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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Pater Patriae by Philomytha
Synopsis: A Terran scientist comes to Lord Auditor Miles Vorkosigan with an hypothesis which could change the laws of reality itself. Miles uses it to bring about an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity for the Imperium...
Comments : The author tried to imagine a Peaceful Vorkosiverse. You could think it would be boring. But, thanks to lovely characterization and an interesting plot, it's not. Forward Momentum is followed by four tail pieces also available on bracketyjack's LJ.
It was doing so well right up until The Two Ivans, when Unfortunate Implications came into play. To wit, Ivan does not want to marry two woman who have both proposed to him and are perfectly okay with polygamy. He does, however, want to secretly marry another woman and run away before the first two find out. He is forced to marry all three. And not in the P. G. Wodehouse hilarious misunderstanding fashion either; the first two find out, show up, and negotiate their positions with the third, without any input from Ivan, backed by Imperial pressure. From both Emperors. While Ivan was in the wrong on a lot of points, that doesn't make it okay to force him into what's basically a Shotgun Wedding. Basically, you might want to skip that story, since it seems more about torturing Ivan than anything else. —Jonn
I also dislike the Two Ivans and recommend skipping it as well. Elizabeth
Synopsis: AU. After a shocking catastrophe, an older Miles Vorkosigan is again on the run, forced to survive in the past by his wits alone. He can't afford to lose, but to win he must overcome historical inevitability, the laws of physics, and himself.
Comments : The story starts slow but comes into it's own with the interplay of future Miles, past Miles, and Mark. The second story of the series "We All Want to Change the World" is even better.
Synopsis: What was happening on Barrayar while Miles was off accidentally creating the Dendarii.
Comments: Not much action, but very tense—gives the impression that Barrayar came this close to collapsing into civil war. Also great to see Gregor's perspective; he's portrayed sympathetically, even though in some ways he's an antagonist.
Synopsis: Crossover with the Queen's Thief series. In which the Dendarii Free Mercenaries go somewhat beyond the bounds of their mission, the Queen of Attolia gains an admirer, and the chickens of Aral Vorkosigan's misspent youth come home to, er, roost. Crack-fic or crossover of alarming plausibility? You decide! Set somewhere between Cetaganda and Mirror Dance, and after A Conspiracy of Kings
Synopsis: Gregor and Miles deal with the promise of a new technology that may affect their personal lives along with the galaxy as a whole - while dealing with a lot of politics - and courting each other.
Comments: There's an interesting plot and good characterization. There is also a sequel, What Passing Bells, and both writers have written shorter stories set in the same universe. Everything is here.
Synopsis: Cordelia's never been good at following rules.
Comments: Hilarious, spot-on in-character look at some of the little (and notably calmer) moments in Aral and Cordelia's marriage. The Cordelia voice is just perfectly deadpan, and this troper might have ruptured something laughing during the "Lord Regent in his underwear" scene.