Miles has just graduated from the Imperial Academy, and is at home at Vorkosigan Surleau with his parents. A woman from the isolated village of Silvy Vale walks three days to Vorkosigan Surleau to report the suspected murder of her baby, who was born with a hare lip and cleft palate. Miles'... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Miles has just graduated from the Imperial Academy, and is at home at Vorkosigan Surleau with his parents. A woman from the isolated village of Silvy Vale walks three days to Vorkosigan Surleau to report the suspected murder of her baby, who was born with a hare lip and cleft palate. Miles' father sends him to investigate as his Voice to gain experience. Miles solves the mystery and exercises justice and mercy in appropriate measures.
“"Well, old man," he whispered, the shouted: "ARE YOU SATISFIED YET?"”Miles Vorkosigan
“--"No fair. . . You had sugar in your pockets." --"Of course I had sugar in my pockets. It's called foresight and planning. The trick of handling horses isn't to be faster than the horse, or stronger than the horse. That pits your weakness against his strengths. The trick is to be smarter than the horse. That pits your strength against his weakness, eh?"--”Dea and Miles Vorkosigan
“That's the thing, m'lord. I'm not so in love with facts as I used to be. Sometimes, they bite.”Serg Karal
“Just get out of her way, Doctor. We're doomed to Entertained.”Miles Vorkosigan
“Peace to you, small lady, he thought to Raina. You've won a twisted poor modern knight, to wear your favor on his sleeve. But it's a twisted poor world we were born into, that rejects us without mercy and ejects us without consultation. At least I won't just tilt at windmills for you. I'll send in sappers to mine the twirling suckers, and blast them into the sky...”Miles Vorkosigan
Publisher's Note: "The Mountains of Mourning" was originally published as a stand-alone novella in the May 1989 issue of Analog. It was then included as the first of three novellas that make up the novel Borders of Infinity (October 1989). For the novel, Ms. Bujold added a short "framing story" that tied the three novellas together by setting up each one as a flashback that Miles experiences while recovering from bone-replacement surgery. Fictionwise published these novellas separately, but decided to leave in Ms. Bujold's short framing story for those who may also wish to read the other two novellas ("Labyrinth" and "The Borders of Infinity").
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