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Lois McMaster Bujold

USA (1949 - )

Lois McMaster Bujold was born in Ohio in 1949. She developed a passion for science fiction at the age of nine and having identified the techniques of the genre, started developing her own style. After a spell as a biologist she turned to writing full time. The author of over twenty works of fiction and non-fiction, her first three novels, Shards of Honour, The Warrior's Apprentice and Ethan of Athos were all published in 1986. Lois has remarked that her plots are often predicated on "the worst possible thing you could do" to a character. She writes with an apparently effortless fluidity of both style and story. Her work repeatedly shifts focus from the successes, exploits and glory of war to their human cost. For Bujold, characterization is the paramount concern and her plots depend both on character and the novums of technology. She humanizes but does not idealize her casts of characters and accomplishes a feat rare in any form of fiction in developing that of her central protagonist, Miles Vorkosigan, throughout the series. We witness him progressively changing and maturing in each successive story. On one hand Lois McMaster Bujold has been compared to Ursula Le Guin by female critics for her strong feminist stance, which she deftly subsumes, rather than overtly preaches in her work; on the other she has been praised by male critics for "writing like a man". Bujold herself, though acknowledging both viewpoints, says she would rather call herself "a human beingist". Lois won the Nebula Award for Falling Free and The Mountains of Mourning and the Hugo Award for The Vor Game, Barrayar, Mirror Dance and The Mountains of Mourning. She was nominated for the John W Campbell Award in 1987. She lives in Minneapolis and has two children.
 
Anthologies edited
Women at War
 
Non fiction
Sidelines: Talks and Essays
 
Anthologies containing stories by Lois McMaster Bujold
Nebula Awards 25Nebula Award-Winning NovellasCommando Brigade 3000Intergalactic Mercenaries
 
Short stories
Barter (1985)
Aftermaths (1986)
The Hole Truth (1986)
The Borders of Infinity (1987)
Labyrinth [short story] (1989)
Labyrinth (1989)
The Mountains of Mourning [short story] (1989)Hugo
Nebula
The Mountains of Mourning (1989)
Weatherman (1990)Nebula (nominee)
Dreamweaver's Dilemma (1995)


Awards
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1989) : Falling Free
Nebula Best Novel winner (1989) : Falling Free
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1989) : Falling Free
Hugo winner (1990) : The Mountains of Mourning [short story]
Nebula winner (1990) : The Mountains of Mourning [short story]
Nebula nominee (1990) : Weatherman
Hugo Best Novel winner (1991) : The Vor Game
Hugo Best Novel winner (1992) : Barrayar
Hugo Best Novel winner (1995) : Mirror Dance
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1997) : Memory
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1998) : Memory
Hugo Best Novel nominee (2000) : A Civil Campaign
Nebula Best Novel nominee (2001) : A Civil Campaign
Hugo Best Novel nominee (2002) : The Curse of Chalion
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature winner (2002) : The Curse of Chalion
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (2002) : The Curse of Chalion
Hugo Best Novel winner (2004) : Paladin of Souls
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature nominee (2004) : Paladin of Souls
Nebula Best Novel nominee (2004) : Diplomatic Immunity
Nebula Best Novel winner (2005) : Paladin of Souls
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature nominee (2006) : The Hallowed Hunt


Books about Lois McMaster Bujold
The Vorkosigan Companion
 
Lois McMaster Bujold recommends
The Wild Swans
The Wild Swans (1999)
Peg Kerr
"A breathtaking book."
Shadows in Scarlet
Shadows in Scarlet (2001)
Lillian Stewart Carl
"Shadows in Scarlet is a richly-written book, an appealing feast for both the intellect and the senses. The characters are immensely lively and vivid - even the ghostly ones! I'm already amusing myself trying to cast the movie. "



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