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Lois McMaster Bujold

Geburtstag: 2. November 1949

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Lois McMaster Bujold ist eine US-amerikanische Autorin von Science-Fiction- und Fantasybüchern.

Ihre Bücher beweisen Bujolds Beherrschung des vielfältigen Science-Fiction-Genres. Frühere Titel folgen hauptsächlich der Space-Opera-Tradition , mit einer Menge von Schlachten, Verschwörungen und überraschenden Wendungen. Jedoch folgt sie dabei nur scheinbar den Klischees des Genres.

Ein zentrales Thema, das in ihren Romanen immer wieder auftaucht, sind Beziehungen unterschiedlichster Spielarten. Sei es die Liebe zwischen normalen und durch Genmanipulation körperlich veränderten Menschen , die Liebe zwischen Feinden , Homosexualität oder auch nur der Hang kleinwüchsiger Männer zu großen Frauen. Auch wenn es häufig ein Happy End gibt, wird in keiner Weise so getan, als ob diese Art von Beziehung das einzig Wahre für jeden oder auch nur normal wäre. Stattdessen schildert sie einfach vorurteilsfrei, aber durchaus liebenswert diese Eigenarten ihrer Protagonisten und tritt auf diese Weise für mehr Toleranz ein.

Sie hat den angesehenen Hugo Award für den besten Roman viermal gewonnen . Den Nebula Award erhielt sie bisher zweimal für den besten Roman. Für ihren Kurzroman „The Mountains of Mourning“ und den Roman Paladin of Souls bekam sie sogar beide Preise sowie den Locus Award.

Bujold ist geschieden, hat zwei Kinder und lebt in Minnesota.

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„Some problems could only be solved by running away from them.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Paladin of Souls (2003), Context: You can't solve problems by running away from them, it was said, and like the good child she had once been, she had believed this. But it wasn't true. Some problems could only be solved by running away from them. p. 36

„The really unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, or anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Vorkosigan Saga, Shards of Honor (1986), Context: The really unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, or anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future. But the crimes they hope to prevent in that future are imaginary. The ones they commit in the present — they are real.

„They weren't supermen, or immune to pain. They sweated in confusion and darkness. And … they won.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Vorkosigan Saga, Borders of Infinity (1989), Context: The loonies who sought a glorious death in battle found it very early on. This rapidly cleared the chain of command of the accumulated fools. The survivors were those who learned to fight dirty, and live, and fight another day, and win, and win, and win, and for whom nothing, not comfort, or security, not family or friends or their immortal souls, was more important than winning. Dead men are losers by definition. Survival and victory. They weren't supermen, or immune to pain. They sweated in confusion and darkness. And … they won.

„I suppose my determination to be a soldier stems from that date.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Vorkosigan Saga, Shards of Honor (1986), Context: I suppose my determination to be a soldier stems from that date. I mean the real thing, not the parades and the uniforms and the glamour, but the logistics, the offensive advantage, the speed and surprise — the power. A better-prepared, stronger, tougher, faster, meaner son-of-a-bitch than any who came through that door.

„If you're trying to keep it a secret, Miles, why are you going around telling everyone"?“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Vorkosigan Saga, A Civil Campaign (1999), Context: Marta blinked at him with manufactured innocence. "Kareen had it from Mark. I had it from Ivan. Mama had it from Gregor. And Da had it from Pym. If you're trying to keep it a secret, Miles, why are you going around telling everyone"?

„Acting or reacting, we carry him in us. You can't walk away from him any more than I can. Whether you travel toward or away, he'll be the compass.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Vorkosigan Saga, The Warrior's Apprentice (1986), Context: Acting or reacting, we carry him in us. You can't walk away from him any more than I can. Whether you travel toward or away, he'll be the compass. He'll be the glass, full of subtle colors and astigmatisms, through which all new things will be viewed. I too have a father who haunts me, and I know.

