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Up the Walls of the World Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 1955
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But that's all I knew. I'd never read her stuff, even though several of her books have been on our bookshelves for ages. So, it was with a lot of curiosity and excitement that I started reading what was Tiptree's first novel for my next WOGF challenge book. It held up to that approach, I'm happy to say.
Up the Walls of the World is a complicated tale, starting in the brain of the Destroyer, an entity larger than a solar system moving through space in existential pain. It considers itself evil and a betrayer of its kind.
Tiptree introduces us next to an entity that can pick up on that evil. She is a Tyrenni, part of a race of creatures resembling manta rays who ride the winds of a large gas planet's atmosphere and communicate telepathically and through the changing colors of their bodies. Something is destroying the Tyrenni's planet.
Next we meet a group of plain old humans. Well, not exactly. They're a group of supposedly telepathic folk conducting experiments at a US Navy laboratory.
The book moves amongst all three of these. I was most interested in the Tyrenni because I had never read anything like them before. Tiptree did a great job of creating a wholly other sentient species that is utterly unhuman, and she still found space to play with gender and society.Read more ›
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