Ultimate Mom in Romantic Science Fiction

There are so few Moms in Science Fiction, even this top 10 list added a Fantasy Mother. There are even fewer in Romantic Science Fiction. However, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan from the Vorkosigan Saga written by Lois McMaster Bujold, stands out among them.

Cover with Cordelia in the foreground

I am not the only one who believes this either. A recent blog article proclaims that Moms Can Have Their Own Adventures, Too using Cordelia as the example.

She’s an adventurer and a leader, and she has the uncanny ability to figure out how other people work and what they need and want. As a mother, she gives her son room to explore while still providing boundaries and a safety net.


In the Omnibus Cordelia’s Honor, which combines Shards of Honor and the companion story, Barrayar into one volume, not only shows her growing romance with Aral, but also Cordelia in the first stages of motherhood.

What makes Cordelia the Ultimate Romantic Science Fiction Mom?

Throughout the saga whether they appear in the story or not, Aral and Cordelia are shown to still be very much in love with each other, even after 30 years. Now that is a romantic science fiction story that continues to live on even “off-stage”. In addition, Cordelia has continued to pass on, as a mother would, her outlook, concepts and philosophies in life and politics, not only to her offspring, but to EVERYONE she interacts with! These are established through quotes, many contributed to be influenced by Cordelia, used by various characters throughout the saga. Some examples of these are:

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”
“Let’s see what happens!”
“When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action.”

It is the continuing romance and her influence on the various characters, as a mother even when she is firmly “off-stage”, that establishes Cordelia as the Ultimate Romantic Science Fiction Mom, in my opinion.

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About Patty Hammond

I am a self proclaimed fangirl who is disguised as a mild mannered data analyst for a consulting firm. You can find me on Twitter as @pattybones2 or @Everyday_Fangrl

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