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The easiest way I can think of to describe her stories is to quote Ang Lee He said that the way he plotted a tragic story was to put his characters into an impossible situation and watched how they responded Tiptree's protagonists often resemble a worm on a hook and since most of us know that feeling she can grab your interest This set of stories and Up the Walls of the World are my favourites. Tiptree Jr is a semihidden gem of science fiction Her stories have the best titles and an inherent quirkiness that set them apart Although personally I enjoyed Warmworlds collection ; just reading Houston, Houston do you read? is enough to give a high rating to this collectiong That story is one of the 100 best stories of alltime in my opinion and completely rewired my thinking about some subjects The stories that fail in this collection fail due to the focus on technical difficulties; after 40 years or so those technical difficulties are not important any so they hurt the impact of the story. Your Haploid Heart (First published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, September 1969.) **And So On, And So On *Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (First published in Final Stage edited by Edward L Ferman and Barry N Malzberg.) *A Momentary Taste of Being (First published in The New Atlantis edited by Robert Silverberg.) *Houston, Houston, Do You Read? (First published in Aurora: Beyond Equality edited by Susan Janice Anderson and Vonda N McIntyre.) **The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats (First published in New Dimensions 6 edited by Robert Silverberg.) **She Waits for All Men Born (First published in Future Power edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois.) *
This was a great collection of stories by Tiptree As well as shorts, there is a novella, A Momentary Taste of Being which starts off like a normal colonisation tale, with a ship looking for planets to colonise to relieve pressure from an Earth creaking at the seams, but becomes something much darker.Houston, Houston Do you read? is a story that's stayed with me for some time after reading, telling the story of three astronauts who get bumped forward in time by a few hundred years and the world they return to, while Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, shows flash points in the protagonists life as he is forced to relive them again and againThese stories do show Tiptree at her finest, and while The Psychologist Who Wouldn't do Awful Things to Rats may not be the most subtle of pieces, it's still an excellent story in an excellent collection. One of those authors that I am vaguely suprised is out of print.[return]There are a few scholarly works available but the actual stories? No, They are maybe not simplistic enough to be comercial in the modern sf genre, But they won awards and acclaim in their day Indeed, nowadays there is a James Tiptree Jr memorial award.[return]Perhaps instead the estate has no interest There were after all no children An argument maybe for changing copyright laws? Read for the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge, the Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge, and the Collections! Reading Challenge at Worlds Without End Two of the novellas in this collection were also counted towards similar, but not the same, reading challenges.James Tiptree Jr was the pseudonym of Alice Sheldon, who traveled extensively in her childhood, joined the CIA in her adulthood during the McCarthy era, and resigned in the mid50s to study experimental psychology This gave her what I'm sure was a unique perspective on life, and it shines through in her stories I think I'm in love with her, partially because there's an apocryphal story that she was nominated for a Hugo that she turned down, in part because, as Ursula K Le Guin points out in her introduction, one of the keenest, subtlest minds in science fiction wrote: It has been suggested that Tiptree is female, a theory that I find absurd, for there is to me something ineluctably masculine about Tiptree's writing I don't think the novels of Jane Austen could have been written by a manthe stories of Ernest Hemingway by a woman And many, if not most, of the stories in this collection certainly challenge the nature and role of gender, along with the nature and role of what it is to be human Men are likely to find it particularly challenging, but women will be challenged too.This collection contains a few her most highlyacclaimed works, including Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, A Momentary Taste of Being, and Houston, Houston, Do You Read? Links are provided to two of these, which are novellas that I wrote independent reviews for.I discovered this obscure little paperback in the wonderful bookstore that I work at, Expressions in Time, which is a great place to discover unusual and hardtofind books But I snatched it up right away because by this time I had heard so much about Tiptree that I fully realized what a treasure I had discovered I was intrigued by the unique cover image also, and had pretty much accepted it was one of those weird, whimsical sorts of covers they slapped onto scifi books published in the late 70s, when it was finally revealed that no, the cover did indeed relate to the stories in the book