The Vorkosigan Companion (2008) is a guide to the Vorkosiverse. It includes a preface, seventeen articles divided into five Parts and three appendices. This work provides almost more than a reader would want to know about Miles Vorkosigan, his relatives, his friends, his world, his fans and his author.
Preface by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Part One: Creator of the Vorkosiverse
- Putting It Together: Life, the Vorkosiverse, and Everything by Lois McMaster Bujold.
- A Conversation with Lois McMaster Bujold by Lillian Stewart Carl.
- Publishing, Writing, and Authoring: Three Different Things by Lois McMaster Bujold.
- A Conversation with Toni Weisskopf by John Helpers.
Part Two: Aspects of the Vorkosiverse
- Romance in the Vorkosiverse by Mary Jo Putney.
- Biology in the Vorkosiverse and Today by Tora K. Smulders-Srinivasan.
- "What's the Worst Thing I Can Do to This Character": Technology in the Vorkosiverse by Ed Burkhead.
Part Three: Appreciations
- Through Darkest Adolescence with Lois McMaster Bujold, or Thank You, But I Already Have a Life by Lillian Stewart Carl.
- Foreword to Falling Free by James A. McMaster.
- Foreword to Shards of Honor by James Bryant.
- More Than the Sum of His Parts: Foreword to The Warrior Apprentice by Douglas Muir.
- Foreword to Ethan of Athos by Marna Nightingale.
Part Four: The Fans
- Come for the Bujold, Stay For the Beer: Science Fiction Writers as Occasions of Fandom by Marna Nightingale.
Part Five: The Vorkosiverse Itself
- A Pronunciation Guide to the Vorkosigan Saga by Suford Lewis.
- An Old Earther's Guide to the Vorkosigan Universe by Denise Little.
- The Vorkosigan Saga Novel Summaries by John Helfers.
- The Vorkosigan Saga Concordance by Kerrie Hughes, John Helpers, and Ed Burkhead.
- A Map of the Vorkosigan Universe.
- Timelines of the Vorkosigan Saga.
- A Brief Guide to Barrayaran Genealogy.
Naturally, this compendium is not the last word on Miles Vorkosigan. Not only will he have new readers, but we can reasonably hope that there will be more stories about him. Enjoy!
Highly recommended for Vorkosigan fans and for anyone else who enjoys knowing more about a favorite author and character.
-Arthur W. Jordin