One of my absolutely favourite authors, Lois McMaster Bujold (whom I’ve reviewed before, if you’re interested), has released the entire gamut of her back catalogue of her vaunted Vorkosigan Saga as ebooks. This includes her highly anticipated (some say long overdue) latest installment of the Miles Vorkosigan series of books called Cyroburn, “all of it beautifully unencrypted and unencumbered.”
The collection, called the Cyroburn CD, is distributed with the first edition hardcover of Cyroburn. You can also get it from http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/24-CryoburnCD/.
This isn’t the first time Baen pulled something like this. David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington series, also released his entire Honor Harrington back catalogue with the release of his latest (at the time) first edition hardcovers in a CD.
But Bujold. I approach her work with a little trepidation every time, because it’s a guaranteed time sink. I know I will get sucked in. This release has me absolutely delirious.
Books are not all there is on this CD. Oh no.
Also on this disk are interviews with author Lois McMaster Bujold, and various other interesting tidbits including a sample of the French language Miles Vorkosiagn graphic novel! More than fourteen novels for free—and with no stupid codes to work around. Think of that.
Baen explains this particular effort:
Why are we being so generous? Simple: we think the more people who read Ms. Bujold’s works the more people will buy them. Say, one set of hardcovers for yourself, a set of paperbacks to lend out, possibly even the next ebook when it comes out. And if you like the Vorkosiverse, we’re pretty sure you’ll like other Baen books, too.
Uhm, about the ‘other Baen books’ part. Now Baen isn’t the most prominent sf publishing house out there, and carrying John Ringo doesn’t help. Baen’s output has a certain signature to them that exude a certain sense of B-gradedness you can almost see. But they do have a very nice selection of good authors, and for me, Bujold is definitely one of the best.
Be that as it may, Baen has been on the forefront of the ebook publishing movement, and I’ve always cited them as a source worth checking out. But this move is bold and unexpected. The Baen Free Library usually holds back the really acclaimed books, but the full Vorkosigan catalogue from a Hugo and Award winning author?
I’ve been saying for years that if you haven’t yet sampled Bujold, you have to start and give yourself a treat.
If you don’t want to download the whole CD, and want to try the books individually, go to http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/24-CryoburnCD/CryoburnCD/ and download them in the ebook format of your choice.
I cannot recommend Bujold enough. Go get Cordelia’s Honor first and get started!
[Update 13 Dec 2010]
I just wanted to update that contrary to what I said in my post, note that there’s one novel from the Vorkosigan Saga that’s *not* included in the CD, and that’s Memory.
I searched the book listings and gone through the omnibus editions that are included for this CD, but unfortunately this book just isn’t there.
So it’s not the *complete* back catalogue. However, I have the actual dead-tree version of Memory, so I, at least, have the full set. I’m still happy.