The Bujold Nexus

Dedications and other References

This page contains details of references and dedications by Lois to others and others to Lois and her works.

Lois's Dedications

This section provides details of exactly who Lois has dedicated her books to.
Dreamweaver's Dilemma
For my faithful amazing readers
Falling Free
For Dad
Robert Charles McMaster, engineer
Shards of Honor
To Pat Wrede for being a voice in the wilderness
Patricia C Wrede author, "neighbour" and friend (see below)
For Anne and Paul
Lois's two children
The Warrior's Apprentice
For Lillian Stewart Carl
Childhood friend and fellow writer (see below)
The Vor Game
For Mom. And with thanks to Charles Marshall for firsthand accounts of arctic engineering, and William Melgaard for comments on war and wargames.
Lois expands: Charles Marshall was a charming friend of my mother's, who told me tales of the building of Thule Airbase; he also passed away in August 2003 at the age of 91. William Melgaard was/is an on-line correspondent and senior navel architect who passed along some anecdotes and observations of a military bent.
To Jim and Toni
Jim Baen (publisher) and Toni Weisskopf (editor)
Ethan of Athos
For those who listened in the beginning: Dee, Dave, Laurie, Barbara, R.J., Wes, and the patient ladies of the M.A.W.A.
Lois expands: Dee and Dave Redding, Laurie Haldeman, Barbara Gompf, R.J. Bicking, and Wes Metz, all friends from the Marion days, and the patient, elderly ladies from the Marion Area Writer's Association, none of them fantasy or science fiction readers, who nevertheless got reams of my early work read to them in my first searches for critique and feedback. David Redding is the minister at Liberty Presbyterian Church in Delaware, Ohio (planning to retire in 2003), who was at one time an English teacher; I went to at least one writer's workshop he held at church, back in the day. It seemed more aimed at memoirists, as I dimly recall, but at that point, I'd take anything I could get my hands on. Dee, his wife, used to sit and mend and let me read early chapters of Shards of Honor to her from my penciled manuscript, and say encouraging things -- she was among the first who seemed genuinely interested in the content, in the characters and their story, instead of just the idea of being a writer. Not especially a F&SF reader, she was nonetheless enough of a Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams reader to follow the idea of the thing. The next four listed are friends my own age, who are all still friends, though I've been out of touch with Laurie for a while.
Brothers in Arms
For Martha and Andy
Martha Bartter and Andy Hilgartner, neighbors and first readers from Marion, Ohio.
Mirror Dance
For Patricia Collins Wrede, for literary midwifery above and beyond the long-distance call of duty
For Trudie Senior and Trudie Junior
Trudie McMaster, Lois' sister in law (junior), and her mother Trudie Trail (senior), who died after a long bout of Alzheimer's-like symptoms. Thematically connected with Simon's memory chip plot.
A Civil Campaign
Dedication - For Jane, Charlotte, Georgette, and Dorothy - long may they rule.
Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Georgette Heyer and Dorothy L Sayers
The Spirit Ring
For Jim and Trudie
Jim and Trudie McMaster, my brother and sister-in-law.
The Curse of Chalion
The Author would like to thank Professor William D. Phillips, Jr., for History 3714, the most useful four hundred dollars and ten weeks I ever spent in school; Pat "Oh, c'mon, it'll be fun" Wrede for the letter game that first drew the proto-Cazaril, blinking and stumbling, from my back-brain into the light of day; and, I suppose, the utility companies of Minneapolis for the hot shower one cold February, where the first two items collided unexpectedly in my head to create a new world and all the people in it.
Paladin of Souls
For Sylvia Kelso, syntax wrangler and Ista partisan first class
A critic, teacher and academic Sylvia has also republished here.

Lois' more recent books have not had dedications, The Hallowed Hunt, Diplomatic Immunity, and the whole Wide Green World series.

Dedicated to Lois

This section has those books which have been dedicated to Lois. If you find any other please send me the details.

Everran's Bane by Sylvia Kelso
For The Four Wise Women, eluki bes shahar, Lois McMaster Bujold, Pat Anthony, And now, Lillian Stewart Carl, sine qua non
Magician's Ward by Patricia C Wrede
For Lois Bujold, without whom this would still be stuck in Chapter 7. Twice
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C Wrede
For ALAN CARL and ANNIE BUJOLD, because they liked the other one a lot
Lillian's son and Lois's daughter
Shadow Dancers by Lillian Stewart Carl
For Lois McMaster Bujold, my oldest friend
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Thanks are past due to Steven Brust, Nate Bucklin, Kara Dalkey, Pamela Dean, Pat Wrede, Cyn Horton, and Lois Bujold; they always want to know what happens next. Thanks also to Terri, who thought it was a good idea; Curt Quiner and Floyd Henderson, motorcycle gurus; Pamela and Lynda, for the cookies; Val, for comfort and threats; Mike, for the keyboards; and Knut-Koupeé, for all the guitars.

For the singin' and dancin': Boiled in Lead, Summer of Love, Têtes Noires, Curtiss A., Rue Nouveau, Paula Alexander, Prince and the Revolution, First Avenue, Seventh Street Entry, and the Uptown Bar.

But most of all, to Will, for the whole shebang.

Other References

This section gives details of those books that Lois has "blurbed", there haven't been that many, but if you discover others please let me know.

