Eleanor Arnason published her first story in 1973. Since then she has published six novels and 30+ works of short fiction. Her fourth novel, A Woman of the Iron People, won the James Tiptree Jr. and Mythopoeic Society Awards in 1992. Her fifth novel, Ring of Swords, won a Minnesota Book Award in 1994. In recent decades she has concentrated on short fiction, though she is currently finishing a novel, a sequel to Ring of Swords. “The Glutton” is one of several stories about the Goxhat, aliens who live in the universe of Arnason’s Lydia Duluth stories.
The translation of Goxhat poetry presents many problems, due in part to the Goxhat language, but also to the biological and social realities that underlie the language. The foremost problem is the Goxhat’s ambiguous sense of personal identity.