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James Tiptree Jr.

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For a decade Alice Sheldon produced an extraordinary body of work under the pseudonym James Tiptree Jr, until her identity was exposed in 1977. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever presents the finest of these stories and contains the Nebula Award-winning ' Love Is the Plan, the Plan Is Death', Hugo Award-winning novella 'The Girl Who Was Plugged In', 'Houston, Houston, Do You Read?' - winner of both the Hugo and Nebula - and of course the story for which she is best known: 'The Women Men Don't See'.
This is a true masterwork - an overview of one of SF true greats at the very height of her powers.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My Favorite Book in the World 27 décembre 1998
Par Alan Heuer - Publié sur
Do you have a favorite book in the world? This book, quite simply, is mine. This is a posthumously-published collection of eighteen stories by James Tiptree, Jr. (pseudonym for Alice Sheldon). It contains most of her best short fiction. It also contains a compelling introduction by John Clute. Mark Richard Siegel, who wrote the Starmont Reader's Guide on James Tiptree, Jr., wrote the sentence that I think best captures the essence of what is distinctive and special about Tiptree's work. He wrote: "Her stories showed that, for the individual, the most significant thing is passionate experience, the intensity of certain moments, good and bad, when she is most truly alive." Do you crave passionate experiences? Tiptree will put you through them. But be warned that Tiptree often put her characters through mercilessly gut-wrenching passionate experiences, wrenching THIS reader's gut right along the way. Tiptree is not for readers who like their fiction safe and cozy, knowing everything will turn out all right in the end. Here are a few words on my five favorite stories in the book.
My own personal favorite Tiptree story is "The Screwfly Solution." In this story a sort of psychological plague has broken out in various parts of the world where men are murdering women wholesale. Tiptree introduces us to (and makes us care about) one particular family. In 21 pulse-pounding pages Tiptree gives us the stunning macro-story of the fate of humanity in the face of this terrifying "plague," along with the heart-wrenching micro-story of its effect on one family. It is a masterpiece of economical storytelling, and no SF story has an ending which packs a bigger wallop.
My (close) second favorite story in the book is "A Momentary Taste of Being." In his introduction to the book, John Clute writes of this story: "...word-perfect over its great length, and almost unbearably dark in the detail and momentum of the revelation of its premise...[it] may be the finest densest most driven novella yet published in the [science fiction] field." I can tell you it is my all-time favorite novella. The story concerns a space mission, a desperate attempt by humanity to find a habitable planet (for colonization) to relieve some pressure from a horrendously overpopulated and polluted Earth. The pressure in the story just builds and builds to a climax as intense as any you are likely to experience in fiction.
I think "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death," a story of alien love, is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of style. Not everybody agrees. Gardner Dozois in his excellent and mostly laudatory essay, "The Fiction of James Tiptree, Jr.," writes of this story: "I can never read [its] galumphing, ungrammatical, childishly-rapturous narration without hearing it in the accents of the Cookie Monster...." Tiptree herself, in typical self-depreciating fashion, described it as being written in "the style of 1920 porno." I think the highly unusual style helps us understand and feel the true alien-ness of the viewpoint character, and I believed totally while I was reading. As John Clute writes, "...[it] has a juggernaut drive, a consuming melancholy of iron, a premise the author never backed away from...."
In "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" three astronauts return from a trip around the sun only to find they have somehow been transported hundreds of years into the future. What they find in the future, and more important, how they react to what they find there, constitutes the most powerful story I've ever read dealing with the gulf between the sexes.
In "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" a horribly-deformed young woman gets a chance at a happy life. This is another story with an unusual narrative style, and frankly, when I first read this story over two decades ago, I found it a bit disconcerting. It works for me now, though. This is a heartbreaking story, fiercely told.
One caution is that I would encourage you to read the stories in the book before reading John Clute's introduction, as Clute gives away some of the story endings in his introduction. And surprise endings are not uncommon in Tiptree stories. I am not talking about gimmicky, meaningless surprises, there for the sake of having a surprise. Tiptree's surprises often ENLARGE her stories, altering the meaning of what has gone before, increasing their power to move us. The book gets my most passionate recommendation.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The best tales of one of the best of all sf authors 17 janvier 2008
Par Rory Coker - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
In 508 pages we get 18 short stories by James Tiptree, Jr. Original publication dates range from 1969 to 1981. Time has overtaken many of the tales in a strange way, that makes one wish Tiptree were still around to appreciate developments. For instance, in "The Girl Who Was Plugged In," the world breathlessly watches the real-time antics of young, beautiful wealthy girls... who are actually brainless synthetic creations animated by what amount to brains in jars in an underground lab. What would Tiptree make of the Parises, Nicoles, Lindsays and Brittanies of our own day, who appear to have no brains located anywhere?

