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Byte Beautiful: Eight Science Fiction Stories

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Short stories by award-winning science fiction writer, James Triptree, Jr. Stories include adventures in outer space and the world of the future. All but one of the stories, "Excursion Fare", have previously appeared in earlier short story collections by James Tiptree, Jr.

Table of contents:

- Introduction by Michael Bishop
- With delicate mad hands
- Beam us home
- Love is
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Doubleday Books
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Ben Loory
Apr 06, 2012 Ben Loory rated it really liked it
pretty sure that "the man who walked home" is one of the best stories i've ever read. some of the other stories in this collection didn't do as much for me, but even in the worst of them, tiptree's clearly a genius... she has so many strengths, it's incredible. the imagination, the humor, the emotional urgency, the economy and elegance of the prose... she writes action sequences better than anyone i've ever read and tosses off entire universes in ten page stories... there's always a heart and th ...more
Oct 25, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, stories
This book has an awkward place in Tiptree's body of work--all but one of the stories in it had been previously collected, so it doesn't have much structural coherence, and too many of Tiptree's major texts are missing for it to be really satisfying as a "Selected Stories"--but four of its stories ("With Delicate Mad Hands," "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death," "The Man Who Walked Home," and "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light") are as moving and tough-minded as any SF stories ...more
Aug 04, 2008 Alexis rated it it was amazing
Ha ha! Tiptree is so awesome.
Aug 02, 2015 Glaiza rated it really liked it
My first dive into Tiptree's writing and by no means, my last. I love finding more sf writer's works to explore.
Danni Green
Feb 18, 2016 Danni Green rated it really liked it
This is a powerful and disturbing collection of short stories. I got really into about half of them, and about half of them just didn't quite do it for me. The general timbre of hopelessness and the use of sexual violence made it difficult for me to read these stories, but the author clearly has a committed writing style and a unique voice, and uses these elements well in the stories' artistic context. I am told this is not the best representation of the author's work and am encouraged to read s ...more
M.K. Rhodes
Aug 29, 2015 M.K. Rhodes rated it liked it
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A slim hodgepodge of very minor early stories and a handful of stone-cold classics like "Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death", "With Delicate Mad Hands" and "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light!", all of which are available in other, better Tiptree collections. The sole selling point for this specific collection is the otherwise uncollected "Excursion Fare", which is a pleasant and well-written -- but also over-long and somewhat saccharine -- meditation on dying with dignity.
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Goodreads Librari...: Add table of contents and blurb to Bye Beautiful 3 15 Aug 02, 2015 05:12AM  
"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 fem ...more
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