I've been hit or miss with Bujold, particularly the Vorkosigan Saga. The book was a hit. The plot is a little off the main line of the Saga, more like an offshoot. It revolves around Ethan of the planet Athos, a world of men. It turns the meme of a female utopia on its head. Children are born from uterine replicators, which is not unheard of in this universe. With a planet of only men, the replicators wear out and new cultures are needed. Ethan, a doctor who works with the replicators, is chosen to go in search of a new supplier after the previous package of ovarian cultures is sabotaged. It forces him to go out into space and deal with the rest of society for the first time ever, including women. It leads to some comical moments. Of course, this being part of one of the more famous space opera series, Ethan ends up in the middle of espionage with the evil Cetagandans.
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