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Ordinary People

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Spanning thirty years, this volume collects six stories, one poem, and a WisCon Guest of Honor speech. In the richly ironic ''Warlords of Saturn s Moons,'' first published in 1974, a cigar-puffing woman writes space-opera while the drama of real-life inner-city Detroit goes on around her; ''The Grammarian's Five Daughters'' offers a playful explication of the uses of the p ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Aqueduct Press
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Eleanor With Cats
The Land of Ordinary People (poem)
The Grammarian's Five Daughters
A Ceremony of Discontent
The Warlord of Saturn's Moons
The Lovers
Origin Story
The Small Black Box of Morality
Writing Science Fiction during the Third World War (WisCon GoH speech 2004, plus an afterword written for this collection)

I didn't particularly get into the poem, and although The Warlord of Saturn's Moons is one of Arnason's most famous short stories, or at least her most anthologized, it only gifts me with a mild enj

The Land of Ordinary People (1985) (3 stars)
This is a poem dedicated to John Lennon.

The Grammarian's Five Daughters (1999) (3 stars)
This is a fairy tale for verbivores.

A Ceremony of Discontent (1981) (5 stars)
Vusai learns the costs of her choices.

The Warlord of Saturn's Moons (1974) (3 stars)
The life of a cigar-smoking author in Detroit as compared to her characters. "I’m far better off on Titan with my heroine, who is better able to deal with her problems than I am to deal with mine. A
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Eleanor Atwood Arnason (born 1942) is an American author of science fiction novels and short stories. From 1949 to 1961, Arnason and her parents lived in "Idea House #2," a futuristic dwelling built by the Walker Art Center. Arnason's earliest published story appeared in New Worlds in 1972. Her work often depicts cultural change and conflict, usually from the viewpoint of characters who cannot or ...more
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