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Lois McMaster Bujold

Fecha de nacimiento: 2. Noviembre 1949

Lois McMaster Bujold es una escritora estadounidense de ciencia ficción y fantasía.

Nacida en Columbus, Ohio, en el seno de una familia acomodada. Lectora incansable, su afición a la ciencia ficción le viene de la influencia de su padre, Robert McMaster, profesor de ingeniería en la Universidad de Ohio. A los 15 años, la lectura de El Señor de los Anillos despertó su pasión por la fantasía.

Su afición a la lectura le llevó a estudiar Literatura Inglesa, licenciandose en 1972. Contrajo matrimonio con John Bujold, de quien toma su segundo apellido. Fruto de esta relación son sus dos hijos, Anne y Paul.

En 1982, cuando su familia pasaba por un mal momento económico y con dos hijos pequeños que cuidar, se lanzó a escribir profesionalmente. En 1986 fueron publicadas simultáneamente las tres primeras novelas de la serie de Miles Vorkosigan, que le harían saltar a la fama en el panorama de la ciencia ficción.

Bujold vive actualmente en Minnesota, EE. UU.

Frases Lois McMaster Bujold

„Organization seemed to be the key.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, The Warrior's Apprentice (1986)
Contexto: 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.

„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

Cordelia's Honor (1996), "Author's Afterword"
Contexto: 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.

„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

Vorkosigan Saga, The Warrior's Apprentice (1986)
Contexto: 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.

„Which is just a fancy way of saying, "I think about it a lot, day and night."“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold

"Publishing, Writing, and Authoring", p. 67
The Vorkosigan Companion (2008)
Contexto: I attack both from the logic-side, scribbling outline after outline, and the long-walk relaxed-visualization-side, and while neither alone is enough, the combination synergizes. Which is just a fancy way of saying, "I think about it a lot, day and night."

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, A Civil Campaign (1999)
Contexto: 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.

„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.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, A Civil Campaign (1999)
Contexto: 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. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one.

„Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, Barrayar (1991)
Contexto: But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?

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„Not justice, please, not justice. We would all be fools to pray for justice.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion

The Curse of Chalion (2000)
Contexto: "Mercy from the Father and the Mother, mercy from the Sister and the Brother, Mercy from the Bastard, five times mercy, High Ones, we beseech you."… Mercy, High Ones. Not justice, please, not justice. We would all be fools to pray for justice.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, libro Paladin of Souls

Paladin of Souls (2003)
Contexto: 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.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, A Civil Campaign (1999)
Contexto: 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"?

„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)
Contexto: 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.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, Borders of Infinity (1989)
Contexto: 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.

„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

Vorkosigan Saga, Shards of Honor (1986)
Contexto: 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.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, Shards of Honor (1986)
Contexto: 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.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold

A Girl's World interview (2006)
Contexto: 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.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, Shards of Honor (1986)
Contexto: 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.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, Brothers in Arms (1989)
Contexto: 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.

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