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Royce Day
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
I'm a 40 something amateur writer with a half dozen original stories and collections available at Amazon… and Smashwords… and entirely too much fanfic based on Peta Hewitt's Terinu webcomic.

FYI Llama badges shall be ignored.

Current Residence: Columbia, MD
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Favourite genre of music: Rock & Roll
Operating System: Windows XL
MP3 player of choice: Phillips
Skin of choice: The one keeping all my organs inside my body
Personal Quote: "Do we have any idea what to do for dinner?"
Summary: Three years after the death of her beloved husband, Aral Vorkosigan, Sergyar's Vicerine Countess Betan Survey Capt. (ret.) Cordelia Vorkosigan is finally emerging from her fog of grief to begin her life again for the third time. At 76 she's middle-aged for a Galactic, and serving Barrayar for the rest of her life isn't in her plans, but raising a new branch of her family is. Possibly two, with a little help.

Three years after the death of his beloved lover, Aral Vorkosigan, Sergyar Chief of Operations Admiral Oliver Jole is finally emerging from his fog of grief, to find himself facing an extraordinary gift. The chance to start a family, using the preserved DNA of Aral and donated eggs from Cordelia. But he soon faces a choice between personal and professional happiness, and he can only choose one.

Review: If Lois wasn't writing in a universe of her own invention, this would have all the hallmarks of a fanfic. A very minor side character is suddenly elevated to center stage, to begin (continue, to be more accurate) a romance with a main character who's own romantic relationship with a completely different character was well established and undeniable. Add in the lack of any real conflict, but a deep character study, and it's fanfic origins would be undeniable. Except it was written by Herself, so it's very much canon.

It's easy, but a bit facile, to describe this novel as plotless. It's a character study, as I said, and there actually is a conflict, but it's almost completely internal to Jole (Cordelia's will is too firm to be budged. She's past the point of caring about other's opinions of her actions, even from her son). The stakes aren't the fate of an empire, but two people's attempts to regain happiness together after a devastating personal loss. I'd also place it as the end point of a trilogy of books, which I regard as Lois' summing up and closing up shop in the Vorkosigan Saga universe. Starting with the meditations on death and the gut punch ending of Cryoburn, to the maturation of Ivan and Alys' release of her own grief over her husband's death in Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, to this final book, which ends where the series began, on Sergyar.

The conflicts in the series are pretty much resolved at this point. Miles has released himself from his manic desire to do honor to his father and grandfather's military careers, and instead has settled down with a family of his own. Ivan has given up his swinging ways and married as well, and his long suffering mother is settled in with Simon Illyan. On a larger level Barrayar is a stable galactic power, no longer wracked by civil war, no longer a primitive backwater world, and no longer quite with the same paternalistic culture. Even the Big Bads of the earlier part of the series, the Cetagandans, have at this point been quiet and peaceful for nearly twenty years at the start of this latest book.

This is not, in other words, a book for someone seeking the heart-thumping action of the early Miles books. The stakes aren't as high as in The Vor Game, the action isn't as intense as Mirror Dance, the comedy isn't as funny as A Civil Campaign. It is, for the most part (barring one really spectacular fireworks display), a quiet book. But as a series ending, it's good place to stop, and say farewell to old friends who have given this reader pleasure for thirty years.


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KingTouchstone Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to write some more FYS. This is important for reasons.
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Worrrrrking on a it.

Srsly, I've got at least one Pro sci-fi author demanding an anthology of all the FYS stories set on the Ring so he can point people to it. 
ankewehner Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav. :)
DannaPearl Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Thank you for watching!:)
Natsuko-Hiragi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Professional Photographer
Hey thank you for watching us^^
rubbervixen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Happy Birthday!
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, Dear!
OddStrange Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy Jeebly-Weeblies, I really like your Officer Wayne series.
That is, like, Mondo Cool.
Also, hi! You're the dude who wrote the DotL TvTropes page :3
Nice to meet you.
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Pleasure to meet you! And yeah, I did put together the DotL page, though it needs one of the comic cover pages to be added to make it look nice.
OddStrange Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How 'bout this?… *boop*
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