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When did Miles Vorkosigan assassinate someone?

I posted this as a question to the "Miles to Go" forum of Baen's Bar, but I recall no such mission discussed in any other detail in the books and my quick search of my digital copies has turned up ...
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Did the Dendarii Free Mercenaries survive Miles leaving them?

In Winterfair Gifts Sgt. Taura comes to the wedding. And it is explicitly stated that she is a member of the Dendarii and still under the medical care of the Dendarii medical staff. Miles even ...
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In Memory, why does Miles turn this job down?

Miles is, at this point in his life, something of an adrenaline junkie. He's fiercely proud of all the work he's done as Admiral Naismith with the Dendarii. Up to this point in the series, he's a very ...
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Was Miles exaggerating the number of Dendarii to dissuade his captors from using his people?

Probably. This is Miles, after all, who is not only prone to telling tall tales (e.g. how he wound up with the Dendarii in the first place), but also expects the impossible from himself (and often ...
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Why are Russian surnames so rare among Barrayaran vors?

Here a full list of the known High Vor names and (sometimes a guess at) their source (ist taken from Vor Names): Vorbarra - English/Italian Vorbataille - French Vorbohn - German Vorbretten - French ...
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Is there any significance to the reuse of the name "Dubauer" in Shards of Honor and Diplomatic Immunity?

Here's what the author has said about this: Q: Ker Dubauer in Diplomatic Immunity has the same last name as that unfortunate young man in Shards of Honor (who allowed Cordelia and Aral to have their ...
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Did the Dendarii Free Mercenaries survive Miles leaving them?

In Cryoburn (Chapter 17), Miles and Mark joke about hiring the Dendarii and agree not to. But none has any doubt that the Denadarii could do what they were joking about. Miles grimaced. “Do you ...
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Who Betrayed Fallow Core?

The real question is not "Who betrayed Fallow Core?" but "What was the significance of this revelation?" (namely that Fallow Core was never stromed, but betrayed) Essentially, Paul ...
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Why are Russian surnames so rare among Barrayaran vors?

For what it's worth, Word of God answer from the author (requires registration to view): There is no pattern to be found; I made up names as I went along, as the moment or character in a story seemed ...
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How could nobody know that Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan wasn't Admiral Miles Naismith?

Naismith is not an uncommon name on Beta and Miles is a convincing Betan. There would be no particular reason for an Earther to immediately connect a Betan named Naismith with Vorkosigan (even is they ...
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Reading order of the Vorkosigan Saga

Even though there are already three answers, one of which has been accepted, I'd like to give my preferred order. (Also, some books have been published after all these answers.) It is almost internal ...
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How do you pronounce 'Tej'?

The author says the name a few times in this reading. On the first occasion it almost rhymes with "edge" (/'tedʒ/). On the second occasion it's closer to /'teʒ/ ...
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Is Beta Colony less democratic than it seems?

Beta has its faults and its treatment of Cordelia was appalling, but I'm not sure that any contemporary nation would treat a public physical attack on the President anywhere near as gently as Beta did....
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Was Miles exaggerating the number of Dendarii to dissuade his captors from using his people?

The question is on the number of Dendarii. At that time they are indeed in the thousands. He never said he knew all of them by name, just hundreds. Point is, how to guess which are the ones, among all ...
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How does Athos deal with transgender people?

I've thought about this a bit more, and I've come to the following conclusion: Everybody on Athos is male per definition, but that doesn't mean what it means in the rest of the universe. There is ...
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Did the Dendarii Free Mercenaries survive Miles leaving them?

The two existing answers talk about references to the Denadarii in Winterfair Gifts and in Cryoburn. Between them there is also another oblique reference in Diplomatic Immunity. In Chapter 18 Miles ...
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Is Betan society secretly sexist?

I agree with Terdon's statement and it's logic, i would have said the same as part of my answer if not beaten too it. I just wanted to point out another possible explination. If you look at this from ...
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