The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3: Subversive Stories about Sex and Gender

Overview


You will be subverted—and you will like it.

In these provocative tales intersecting sexuality and identity, a third-world fashionista masters the Internet, an itinerant poet collaborates with its eight selves, a four-way marriage flouts social conventions, and an ugly duckling is reinvented as a compromised swan.

The James Tiptree, Jr., Award is an annual literary prize for speculative fiction that explores and expands gender. The Tiptree ...

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Overview


You will be subverted—and you will like it.

In these provocative tales intersecting sexuality and identity, a third-world fashionista masters the Internet, an itinerant poet collaborates with its eight selves, a four-way marriage flouts social conventions, and an ugly duckling is reinvented as a compromised swan.

The James Tiptree, Jr., Award is an annual literary prize for speculative fiction that explores and expands gender. The Tiptree Award is named for one of science fiction’s most brilliant writers, Alice B. Sheldon. Sheldon, an ex-debutante turned CIA operative, wrote for ten years as the enigmatic James Tiptree, Jr., until her true identity was uncovered.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Stereotype-busting stories and gender-bending romances...immense, surprising and utterly delightful."
SciFi.com

“A dozen award-winning and short-listed pieces probe the boundaries of sexual identity in today’s world and in imaginatively rendered futures. Nalo Hopkinson recounts the macabre fate of a superstitious man’s third wife, who mistakenly becomes pregnant. Ursula Le Guin fashions a world in which marriage involves four bisexual partners and predictably complex interrelations. In honor of its namesake, the volume includes Tiptree’s brilliant ‘The Girl Who Was Plugged In,’ envisioning a future in which advertising is illegal, and remotely manipulated starlets push products using their celebrity alone. While some selections focus more on racial concerns than gender issues, the resulting collection is both entertaining and thought-provoking.”
Booklist

The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3 is absolutely recommended for everyone who is interested in a wide range of fantastic fiction with a taste for the experimental.”
SF Site, featured review

“And lo and behold, it is quite brilliant.”
Strange Horizons

“I had so much fun escaping into the short stories in this collection of SF.... As I read this book, it seemed as though the stories just got better and better.”
BookLoons

“This is science fiction, speculative fiction, weird fiction, and fiction that will take you places you thought you were not meant to go.”
The Agony Column

“Whether you prefer your literary palate filled by a provincial Anna Wintour, an itinerate octo-bodied poet, or a transistorized Cinderella, this latest edition has enough substance to satisfy any gender (or mix thereof).”
SF Revu

“A dozen award-winning and short-listed pieces probe the boundaries of sexual identity in today’s world and in imaginatively rendered futures.”
Booklist

“...go[es] beyond whatever imagined boundaries may be placed around ‘feminist science fiction’....”
New York Review of Science Fiction

SF Site
Absolutely recommended for everyone who is interested in a wide range of fantastic fiction with a taste for the experimental.
BookLoons
Subversive stories about sex and gender ... imaginative flights into other worlds.
Publishers Weekly
A dozen writers pay tribute to Alice Sheldon (1915-1987), who as an SF author adopted the pseudonym James Tiptree Jr., in this eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction, the third in an anthology series to examine gender identity. Ursula K. Le Guin's provocative "Mountain Ways" portrays a world where marriage is a four-partner affair, while in Nalo Hopkinson's harrowing "The Glass Bottle Trick," a light-skinned black woman discovers a disturbing secret about her husband, who resents his own dark skin. "Have Not Have," the opening chapter of Geoff Ryman's novel Air, presents a tantalizing portrait of a humble fashion consultant in a fictional Asian country. Most striking among the nonfiction selections is L. Timmel Duchamp's gently poignant "Letter to Alice Sheldon." (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892391414
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Series: James Tiptree Award Anthology Series , #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin, and Jeffrey D. Smith are the editors of the James Tiptree Award Anthologies. They are members of the Tiptree Motherboard, a volunteer organization that administers the Tiptree Award at Wiscon, the annual feminist convention in Madison, Wisconsin. The Motherboard won the 2011 Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service to science fiction. The Tiptree Award was created by Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler and has been given since 1991 for “works of science fiction or fantasy that expand or explore one’s understanding of gender.”

Biography

A genre such as science fiction, with its deeply committed fans and otherworldly subject matter, tends to stand apart from the rest of the book world. So when one writer manages to push the boundaries and achieve success with both sci-fi and mainstream fiction readers, it's a feat that signals she's worth paying attention to.

