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James Tiptree Jr


(Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon)
USA flag (1915 - 1987)

Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon wrote most of her fiction as James Tiptree--she was making a point about sexist assumptions and also keeping her US government employers from knowing her business. Most of her books are collections of short stories; Her Smoke Rose Up Forever is the best selection. Sheldon's best stories combine radical feminism with a tough-minded tragic view of life; even virtuous characters are exposed as unwitting beneficiaries of disgusting socio-economic systems. Even good men are complicit in women's oppression, as in her most famous stories 'The Women Men Don't See' and 'Houston, Houston, Do you Read ?' or in ecocide. Much of her work, even at its most tragic, has an attractively ironic tone which sometimes becomes straightforwardly comedy - it is important to stress that Tiptree's deep seriousness never becomes sombre or pompous. Her two novels Up the Walls of the World and Brightness Falls from the Air are both remarkable transfigurations of stock space opera material--the former deals with a vast destroying being, sympathetic aliens at risk of destruction by it and human telepaths trying to make contact across the gulf of stars. When both she and her husband became debilitatingly ill, she shot him and killed herself.
 
Anthologies containing stories by James Tiptree Jr
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Short stories
Beam Us Home (1969)
The Last Flight of Doctor Ain (1969)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Snows Are Melted, the Snows Are Gone (1969)
I'm Too Big But I Love to Play (1970)
Mother in the Sky with Diamonds (1971)
And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side (1972)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Man Who Walked Home (1972)
The Milk of Paradise (1972)
Painwise (1972)Hugo (nominee)
The Girl Who was Plugged in [short story] (1973)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Hugo
Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death (1973)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards
The Women Men Don't See (1973)
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever [short story] (1974)
A Momentary Taste of Being (1975)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Houston, Houston, Do You Read? [short story] (1976)Hugo
Nebula Awards
The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats (1976)
Time-Sharing Angel (1977)Hugo (nominee)
Slow Music (1980)
A Source of Innocent Merriment (1980)
Lirios: A Tale of the Quintana Roo (1981)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Boy Who Waterskied to Forever (1982)Hugo (nominee)
Beyond the Dead Reef (1983)
The Only Neat Thing to Do (1985)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards (nominee)
Second Going (1987)


Awards
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1970) : The Last Flight of Doctor Ain
Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1973) : And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side
Hugo Best Novellette nominee (1973) : Painwise
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1973) : And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side
Hugo Best Novella winner (1974) : The Girl Who was Plugged in [short story]
Hugo Best Novellette nominee (1974) : Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1974) : The Girl Who was Plugged in [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Short Story winner (1974) : Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1976) : A Momentary Taste of Being
Hugo Best Novella winner (1977) : Houston, Houston, Do You Read? [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Novella winner (1977) : Houston, Houston, Do You Read? [short story]
Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1978) : Time-Sharing Angel
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1982) : Lirios: A Tale of the Quintana Roo
Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1983) : The Boy Who Waterskied to Forever
Hugo Best Novella nominee (1986) : The Only Neat Thing to Do
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (1986) : The Only Neat Thing to Do
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1987) : Tales of the Quintana Roo


Books about James Tiptree Jr
Alien Plots (2000) by Inez Van Der Spek
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