Lois

Lois Bujold Erik wrote: "WoW, I’m book friend’s with Ms. Bujold. How cool is that?

I don’t want to abuse it, but if you’ll indulge me I’d like to say a little something about your author history with my family.

A few de..."


I'm so glad my books have served you all so well! (Analgesic fiction is unfairly underrated, in my opinion.)

A striking number of people seem to read my books in family pods -- I suppose it's because reading generally runs in some families, but in any case, it's cool.

bests, Lois.


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Erik WoW, I’m book friend’s with Ms. Bujold. How cool is that?

I don’t want to abuse it, but if you’ll indulge me I’d like to say a little something about your author history with my family.

A few decades ago my mom, Jeanne, started reading your books avidly. As in multiple times. We have the whole catalog, many of them water damaged from reading in the tub. I picked them up to read because I wanted to be able to relate conversationally to my mom (even though we were already very close) and i got hooked.

My sister also picked them up and also my now ex-wife. In the early 90’s i read “Shards of Honor” to my two kids who were about 7 & 9 at the time. My mom used the same strategy with me when i was very young by reading the first John Carter book to me and then leaving me to devour the rest of the Burroughs catalog on my own. My son went on to read all of your books multiple times.

My daughter is still working her way through, but sweetly enough, after reading “Shards” to her, I would find her crying. She wouldn’t tell me why she was crying and only stated that, “You wouldn’t understand.” Later she finally confessed that it was because she knew she’d “never meet a man like Aral…”

The past decade has been difficult for my mom: Hip replacements, cancer, stroke, concussion, dialysis… it’s been difficult. She used to read about 2-3 books a week, and it’s not exaggeration to say that she’s read all of your books a dozen times each. After the last concussion and brain surgery she pretty much gave up reading. She just couldn’t concentrate. She picked up a somewhat slender autobiography by Eleanor Roosevelt and it took her 6 months to slog through it. That was depressing to watch. I knew she needed a page-turner and i figured your books to be the obvious-best medicine so I made sure “Cordelia’s Honor” was next to her chair while she finished up Eleanor. How sweet it is to now see her reading your books at the amazing pace of 1-2 a week. She’s midway through “Mirror Dance” after finishing up “Ethan of Athos.” And now I’m hooked in again, too. It’s very much like visiting old friends.

So yeah, if you didn’t already know it, to us you’re a true gift from the Goddess. From the whole of my heart, thank you! It feels so good to say that to you so I want to say it again: ThankYouThankYouThankYou, Lois. Please know that you are totally appreciated and loved.

With awe and gratitude,

Erik


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Carlos Marina I think you might like this:

"Humans will be kept between life and death in the first suspended animation trials"

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/17...

Miles V. likes this.


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Carlos Marina Thank you so much for accepting my friendship request! It's amazing when you're in touch with your favourite writer!

Maybe I sound like a fanboy here, but hey: I knew for a long time that I want to be a writer, but when I read your Vorkosigan Saga, I knew I wanted to write science-fiction.

Thanks for your literature, Mrs. Bujold! And for your signature (I managed to get my hands in one of those 'Captain Vorpatril's Alliance' limited editions).


message 12: by Neil

Neil Baumgardner Would love it if you could write some more "Little Admiral"/Admiral Naismith stories - thanks for creating such a great character and fascinating universe!


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Lois Bujold Soo wrote: "Oops! Spelling error. It's called Kabuki, Vol. 1: Circle of Blood by David Mack. It's one of the few US comics that I had the pleasure to be introduced to by a friend who collects them. The art is ..."

Ghost Hound I hadn't heard of -- will follow up.

I've liked Otogi Zoshi, Mushi-shi, Paprika (my favorite ever), all the others by Satoshi Kon, all of Miyazaki of course, the Gokusen, Mirage of Blaze, and Junjo Romantica and its hilarious sequel that takes place at a manga publishing company that I can't remember the name of offhand, but enjoyed vastly for the genre-crossing publishing jokes. In general I prefer to skip all giant fighting robots, most sword or gun bloodfests, and horror. Nonetheless I greatly liked Goblin Cat and its sequels, but I have been unable to obtain them on US DVD so far.

