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Crown of Stars

Crown of Stars

by James Tiptree, Jr.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Between her first SF story in 1968 and her suicide in 1987, Tiptree (the pseudonym of psychologist Alice Sheldon) produced a body of acclaimed if sometimes difficult work. Her approach to her characters, which had often been clinical and detached, had in recent years become a sentiment-filled array of heroes and victims in which contact with aliens put the humans in better contact with themselves. The angelic octopus-like creatures of ``Second Going'' offer Earth a substitute for the religious faith it lacks. ``In the Midst of Life,'' an executive shoots himself, only to find a strange fulfillment in the afterlife. Most striking here is Tiptree's sardonic variation of the Peggy Sue Got Married theme in ``Backward, Turn Backward,'' where what the characters find in their younger selves is not hope but hate and despair. Another uneven and unsettling collection from Tiptree. (September)

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Alice Bradley Sheldon (1915 —1987) was an American science fiction author better known as James Tiptree Jr., a pen name she used from 1967 to her death. It was not publicly known until 1977 that James Tiptree Jr. was a woman. She was a prolific short story writer and was the winner of numerous awards including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus Awards. In 2012 she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

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