Timeline of Bujold Fandom

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Fandom: Lois McMaster Bujold: Vorkosigan, Chalion & Sharing Knife series
Dates: 1986–
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A timeline of events relating to the fandom for Lois McMaster Bujold's works, including the Vorkosigan, Chalion & Sharing Knife series.




  • 'The Borders of Infinity' published
  • December–February 1988: Falling Free serialised; introduced the Quaddies


  • May: Shards of Honour published in the UK
  • September: The Warrior's Apprentice published in the UK


  • January: Brothers in Arms published; introduced Mark Vorkosigan & Duv Galeni
  • May: 'The Mountains of Mourning' published
  • August: 'Labyrinth' published; introduced Taura
  • October: Borders of Infinity published





  • Lois McMaster Bujold appeared at MagiCon (WorldCon 1992) in Florida
  • November: The Spirit Ring published; a standalone fantasy novel



  • Shards of Honor/The Warrior's Apprentice published in Russian
  • Easter: Lois McMaster Bujold was a guest of honour at Confabulation, an Eastercon held in London
  • May: LOIS-BUJOLD mailing list switched to a list server run by Melanie D. Harper
  • May: Vorkosigan quotes file uploaded by Michael Bernardi
  • October–December: Cetaganda serialised


  • January: Relaunch of Dendarii Dispatch, newsletter of the Miles' Minions fanclub under the editorship of Michael Bernardi;[2] the fanclub was still in existence in November
  • February: Lois McMaster Bujold was a guest of honour at Boskone 33 in Boston; Dreamweaver's Dilemma was published in association with the convention
  • May: The Bujold Nexus website set up by Michael Bernardi, originally at www.herald.co.uk/~dendarii/[6]
  • July: Memory published; many fans' favourite novel; introduced Laisa Toscane and the Gregor/Laisa pairing
  • September: Bujold was a guest of honour at Coppercon 16
  • November: Bujold was a guest of honour at WindyCon XXIII


  • October: The Bujold Nexus registered dendarii.com
  • October: Lois McMaster Bujold posted to mailing list stating her friendly position towards fan-ac including fanfiction[7]
  • December: Lois McMaster Bujold Message Board active on AOL, fan poem posted



  • March: Early online fan art published
  • March: LMB-UK founded on YahooGroups for UK fans
  • July: A Civil Campaign published; another much-loved novel which introduced Enrique Borgos and his butterbugs, a fan favourite



  • January: lois-bujold founded at YahooGroups as back up for the LOIS-BUJOLD mailing list
  • September: Lois McMaster Bujold was a guest of honour at Strannik-2000, the Congress of Russian Science Fiction Writers in St. Petersburg
  • December: The Curse of Chalion, the first Chalion novel published



  • January: Diplomatic Immunity published
  • April: Earliest story posted in the Fanfiction.net 'Miles Vorkosigan' section
  • April: VorCon 2002, the first exclusively Bujold fan convention, was held in Moscow; Lois McMaster Bujold was a virtual guest


  • VorCon 2003
  • early: 'Winterfair Gifts' published in Croatian. Vlatka Petrovic, a Croatian fan, translated the novella into English; the translation was edited by Bo Johannson & Robert Parks, proofread by Marna Nightingale, and distributed to fans who had bought the Croatian version[8]
  • February: lmbujold livejournal founded by norabombay; fanworks were mentioned in early posts[9]
  • March: First online Chalion fanfiction
  • May: Paladin of Souls published (Chalion)
  • June: bujold-spoilers list founded on YahooGroups
  • July: Losing Sleep, explicit Gregor/Mark slash, published by Stakebait/Mer in her livejournal and linked at lmbujold; later became the first NC-17 work archived at the Dendarii archive.[10]
  • December: The first round of Yuletide had two Vorkosigan stories


  • VorCon 2004
  • February: 'Winterfair Gifts' published in English
  • August: Time Shall Not Mend published, another HP crossover, part of AJ Hall's LoPiverse, which became an entrance point for many fans
  • September: VorkosiganHouse founded on YahooGroups
  • December: The Hallowed Hunt published (Chalion)
  • December: Several Vorkosigan stories at Yuletide 2004, including the widely recommended The Councils of Despair by Parhelion





  • VorCon 2008
  • April: Passage published (Sharing Knife)
  • August: Bujold Fest 2008 works published, including Vorkosigan fan art by gemmiona & a couple of Sharing Knife stories; the fest was moderated by Sahiya[13]
  • November: Vorkosigan Wiki or 'VorWiki' founded on Wikia by JAF1970
  • December: Bujold section established at the Skyehawke archive
  • December: The Vorkosigan Companion published, edited by Lillian Stewart Carl & John Helfers
  • December: Tides of Stars by Tel published; a widely recommended Miles-centric AU set after Diplomatic Immunity






