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Tiptree, James Jr.
book-date: 2000
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John Harris
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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.

(Introduction by Jeffrey D. Smith)
I. Meet Me at Infinity: Uncollected Fiction:
Happiness Is a Warm Spaceship
Please Don't Play With the Time Machine, or, I Screwed 15,924 Back Issues of Astounding for the F.B.I.
A Day Like Any Other
Press Until the Bleeding Stops
Go From Me, I Am One of Those Who Pall (A Parody of My Style)
The Trouble Is Not in Your Set
Trey of Hearts
The Color of Neanderthal Eyes

II. Letters from Yucatan and Other Points of the Soul: Uncollected Nonfiction:
If You Can't Laugh at It, What Good Is It?
In the Canadian Rockies
I Saw Him
Spitting Teeth, Our Hero-
Do You Like It Twice?
The Voice from the Baggie
Maya Maloob
Looking Inside Squirmy Authors
Comment on "The Last Flight of Doctor Ain"
Afterword to "The Milk of Paradise"
Afterword to "Her Smoke Rose Up Forever"
Introduction to "The Nightblooming Saurian"
The Laying On of Hands
Going Gently Down, or, In Every Young Person There Is an Old Person Screaming to Get Out
The Spooks Next Door
Harvesting the Sea
More Travels, or, Heaven Is Northwest of You
With Tiptree Through the Great Sex Muddle
Quintana Roo: No Travelogue This Trip
Review of The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
How to Have an Absolutely Hilarious Heart Attack, or, So You Want to Get Sick in the Third World
The First Domino
Everything but the Signature Is Me
The Lucky Ones
Something Breaking Down
Dzo'oc U Ma'an U Kinil - Incident on the Cancun Road, Yucatan
Not a New Zealand Letter
Biographical Sketch for Contemporary Authors
Contemporary Authors Interview
S. O. S. Found in an SF Bottle
Note on "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?"
How Do You Know You're Reading Philip K. Dick?
Review of Kayo
Zero at the Bone
A Woman Writing Science Fiction
(Chronology of Publications)

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