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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 the name given by the hermaphrodite passenger on the Komarran ship. They're each significant characters in their respective books. Is there a message conveyed by giving them the same name?

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Not that I know of. But Ensign Dubauer was Betan, and Ker Dubauer was pretending to be Betan. For all we know, it's a fairly common family name there.

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  • Accepted your answer, thanks! Although I was hoping for some subtle and shadowy connection. – Pixel Feb 14 '12 at 21:40
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    +1. We know from the notes to The Dreamweaver's Dilemma that one of the founders of Beta Colony had that last name, and that Ensign Dubauer is descended from him; it would make sense that there would be a lot of other Betans with the same name. – ruakh Dec 9 '12 at 21:06

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