This is an anthology of Bujold novellas, a number of which have been published in other
forms either before or since. Here's the details:
|[review to come]
|The Borders of Infinity
|In this novella, Miles is 24. He is imprisoned in a Cetagandan prison camp with
hundreds of suspected rebels, muck-rakers, and prisoners of war. Conditions are brutal.
There is absolutely no contact with the outside, not even with the guards. The prisoners
are kept in enormous domes that are impervious to most things short of atomics. Rations
and new prisoners are pushed in from the outside. Miles spends his every waking moment
scheming as to how to get the prisoners to cooperate for a seemingly possible mass escape
or anything else that can somehow preserve some small amount of human dignity. This story
haunted me for quite awhile. Excellent.
|The Mountains of Mourning
|Young Miles Vorkosigan is 20 years old and freshly graduated from the Barrayaran
Service Academy. He comes home for his furlough with his family. Almost immediately, he is
assigned the unpleasant job of being the Voice of his father in a case of infanticide in a
remote village. This means he is responsible for determining what actually happened and
then pronouncing sentence. What follows is partly a murder mystery and partly a
study in the growth of a young man (Miles). The events that transpire shape Miles' thought
for the rest of his life. An excellent story.
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