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‘Weatherman’ by Lois McMaster Bujold

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I have never read anything by Bojold before. This is worth mentioning because she is perhaps the single most popular American science fiction author of the last twenty years. H&C tell us that “She is the only writer in SF to have won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, as many as Robert A Heinlein, the previous record holder.” Unpack that sentence if you can. However, she has only been published erratically on this side of the Atlantic and her body of work, including the Miles Vorkosigan series, is commensurately less well known.

This is the enjoyable adventure of an exceptional individual. If I had one of those new-fangled Kindles I might well have downloaded another installment as it makes a good accompaniment to lying on one’s back in the south of France. I imagine Bujold could write this stuff for ever.

Quality: ***
Operacity: **

In their introduction, H&C come straight out with the unavoidable problem which dogs this section of the anthology: “’Weatherman’ is one of her few short stories. It is the planetary romance variety of space opera, a long episode within a larger space opera framework of interstellar war, with a hard SF attitude.” I guess the analogy is trying to put together an epic fantasy anthology and finding only a small sample of sword and sorcery tales available from the key figures.

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Written by Martin

19 September 2012 at 06:38

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  1. Glad to see you back reviewing the collection. Living in Australia, I never had problems purchasing Bujold’s work. Her Vorkosigan series is enjoyable helped by her straight forward, accessible style.

    Ian Mond

    19 September 2012 at 07:06

  2. “Weatherman” seems like a strange choice: if you had to pick one Bujold story for a space opera anthology, “The Borders of Infinity” would seem to be it.

    Gareth Rees

    19 September 2012 at 11:41

  3. [...] is the UK version of Lois McMaster Bujold: massively critically and commercially successful in their own country and the definitive space [...]

  4. [...] no impediment to inclusion, I would have thought the fact this story is so similar to the superior ‘Weatherman’ by would have given the editors pause for thought. Both are prequel stories that see an exceptional [...]

  5. Whereas if I was going to pick one short Bujold piece it would be “Mountains of Mourning”. Which admittedly is about goings on in a small backwoods village but that village is on a planet which is in a space opera setting and spaceoperacity is a transitive property, right?

    James Davis Nicoll

    24 January 2013 at 06:25


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