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"Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. [...] Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards."
Aral Vorkosigan

Sometimes known simply as the Miles Vorkosigan series, the Vorkosigan Saga is a collection of Space Operas by Lois McMaster Bujold taking place in a future where humans have colonized several new worlds, but continue to embrace all the bad habits that made life so fractious on Earth. The majority of the stories feature Miles Vorkosigan, son of the Prime Minister of the Empire of Barrayar, who was born short, hunchbacked and with brittle bones as the result of a chemical assassination attempt on his father while his mother was pregnant. The series follows, roughly in chronological order, his parents' meeting and his birth, his construction of a Secret Identity as the admiral of a mercenary fleet, his loss of this identity, and his subsequent reconstruction of his life.

But funny. There is a lot more humor in the series than that thumbnail description would lead you to believe. Bujold packs multiple levels of meaning into her deceptively simple but honed prose, putting more story into each page of her deceptively slim volumes than you would expect. The saga examines a lot of timeless social, political and economic issues. Bujold has written a few non-Miles-centered novels set in the same universe, some of which serve to establish the wider Verse and some of which feature minor or recurring characters from the primary storyline.

     Works in the Vorkosigan Saga (Internal chronological order) 

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  • "Dreamweaver's Dilemma" (1)
  • Falling Free (2)
  • Shards of Honor (3)
  • "Aftermaths" (4)
  • Barrayar (5)
  • The Warrior's Apprentice (6)
  • "The Mountains of Mourning" (7)
  • The Vor Game (8)
  • Cetaganda (9)
  • Ethan of Athos (10)
  • "Labyrinth" (11)
  • "The Borders of Infinity" (12)
  • Brothers in Arms (13)
  • Borders of Infinity (14)
  • Mirror Dance (15)
  • Memory (16)
  • Komarr (17)
  • A Civil Campaign (18)
  • "Winterfair Gifts" (19)
  • Diplomatic Immunity (20)
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (21)
  • "The Flowers of Vashnoi" (22)
  • Cryoburn (23)
  • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (24)

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Alternative Title(s): The Vorkosigan Saga, Shards Of Honor, The Warriors Apprentice, Ethan Of Athos, Falling Free, Brothers In Arms, The Mountains Of Mourning, The Borders Of Infinity, The Vor Game, Barrayar, Mirror Dance, Cetaganda, Memory, Komarr, A Civil Campaign, Diplomatic Immunity, Winterfair Gifts, Cryoburn, Captain Vorpatrils Alliance, Gentleman Jole And The Red Queen