Happy birthday Lois McMaster Bujold!

Lois McMaster Bujold in 2009
Lois McMaster Bujold in 2009

Lois McMaster Bujold (photo ©Kyle Cassidy) was born on November 2, 1949 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Lois McMaster Bujold’s father was a science fiction fan and she followed in his footsteps when she was still a child. In high school she published a fanzine with her friend Lillian Stewart Carl, who years later became a writer as well. She attended Ohio State University but for years she left literature for other kinds of jobs.

In 1971 Lois McMaster married John Fredric Bujold, from whom she took the surname, a marriage lasted until 1990. The two of them had their daughter Anne in 1978 and their son Paul in 1981.

Only in the 1980s Lois McMaster Bujold decided to return to literature by writing the first three novels of the Vorkosigan Saga: “Shards of Honor”, “The Warrior’s Apprentice” and “Ethan of Athos”. For some time she received only rejections but in 1986 Baen offered her a contract. The success of those novels led the author to write more and some short fiction as well, in some cases winning various awards, spanning decades of history of Aral Vorkosigan, his wife Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan and their son Miles Vorkosigan. “Falling Free” (1987) is set in the same fictional universe but about two centuries earlier so it can be read as an independent novel.

Lois McMaster Bujold also started writing fantasy stories and in 1992 published the novel “The Spirit Ring”, but initially without much success. She returned to this genre only some years later with the Chalion series, started as a trilogy of novels formed by: The Curse of Chalion” (2001), “Paladin of Souls” (2003) “The Hallowed Hunt” (2005). In recent years, the author has written some novellas part of the series.

The success achieved in the fantasy genre as well convinced Lois McMaster Bujold to continue, this time with a quadrilogy known as The Sharing Knife formed by: “Beguilement” (2006), “Legacy” (2007), “Passage” (2008), and “Horizon” (2009).

In recent years, Lois McMaster Bujold has been focusing mainly on short fiction. In the past decades she published several novels showing that she’s an eclectic writer, since within the same series she mixed very different elements bringing together love and war, comedy and drama and much more, one of the reasons why she’s appreciated by a lot of fans.


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