Tue 3 Jan 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

A book for yous to read: The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2, edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin, and Jeffrey D. Smith. So why do you need it?

  • One of the best short stories of the previous decade: “Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation” by Raphael Carter.
  • An essay by Nalo Hopkinson.
  • Stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, and Eileen Gunn & Leslie What.

The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2All of that (and more) would have been enough to make this an anthology worth your while. But what really makes it a must read is a second essay and a letter.

The essay, “Talking Too Much: About James Tiptree, Jr.”, is by Julie Phillips, author of this summer’s big biography: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon. Why do I say “big”? Because the letter is by James Tiptree, Jr. (aka Alice Sheldon) and it’s great. It’s the kind of letter that should give any writer pause when next they dash of an email. It’s not that long but it was enough to make me look forward to this 480 page bio. Making space on the calendar now.

The Tiptree Award anthology series is a great idea, well executed, with beautiful design by John Berry. This one’s just hitting the stores now: go on, start the new year off right.


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