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Lois McMaster Bujold

Datum narození: 2. listopad 1949

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Lois McMaster Bujold je uznávaná americká autorka sci-fi a fantasy literatury. Je čtyřnásobnou nositelkou ceny Hugo v kategorii „za nejlepší román“, dále získala cenu Nebula a Cenu mýtotvůrce. Její nejúspěšnějším dílem, přeloženým do řady jazyků, včetně češtiny, je Vorkosiganská sága.

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Citáty Lois McMaster Bujold

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga
Vorkosigan Saga, Memory (1996), 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.

„Organization seemed to be the key.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga
Vorkosigan Saga, The Warrior's Apprentice (1986), 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 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), 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.

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

—  Lois McMaster Bujold
The Vorkosigan Companion (2008), 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

„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), 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.

„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), Context: 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

„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), Context: 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.

„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), Context: 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"?

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„It's important that someone celebrate our existence… People are the only mirror we have to see ourselves in.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga
Vorkosigan Saga, Mirror Dance (1994), Context: It's important that someone celebrate our existence... People are the only mirror we have to see ourselves in. The domain of all meaning. All virtue, all evil, are contained only in people. There is none in the universe at large. Solitary confinement is a punishment in every human culture.

„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), 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.

„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), Context: 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.

„You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga
Vorkosigan Saga, A Civil Campaign (1999), Context: You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one.

„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), Context: 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?

„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, Vorkosigan Saga
Vorkosigan Saga, Brothers in Arms (1989), 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.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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