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  • Series: James Tiptree Award Anthology (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391193
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late James Tiptree Jr. was well known for producing some of the most imaginative, gender-bending sf of the 1970s and 1980s. Tiptree also had a reputation for J. D. Salinger-like reclusiveness and astounded everyone when a presumed masculine identity dissolved to reveal the author's given name, Alice Sheldon. The award bearing her pseudonym honors stories and novels that "explore and expand gender roles in speculative fiction." This first collection of Tiptree Award-related material samples the winning stories since the first awards in 1991 and includes informative essays and snippets from a few of the winning novels. Geoff Ryman opens the volume with an inventive tale about the first homosexual male to give birth, and Kelly Link closes it with a modern variation on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." In between, such stellar figures as Ursula K. LeGuin and Joanna Russ weigh in with discourses on femininity, and Tiptree herself gives an account of her "identity crisis." A superior array of creative and thoughtful writing for both genders. Carl Hays
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“A superior array of creative and thoughtful writing for both genders.”
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The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1 will come as a surprise to those who think the award is given to stories which only celebrate the role of women and advocate its expansion. Instead the stories explore all varieties of gender in thoughtful and provocative ways. Focusing mostly on a single year, The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1 leaves plenty of room for additional volumes, which deserve to grace the shelves of all science-fiction and gender-studies fans.”
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"Really worth the ducats...important in the speculative fiction field."
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Since about the age six, Ruth Nestvold wanted to be a writer (besides wanting to be a singer and an actress and President of the United States), but for too many years she put practical pursuits first and writing fiction second. After completing a Ph.D. in literature and working as lecturer and assistant professor at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Freiburg, she took time off from academic pursuits to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop, a six week "boot camp" for writers of science fiction and fantasy. She learned more there than she could have dreamed possible, changed her priorities, and gave up theory for imagination. Two years later, she sold her first short story to the acclaimed science fiction magazine, Asimov's. Since then, she has sold over forty pieces of short fiction to a variety of markets, including Baen's Universe, Strange Horizons, Scifiction, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, and several year's best anthologies. She has been nominated for the Nebula, the Sturgeon, and the Tiptree awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella "Looking Through Lace" won the "Premio Italia" for best international work. Her novel Yseult appeared in German translation as Flamme und Harfe with Random House Germany and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian. It is now available as an ebook in the original English. It was followed in June 2012 by the second book in the Pendragon Chronicles, "Shadow of Stone" (http://pendragonchronicles.wordpress.com). She taught creative writing for a semester at the University of Stuttgart, participates regularly in online writing workshops, and founded the Villa Diodati workshop for English-speaking writers of speculative fiction in Europe. She maintains a web site at www.ruthnestvold.com.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By tangerine on December 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Tiptree Award is given to speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction) that pushes the boundaries of gender. The award was named for a writer (James Tiptree, Jr.) extolled for masculine writing, who was later revealed to be a woman (Alice Sheldon). The Tiptree bake sales were created to be an ironic source of funding for the award. Hence the tag line of this subversive anthology: "Sex, the Future, and Chocolate Chip Cookies."

In "Birth Days" by Geoff Ryman, a geneticist trying to cure homosexuality discovers reproductive freedom. It's a sweet, surpising and pointed story. Richard Calder's "The Catgirl Manifesto," is a faux-academic piece in which Lolita-like catgirls cause social havoc with their deadly allure -- sexy and creepy as hell. Ursula K. Le Guin weighs in with a characteristically wry essay, "Genre: A Word Only a Frenchman Could Love." She points out that Margaret Atwood's THE HANDMAID'S TALE is actually a science fiction novel, but that Atwood's publishers were terrified to bill it as such, given the reputation of the genre.