In terms of subject matter, Karen Joy Fowler is all over the map. Her first novel, 1991's Sarah Canary, is the story of the enigmatic title character, set in the Washington Territory in 1873. A Chinese railway worker's attempt to escort Sarah back to the insane asylum he believes she came from turns into more than he bargained for. Fowler weaves race and women's rights into the story, and it could be another historical novel -- except for a detail Fowler talks about in a 2004 interview. "I think for science fiction readers, it's pretty obvious that Sarah Canary is an alien," Fowler says. Yet other readers are dumbfounded by this news, seeing no sign of it. For her part, Fowler refuses to make a declaration either way.

Sarah Canary was followed in 1996 by The Sweetheart Season, a novel about a 1950s women's baseball league that earned comparisons to Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon works; and the 2001 novel Sister Noon, which Fowler called "a sort of secret history of San Francisco." For all three novels, critics lauded Fowler for her originality and compelling storytelling as she infused her books with elements of fantasy and well-researched history.

In 2004, Fowler released her first contemporary novel, The Jane Austen Book Club. It dealt with five women and one man reading six of Austen's novels over a six-month period, and earned still more praise for Fowler. The New York Times called the novel shrewd and funny; The Washington Post said, "It's... hard to explain quite why The Jane Austen Book Club is so wonderful. But that it is wonderful will soon be widely recognized, indeed, a truth universally acknowledged." Though Fowler clearly wrote the book with Austen fans in mind – she too loves the English author of classics such as Pride and Prejudice -- knowledge of Austen's works is not a prerequisite for enjoyment.

Readers who want to learn more about Fowler's sci-fi side should also seek out her short story collections. Black Glass (1999) is not a strictly sci-fi affair, but it is probably the most readily available; her Web site offers a useful bibliography of stories she has published in various collections and sci-fi journals, including the Nebula Award-winning "What I Didn't See."

Fowler also continues to be involved with science fiction as a co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, designed to honor "science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender." The award has spawned two anthologies, which Fowler has taken part in editing.

Whether or not Fowler moves further in the direction of mainstream contemporary fiction, she clearly has the flexibility and skill as a writer to retain fans no matter what. Her "category" as a writer may be fluid, but it doesn't seem to make a difference to readers who discover her unique, absorbing stories and get wrapped up in them.

Good To Know

In our interview, Fowler shared some fun facts about herself with us:

"The first thing I ever wanted to be was a dog breeder. Instead I've had a succession of eccentric pound rescues. My favorite was a Keeshond Shepherd mix, named Tamara Press after the Russian shot-putter. Tamara went through college with me, was there when I married, when I had children. She was like Nana in Peter Pan; we were a team. I'm too permissive to deal with spaniels or hounds, as it turns out. Not that I haven't had them, just that I lose the alpha advantage."

"I have cats, too. But I can't talk about them. They don't like it."

"I'm not afraid of spiders or snakes, at least not the California varieties. But I can't watch scary movies. That is, I can watch them, but I can't sleep after, so mostly I don't. Unless I'm tricked. I mention no names. You know who you are."

"I loved the television show The Night Stalker when it was on. Also The Greatest American Hero. And I Spy. And recently Buffy the Vampire Slayer, except for the final year."

"I do the crossword puzzle in the Nation every week. I don't like other crossword puzzles, only that one. It takes me two days on average."

"I take yoga classes. I eat sushi. I walk the dog. I spend way too much time on email. Mostly I read."

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    1. Hometown:
      Davis, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloomington, Indiana
    1. Education:
      B.A., The University of California, Berkeley, 1972; M.A., The University of California, Davis, 1974

Table of Contents


Introduction   Jeffrey D. Smith     vii
Have Not Have   Geoff Ryman     3
The Glass Bottle Trick   Nalo Hopkinson     25
Wooden Bride   Margo Lanagan     39
Dearth   Aimee Bender     51
Mountain Ways   Ursulu K. Le Guin     63
Shame   Pam Noles     91
The Future of Female: Octavia Butler's Mother Lode   Dorothy Allison     105
Liking What You See: A Documentary   Ted Chiang     113
The Girl Who Was Plugged In   James Tiptree, Jr.     151
Dear Alice Sheldon   L. Timmel Duchamp     191
Little Faces   Vonda N. McIntyre     199
Knapsack Poems   Eleanor Arnason     239
Winners and short lists     259
About the authors     269
About the editors     273
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