The stories of Alice Sheldon, who wrote as James Tiptree Jr. ( Up the Walls of the World ) until her death in 1987, have been heretofore available mostly in out-of-print collections. Thus the 18 accomplished stories here will be welcomed by new readers and old fans. "The Screwfly Solution" describes a chilling, elegant answer to the population problem. In "Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death," the title tells the tale--species survival insured by imprinted drives--but the story's force is in its exquisite, lyrical prose and its suggestion that personal uniqueness is possible even within biological imperatives. "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" is a future boy-meets-girl story with a twist unexpected by the players. "The Women Men Don't See " displays Tiptree's keen insight and ability to depict singularity within the ordinary. In Hugo and Nebula award-winning "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" astronauts flying by the sun slip forward 500 years and encounter a culture that successfully questions gender roles in ours.
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James Tiptree Jr. -- or should I say, Alice Sheldon -- is best described by Amazon's category of "full of surprises". Read morePublished 15 days ago by Andres F.
This is an amazing anthology. Five or six of these stories are so strong and so clear that they have changed me deeply. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hope Rose
A FANTASTIC collection of short stories. They will move you, creep you out, and keep you hooked from one page to the next and from cover to cover. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jon M.
Great science fiction. Great writing period. The stories are clever. More than once I re-read passages just because they were written so well. Read morePublished 17 months ago by G. Uhl
This has been called one of the best anthologies ever, and I can see why the critic was willing to step out and make such a bold statement. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Fenrix
I am a big fan of Tiptree's (Sheldon's) work. This is a fine collection of her stories. I had a lot of the stories in other collections of Tiptree's work but, the ones I didn't... Read morePublished 18 months ago by L. Corcoran
incredible science fiction. deftly written, always with an eye toward a previously unseen/unexpressed perspective. rather like a cosmic trompe l'oeil. highly recommended.Published 20 months ago by Greg Pagans
I had read a couple of these before, but loved re-reading them. The rest were new, and I'm very glad I got this book. Alway fresh and thought-provoking viewpoints. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by M. A. Carletta
I latched onto Tiptree with the publication of his first anthology (Ten Thousand Light Years from Home) in the early 1970s, and eagerly awaited and devoured every subsequent... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Mark Woodward