Info on a new Vorkosigan book

Tarja Rainio vierran at saunalahti.fi
Thu Sep 6 14:16:02 EDT 2001


This is directly copy-pasted from rec.arts.sf.written. I thought the Lois
McMaster Bujold fans on this list might be interested in this.

Best,
Tarja 

> Subject: New Bujold Novel (Limited Spoilers)
> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 00:35 +0100 (BST)
> From: sjbradshaw at cix.co.uk (Simon Bradshaw)
> Organization: Nextra UK
> Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.written
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> At WorldCon, Lois McMaster Bujold favoured us with a reading from her new
> novel. It's another Miles book, title yet to be confirmed (apparently
> she's been working with 'M2K' - the Miles book started in 2000!) and
> currently finished all bar the last chapter. Publication is slated for
> some time in 2002.
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> Lois read excerpts from the first two or three chapters, so the level of
> spoilers is limited. Nonetheless, she did reveal some plot twists, so
> here's some spoiler space...
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> - The novel is set about a year after the events of _A Civil Campaign_,
> and starts with Miles and Ekatarin on a liner bound from Earth to Tau Ceti
> during their somewhat belated honeymoon.
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> - Miles and Ekatarin are having kids! Twins, a boy and a girl, currently
> in uterine replicators and about six weeks from birth.
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> - A Barrayaran fast courier intercepts them and conveys a personal message
> to Miles from Emperor Gregor. A Komarran merchant fleet, with its
> Barrayaran naval escort, has got itself into some sort of trouble at an
> obscure orbital station. Reports are unclear and contradictory, there are
> lots of political issues at hand, and Lord Auditor Vorkosigan is the
> nearest Emperor's Voice to the trouble (no surprise there, ha ha).
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> - Miles recognises the name of the station; it's the core of Quaddie
> space! (The four-armed bio-engineered humans seen in _Falling Free_ and
> briefly in another story). Ekatarin decides to accompany him on his
> mission.
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> - On arrival, it turns out that things started to go wrong when the
> Barrayaran security liaison on one of the Komarran ships was either
> kidnapped or went AWOL. He was an assimilated Komarran himself, so more
> potential political problems crop up.
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> - Various further incidents then led to a major confrontation between
> Barrayaran and Quaddie security forces, lots of damage and injuries, and
> the merchant fleet locked down in port. Barrayarans and Komarrans are in
> Quaddie custody, the station is damaged, and everyone is very, very mad at
> one another. In comes Miles to try to sort things out.
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> - The bit that got an ovation at the reading :-) During Miles' first
> diplomatic meeting with Quaddies, he is introduced to their two-legged
> security liaison officer... Bel Thorne!! Miles and Bel avoid giving away
> their previous contact, but Miles is very surprised to say the least at
> this development.
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> ... And that's where Lois left us. I think it's safe to say she made about
> 350 sales on the spot.
> 
> -- 
> Simon Bradshaw    sjbradshaw at cix.co.uk
> http://www.cix.co.uk/~sjbradshaw
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