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12) Star Songs of an Old Primate, by James Tiptree Jr

With all the buzz about Julie Phillips' new biography of Alice Sheldon, I realised that I am not as familiar with the works of James Tiptree as I would like to be. This pulls together just eight stories in 270 pages, including two which I had already read ("Your Haploid Heart" and the Hugo and Nebula winner "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?"). With the exception of the shortest story, a five page stream-of-consciousness vignette, I found them all not only enjoyable but also thought-provoking. Tiptree was really good at not so much subverting the genre's conventions but more putting subversive material into the framework while none the less respecting it. Will try and find more of her stuff before launching myself on the biography.

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sammywol
Oct. 26th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
I teach her short story "The Screwfly Solution" as a regular in my SF classs and it is consistently popular and thought provoking. Some of her material kmakes me sad though. Sometimes her refusal to flinch from painful material is stronger than mine.
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