and was quite relevant.I described Tiptree's writing on one of the Worlds Without End message boards as lightning prose of the highest order I loved this collection so much that I found myself resenting one of my favourite authors, David Weber, for writing such a ridiculously long book (The Shadow of Saganami) because I'd borrowed it from the library and therefore, had to finish it first! Many, if not most of the stories, are mindblowing Most of them are also (which is something other reviewers don't seem to mention with Tiptree) disturbingly creepy I cannot emphasize enough how creepy As a matter of fact, I am certain that Tiptree is one of the many classic scifi authors who influenced the writing of Stephen King One of these stories, The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats, has direct parallels in one of the stories that appears in Night Shift; go ahead and read them both and see if you can spot which one.That story, by the way, was the only one in the whole book that I didn't like; first of all, because of the horrific images of animal experimentation of the part of psychology students (which, I have no doubt, was informed by Tiptree's experience as an experimental psychology student shudder!) and secondly, because I don't think I really got it I'm not sure what exactly has happened at the end of the story, nor why the viewpoint character is doing what he does I have a couple of guesses but I don't know which one it is, and I suppose that was probably Tiptree's goal, but I find it frustrating.Do I recommend this collection? Actually, I would call it an essential read for anyone who has any interest at all in the roots and development of science fiction, and one you'll enjoy thoroughly if you love the genre like I do Please do yourself a favour and read it! The fact that many of these stories still have meaningful and relevant things to say about sex, gender identity, scientific curiosity and our culture, even after 40 plus years, is a mark of how good they are There are dated ideas, and sometimes eyeroll inducing stylistic choices, but on the whole I found the stories very enjoyable. *Free Epub ⇵ Star Songs of an Old Primate ⇩ A marvelous medley of Tiptree's bestYOUR HAPLOID HEARTWhen Ian Suitlov and Pax Patton landed on Esthaa to check for humans, the job wasn't as easy as it appeared Though the natives seemed human enough, only cross breeding would be conclusive proof But how were they to prove anything, when sex was punishable by death? THE PSYCHOLOGIST WHO WOULDN'T DO AWFUL THINGS TO RATSDr Tilly Lipsitz hated his name, loved his rats and would be out of a job if he didn't come up with a real zinger of an experiment soon He didn't have much in mind until he took a midnight trip to his lab and learned than he would have thought possible SHE WAITS FOR ALL MEN BORNshe had eyes that could not see, but without sight she had powers that went far beyond those of all who came upon herContents:Your Haploid Heart And So On, and So On Her Smoke Rose Up Forever A Momentary Taste of Being Houston, Houston, Do You Read? The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats She Waits for All Men Born Telecommunication Systems the job wasn't as easy as it appeared Though the natives seemed human enough The Poams only cross breeding would be conclusive proof But how were they to prove anything Archetypes of Thought when sex was punishable by death? THE PSYCHOLOGIST WHO WOULDN'T DO AWFUL THINGS TO RATSDr Tilly Lipsitz hated his name Virgin Exotica loved his rats and would be out of a job if he didn't come up with a real zinger of an experiment soon He didn't have much in mind until he took a midnight trip to his lab and learned than he would have thought possible SHE WAITS FOR ALL MEN BORNshe had eyes that could not see Verbotene Mission (Kings & Fools but without sight she had powers that went far beyond those of all who came upon herContents:Your Haploid Heart And So On Second Sight (The Admirals Elite, and So On Her Smoke Rose Up Forever A Momentary Taste of Being Houston Meine russische Schwiegermutter und andere Katastrophen Houston Like Gravity Do You Read? The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats She Waits for All Men Born For Momentary Taste of Being one of my top scifi stories of all time Houston's also pretty good When it's not tough enough, stories don't date all that well. Ursula Le Guin's introduction for this collection shows the depth of friendship and admiration that existed between these two people, both before Tiptree's identity was revealed and after And Le Guin was right: the stories collected here are very good and very intense.I'd read all but two of these stories already in another collection: Your Haploid Heart and The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats Of the two, Psychologist was the most affecting because ABS (writing as Raccoona Sheldon) showed how lab animals are seriously mistreated for the sake of science The story felt very autobiographical since ABS worked with rats in a lab on her doctorate and her department didn't really think her study was worth it And of course that makes it worse because I can only assume that all the tests that are described in Psychologist actually happened Basically, if you didn't already think that animals shouldn't be used for lab testing, you will after reading this story.