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Her smoke rose up forever : the great years of James Tiptree, Jr.
Tiptree, James, Jr., 1915-1987.
First edition.
Publication Information:
[Sauk City, WI] : Arkham House, [1990]

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xv, 520 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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These 18 darkly complex short stories and novellas touch upon human nature and perception, metaphysics and epistemology, and gender and sexuality, foreshadowing a world in which biological tendencies bring about the downfall of humankind. Revisions from the author's notes are included, allowing a deeper view into her world and a better understanding of her work. The Nebula Award-winning short story Love Is the Plan, the Plan Is Death, the Hugo Award-winning novella The Girl Who Was Plugged In, and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novella Houston, Houston, Do You Read? are included.

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Booklist Review

This collection contains 18 short pieces by the late Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote them under the pseudonym James Tiptree. They include the Nebula Award-winning "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" and several other classic literary sf pieces. Tiptree's vision was more often than not grim, but it was expressed with such consummate skill that her reputation was fairly earned. Larger collections will probably have much of this material, but it is an excellent starting point for the author's work for any collection that does not. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

The stories of Alice Sheldon, who wrote as James Tiptree Jr. ( Up the Walls of the World ) until her death in 1987, have been heretofore available mostly in out-of-print collections. Thus the 18 accomplished stories here will be welcomed by new readers and old fans. ``The Screwfly Solution'' describes a chilling, elegant answer to the population problem. In ``Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death,'' the title tells the tale--species survival insured by imprinted drives--but the story's force is in its exquisite, lyrical prose and its suggestion that personal uniqueness is possible even within biological imperatives. ``The Girl Who Was Plugged In'' is a future boy-meets-girl story with a twist unexpected by the players. ``The Women Men Don't See '' displays Tiptree's keen insight and ability to depict singularity within the ordinary. In Hugo and Nebula award-winning ``Houston, Houston, Do You Read?'' astronauts flying by the sun slip forward 500 years and encounter a culture that successfully questions gender roles in ours. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved