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The Arbitrary Placement of Walls (collection)

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The Arbitrary Placement of Walls (collection)

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Author: Martha Soukup
Publisher: DreamHaven Books, 1997
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Book Type: Collection
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Martha Soukup writes tales of lost love, bitter loneliness, and pain. Each one is full of a sexual tension and righteous anger that belies the simplicity of its narrative. Delving into twisted psyches, she reveals a gentle understanding of the 'alien' in us all. This collection contains the best of her first decade of writing, with stories that have gained her nominations for four Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award, and five Nebulas, including Nebula winner "A Defense of the Social Contracts." Introduction by Neil Gaiman.

The provenance of Gaiman's poem of introduction is tht Neil, upon seeing a review in which someone said that Martha Soukup was one of the most discussed authors, wrote a poem for her, in which the entire world (and a few beings in outer space) talk of nothing but Martha Soukup: "It's Martha this and Martha that and Martha Soukup said, and if you cannot talk of Martha, then you might as well be dead.", which he read at his "Live at the Aladdin" show.

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