Lois McMaster Bujold is an American author of science fiction and fantasy works. A 5-time Hugo winner, she is best known for the Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion Series, and the Sharing Knife series.

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Why are the Roknari Quadrene and the Chalions Quintarian?

In Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion, one of the primary differences between the Five Kingdoms and the Roknari is their faith. While both faiths worship the same gods, the Roknari Quadrene ...
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Is Beta Colony less democratic than it seems?

One of the running jokes in Shards of Honor is that everyone on Beta Colony seems to deny having voted for "Steady Freddy" (the president). Furthermore, at one point Cordelia says this to a reporter: ...
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What “older and more serious discipline” did Cordelia fall back on?

This statement in Shards of Honor chapter 8 (page 125 of the omnibus edition Cordelia's Honor) has always puzzled me: The feeble joke did nothing to dissolve the clot of hysteria rising in her ...
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When does the Vorkosigan Saga take place?

The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold is set in the far future. Is it ever established exactly when in the future most of the books take place?
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Is there suffering in the Bastard's hell?

In Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion series (The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt), the Quintarian religion plays a pivotal role. There are five gods: the Father, the Mother, the ...
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Is there any significance to the reuse of the name “Dubauer” in Shards of Honor and Diplomatic Immunity?

Why did Lois McMaster Bujold choose to reuse the name Dubauer in Diplomatic Immunity? In the earlier Shards of Honor, Dubauer is the name of Cordelia's ensign, while in Diplomatic Immunity, Dubauer is ...
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In the Vorkosigan Saga, which books are essential to familiarize a new reader to these particular characters?

Non-spoilerish, other than "something happens in Cryoburn," but this question is probably best answered by readers of that book. Please keep your answers non-spoilerish as well. There are (more or ...
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Reading order of the Vorkosigan Saga

What is the recomended reading order for the Vorkosigan Saga? Publishing order or is there a better ordering, because I think there is more than one story line? It's next on my "sagas" list, so I'd ...
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What other celestial bodies are in Barrayar's solar system

In Lois McMaster Bujold's Barrayar series, I can't recall any mention of Barrayar having a moon or there being any other planets in its solar system. Are there any references to them in the books?