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Lois McMaster Bujold

Data de nascimento: 2. Novembro 1949

Lois McMaster Bujold é uma escritora de ficção especulativa americana. Ela é um dos autores mais aclamados em seu campo, tendo ganhado quatro Prêmio Hugo de melhor romance, igualando o recorde de Robert A. Heinlein, sem contar seu Retro Hugo. Sua novela The Mountains of Mourning ganhou o Hugo e o Nebula. No gênero fantasia, The Curse of Chalion ganhou o Prêmio de Literatura Adulta da Mythopoeic e foi indicado para o World Fantasy Award de 2002 para melhor romance. Sua obra Paladin of Souls lhe rendeu seu quarto Hugo e segundo Nebula. Em 2011, ela foi premiada com o Prêmio Skylark. Em 2013, ela foi premiada com o Prêmio Forry.A maior parte das obras de Bujold compreendem três séries de livros separados: A Saga Vorkosigan, a série Chalion, e a série Sharing Knife.

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„If you can't be seven feet tall, be seven feet smart.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, livro Labyrinth

Fonte: Vorkosigan Saga, Labyrinth (1989), p. 106

„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.

„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, 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.

„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

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.

„Reading is an active and elusive experience. Every reader, reading exactly the same text, will have a slightly different reading experience depending on what s/he projects into the words s/he sees, what strings of meaning and association those words call up in his/her (always) private mind.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold

The Vorkosigan Companion (2008)
Contexto: Reading is an active and elusive experience. Every reader, reading exactly the same text, will have a slightly different reading experience depending on what s/he projects into the words s/he sees, what strings of meaning and association those words call up in his/her (always) private mind. One can never therefore, talk about the quality of a book separately from the quality of the mind that is creating it by reading it, in the only place books live, in the secret mind.

"'A Conversation With Lois McMaster Bujold", an interview with Lillian Stewart Carl, p. 52

„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 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.

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„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.

„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.

„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?

„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.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga

Vorkosigan Saga, Memory (1996)
Contexto: 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

"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.

„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"?

„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.

„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.

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