James Tiptree, Jr

James Tiptree, Jr

The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

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James Tiptree, Jr. burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hardedged, provocative short stories. Hailed as a brilliant masculine writer with a deep sympathy for his famale character, he penned such classics as Houston, Houston, Do You Read? and The Women Men Don't See. For years he corresponded with Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison,Ursula Le Guin. No one knew his true identity. Then the cover was blown on his alter ego: A sixty-one-year old woman named Alice Sheldon. As a child, she explored Africa with her mother. Later, made into a debutante, she eloped with one of the guests at the party. She was an artist, a chicken farmer, aWorld War II intelligence officer, a CIA agent, an experimental psychologist. Devoted to her second husband, she struggled with her feelings for women. In 1987, her suicide shocked friends and fans. The James Tiptree, Jr.Award was created to honor science fiction or fantasy that explores our understanding of gender. This fascinating biography, ten years in the making, is based on extensive research, exclusive interviews, and full access to Alice Sheldon's papers
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312203856
Branch Call Number: 813.54 TIPTREE
Characteristics: vi, 469 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Aug 01, 2015

The arduous life and literary travails of Alice B. Sheldon bring this to mind:
What kind of beast would turn its life into words?
What atonement is this all about?
--Adrienne Rich

Dec 03, 2014

Alice B. Sheldon lived an adventurous life—she was a Chicago debutante, went on African safari with her parents, was in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during WWII and was a CIA analyst. But her biggest, most top secret adventure was as a writer of science fiction under the name James Tiptree, Jr. When her true identity was revealed, it was big news. A remarkable memoir of an amazing woman.

Apr 10, 2011

An exhaustive, & exhausting, biography. Interesting, but unless the reader is a big sf/fan fan, will involve a lot of skipping.

johnmarkeberhart Dec 23, 2010

Terrific bio of a writer whose significant talent was matched by the intrigue surrounding "his" true identity. Tiptree/Sheldon emerges as a fascinating, complicated, thoroughly admirable soul who cared deeply about her art and the people in her life -- so deeply that compromises that might have been acceptable to some of us proved intolerable to her way of seeing things. Highly recommended.


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