  • January–March: Winterfair 2012 challenge posted[21]
  • July: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance published; introduced Tej, Rish & the Arqua family
  • August–September: Bujold Ficathon 2012 posted; it was moderated by Philomytha.[22] CVA works were put into a separate subcollection
  • December: Vorkosigan was excluded from Yuletide this round; three Chalion stories were written


  • January: Winterfair 2013 challenge prompts collected
  • January: Lois McMaster Bujold: Essays on a Modern Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy published; edited by Janet Brennan Croft
  • July–September: Bujold Ficathon 2013 posted; it was moderated by Philomytha[23]
  • December: Vorkosigan was excluded from Yuletide this round; five Chalion stories were written



  • July: 'Penric's Demon' published (Chalion)
  • August: Bujold Ficathon 2015 sign ups opened; it was moderated by ExtraPenguin


  • January: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen published
  • June: 'Penric and the Shaman' published (Chalion)
  • &: 'Penric's Mission' (Chalion)


  • &: 'Mira's Last Dance' [Penric] (Chalion)
  • &: 'Penric's Fox' (Chalion)
  • &: 'The Prisoner of Limnos' [Penric] (Chalion)


  • June: AO3 'Archive of our own' fanfic site has 2500 Vorkosigan stories (of which about 750 are in Russian); 100 Chalion stories and 30 Sharing Knife stories.







  1. ^ Queen's Own: Mercedes Lackey Fan Club: Series 1, Vol. IV, No. 5: February 1991 (accessed 27 June 2016)
  2. ^ a b c Dendarii Dispatch: Vol I No 1 New Year 1996 (accessed 27 June 2016)
  3. ^ Re: Song -- Barrayaran Roses: in LOIS-BUJOLD digest 16 (accessed 27 June 2016)
  4. ^ Bujold Nexus: Michael John Bernardi (accessed 27 June 2016)
  5. ^ [Song -- Barrayaran Roses in LOIS-BUJOLD digest 14] (accessed 27 June 2016)
  6. ^ Dendarii Dispatch: Vol 1 No 2 Summer 1996 (accessed 27 June 2016)
  7. ^ 'Yes, I am a fan-ac friendly author; I did indeed write fan-fic *in my teens*. Recent legal concerns in genre fiction have rather thrown a wrench in the deal. In general, it's considered safer for a writer not to view fan fic centered on their work, so lately, and most reluctantly, I've taken to avoiding it. Feel free to write amongst yourselves, though.' LOIS-BUJOLD Digest 918 (accessed 27 June 2016)
  8. ^ Marna Nightingale. 'Come for the Bujold, Stay for the Beer: Science Fiction Writers as Occasions of Fandom' in The Vorkosigan Companion (Baen, 2008)
  9. ^ eg lmbujold: Fanfic (accessed 27 June 2016)
  10. ^ Stakebait: 'I must confess, I'm not actually on the Bujold list (too high traffic for me to keep up with). An LJ friend met through other fandoms put in a Vorkosiganverse request and I wrote this in answer, and then sent it off to the archivist since I didn't know where else to put it. They didn't raise any objections, though -- just commented that mine was the first NC-17 fic to be submitted, which made me "ulp" a bit, since I hadn't meant to be conspicuous.' (Comment in this thread on the original post)
  11. ^ bujold-fic: Ficathon list of stories (accessed 26 June 2016)
  12. ^ bujold-fic: Revised list of ficathon stories (accessed 27 June 2016)
  13. ^ bujold-fic: 2008 Bujold Fest Master List (accessed 26 June 2016)
  14. ^ bujold-fic: Ficathon Posting Begins Today! (accessed 27 June 2016)
  15. ^ bujold-fic: 2010 Bujold Fest Master List (Re-Post) (accessed 26 June 2016)
  16. ^ bujold-fic: Russian ficathon (accessed 26 June 2016)
  17. ^ bujold-fic: Request for Comment (accessed 26 June 2016)
  18. ^ bujold-fic: Winterfair Master List (accessed 26 June 2016)
  19. ^ bujold-fic: 2011 Bujold Fest is now closed! (accessed 26 June 2016)
  20. ^ AO3: 2011 Bujold Fest (accessed 26 June 2016)
  21. ^ bujold-fic: List of Winterfair Fics (accessed 26 June 2016)
  22. ^ bujold-fic: 2012 Ficathon - wrap-up post (accessed 26 June 2016)
  23. ^ bujold-fic: Bujold Ficathon Round-up (accessed 26 June 2016)