We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Poor Jack Vance has only the imaginary Fritz Lieber for company, which is probably about right. Fritz Leiber is not so near, what a difference a transpostion makes. And Lois Bujold is some distance from her evil twin, Lois McMaster Bujold. Middle names do matter! This is fun.
The McMaster maiden name, exactly what I clicked here to comment upon, is indeed significant. Lois's father was the McMaster who wrote a classic text on welding engineering, and provided the upbringing which "hardened" her science fiction.