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Tiptree, James Jr.
MEET ME AT INFINITY
The final collection (of previously uncollected stories) by James Tipree, Jr.: Meet Me at Infinity. For the first several years of her career, Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon, writing as "James Tiptree, Jr." was assumed to be a man. Her identity was revealed in 1977. She also wrote as "Racoona Sheldon." Best known for her stories, she would win a half-dozen awards. Some recurrent themes in her work are sex, identity, exogamy, male-female relationships, ecology, and death. Sometimes she could be very bleak about man's foibles or lack of cares, but she was also compelling and moving. As mentioned in the introduction, previous Tiptree collections were "no frills" with mostly stories and very little in the way of introductions - "no explications of concepts, no chatty reminiscences of the sources of inspiration." This collection deliberately pays more attention to the storyteller than the story - largely compiled by Tiptree years before publication. The fiction portion takes up just under half the book by length (183 pages) - ranging from her first published story in 1946 to her first SF story in 1955 to her last long novella in 1986. There are too many entries for me to mention original appearances (contents list is 2 full pages), though each source is tracked in individual or group introductions. I found the nonfiction to be fascinating - giving me a "peek under the mask" and insight into Tiptree and her work. I would not recommend this book as an introduction to her work... but if you are already a Tiptree fan, you will definitely enjoy it.
II. Letters from Yucatan and Other Points of the Soul: Uncollected Nonfiction:
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