Ta, L.


message 10: by Soo

Soo Oops! Spelling error. It's called Kabuki, Vol. 1: Circle of Blood by David Mack. It's one of the few US comics that I had the pleasure to be introduced to by a friend who collects them. The art is beautiful and the story has layers. You may enjoy the series.

I haven't read all of the Sandman series but my favorite standalone from that is The Sandman: The Dream Hunters. A nice mix of beautiful art and old folk tale.

What's your favorite Anime? I haven't watched any in a while but I really liked Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Trinity Blood, Saiyuki, Ghost Hound & Fruit Basket.


message 9: by Lois

Lois Bujold I don't read many US comics -- except xkcd -- or only occasionally. I've read Gaiman's _Sandman_, sampled _Girl Genius_, and caught glimpses of other things along the way, enough to be aware of the flowering of the medium that has escaped the superhero straightjacket. I have dipped more into manga, most frequently in conjunction with some anime that had caught my attention. (Since I read all day for work, resting my eyes with a DVD makes a nice evening break, when I'm in the mood and have time.)

Some years back, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosted a wonderful exhibit of original manga art going from the 50s forward to the present, showing the development of the form in the last half century. Seeing the original pieces was a real eye-opener.

I don't know Kubuki -- what is it, him, or her?

Ta, L.


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Soo What kind of comics do you read? I admit that I haven't been exposed to as many American comics as I've explored Asian Manga. Drawing style is a key point for me. If I don't like the art, I usually can't make myself read the story. Have you read Kubuki?


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Soo Yay! =) I'm doing the happy dance. hehehe~


Dorothy Lois wrote: "Sweetie wrote: "Lois, Thank you for accepting my friendship, I am huge fan. I listen to the audio books, Grover Gardner is just perfect. He brings Miles and Company to life."

Amusingly, I just r..."


I look forward to the interview. I'd like to say that although I am totally in love with Miles (I am in my 60's), I also like "The Sharing Knife" and "Curse of Chalion".


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Lois Bujold Sweetie wrote: "Lois, Thank you for accepting my friendship, I am huge fan. I listen to the audio books, Grover Gardner is just perfect. He brings Miles and Company to life."

Amusingly, I just recorded a short interview with Grover for Blackstone/Downpour this afternoon -- I'll put the link on my blog when it goes live.

I generally prefer written interviews, as I alas talk in first draft, but with luck it will sound more coherent to others than it did to me.

Glad you are enjoying the books!

Ta, L.


Dorothy Lois, Thank you for accepting my friendship, I am huge fan. I listen to the audio books, Grover Gardner is just perfect. He brings Miles and Company to life.


message 3: by Lois

Lois Bujold Timothy wrote: "I have a questione on your vorkosigan series what kind of sci fi series is it? Military, space opera

The reason I am asking is that it now aviable on the nook color/tablet and plan to start readin..."


Hi Timothy --

The series includes more than one genre. Almost a different one for every book in it, if not quite.

I suspect you will have the best luck starting with _The Warrior's Apprentice_. After that, you can decide whether to keep on or circle back to _Shards of Honor_. Somewhere around here on my intro page is a short article titled "The Chef Recommends" on suggested reading orders, of which there are a number of no-fault possibilities.

Good luck!

bests, Lois


Timothy I have a questione on your vorkosigan series what kind of sci fi series is it? Military, space opera

The reason I am asking is that it now aviable on the nook color/tablet and plan to start reading it soon. Either I am exited on finding a new sci fi series.


Marjorie Friday Baldwin woo-hoo! I am officially a friend of Herself :) Thank you, Lois (if you actually login and read these things LOL)

-Friday
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