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Book Title: Neat Sheets: The Poetry of James Tiptree, Jr.|
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The author of the book: James Tiptree Jr.
Edition: Tachyon Publications
Date of issue: November 28th 1996
ISBN 13: 9781892391025
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Recently discovered early poetry by this Hugo and Nebula-award winning author.
Tiptree was one of the most original writers ever in a field that values originality above all things. These early poems are intriguing, suggestive, and essential to all serious fans of her work. - Michael Swanwick
James Tiptree was one of the best short story writers of the last half of the twentieth century. - Gardner Dozois
The Poetry has a heightened sense of emotionalism, a clear message of isolationism and loneliness, a disappointed romanticism, and the occasional lash of a sharp wit. - from the introduction by Karen Joy Fowler
. . . phrases such as "I am burned to a fine white bone of truth" and "'Life ' is just another name for agony" speak of pure Sheldonian anguish. Read and weep. - Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
Some of the poems are powerful and lucid. Others probably had private meaning. They form a footnote to a significant career. - Aboriginal Science Fiction Alice Sheldon was one of the most charming and involving people to grace the science fiction field with their presence in modern times. She was enchanting both in person and in her fiction. She won, and deserved to win, the Nebula and the Hugo for short fiction and was many times a nominee, producing a body of work in the 1970s that is unexcelled in range, variety, and depth. She invented cyberpunk in "The Girl Who Was Plugged In. " She wrote "The Women Men Don't See, " which is arguably the greatest feminist science fiction story. She had the respect and admiration of her peers and the love of her readers, and yet she never rested on her laurels, always teaching herself new techniques, working for years to write in persons and verb tenses other than third and past to achieve her effects. - David Hartwell
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Read information about the author"James Tiptree, Jr." was born Alice Bradley in Chicago in 1915. Her mother was the writer Mary Hastings Bradley; her father, Herbert, was a lawyer and explorer. Throughout her childhood she travelled with her parents, mostly to Africa, but also to India and Southeast Asia. Her early work was as an artist and art critic. During World War II she enlisted in the Army and became the first American female photointelligence officer. In Germany after the war, she met and married her commanding officer, Huntington D. Sheldon. In the early 1950s, both Sheldons joined the then-new CIA; he made it his career, but she resigned in 1955, went back to college, and earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology.
At about this same time, Alli Sheldon started writing science fiction. She wrote four stories and sent them off to four different science fiction magazines. She did not want to publish under her real name, because of her CIA and academic ties, and she intended to use a new pseudonym for each group of stories until some sold. They started selling immediately, and only the first pseudonym—"Tiptree" from a jar of jelly, "James" because she felt editors would be more receptive to a male writer, and "Jr." for fun—was needed. (A second pseudonym, "Raccoona Sheldon," came along later, so she could have a female persona.)
Tiptree quickly became one of the most-respected writers in the field, winning the Hugo Award for "The Girl Who was Plugged In" and "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?," and the Nebula Award for "Julie Phillips wrote her biography, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
Here is a link to a site which now awards Science Fiction authors and their books under Alice's pen name for literature to represent gender issues within the field of writing.
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