James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
James Tiptree, Jr. burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hardedged, provocative short stories. Hailed as a brilliant masculine writer with a deep sympathy for his famale character, he penned such classics as Houston, Houston, Do You Read?and The Women Men Don't See.... show more
James Tiptree, Jr. burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hardedged, provocative short stories. Hailed as a brilliant masculine writer with a deep sympathy for his famale character, he penned such classics as Houston, Houston, Do You Read?and The Women Men Don't See. For years he corresponded with Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison,Ursula Le Guin. No one knew his true identity. Then the cover was blown on his alter ego: A sixty-one-year old woman named Alice Sheldon. As a child, she explored Africa with her mother. Later, made into a debutante, she eloped with one of the guests at the party. She was an artist, a chicken farmer, aWorld War II intelligence officer, a CIA agent, an experimental psychologist. Devoted to her second husband, she struggled with her feelings for women. In 1987, her suicide shocked friends and fans. The James Tiptree, Jr.Award was created to honor science fiction or fantasy that explores our understanding of gender. This fascinating biography, ten years in the making, is based on extensive research, exclusive interviews, and full access to Alice Sheldon's papers
Publish date: August 8th 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 469
Edition language: English
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, Female Authors
Julie Phillips has done a great service in writing this exhaustive biography of Alice B. Sheldon. Starting from before conception to her untimely suicide in 1987, Phillips explores Sheldon's remarkable life from African explorer, to WAC, to CIA photo analyst, to psychology PhD, to science fiction a...
I am currently halfway through this book, halfway through the story of Alice Sheldon's life, and already she has been:An African explorer in her childhoodA debutanteAn unhappy young wife and college dropoutA WAC in WWIIThe owner / operator of a chicken HatcheryAn employee of the CIAA College / Gradu...
James Tiptree Jr. was a science-fiction author who became popular in the 1960's and 1970's. Tiptree wrote complex and jarring fiction, somehow managing to bring chaos to life, sympathy to monsters, and heroes to their own self-destruction. Tiptree is also a woman, masquerading under a pseudonym. Her...
A wonderful book! A wonderful human, she managed to fool them all! This was one of those biographies I like to just devour, when I find out what a marvelous human someone was.
A fascinating biography of Alice Sheldon, better known as award-winning science fiction author James Tiptree, Jr. Phillips gives us a great deal of detail but the narrative does not bog down; though most people picking up the book know that Tiptree's identity was eventually revealed, and of her life...