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5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent, important biography--for world, fo SF field, for women writers and readers of SF, August 13, 2006
This review is from: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon (Hardcover)
I probably shouldn't have done any driving for a day or two after reading Julie Phillips' biography of James Tiptree, Jr./Alice Sheldon. I was too distracted with thoughts of this life, this complicated amazing person, that had suddenly elbowed itself into my own. I'll never again be able to tell that thrilling, easy story that I've told way too often -- of the woman who wrote under a man's pseudonym and who, when she decided to write under a woman's name, couldn't get published without Tiptree's recommendation. That story now feels like the gloss it is, and so much less interesting that the real one. It's a holographic biography -- At times I felt like I could freeze the action. put down the book, and walk all around this 3-dimensional, fully fleshed out person. Ali revealed slices of herself to most people, seldom letting them see more than the single persona; she was constantly disguising herself, always performing, even for herself. Readers of Julie's biography are privileged to a much wider view: sadly, a view Ali never may never have allowed herself. The room had been lit up and the photo had become a hologram, the voice had become many voices.
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Initial post: Apr 23, 2013 10:04:21 PM PDT
Dan S. Tong says:
Thank you for a beautifully written review.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 12:56:37 PM PDT
Ellie Moses says:
Extraordinary review. I was particularly struck by your comment, "I'll never again be able to tell that thrilling, easy story that I've told way too often -- of the woman who wrote under a man's pseudonym and who, when she decided to write under a woman's name, couldn't get published without Tiptree's recommendation. That story now feels like the gloss it is . . . ." How often I've done things like that. You call me to account and make me anxious to get started on the book. Thank you so much.
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