Everran's Bane by Sylvia Kelso
"Kelso presents a beguiling voice in Harran, the hearthbard hero of Everran's Bane, and a deeply fascinating study of kingship in Beryx, Harran's charismatic liege-lord. The prose is dense and chewy, the worldbuilding complex and colorful, and plotting kept me turning pages till four in the morning.
This layered tale is at once a fantasy adventure and a commentary on such, not without sly humor here and there, as well as heartbreak and heroism. Highly recommended.
-- Lois McMaster Bujold, author of The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls
Emerald House Rising by Peg Kerr
"A delightful read, inventive and intriguing. The plot's sly humor grows into genuine wisdom by the book's very satisfactory end.
-- Lois McMaster Bujold, best selling author of The Spirit Ring
A Business of Ferrets by Beth Hilgartner
"An engaging cast of characters plunge into a deadly court intrigue that masks a supernatural intrigue more dangerous still. From the slum kids to the Scholar King, Hilgartner creates heroes both great and small that drew me into her tale."
-- Lois McMaster Bujold

This section has quotations from authors who have referred to her in their own books. If you find any other please send me the details.

Princess of Wands by John Ringo, chapter 8 (in the dealers room)
"I've got a signed copy of A Civil Campaign," the dealer said, pulling a book out. " It's SF, but it's really a Regency romance novel. Lois is an excellent writer."e
Princess of Wands by John Ringo, chapter 13 (later at the con)
"Check your assumptions at the door, as Lois Bujold would say."
Earthgrip by Harry Turtledove, chapter VIII
She felt like Miles Vorkosigan--much too small and extremely breakable. How would the Middle English SF hero have handled this particular mess? Audacity, that was his only way.
Earthgrip by Harry Turtledove, chapter IX
Would Miles Vorkosigan or Dominic Flandry just have stood there with nothing to say? "If only..." she said softly, and then, a moment later, more than a little surprised, "Well, maybe I can."
The Phoenix Code by Catharine Asaro, in the paperback edition, page 93, (2nd to last paragraph).
In her quarters she changed into her nightshirt, then clicked a disk of Bujold's A Civil Campaign into her electronic reader and settled into bed. As she read, her lashes drooped...
A Grave Denied by Dana Stabenow, in the hardcover edition, page 81, (a couple of pages into chapter 6, in about the middle of the page).
Kate saw a bargain pack of batteries for the [CD] player and for his book light, which had been folded into the paperback copy of A Civil Campaign that sat on his sleeping bag.
The Singing of the Dead by Dana Stabenow, in the paperback edition, page 148, (a couple of pages into chapter 10, near the bottom of the page).
What mattered was books, if the bulk of the contents of the trailer was any indication. Shelves, built-in and freestanding, took up every available inch of floor space, were wedged between bed and wall, were mounted over all the windows. Every one of them was lined with books. It took Kate a while to see that they were in alphabetical order, clockwise from the door, starting with the five-shelf bookshelf nailed to the divider between the kitchen/living room and the bedroom, and ending with the two shelves mounted on brackets over the toilet in the bathroom. She saw Jane Austen, L. Frank Baum, Lois McMaster Bujold, Bernard Cornwell by the door; Loren Estelman, Steven Gould, Robert Heinlein, Georgette Heyer (and now she was seriously angry), John D. MacDonald, L. M. Montgomery, Ellis Peters, J. K. Rowling, Sharon Shinn, Nevil Shute down one side of the little hallway, around and over the bed; Laura Ingalls Wilder and Don Winslow over the toilet.
Undercurrents by Willo Davis Roberts, in the August 2003 paperback edition, page 187, (near the end of chapter 12).
....No rocker here, but a padded window seat looking out to sea, with a book open on the cushion, as if he'd been interrupted. I walked over to look at the cover, and smiled.
"I love the Vorkosigan books too."
"If I were going to be a writer," Julian said, "that's the kind of book I'd want to write. The way Lois McMaster Bujold writes."
For just a moment I knew what it was like to meet a kindred soul.
Conquistador by S.M. Stirling, chapter 4, on page 76 of the hardcover edition, page 103 paperback, (the hero and heroine/villainess discuss what they like to read)
"I was mad for Tolkein as a teenager, of course. Nowadays De Lint, Martin -- and Turtledove and Williams, too; it's not all Big Fat Fantasies."
"Anderson?" he said, and she nodded. "Bujold? Baxter?"
She countered: "Dick Francis?"
"James Lee Burke?"
"Ford Maddox Roberts?"
"And the classics -- Christie..."
Also in Foreign Bodies by Stephen Dedman SF, Tor Books; (2000) on Page 204
... seen. The best hundred books. The Travis McGee novels, in order of publication. The Flashman novels and the Miles Vorkosigan adventures, ditto. The seventy-nine episodes of classic Star Trek. The Apollo astronauts. My recipe for spaghetti bolognese from the ...

Non-Fiction References

This section gives details of some of those reference books that include references to Lois and her works.

The Dictionary of Science Fiction Places by Brian Stableford, Simon & Schuster (1999)
There are major references to Athos page 29, Barrayar page 37, Cay Habitat page 61 (inc illo), Eta Ceta IV page 101, and pointers to Beta Colony page 43, Dagoola IV page 76, and Kline Station page 173.
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute and Peter Nicholls, Orbit (1993) Hardback edition
An entry on BUJOLD, LOIS McMASTER can be found on page 171-172. Lois is also mentioned in the entries on Astounding Science Fiction (pg 65), Colonization of Other Worlds (pg 246), Genetic Engineering (pg 482), Space Opera (pg 1140) and War (pg 1298). Note the CD-Rom edition had additional material added.

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