„All great human deeds both consume and transform their doers. Consider an athlete, or a scientist, or an artist, or an independent business creator. In the service of their goals they lay down time and energy and many other choices and pleasures; in return, they become most truly themselves.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Context: All great human deeds both consume and transform their doers. Consider an athlete, or a scientist, or an artist, or an independent business creator. In the service of their goals they lay down time and energy and many other choices and pleasures; in return, they become most truly themselves. A false destiny may be spotted by the fact that it consumes without transforming, without giving back the enlarged self. Becoming a parent is one of these basic human transformational deeds. By this act, we change our fundamental relationship with the universe — if nothing else, we lose our place as the pinnacle and end-point of evolution, and become a mere link. The demands of motherhood especially consume the old self, and replace it with something new, often better and wiser, sometimes wearier or disillusioned, or tense and terrified, certainly more self-knowing, but never the same again. Cordelia's Honor (1996), "Author's Afterword"

„The trick is to try and know as much as possible.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
A Girl's World interview (2006), Context: I don't take information and experience into my mind in that organized a fashion, but when I want to bring it out, somehow it's there. You write what you know because — like there's another choice? The trick is to try and know as much as possible.

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„Leadership is mostly a power over imagination, and never more so than in combat.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Vorkosigan Saga, Shards of Honor (1986), Context: Leadership is mostly a power over imagination, and never more so than in combat. The bravest man alone can only be an armed lunatic. The real strength lies in the ability to get others to do your work.

„Be passionate, be picky, have enough self-criticism to demand of yourself your best and not sort of let it slide by. And remember that the greatest defect any piece of fiction can have is not to be finished.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
A Girl's World interview (2006), Context: Don't worry about that depressing old dictum "Write what you know". If you need to know something, look it up. Learn how to find out what you need to know to make it right. Be passionate, be picky, have enough self-criticism to demand of yourself your best and not sort of let it slide by. And remember that the greatest defect any piece of fiction can have is not to be finished.

„Adulthood isn’t an award they’ll give you for being a good child.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Vorkosigan Saga, A Civil Campaign (1999), Context: Adulthood isn’t an award they’ll give you for being a good child. You can waste … years, trying to get someone to give that sort of respect to you, as though it were some sort of promotion or raise in pay. If only you do enough, if only you are good enough. No. You have to just … take it. Give it to yourself, I suppose. Say, "I’m sorry you feel like that", and walk away.

„The demands of motherhood especially consume the old self, and replace it with something new, often better and wiser, sometimes wearier or disillusioned, or tense and terrified, certainly more self-knowing, but never the same again.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Context: All great human deeds both consume and transform their doers. Consider an athlete, or a scientist, or an artist, or an independent business creator. In the service of their goals they lay down time and energy and many other choices and pleasures; in return, they become most truly themselves. A false destiny may be spotted by the fact that it consumes without transforming, without giving back the enlarged self. Becoming a parent is one of these basic human transformational deeds. By this act, we change our fundamental relationship with the universe — if nothing else, we lose our place as the pinnacle and end-point of evolution, and become a mere link. The demands of motherhood especially consume the old self, and replace it with something new, often better and wiser, sometimes wearier or disillusioned, or tense and terrified, certainly more self-knowing, but never the same again. Cordelia's Honor (1996), "Author's Afterword"

„Most people go through their whole lives without killing anybody. False argument.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Vorkosigan Saga, Brothers in Arms (1989), Context: You must kill if you expect to survive." "No you don't," Miles put in. "Most people go through their whole lives without killing anybody. False argument.

„Organization seemed to be the key.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Vorkosigan Saga, The Warrior's Apprentice (1986), Context: Organization seemed to be the key. To get huge masses of properly matched men and materials to the right place at the right time in the right order with the swiftness required to even grasp survival — to wrestle an infinitely complex and confusing reality into the abstract shape of victory — organization, it seemed, might even outrank courage as a soldierly virtue.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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