Eleanor Arnason
Eleanor Atwood Arnason is an American
United States
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 author of science fiction
Science fiction
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A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of the medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter supplied the present generic term in the late 18th century....

s and short stories
Short Stories
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Arnason is the daughter of H. Harvard Arnason, who became the director of the Walker Art Center
Walker Art Center
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 in 1951, and Elizabeth Yard Arnason, a social worker by profession who has spent her childhood in China. From 1949 to 1961, Arnason and her parents lived in "Idea House #2," a futuristic dwelling built by the Walker Art Center. http://citypages.com/databank/19/927/article5962.asp

Arnason's earliest published story appeared in New Worlds
New Worlds (magazine)
New Worlds was a British science fiction magazine which was first published professionally in 1946. For 25 years it was widely considered the leading science fiction magazine in Britain, publishing 201 issues up to 1971...

in 1972. Her work often depicts cultural change and conflict, usually from the viewpoint of characters who cannot or will not live by their own societies' rules. This anthropological focus has led many to compare her fiction to that of Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin
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Arnason won the first James Tiptree, Jr. Award
James Tiptree, Jr. Award
The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is an annual literary prize for works of science fiction or fantasy that expand or explore one's understanding of gender. It was initiated in February of 1991 by science fiction authors Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler, subsequent to a discussion at WisCon.- Background...

, and the Mythopoeic Award
Mythopoeic Awards
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 (both for A Woman of the Iron People), the Spectrum Award
Gaylactic Spectrum Awards
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 (for "Dapple") and the HOMer Award (for her novelette Stellar Harvest). Stellar Harvest also was nominated for a Hugo Award
Hugo Award
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 in 2000. In 2003 she was nominated for two Nebula Award
Nebula Award
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s, for her novella Potter of Bones and her short story "Knapsack Poems." She lives in Minnesota
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  • The Sword Smith
    The Sword Smith
    The Sword Smith is a low fantasy fiction by Eleanor Arnason, published in 1978 by Condor . It had no introduction, the beginning of the story plunged straight into the narration of a smith on the run, named Limper, with a young dragon named Nargri...

  • To the Resurrection Station (1986)
  • Daughter of the Bear King (1987)
  • A Woman of the Iron People
    A Woman of the Iron People
    A Woman of the Iron People is an anthropological science fiction novel by Eleanor Arnason, originally published in 1991. It is a first contact story between peoples from a future Earth and an intelligent, furred race of people who live on an unnamed planet far from Earth.Along with White Queen, A...

  • Ring of Swords (1993)

Short stories

Hwarhath stories
  • "The Hound of Merin" (1993)
  • "The Lovers" (1994)
  • "The Semen Thief" (1994)
  • "The Small Black Box of Morality" (1996)
  • "The Gauze Banner" (1998)
  • "Feeding the Mother: A Hwarhath Religious Anecdote" (1998)
  • "Dapple: A Hwarhath Historical Romance" (1999)
  • "The Actors" (1999)
  • "Origin Story" (2000)
  • "The Potter of Bones" (2002), available online
  • "The Garden: A Hwarhath Science Fictional Romance" (2004)

Lydia Duluth stories
  • "Stellar Harvest" (1999)
  • "The Cloud Man" (2000)
  • "Lifeline" (2001)
  • "Moby Quilt" (2001)
  • "Tomb of the Fathers" (2010)

Selected other stories
  • "The Warlord of Saturn's Moons" (1974)
  • "The Dog's Story" (1996)
  • "The Grammarian's Five Daughters" (1999)
  • "Knapsack Poems" (2002)
  • "Big Green Mama Falls in Love" (2006) in Eidolon I
    Eidolon I
    Eidolon I is a 2006 speculative fiction anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy G. Byrne.-Background:Eidolon I was first published in 2006 by Eidolon Books in trade paperback format...

    (ed. Jonathan Strahan
    Jonathan Strahan
    Jonathan Strahan is an editor and publisher of science fiction. His family moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1968, and he graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986....

    , Jeremy G. Byrne)

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