Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 10 Jul 2014
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"She can show you the human in the alien, and the alien in the human, and make both utterly real."" --Washington Post"
"One of science fiction's greatest assets." --"Science Fiction Chronicle"
"Tiptree is one of the best story writers in or out of the [science fiction] field." --"Locus"
"Exquisite, lyrical prose...keen insight and ability to depict singularity within the ordinary." --"Publishers Weekly"
"One of the first hardbacks I ever bought and still one of my most read." --"Locus"
"There is just one great collection of Tiptree's fiction still in print..."Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, " from Tachyon Publications." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Showcases what are undoubtedly the best of Tiptree's stories." --SF Site
"'There is just one great collection of Tiptree's fiction in print..."Her Smoke Rose Up Forever" from Tachyon Publications. It contains all of her major short stories.'"
--"New York Times Book Review"
"Tachyon's handsomely produced catch-all collection "Her Smoke Rose Up Forever" is the perfect place to begin: a lovely piece of book production, from its attractive John Picacio cover art through each of its eighteen indispensable stories printed across well-laid-out pages. It's a beaut, and you need to read it. Or to reread it."
""Her Smoke Rose Up Forever" showcases what are undoubtedly the best of Tiptree's stories."
"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 ensured 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 the 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."
"One of the first hardbacks I ever bought and still one of my most read."
--"Locus" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A stunning collection from one of science fiction's great short story writers.See all Product Description
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Most of the material in this collection comes from the 70s, so Tiptree was writing at a time when SF had been stylistically and thematically freed by the New Wave and the generally increased literariness of the 60s. Starting with her first major success as a short story writer, "The Last Flight of Doctor Ain", the book contains some fine stories, including the ones that won her two Hugos and three Nebulas ("The Girl Who Was Plugged In", "Love Is the Plan and the Plan is Death", "The Screwfly Solution" and the double-winner "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?"). "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" is the tale of an ugly young nothing picked off the streets to become a soap star -- only, not in her own body.Read more ›
She imagines multiple complex, and mostly mournful, future developments in the relationships between men and women. She does actually create something akin to dystopias, all of which seem to use sex or reproduction to bring us (or at least half of us…) to our end. It’s depressing but it’s different and it deserves to be read by every literary SF fan.
Long ago I used to have a few of the old small-format American paperback editions of James Tiptree Jr (b. Alice Sheldon/aka Racoona Sheldon)'s books, but to now find this superb selection in Gollancz's fine SF Masterworks series caused me to utter audible yelps of joy and relief in a certain section of a well-known bookshop.
Descriptions of Tiptree's style or plot outlines are hardly necessary - this is one of the truly essential writers in the SF canon. Eighteen stories, some of them classics, over a generous 500 pages, with two introductions...
Tiptree (1915-87) must have been one hell of a woman, and she's without doubt one hell of a writer too, with plenty to say. Read her stories, and be amazed and beguiled.
A cause for yelping in public places. Buy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb in every way except this author does not do optimism. Or happyish endings. Or men you would trust. Not a criticism, just an observation.Published 8 months ago by Simpossible
This author and this collection of short (?) stories seems to be well beloved by certain readers, but not this one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bored@Work
There are some truly memorable ideas in these stories- whilst not all work, those that do will stay in your mind a long time. Very superior SF.Published 15 months ago by Francis