The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3: Subversive Stories about Sex and Gender
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The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3: Subversive Stories about Sex and Gender

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Returning again to the fertile ground of sex and identity, this third entry in a successful and controversial anthology series continues to celebrate thought-provoking and provocativefiction that explores and expands gender. Through their subversive, engaging stories, Tiptree Award-winning authors offer fascinating speculations on the ever-increasing mutability of our publ...more
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Published January 15th 2007 by Tachyon Publications
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I discovered that I find stories concerning different interpretations of nurturing kinship and inherent "female" and "male" qualities cast in alien lights tiresome. They too easily turn into aspirations for a searching reader, and not critical metaphors. Within the anthology, Tiptree's own "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" is a scathing dystopian masterpiece, and many of the stories that surround it . . . are charming reads. I chalk this sentiment up to my own penchant for mirrors of harsh reality––...more
Aug 10, 2009 Schnaucl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Schnaucl by: Leah C.
This anthology has some very good stories and some forgettable stories. I know the Tiptree Awards are about rethinking gender but I must confess there were some stories that I didn't understand how gender fit in.

I liked Have Not Have by Geoff Ryman, which is apparently the first chapter in a longer work. The section included in the book suggests the novel is about the Internet reaching the farthest corners of the earth so that everyone is connected and how that would affect previously isolated p...more
Zen Cho
What didn't I learn? -- Oh, wait, no, I have a few things! They are not very interesting, I'm afraid. But here they are:

- I should read more Ted Chiang.
- More Southeast Asian fiction by actual Southeast Asian people is required.
- I do not think I'm that big a fan of Nalo Hopkinson's style, but I do like what she says. Maybe 'like' is not the right word, but, I mean. She is a powerful writer.
- Potatoes are more interesting than I think.
- Love stories are a million ti...more
Definitely several five star stories. Love love love the Tiptree awards and my reading would suffer so much without their recommendations. The Geoff Ryman short story that became his novel Air started out the collection—great, made me want to reread the whole novel. Ursula Le Guin's story about a society where marriages are always between four people was awesome, and something I keep thinking about. LOVED Nalo Hopkinson's take on Bluebeard. Short piece by Dorothy Allison on Octavia Butler, anoth...more
Not what I was looking for.

Some of these were just segments of novels. I was also under the impression that it would be a science fiction-oriented collection. I skipped the essays and letters and so on. About a third of the book was interesting to me.

enjoyed: Liking What You See: A Documentary (scifi!), Little Faces, Knapsack Poems
Ah, (Science) Fiction for a thinking person! How lovely, and wonderful, and thought-provoking. This particular collection also includes an interesting and insightful essay regarding race. I'm very much convinced that these are books worth buying, so that I can re-read them, loan them out, and re-visit their themes and stories.
I'm not a huge sci-fci fan, but was intruiged by things that focus on issues of gender and such? ...which these do mostly in name only (with probably LeGuin's piece as a stand-out exception). A couple of gripping stories, but most sort of "meh" - but then again, that could be my sci-fci aversion talking, or the shit winter weather.
Nat Smith
much better than the first two. beutiful stories, each powerful and things tio think about in their rights. Alice Sheldon left such a legacy. I would be interested in more radical/teaching gender play, but this is good nonetheless.
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