History Literature / VorkosiganSaga

22nd Jul '17 6:34:34 AM Bissek
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* AlternativeCalendar: Alternative fiscal calendar, anyway. Due to ancient tradition, the date when all revenues gathered by the district counts have to be delivered to the imperial government is the Emperor's birthday (for political reasons, the counts refused to pay taxes to the Emperor, but were willing to give him a "birthday present" consisting of however much they would have been expected to pay in taxes every year). Whenever an Emperor dies, the tax day changes to the new Emperor's birthday, altering the tax collection and distribution schedule for the entire empire. This also means that on the year in which the Emperor dies, it is entirely possible that the Emperor's Birthday (with accompanying tax obligations) will happen twice or zero times that year, depending on when the incoming and outgoing Emperors were born.
20th Jul '17 7:26:46 AM PaulA
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** A passage from ''Pilgrim's Progress'', never explicitly identified (A character thinks it is "scripture" of some kind) plays a role in "The Borders Of Infinity".

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** A passage from ''Pilgrim's Progress'', ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'', never explicitly identified (A (a character thinks it is "scripture" of some kind) plays a role in "The Borders Of Infinity".of Infinity".
** "The Borders of Infinity" also has several references to ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', including a character named Beatrice.
19th Jul '17 9:44:35 PM PaulA
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** Miles has a very subtle one to ''SherlockHolmes'' when talking about [[SecretIdentityIdentity Admiral Naismith]]:

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** Miles has a very subtle one to ''SherlockHolmes'' ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' when talking about [[SecretIdentityIdentity Admiral Naismith]]:


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** In "Labyrinth", a man in a fast-penta daze goes off on a tangent quoting from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.
29th Jun '17 3:06:43 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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** Only a handful of people know that the Escobar invasion was deliberately planned to be a fiasco by [[{{Chessmaster}} Emperor Ezar]] in order to safely kill off his son, Prince Serg and tie up some inconvenient loose ends like the Political Office. With the death of Aral, Cordelia may be the only one still alive who knows.

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** Only a handful of people know that the Escobar invasion was deliberately planned to be a fiasco by [[{{Chessmaster}} Emperor Ezar]] in order to safely kill off his son, Prince Serg and tie up some inconvenient loose ends like the Political Office. With the death of Aral, Cordelia may be the only one still alive who knows. Current Emperor Gregor, Serg's son, does ''not'' know.
28th Jun '17 9:47:31 PM DSample
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** Only a handful of people know that the Escobar invasion was deliberately planned to be a fiasco by [[{{Chessmaster}} Emperor Ezar]] in order to safely kill off his son, Prince Serg and tie up some inconvenient loose ends like the Political Office. With the death of Aral, Cordelia may be the only one still alive who knows. Current Emperor Gregor, Serg's son, does ''not'' know.

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** Only a handful of people know that the Escobar invasion was deliberately planned to be a fiasco by [[{{Chessmaster}} Emperor Ezar]] in order to safely kill off his son, Prince Serg and tie up some inconvenient loose ends like the Political Office. With the death of Aral, Cordelia may be the only one still alive who knows. Current Emperor Gregor, Serg's son, does ''not'' know.
8th May '17 7:10:06 AM AnotherGuy
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** In ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', By assures Tej is really a woman. Ivan snarks that with ''By'', he couldn't be 100% sure (referring to Lord Dono, formerly Lady Donna, and Ivan was never informed that the Donna he was meeting at the spaceport was no longer female.)

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** In ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', By assures Ivan that Tej is really a woman. Ivan snarks that with ''By'', he couldn't be 100% sure (referring to Lord Dono, formerly Lady Donna, and Ivan was never informed that the Donna he was meeting at the spaceport was no longer female.))
*** In the same book, Simon notes that Shiv could "sell elephants to circus masters," recalling his "sex, money and elephants" story from ''Memory''.
14th Apr '17 4:01:27 AM Ciara25
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* RealityEnsues: When sex-selection technology came to Barrayar, pretty much all of the Vor families naturally used it to produce as many sons as possible, with the occasional girl thrown in as an afterthought. By the time Miles reaches maturity, the male Vor of his generation outnumber the women by ''three to one,'' leaving many members of even the High Vor scrambling to find a suitable bride.

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* RealityEnsues: When sex-selection technology came to Barrayar, pretty much all of the Vor families naturally used it to produce as many sons as possible, with the occasional girl thrown in as an afterthought. By the time Miles reaches maturity, the male Vor of his generation outnumber the women their female counterparts by ''three ''five to one,'' three,'' leaving many members of even the High Vor scrambling to find a suitable bride.
18th Mar '17 4:38:57 PM Qussow
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* MamaBear: Cordelia, especially in ''Barrayar''. In ''Gentlemen Jole and the Red Queen'', Cordelia is extremely overprotective of her new daughter to the point of leaving her nanny in tears, thanks to her never having a ''healthy'' baby. She eventually gets better.

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* MamaBear: Cordelia, especially in ''Barrayar''. In ''Gentlemen Jole and the Red Queen'', [[spoiler: Cordelia is extremely overprotective of her new daughter to the point of leaving her nanny in tears, thanks to her never having a ''healthy'' baby. She eventually gets better.]]
18th Mar '17 10:43:20 AM AnotherGuy
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* MamaBear: Cordelia, especially in ''Barrayar''.

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* MamaBear: Cordelia, especially in ''Barrayar''. In ''Gentlemen Jole and the Red Queen'', Cordelia is extremely overprotective of her new daughter to the point of leaving her nanny in tears, thanks to her never having a ''healthy'' baby. She eventually gets better.
16th Mar '17 6:28:20 AM AnotherGuy
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** At the end of ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', [[spoiler: Ivan and Tej, to backwater planet Ylla rather than Lazkowski Base. Ivan rapidly uses his administrative skills to turn his "exile" into a two year honeymoon in paradise.]]

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** At the end of ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', [[spoiler: Ivan and Tej, to backwater planet Ylla rather than Lazkowski Base. Ivan rapidly uses his administrative skills to turn his "exile" into a two year honeymoon in paradise. After a year, Ivan does start to feel the pangs of homesickness.]]
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