Vol I No 3 Winter 1996
Best Holiday wishes to all, and good fortune in the New Year. I'd like to thank all of you for
your wonderfully faithful interest in my work and my characters -- and for helping put
Cetaganda and Memory on various genre best-seller lists this past year. That qualifies as truly
practical support, the finest kind! I am continually delighted by the high quality of my readers,
as demonstrated to me in their letters and conversations. It's a deep flattery for my work money
Word of mouth, person-to-person, has been and continues to be the life-blood of my career.
Studies have shown it sells more books than advertising and reviews and cover art put together.
(I once defined word-of-mouth as the triumph of content over cover treatment.) Your kind words
are very important to me, and very much appreciated.
I suppose you want news... though watching a writer write has to have all the visual excitement
of watching the laundry go 'round. The new book, still untitled, is as of this writing up to
Chapter 9, and going slowly but reasonably well. It's developing into a very personal
amalgamation of mystery, science fiction, and deep character-study, though at present and for a
change the character going through the dark night of the soul isn't Miles -- he kind of did that in
Memory, and is now due for a period of assimilation and a quieter kind of growth. I will say he
is finding, or is about to find, his new job more of a challenge than he was quite expecting.
(Surprising Miles is such fun.) Heh. Just because he was on his home turf, more-or-less, he
thought he could let his guard down....
My official deadline for this book is June, and barring major life-interruptions I think it will be
done about on time. This puts probable publication sometime in early 1998, depending on the
complications of Baen's release schedule.
Though British rights for my first three novels (Shards of Honor, Warrior's Apprentice, and
Ethan of Athos) and my last three (Cetaganda, Memory, and the untitled book in progress) are
now available, no British publisher has picked up the challenge, so no British publications are
(The little frame-story from Borders of Infinity will alas be lost in this shuffle. It was originally
written to editorial request, to make the novella collection look more novel-like (because novels
outsell single-author collections by some huge margin), but I became rather fond of it. The
dialogue line from Memory, "You taught me that," said Miles rather nastily (to Illyan), "in a
way I'm not likely to forget." will lose its antecedent. Also the first mention of an Imperial
Auditor will drop out (yes, it was Gregor's buddy Count Henri Vorvolk, playing 9th Auditor);
well, it will give the continuity, um, enthusiasts something to gossip about.)
And Tor Books will be reprinting the Women at War anthology in trade paperback format in
June also. So 1997 won't be a complete desert.
Ta for now!
Falling Free - Audio recording (9 hours, unabridged, The Reader's Chair, $42)
This review by Michael Bernardi.
This is the first recording of one of Lois's books that The Reader's Chair has made.
It contains the complete text of the book and is read by Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan. The Reader's Chair have now got the rights to publish the first ten books Lois has published.
"Falling Free" was not my favourite book of Lois's, however listening to
this excellent production made me re-evaluate and while I doubt if it will
ever be a favourite I do appreciate the quality of writing much more.
You would think that over nine hours of spoken work might be a bit boring by the end. But not
a bit of it. Michael and Carol bring the whole thing alive. Despite being an unabridged reading
with all description of the novel it really feels more like a play than a reading. Every charter has
his or her own voice so you recognise who is speaking even before the text indicates who it is. It
amazing how this works, with only two readers, but it does.
The story of Falling Free should be familiar to most people reading this, but for those who
haven't read the book...
Falling Free is set mostly on the Cay Habitat a space station orbiting the planet Rodeo. It tells
the story of GalacTec testing engineer Leo Graf. His meeting the new artificially designed
species Quaddies. And how he wrestles with his conscience and wins.
If you want to enjoy Lois in circumstances where you can't read a book, but can listen to tape
then this is ideal. If you know someone who is partially sighted this would be an ideal gift. Or if
you are just a completest, then buy this tape.
In fact the only mark against this tape is the fact that at the moment is currently only available in
the US and Canada.
The Reader's Chair is a small company, but has produced a number of award-winning audio
books. To introduce listeners to their products, the firm has produced a sample tape of its
books, which may be requested by calling (800) 616-1350. This is the same number that may be
used to order Falling Free.
Shards of Honor is due out from The Reader's Chair in the New Year.
"Labyrinth" was re-published by RoC, in November 1996, in the
collection, Intergalactic Mercenaries edited by Sheila Williams
& Cynthia Manson.
After a period of time out of print, The Warrior's Apprentice will
be re-published in March 1997.
If you have news, reviews or suggestions for the newsletter send them to me at the address below. Note that I may or may not use material submitted and will edit material as I see fit.
Miles' Minions is the official Lois McMaster Bujold Appreciation Society. The Dendarii Dispatch is the newsletter of Miles' Minions. The main purpose of the Dispatch is to provide information about Lois's convention appearances, book release dates and to allow Lois to easily communicate with her fans.
The editorial address for queries about the Dendarii Dispatch is:-
145 Maple Drive
The contact here is Michael Bernardi
The official address for subscriptions to Miles' Minions etc is:-
PO Box 132
The contact here is Judith Louvis
There is also an electronic discussion list on the Internet which
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