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Edward James

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039324

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039324.001.0001

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The Science Fiction

The Science Fiction

(p.19) Chapter 2 The Science Fiction
Lois McMaster Bujold

Edward James

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the science fiction of Lois McMaster Bujold. Bujold has written about fourteen science fiction books and a number of short stories: approximately six thousand pages of text. Almost all of her science fiction stories have been set in the universe sometimes known by her fans as the Vorkosiverse after its central character, Miles Vorkosigan. Although her writing as a whole has expanded beyond that universe, her science-fictional universe has remained unusually restricted. One explanation for her decision to restrict herself in this way is that Bujold is interested above all in character. While some science fiction writers are interested in developing different “what-if” scenarios and focusing on how that “what-if” changes a society, Bujold has shown herself to be concerned primarily in how her characters and the society they live in develop over time. She has built up a large and devoted fan base not because they want to see her develop numerous new universes and explore all the boundaries of her genre, but because they share the author's own fascination with her characters and want to see how they change and grow.

Keywords:   Lois McMaster Bujold, space opera, women writers, women authors, science fiction writers, Vorkosiverse, Miles Vorkosigan

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