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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (English Edition) par [Tiptree Jr., James]
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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

James Tiptree Jr (1915-1987)
Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon wrote most of her fiction as James Tiptree, Jr - 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, of which Her Smoke Rose Up Forever is considered to be her 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. She died tragically in 1987.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Incredible 19 juillet 2012
Par K. Bunker - Publié sur
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In this volume are some of the best short stories I've ever read. And it's deliberate that I don't say "some of the best _science fiction_ stories..." I'm a long-time SF fan, but I'm also a huge fan of literary fiction short stories -- Carver, Beattie, Moore, Chekhov, Hemingway, Mansfield, yadda yadda yadda. I love 'em all. I _enjoy_ SF, but when I find myself waxing ecstatic about a short story, it's most likely to be a piece of lit-fic I'm waxing about.

Not with this book. These are incredible stories; passionate, beautiful, painfully moving, lyrically written, exquisitely crafted. If you should ever happen across a literary fiction snob who thinks that science fiction just can't measure up in artistic terms to the best lit-fic, this is the book to raise high in both hands and bludgeon the snob over the head with.

Fair warning: On the last page of the last story in this collection, one character says to another, "You carry despair as your gift." Those words could stand as an epigraph to the whole of the book and to Tiptree/Sheldon's writing career. Despair and the dashing of hopes are a hallmark of these stories, so don't come to the book expecting sweetness and light, pretty butterflies and hopping bunnies. But in Tiptree's hands, despair is truly a gift. Take the fruits of that gift; read these stories, and be enriched.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great & insightful stories about sex, death and solitude, by a master of Science Fiction 19 août 2015
Par Andres F. - Publié sur
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James Tiptree Jr. -- or should I say, Alice Sheldon -- is best described by Amazon's category of "full of surprises". Indeed there are plenty of surprises in this book of stories about sex and death. In almost every story by Tiptree there is a sense of inevitability, as if all life -- human or alien -- was inherently doomed to self-destruct. Yet I find some measure of joy in some of the stories as well, as contradictory as it sounds. My favorite story in this collection is the one which feels the most alien: "Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death".
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Favorite story is Screwfly Solution 5 novembre 2016
Par Ari - Publié sur
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Favorite story is Screwfly Solution, but having read several so far, they are all pretty good! An interesting author, although a bit pessimistic. Her work gets you thinking...
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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
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 These stories may change you 5 décembre 2014
Par Hope Rose - Publié sur
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This is an amazing anthology. Five or six of these stories are so strong and so clear that they have changed me deeply. One story in particular, written under the pseudonym-of-a-pseudonym Racoona Sheldon, made me weep: "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light!"
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