NewThe Vorkosigan Saga Reading Order

One of the all time great science fiction series. .

This reading order lists all the novels and short stories of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, and every book that any of them has been published in.

It follows the internal chronology rather than the publishing order of the books themselves. The multiple books listed for most entries are listed in order of publication, earliest to latest. In the interests of clarity, novels appear in bold and short stories/novellas in italics.

The Adventure of the Lady on the Embankment [1] Dreamweaver’s Dilemma
Dreamweaver’s Dilemma Dreamweaver’s Dilemma
Falling Free Falling Free
Miles, Mutants and Microbes
Shards of Honor Shards of Honour
Test of Honor
Cordelia’s Honor
Barrayar Barrayar
Cordelia’s Honor
The Warrior’s Apprentice The Warrior’s Apprentice
Test of Honor
Young Miles
The Mountains of Mourning Borders of Infinity
Dreamweaver’s Dilemma
Vorkosigan’s Game
Young Miles
The Vor Game The Vor Game
Vorkosigan’s Game
Young Miles
Cetaganda Cetaganda
Miles, Mystery & Mayhem
Ethan of Athos Ethan of Athos
Miles, Mystery & Mayhem
Labyrinth Borders of Infinity
Vorkosigan’s Game
Miles, Mystery & Mayhem
Miles, Mutants and Microbes
The Borders of Infinity [2] Free Lancers (Alien Stars, No. 4)
Borders of Infinity
Vorkosigan’s Game
Miles Errant
Borders of Infinity [3] Borders of Infinity
Vorkosigan’s Game
Brothers in Arms Brothers in Arms
Miles Errant
Mirror Dance Mirror Dance
Miles Errant
Memory Memory
Komarr Komarr
Miles in Love
A Civil Campaign A Civil Campaign
Miles in Love
Winterfair Gifts Irresistible Forces
Miles in Love
Diplomatic Immunity Diplomatic Immunity
Miles, Mutants and Microbes
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
CryoBurn Cryoburn

Footnotes:

  1. Okay, most people – including Lois McMaster Bujold – do not include this as a part of the Saga, but I do. It features characters who are clearly spiritual, if not literal, ancestors of the Vorkosigan family. Plus, there’s always room for a good Sherlock Holmes story.
  2. This is the short story (distinguished by the “The”) of that title.
  3. This is the framing story from the anthology of the same title. It is not reprinted in the more recent omnibus reprints of the saga.
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