Lois McMaster Bujold Books

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Lois McMaster Bujold is an American author of science fiction and fantasy. She has attributed her love for science fiction to her father. Robert Charles McMaster was a professor of Welding Engineering.

Order of Vorkosigan Saga Series

1Aftermath (In the Cordelia's Honor Collection) 1986Description / Buy
2Shards of Honor 1986Description / Buy
3The Warrior's Apprentice 1986Description / Buy
4Ethan of Athos 1986Description / Buy
5Falling Free 1987Description / Buy
6Brothers in Arms 1989Description / Buy
7The Mountains of Mourning (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
8Labyrinth 1989Description / Buy
9Borders of Infinity 1989Description / Buy
10Weatherman (Short Story) 1990Description / Buy
11The Vor Game 1990Description / Buy
12Barrayar 1991Description / Buy
13Mirror Dance 1994Description / Buy
14Cetaganda 1995Description / Buy
15Dreamweaver's Dilemma 1995Description / Buy
16Memory 1996Description / Buy
17Komarr 1998Description / Buy
18A Civil Campaign 1999Description / Buy
19Diplomatic Immunity 2002Description / Buy
20Winterfair Gifts (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
21Cryoburn 2010Description / Buy
22Captain Vorpatril's Alliance 2012Description / Buy
23Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen 2016Description / Buy
24The Flowers of Vashnoi (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Vorkosigan Saga Series

1Dreamweaver's Dilemma1995Description / Buy
2Falling Free1987Description / Buy
3Shards of Honor1986Description / Buy
4Aftermath (In the Cordelia's Honor Collection)1986Description / Buy
5Barrayar1991Description / Buy
6The Warrior's Apprentice1986Description / Buy
7The Mountains of Mourning (Short Story)1989Description / Buy
8Weatherman (Short Story)1990Description / Buy
9The Vor Game1990Description / Buy
10Cetaganda1995Description / Buy
11Ethan of Athos1986Description / Buy
12Borders of Infinity1989Description / Buy
13Labyrinth1989Description / Buy
14Brothers in Arms1989Description / Buy
15Mirror Dance1994Description / Buy
16Memory1996Description / Buy
17Komarr1998Description / Buy
18A Civil Campaign1999Description / Buy
19Winterfair Gifts (Short Story)2002Description / Buy
20Diplomatic Immunity2002Description / Buy
21Captain Vorpatril's Alliance2012Description / Buy
22The Flowers of Vashnoi (Short Story)2018Description / Buy
23Cryoburn2010Description / Buy
24Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen2016Description / Buy

Order of Vorkosigan Collections

1The Vorkosigan Companion 2008Description / Buy

Order of Curse Of Chalion Series

1The Curse of Chalion 2000Description / Buy
2Paladin of Souls 2003Description / Buy
3The Hallowed Hunt 2005Description / Buy

Order of The Sharing Knife Series

1Beguilement 2006Description / Buy
2Legacy 2007Description / Buy
3Passage 2008Description / Buy
4Horizon 2009Description / Buy
5Knife Children 2019Description / Buy

Order of Penric and Desdemona Series

1Penric's Demon 2015Description / Buy
2Penric and the Shaman 2016Description / Buy
3Penric's Fox (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
4Masquerade in Lodi (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
5Penric\'s Mission 2017Description / Buy
6Mira's Last Dance (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy
7The Prisoner of Limnos 2017Description / Buy
8The Orphans of Raspay (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
9The Physicians of Vilnoc (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
10The Assassins of Thasalon 2021Description / Buy

Order of Lois McMaster Bujold Standalone Novels

1The Spirit Ring 1992Description / Buy

Order of Lois McMaster Bujold Non-Fiction Books

1Sidelines 2013Description / Buy

Order of Lois McMaster Bujold Collections

1Proto Zoa (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy

Lois McMaster Bujold Anthologies

1 The New Hugo Winners, Vol. 31994Description / Buy
2 Women at War1995Description / Buy
3 The Space Opera Renaissance2006Description / Buy
4 Federations2009Description / Buy
5 Women of Futures Past2016Description / Buy
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To pass the hours he spent on the plane as he flew from one consulting gig to another, Robert would buy science fiction magazines and novels. And once he was done with them, he would pass them on to Lois.

As such, even as a child, Lois did a lot more reading than her peers. Born in 1949, Lois started writing in Junior High, though most of her stories were imitations of works she loved.

Then she went to high school and attempted to produce more complex stories in collaboration with her best friend Lillian. But none of their efforts produced results. In college, the novelist considered taking English on as a Major, but she quickly found that the critical aspect of the course did not appeal to her.

Lois McMaster Bujold had a desire to create. But she did not know just how serious she was about publishing as a career. That might explain how she ended up in East Africa on a biology study tour and at The Ohio State University Hospitals from where she worked as a pharmacy technician.

When she finally quit her job to go start her family, Lois had no idea that she had taken her first step towards a career in publishing. She had more than enough time on her hands to experiment with her stories.

Though, writing did not come easy for her. She tried, as she had done in high school, to put a few ideas on paper but nothing stuck. It wasn’t until Lillian, her best friend from high school wrote and successfully published her own novels that Lois found the strength to give fiction writing a series shot.

With the help of her friends and family, the author produced a novelette as practice. Then she moved on to larger, more challenging works, finally delivering Shards of Honor, her very first novel in 1983.

Lois, who was already in her 30s when she started writing seriously, is best known for the Vorkosigan Series of books which follow the exploits of an interstellar spy. She has produced multiple novels following Miles Vorkosigan, the protagonist, and the secondary characters he meets on his journey.

The novelist’s specialty is science fiction. She attempted to break into fantasy when she wrote The Spirit Ring. The book was a failure and it compelled Lois to return to the Vorkosigan books.

She found more success with The Curse of Chalion, her second fantasy novel which she wrote nearly a decade after The Spirit Ring.

Lois McMaster Bujold Awards

The author has received Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Minnesota Book Awards for novels like The Mountain of Mourning, Falling Tree, Barrayar, and Komarr, to mention but a few.

Best Lois McMaster Bujold Books

Lois garnered quite a bit of popularity for showing more support for the fanfiction written about her characters than most other authors in her field, with some of the best titles in her bibliography including:

The Mountains of Mourning: Miles has just graduated from the academy, and the newly minted officer of the Barrayan Empire is looking forward to his first mission. But first, he decides to journey home. The 20-year-old wants a moment to catch his breath before the next phase of his life begins.

He doesn’t expect his father to deploy him to an isolated village in the mountains. Neither is he prepared for the case of infanticide that awaits him. Miles must identify the murderer and then ensure that the old laws which encouraged the disposal of imperfect infants are put to rest.

The Vor Game: Miles V would like to think that he’s a good soldier. He has a handicap but that couldn’t keep him from successfully completing his time at the Military Academy. Miles knew that he had done enough to earn a decent assignment.

But his superiors disagreed. They thought he had a problem with authority. And as a reaction to his insubordination, they decided to assign him to a remote military base on an island.

But the soldier’s spirit wouldn’t be quenched. He was still determined to prove himself regardless of the challenges presented. He did not expect to wander into a plot constituting a young emperor that was all too eager to escape his duties.

When Does The Next Lois McMaster Bujold book come out?

Lois McMaster Bujold doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Assassins of Thasalon and was released on May, 11th 2021. It is the newest book in the Penric and Desdemona Series.


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