In a clever juxtaposition, three versions of the "The Snow Queen" fairy tale are included, inlcuding the original Hans Christian Andersen version in a new translation (not at all as you remember it!); "Lady of the Ice Garden" by Kara Dalkey, set in feudal Japan; and Kelly Link's "Travels with the Ice Queen," which has a distinctly modern (ok, postmodern) spin, and may be one of the best fairy-tale retellings I've ever read.

These excellent stories and essays are from the 2003 winner of the Tiptree Award (Matt Ruff for SET THIS HOUSE IN ORDER), and the short-listed selections (which are announced at the same time as the winner, and given almost equal billing).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Addison Phillips on May 13, 2005
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James Tiptree, Jr. was one of my favorite SF authors back when I first was reading SF as a kid. Since I mostly read older books from the library, I wasn't "in" on the "big secret"--that James Tiptree was really "James Tiptree" aka Alice Sheldon. An award named after the author's nom de plume was created a few years ago and this is the first volume to fete the winners.

The award goes, it seems, to stories that explore gender roles. It is kind of a weird thing to build an award around, if you think about it. It isn't "stories that prominently feature women", for example: instead it is about stories in which gender or gender roles play a prominent part.

The stories presented here are uniformly excellent (which you would expect: the award winners are not in chronological order, so you'd expect them to pick the very best for the first volume).

The essays are less effective; a couple of them are familiar from other places (the Le Guin entry, for example, feels like pure filler--why didn't they just excerpt Disposessed for cryin' out loud?!?). The letter from Tiptree, reprinted here, is glorious, although, oddly it did make me wonder what she would have thought of the award. The introduction is slightly goofy. Suzy Charnas's essay is good, if a bit more inside baseball than I really needed.

Still and all: you're unlikely to pick up a better anthology this year. And the broader, quirky scope of the award keeps the volume from being tedious: there are lots of interesting gender roles to explore in SF and there is nothing mawkishly politically correct about the award winners (which one might reasonably fear going in).

Highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Yakov Hadash VINE VOICE on August 8, 2005
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It's been years since I picked up an S.F. book; this was an impulse grab on my way out of the library a few weeks ago. What I remember of S.F. is lots of stories centered around men in space, with lots of ridiculous, unpronounceable names for things and goofy deus-ex-machina "technologies." Most of these stories have neither of those elements. They are considered, accessible contemporary fiction, some of the best being written in any "genre" in the world today.

The excerpt from Matt Ruff's HOUSE OF SOULS excited me tremendously, and I'm now reading that book.
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The Tiptree Awards honor fiction which explore and expand gender - and the award winners chosen for this first anthology reflect such notable masters of the art as Tiptree herself, Joanna Russ, Ursula LeGuin and other notable writers of science fiction and fantasy. From boys stolen from their homes to lead new wild lives in a strange world to an anthropological account of a woman linguist on another world, anticipate involving, gender-breaking stories which always offer the unexpected in plot and twist of action.
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From the cover blurb: "The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1 features stories and essays chosen by judges for the Tiptree Award. Thought-provoking, imaginative, and infuriating -- fiction that may change your view of the world."

Right on.

Reading this amplified my growing readerly infatuation with works by Geoff Ryman (Air, "K is for Kosovo (or, Massimo's Career)" and, in this anthology, "Birth Days") and Carol Emshwiller (The Mount, "Abomination," and, in this collection, "Boys"). Swoon!

And it moved Matt Ruff's novel Set This House in Order (excerpted here, about multiple personality disorder) to the top of my to-read list.

It does not hurt my feelings at all that Karen Joy Fowler's story "What I Didn't See" is now in triplicate on my bookshelves in this anthology, in Daughters of the Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (2006), and in What I Didn't See: Stories (2010).

With intros by Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler and essays by Suzy McKee Charnas, Ursula K. LeGuin, Joanna Russ, and Alice Sheldon. Swoon!

Notable: Writers, read Ryman's "Birth Days" for structure. This smartly structured story moves quickly through time to show the protagonist's changing perspective on his birthdays as he ages.
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