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Hardcover (Trade)

Original publication June 1986
2nd edition, 1st printing, May 2017
Hardcover (Trade) price: $26.00
Weight: 1.59

ISBN-13: 978-1-61037-319-7
ISBN-10: 1-61037-319-7
Page count: 248
Book Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

Hardcover (Trade)

Original publication June 1986
1st edition, 2nd printing, October 2006
Hardcover (Trade) price: $22.00
Weight: 1.59

ISBN-13: 978-1-886778-20-7
ISBN-10: 1-886778-20-5
Page count: 248
Book Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

Shards of Honor

This text relates to the 2nd edition • Hardcover (Trade)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the SF world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multi-generational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based SF adventure story. This edition is the first generally available printing of this book in hard cover. The book also includes a revised timeline of the Vorkosigan stories, and revised genealogical notes by the book's editor, Suford Lewis. (Earlier versions of these items appeared in NESFA Press's other Bujold book, Dreamweaver's Dilemma.) An audio tape version of Shards of Honor is available from The Reader's Chair.

Table of Contents

  • Shards of Honor
  • Timelines by Suford Lewis
  • Towards a Genealogy of Lord Miles Vorkosigan and Other Persons of Interest by Suford Lewis
  • A Pronunciation Guide to Names and Places by Suford Lewis


The title page gives its ISBN as 1-886778-10-8, which is the ISBN for Major Ingredients, by Erik Frank Russell. The original dust jacket has both an incorrect ISBN-10, 1-886788-20-5 and an incorrect barcode, being the ISBN-13 corresponding to the incorrect 1-886788-20-5.

Bujold photo

Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is considered today's leading proponent of character-driven adventure science fiction. Her chronicles of the Vorkosigan family have won her legions of admirers throughout the world. Her fantasy novel, The Spirit Ring, was published in 1993; another fantasy, The Curse of Chalion, was published by Eos in 2001. It was the first of a new series of connected novels that includes Paladin of Souls. She is currently working on additions to her universes.

David A. Cherry

Dustjacket artist David A. Cherry is the Artist Guest of Honor at the 2002 World Science Fiction convention in San Jose, CA. He has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist eight times and has received the Polly Freas Award, the Frank R. Paul Award, the Chesley Award, and the Skylark Award. From 1988 to 1990 he served as president of the Association of Science Fiction Artists. He has been one of the judges for the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist. In addition to book covers, he also paints gaming art, CD-ROM covers, collectable game cards and game boards.

Printing History

First Edition, First Printing (The first generally available printing of this book in hardcover.), July 2000

First Edition, Second Printing, October 2006(?)

Second edition, First Printing (third overall printing), July 2017

Edited by Suford Lewis and Ann Broomhead
Cover art by David Cherry
Cover design by Alice N. S. Lewis

Other NESFA Press titles by Lois McMaster Bujold

Borders of InfinityBorders of Infinity

Dreamweaver’s DilemmaDreamweaver’s Dilemma

The Vor GameThe Vor Game

The Warrior’s ApprenticeThe Warrior’s Apprentice

Ethan of AthosEthan of Athos

Brothers in ArmsBrothers in Arms


Falling FreeFalling Free