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Author: Carol Emshwiller
Publisher: Sci Fiction, 2003

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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy
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This story explores war from typically Emshwilleresque viewpoints. Soldiers are unsure of who they are, who they are fighting, or why. War is the question, not the subject.

Two armies of men exist in the mountains on either side of a valley. The women live in villages between them and bear sons and daughters for both sides, though their sons are always stolen to join the war effort. The men have been fighting so long, no one even knows how it started. The women, however, have decided to end it--no matter what the price.

This story originally appeared on Sci Fiction, January 28, 2003. It can also be found in the anthologies The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1 (2005) and Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology (2015). The story is included in the collections I Live With You (2005) and The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller Vol. 2 (2016).

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