Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold
Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Born: November 2, 1949
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer









Lois McMaster Bujold is an American speculative fiction writer. She is one of the most acclaimed writers in her field, having won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, matching Robert A. Heinlein's record, not counting his Retro Hugo. Her novella "The Mountains of Mourning" won both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. In the fantasy genre, The Curse of Chalion won the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature and was nominated for the 2002 World Fantasy Award for best novel, and both her fourth Hugo Award and second Nebula Award were for Paladin of Souls. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award. In 2013 she was awarded the Forry Award. In 2017 she won a Hugo Award for Best Series, for the Vorkosigan Saga.

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A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind. War & Peace ;Miscellaneous
All true wealth is biological. Miscellaneous
An honor is not diminished for being shared. Miscellaneous
Any community's arm of force—military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. Miscellaneous
Any community's arm of force—military, police, security—needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards. Miscellaneous
How could you be a Great Man if history brought you no Great Events, or brought you to them at the wrong time, too young, too old? History
I don't confuse greatness with perfection. To be great … is…the higher achievement. Miscellaneous
If the truth doesn't save us, what does that say about us? Miscellaneous
My home is not a place, it is people. Human Nature
Never send interim reports only final ones. Interim reports tend to elicit orders. Which you must then either obey, or spend valuable time and energy evading, which you could be using to solve the problem. Leaders & Leadership
Ordinary people need extraordinary examples. Human Nature
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Human Nature ;Miscellaneous
Suicidal glory is the luxury of the irresponsible. Human Nature
The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them. Justice & Injustice
The will to be stupid is a very powerful force, but there are always alternatives. Human Nature
There are always survivors at a massacre. Among the victors, if nowhere else. Miscellaneous
You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Families, Children & Parenting
Escapist literature gets a bad rap. But I think escape is important for a lot of people in a lot of places.
For me, writing is more a process of discovering the book than planning it.
I began my writing career in a very isolated place and time. Time
I spent my 20s working in patient care at a large university hospital, an experience that has informed all my work and has given me a lot of human observation to draw on. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think 99 percent of women's lib comes from technology making different kinds of lives possible, and then the social adjustment follows the technology - it doesn't precede it. Women ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I'm very interested in the impact of biotechnology on the way people live.
Seems like half my anxiety dreams are about airports.
Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.
The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them. Death
War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. War & Peace
What you are is a question only you can answer.
When you can't do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing.
Wikipedia is so dangerous.