Frases de Lois McMaster Bujold

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Lois McMaster Bujold

Fecha de nacimiento: 2. Noviembre 1949

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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.

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Frases Lois McMaster Bujold

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
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.

„Interim reports tend to elicit orders. Which you must either then obey, or spend valuable time and energy evading, which you could be using to solve the problem.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Context: No, no, never send interim reports. Only final ones. Interim reports tend to elicit orders. Which you must either then obey, or spend valuable time and energy evading, which you could be using to solve the problem.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
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 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
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.

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„Organization seemed to be the key.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
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.

„The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Context: 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.

„His mother had often said, "When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action."“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Context: His mother had often said, "When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action." She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
Context: 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." "Publishing, Writing, and Authoring", p. 67

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„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
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.

„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.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
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.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
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.

„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"

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