Tiptree really got rolling in 1973, when she published her three best-known stories, "The Girl...," along with "Love is the plan the plan is death," and "The Women Men Don't See." Along with 1976's "Houston, Houston, do you read?" these are the quintessential Tiptree tales. "Love is the plan..." is my favorite science fiction short story, and one of the best short stories of any kind ever written. It has not a single human character, and depicts the unbearably touching efforts of a gigantic, heavily-armored, multi-limbed alien to tackle and solve three deadly problems faced by his species, two internal--- stemming from instinctively programmed behavior--- and one external, a global climate change. That he will fail, and why he will fail, is evident early on from many clues fairly planted within the narrative. But he does his level best, which is indeed far better than you and I could hope to do, and like most Tiptree aliens, he is totally charming and lovable throughout his hopeless task. Our own species is currently failing completely to deal with a global climate change, and we are neither charming nor lovable in our miserably conflicted efforts.

"A Momentary Taste of Being" is another quintessential Tiptree story; an expedition of interstellar exploration inadvertently discovers the true purpose of human existence... a purpose which reveals all human effort, achievement and aspiration to be utterly pointless and futile. "With Delicate Mad Hands" is a key story, from 1981, that catches Tiptree in transition from symbolic War of the Sexes tales to space-operatic adventure. Almost all her stories from 1981 to her death in 1987 were space adventures set in the distant future.

Several tales here were completely new to me, particularly "Slow Music," from 1980, in which a chance (?) encounter of the earth with some alien stream of disembodied consciousness has made suicide so irresistibly attractive that there are only a handful of living humans. This story seems to contain a sly self-portrait of Tiptree herself, as the dying ancient human wreck that the two main characters discover on their way to see "The River," as the stream is called.

There's not a bad or mediocre story in the volume. And, alas, this is probably the only collection of Tiptree fiction currently in print in the US. Get it while it's still available.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid Anthology 8 avril 2010
Par 88 - Publié sur
* viii * Introduction (Her Smoke Rose Up Forever) * essay by Michael Swanwick
* 1 * The Last Flight of Dr. Ain * (1969) * shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 9 * The Screwfly Solution * (1977) * shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 33 * And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side * (1972) * shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 43 * The Girl Who Was Plugged In * (1973) * novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 79 * The Man Who Walked Home * (1972) * shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 95 * And I Have Come Upon This Place by Lost Ways * (1972) * novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 115 * The Women Men Don't See * (1973) * novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 145 * Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light! * (1976) * shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 163 * Houston, Houston, Do You Read? * (1976) * novella by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 217 * With Delicate Mad Hands * (1981) * novella by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 275 * A Momentary Taste of Being * (1975) * novella by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 361 * We Who Stole the Dream * (1978) * novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 385 * Her Smoke Rose Up Forever * (1974) * novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 403 * Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death * (1973) * shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 421 * On the Last Afternoon * (1972) * novelette by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 445 * She Waits for All Men Born * (1976) * shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 459 * Slow Music * (1980) * novella by James Tiptree, Jr.
* 505 * And So On, and So On * (1971) * shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 an amazingly beautiful collection by an incredible writer 7 décembre 2004
Par tangerine - Publié sur
James Tiptree, Jr. (the pen name for Alice Sheldon) excelled at imaginative plots, intriguing science, and most of all, lyrical writing. Her explorations of gender, biology and science were vivid and controversial, and she won all of science fiction's major awards. This short story collection was out of print for many years, and has now been revised with the author's original notes. It is a must-have for science fiction fans, feminists, anthroplogists, and, well, everyone. This is one of my favorite authors, and I truly love this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A greatly under-appreciated talent 4 février 2006
Par Michael K. Smith - Publié sur
Alice Sheldon, a clinical psychologist who wrote science fiction as "James Tiptree Jr.," was a candle who burned fast and bright. Though she published a couple of comparatively weak novels before her suicide in 1987, all her important short fiction appeared between 1970 and 1977. I read much of it as it appeared, in magazines and original anthologies, and I was as taken as everyone else with the focus and literary richness of her style and with the electric impact produced by the content of what she wrote. Before anyone knew who she really was, Robert Silverberg famously described "Tiptree" as quintessentially male. But it's flatly impossible to read "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" -- in my opinion, the very best piece in this volume and one of the most important SF short stories of the past half-century -- and to imagine that the author was anything other than an extremely thoughtful and aware woman. "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" is more the "standard" sort of story, and very well written, too, but it simply doesn't carry the weight of "The Women Men Don't See" or "A Momentary Taste of Being" or the title story. Sheldon was a product of her time, and it's unlikely a writer like this, with this sort of eye-opening agenda could appear again. Which is all the more reason to read and appreciate her work.
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