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Questions relating to the stories written by Lois McMaster Bujold, most of which revolve around Miles Vorkosigan and his family.

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Are there any Vor-families that don't have a Countship?

In the Vorkosigan books, the elite families all have Vor prefixes to their names (Vorbarra, Vorsoisson, Vorpatril, Vorkosigan, Vorinnis, etc). All of the 60 Countships are held by Vor families, but ...
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What was the original Barrayaran plan for the Komarr invasion

In The Warrior's Apprentice, Aral Vorkosigan is described by the highly competent Tung as producing the most complex strategy laid out logically as a wiring diagram—politics, economics, and all—I ...
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Did the Dendarii Free Mercenaries survive Miles leaving them?

In Was Miles exaggerating the number of Dendarii to dissuade his captors from using his people?, I made the bold claim that Miles believed that the Dendarii Free Mercenaries would disintegrate without ...
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Was Miles exaggerating the number of Dendarii to dissuade his captors from using his people?

So in the book Brothers in Arms in Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga, in one of the conversations real-Miles tried to convince alter-Miles that it's impossible to pretend to be admiral Naismith: "You still ...
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When did Miles Vorkosigan assassinate someone?

From "A Civil Campaign": "But dammit, if . . . if my enemies won't allow me minimal moral sense, I wish they'd at least give me credit for competence in my vices! If I were going to ...
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Who Betrayed Fallow Core?

In Lois McMaster Bujold’s “The Borders of Infinity”, there is the following passage: "Was—was he injured when Fallow Core was overrun?" asked Miles. "Head injury?" Oliver shook his head. "Fallow ...
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How does Athos deal with transgender people?

Seeing how Lord Dono had his Betan treatment in just a couple of weeks (iirc) and went on to have children, they shouldn't have a problem accepting trans men immigrants, but what if a child born on ...
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How old is the current society on Jackson's Whole?

I've read somewhere that as few as 100 years have passed since Jackson's Whole was just a "pirates' nest", but that doesn't seem to fit the rather extensive "civilization" they have. Are there any ...
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In Memory, why does Miles turn this job down?

Inevitable spoilers for Lois McMaster Bujold's book Memory ahead. At the end of Memory, why does Miles turn down Gregor's offer of the job of chief of security? Yes, he says earlier in the book that ...
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Why are Russian surnames so rare among Barrayaran vors?

Russian is one of the main Barrayaran languages resulted from the primary settlement groups populated Barrayar. Other main languages are English, French and Greek. Judging by the Vorkosigan books, ...
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Vorkosigan Saga - Ivan Vorpatril Vote Fixing

I recall that Ivan Vorpatril lives in an apartment block that was part of a scheme where the vote of area residents was threatened by the machinations of some Vor party. Something about enclosing the ...
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Why did the Betan Hermaphrodite experiment fail?

All we seem to be told in the Vorkosigan books is that the Hermaphrodites were a failed experiment a century ago. Is there any info beyond that on why exactly the experiment failed, how it failed? My ...
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Just how common are Betan Hermaphrodites?

In the Vorkosigan series, it is casually mentioned several times in early books that around a hundred years ago, there was a failed social experiment with artificial hermaphrodites. But we still keep ...
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How could nobody know that Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan wasn't Admiral Miles Naismith?

Admiral Miles Naismith appears in two books (The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game) and two short stories before it occurs to anyone that he is the same person as Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan. ...
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Is Betan society secretly sexist?

I was reading a reread blog covering the Vorkosigan books. They were discussing some secretive biases and prejudice in Betan society that prevent the people who aren't Cordelia from understanding Vor ...
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Demographic makeup of Barrayar

I seem to recall that Bujold mentions four primary culture groups on Barrayar: Russian, 'Greekies', and English, but I can't remember or find any mention of the fourth group.
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What is the origin of "ghem"?

In the Cetagandan Empire of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga, there are at least three named classes: The haut (the sequestered ruling class) The ba (their servants) The ghem (military leaders ...
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What is the relationship between Taura and Admiral Naismith?

I have read most of the suggested background materials leading up to Mirror Dance, which I am currently reading. However, I have missed "Labyrinth" (as well as Ethan of Athos). So my first ...
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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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How do you pronounce 'Tej'?

Ivan's book is finally here, and there's a new character named Akuti Tejaswini Jyoti ghem Estif Arqua, or Tej for short. I don't think I even want to attempt that mouthful of a full name, but I need a ...
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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 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 recommended 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,...
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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 of there being any other planets in its solar system. Are there any references to them in the books?
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