Lois Bujold is an American science fiction author born on November 2nd, 1949. Born from the famous Robert Charles McMaster known for his works McMaster on Materials, Bujold had a lot to live up to. Her book The Warrior’s Apprentice was the book that launched her writing career. However she is best known for her Vorkosigan Saga.
She has won many acclaimed awards. Lois has won the Hugo Award for best novel exactly four times which is a high achievement for an author, the Nebula Award, the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature, The Forry Award, and the Skylark Award. She was also nominated for the 2002 World Fantasy Award.
Bujold’s writing style varies from book to book where sometimes she even crosses genres. All of her famous novels include humor, comedy, sometimes very dark scenes with tragic deaths or losses. She also likes to mix some military adventure, political thriller, romance, and the genre known as whodunit in various amounts throughout the series.
The point of view characters include women such as Cordelia in Shards of Honor, Barrayar; Ekaterin in both Komarr and A Civil Campaign, a homosexual named Ethan of Athos, and two brothers one of which is disabled and the other a clone named Miles and Mark Vorkosigan. Together these protagonists are mixed in with some less well educated characters such as the bodyguard Roic and the runaway lad Jin.
The most important focus of the series is medical ethics. Bujold likes to also focus on the matter of personal identity. In her books this science-fiction context, identity may be affected by the use of bioengineering, the use of genetic manipulation, the act of cloning, and the use of modern medicine.
The Vorkosigan Series: this story is set in a world where humans have colonized the galaxy. All of the books in this saga (and there are many of them) include military adventure, humor, comedy, tragic death and losses, romance, political thriller and mystery.
Shards of Honour
The Warrior’s Apprentice
The Mountains of Mourning
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
The Borders of Inifinity
Brothers in Arms
A Civil Campaign
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
Paladin of Souls