Vol. 7 — Ordinary People
by Eleanor Arnason
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 parts of speech; "A Ceremony of Discontent" takes a humorous approach to a modern-day feminist problem; and Arnason's wise, earthy tales of hwarhath serve up new myths explaining the origins of the world and morality (among other things). The work in this collection entertains with its wit, delights with its precision and imagination, and challenges and provokes with its bluntness. Ordinary People offers a small, potent taste of the oeuvre of an important feminist sf author.
"When I read Arnason, I am charmed, not only by the tales-as-tales but by a
voice as unmistakable as that of Heinlein or Vance or Farmer: measured and
precise and stealthily funny and full of homely wisdom."
"An Eleanor Arnason story collection is way overdue, and this is a very
welcome book. I recommend it highly."
"This collection from Eleanor Arnason gives us eight pieces—six
stories, a poem, and the text of a speech—in which the author seems
to be engaged in conversation with her own past career in the genre. It is
quite a retrospective collection, with stories going back to as early as
1974...[and provides] a new look at the range of her fiction, and more good
reason than ever to wish for more new stories from Eleanor Arnason."
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ISBN: 978-0-9746559-0-1 (13 digit)