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The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2: Sex, the Future, and Chocolate Chip Cookies
     

The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2: Sex, the Future, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Karen Joy Fowler (Editor), Pat Murphy (Editor), Debbie Notkin (Editor), Jeffrey D Smith (Editor)
 

Stories for women, for men, and for the rest of us.

Female, male, gay, bisexual, straight, transgender, human, alien, or simply other, the Tiptree Award honors fiction that explores and expands our notions of gender. This anthology includes the most recent Tiptree winners and short-listed stories plus thought-provoking tales from previous years and essays that

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Stories for women, for men, and for the rest of us.

Female, male, gay, bisexual, straight, transgender, human, alien, or simply other, the Tiptree Award honors fiction that explores and expands our notions of gender. This anthology includes the most recent Tiptree winners and short-listed stories plus thought-provoking tales from previous years and essays that continue the conversation. As one of the Tiptree judges said, “I’m damned if I know what gender is, but I do know when a story is about it.”

This year’s winners, according to juror Cecilia Tan, “stand completely opposed in so many ways—you could almost say they define the opposite edges of what is conceivable for the Tiptree. Haldeman, the well-known, Hemingway-esque, male, very American, hard SF writer at one end, and Sinisalo, the European, not well known (in the U.S. and within our genre, I mean), female contemporary-fantasy writer at the other.”

Camouflage by Joe Haldeman considers what would happen if a shape-shifting alien predator became, essentially, human. This ageless, sexless entity can take any form. Initially indifferent to gender, the creature faces a gender choice as it grows more human. Haldeman has previously won five Hugo Awards, four Nebula Awards, and the World Fantasy Award.

Johanna Sinisalo’s winning novel was published in the United States as Troll: A Love Story (Grove Press, 2004), in the United Kingdom as Not Before Sundown (Peter Owen, 2003), and in Finland as Ennen päiävanlaskua ei voi (Tammi, 2000). “A deft novel of how human society is ruled by complex territorial relationships,” Cecilia Tan writes of this novel. Sinisalo has previously won the prestigious Finlandia Prize and is known in her home country for her writing for television and comic strips as well as for her science fiction and fantasy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“James Tiptree was the pseudonym of the late Alice Sheldon, who during a 20-year career of writing gender-bending SF concealed her true identity. The award bearing her name appropriately honors works of fiction that ‘explore and expand gender.’ Unlike other major SF awards conferred by fans and writers’ associations, the Tiptrees are bestowed by a small jury of peers, and the actual prize is something edible, ‘usually chocolate.’ The second annual collection of winners includes stories, novel excerpts, and essays as well as a sampler of Tiptree’s correspondence. The outstanding novel excerpt comes from Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage (2004), about an immortal, shape-shifting alien who alternates between male and female identities, human and animal. Other very noteworthy pieces include Ursula K. Le Guin’s examination of a family unit of two men and two women, and Gwyneth Jones’s essay on why sex and gender create so much confusion. An excellent volume of superior prose that is both intellectually and morally challenging.”
Booklist

“...the contributions demonstrate a rare gift for interpreting an issue in new and surprising ways. Recommended for most libraries.”
Library Journal

“Imagination blends with science and politics in the second collection offered by SF’s most daring award.”
SF Site

“Always interesting, habitually provocative, and occasionally stunning....”
Intergalactic Medicine Show

"Both dark and sparkling, topical and timeless, these stories wrap around us."
&mdashJewelle Gomez, author, The Gilda Stories

BookLoons
"Each work in this recommended collection is paradoxically both entertaining and instructive."
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet online journal
"The Tiptree Award anthology series is a great idea, well executed."
Publishers Weekly
The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2, edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D. Smith, showcases 13 stories, novel excerpts and essays that explore ideas of gender. Contributors include Joe Haldeman, Jonathan Lethem, Ursula K. Le Guin and Tiptree (aka Alice Sheldon) herself. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Since 1991, the James Tiptree Awards have honored novels, short fiction, and essays that have, in the opinions of its ever-changing panel of judges, dealt in new and interesting ways with the concept of gender. This second collection of winners and short-list finalists includes seven short stories, excerpts from novels by Ursula K. Le Guin, Joe Haldeman, and Johanna Sinisale, and an essay by Nalo Hopkinson on the search for oneself in sf and fantasy literature. From Raphael Carter's story-disguised-as-scholarly-paper attempting to shed light on gender identification ("Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation by K.N. Sirsi and Sandra Botkin") to Jaye Lawrence's whimsical yet poignant tale of enchanted frogs and magic wishes ("Kissing Frogs"), the contributions demonstrate a rare gift for interpreting an issue in new and surprising ways. Recommended for most libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781892391315
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
James Tiptree Award Anthology Series , #2
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.78(d)

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Jewelle Gomez
Both dark and sparkling, topical and timeless, these stories wrap around us...

Meet the Author


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.”

Brief Biography

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

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