Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

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Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
Author Lois McMaster Bujold
Audio read by Grover Gardner
Country United States
Language English
Series Vorkosigan Saga
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Baen Books
Publication date
2 February 2016
(eARC sold from October 2015)
Media type E-book, print
ISBN 9781476781228
Preceded by Cryoburn

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen is a science fiction novel by American writer Lois McMaster Bujold. It is an installment in Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga.[1] Bujold has described it as "not a war story. It is about grownups."[2]

The concept for the cover art was designed by Bujold herself.[3]

The eARC was released for sale by Baen Books on October 21, 2015.[4] The paper edition was published in February 2016.[5]

Three years after the death of Aral Vorkosigan, Admiral Oliver Jole of the Sergyar Fleet (Aral's long-time subordinate and lover) receives a proposal. After returning from Barrayar, Aral's widow Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan announces that she intends to have several new children using stored genetic material from herself and Aral. She also offers Jole the chance to have children of his own, likewise created from the genes of Jole and Aral.


At Ars Technica, Annalee Newitz declared it to be "one of the most realistic and funny novels you'll ever read about space colonization",[6] while's Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer observed that it would be a fitting conclusion, both to Cordelia's character arc and to the Vorkosigan universe as a whole.[7] Publishers Weekly considered it "droll" and "enjoyable", and compared it to the works of Jane Austen, but noted that it was "more comforting than exciting" and would "work best for readers who don’t expect interstellar derring-do."[8]


  1. ^ FOREWORDS: THE BOOKS BEFORE THE BUZZ, in Romantic Times; published March 23, 2015; retrieved March 31, 2015
  2. ^ new book, by Lois McMaster Bujold, at Goodreads; published March 16, 2015; retrieved June 28, 2015
  3. ^ "Lois McMaster Bujold's Blog - new Vorkosigan book cover art - August 10, 2015 08:24". 
  4. ^ "Baen eBooks - Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen - eARC". 
  5. ^ Lois McMaster Bujold Announces New Cordelia Vorkosigan Novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, at; published March 20, 2015; retrieved March 31, 2015
  6. ^ Time to try the Vorkosigan Saga—you’ve never read science fiction like this, by Annalee Newitz, at Ars Technica; published February 12, 2016; retrieved May 26, 2017
  7. ^ Birds Do It, Bees Do It: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, reviewed by Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer, at; published February 11, 2016; retrieved May 26, 2017
  8. ^ Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, reviewed at Publishers Weekly; published December 21, 2015; retrieved May 26, 2017

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