The Flowers of Vashnoi

The Flowers of Vashnoi

Still new to her duties as Lady Vorkosigan, Ekaterin is working together with expatriate scientist Enrique Borgos on a radical scheme to recover the lands of the Vashnoi exclusion zone, lingering radioactive legacy of the Cetagandan invasion of the planet Barrayar. When Enrique’s experimental bioengineered creatures go missing, the pair discover that the zone still conceals deadly old secrets.

This novella falls after Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance in the Vorkosigan series timeline, but may be read entirely independently. The Vorkosigan saga was the recipient of the first Hugo Award for best science fiction series in 2017.

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“Superb far-future saga.”
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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series.

Title:The Flowers of Vashnoi
Edition Language:English
ISBN:2940162126584
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About Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.


    The Flowers of Vashnoi Reviews

  • Lindsay

    I'd thought the author was done with this series and I'm delighted to be wrong.This short novella picks up after the events of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance and features Lady Ekaterin and Enrique Borgo...

  • Vesna

    “Is it still a victory if you don’t get the credit?"There's nothing to really rate here. This is far, far away from the space opera called Vorkosigan Saga. And I still stand by my opinion that eve...

  • Becky

    Ekaterine sighed. "Is this all going to work?" Her harassed gesture around encompassed everything: the zone, the radbug project, the district, far too many decades of inherited history.Miles vented a ...

  • Diane

    This novella is one of those stories where it's difficult to decide whether to round "Liked" up or not. Naturally, the writing is excellent, as expected from LMB: vivid, clear, and literate. The emoti...

  • T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)

    This is a nice little short story/novella, set just after Captain Vorpatril's Alliance in the series chronology. Ekaterin Vorkosigan is working with Enrique Borgos (of A Civil Campaign fame) to develo...

  • Christopher

    A Miles (or rather Ekaterin) Vorkosigan short-story. I feel like this is a book-end story to Mountains of Mourning and somewhat wish I had re-read that story before reading this one.The theme here is ...

  • Girl

    Lovely science cockroaches <3...

  • Olga Godim

    Miles Vorkosigan’s wife Ekaterine is one of my favorite characters in the Vorkosigan saga, second only to Cordelia. This novella is Ekaterine’s story, and I expected to love it much more than I ac...

  • Leseparatist

    It's always a delight to make a trip back to Vorkosigan saga, even when it's a short trip that doesn't bring all that much new material.Ekaterin is amazing and the image of Vashnoi as a garden - worth...

  • Brzk

    If you are checking reviews on this small book, chances are you have already decided to read it.No fear - you will not be disappointed. I was in turns dismayed, surprised, delighted and relieved by th...