James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
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He was a she, I found out. A writer of science fiction. How strange...and utterly fascinating.
I'm not a science fiction fan, have read very little of the genre, but had the good fortune to fall into an online group of writers about 10 years ago (prior to the time of goodreads, facebook, blogs, etc; it's since all...more
But the biograp...more
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The biography is a page-turner, with Julie Phillips matchi...more
Julie Phillips, a journalist, took a decade to complete James Tiptree, Jr., her first book. Drawing on Alice Sheldon's voluminous papers and more than 40 existing interviews with the author, Phillips ably handles the contradictions of Sheldon's personae, negotiating with uncommon grace and confidence the complexities of a woman best known as a man. Although Sheldon's readers may already know the story behind her strange life, Phillips keeps the material fresh. James Tiptree, Jr. will find fans e...more
An African explorer in her childhood
An unhappy young wife and college dropout
A WAC in WWII
The owner / operator of a chicken Hatchery
An employee of the CIA
A College / Graduate / Doctoral Student
A Doctor of Psychology
And in her late 40's has just become a Science Fiction Writer.
Makes me feel a bit lazy!
This was a fascinating book. I was not familiar with her as an author...more
I was immediately gr...more
First of all, this woman's life was CRAZY. She is the daughter of big-game hunters, who take her to Africa when she is really young to s...more
Alice B. Sheldon spent her childhood on scientific expeditions in Africa, eloped with a man she met at her debutante ball, pursued open marriage, became a painter, got a divorce, joined the WAC in WWII, got married again in Paris, joined the CIA, took too much speed,...more
The book asks many fascinating questions about gender and identity and self (taken as three...more
Sheldon/Tiptree is often a difficult person for me to like, in this telling. Dealing with immense bouts of depression and gender and sexuality confusion, obsessed with s...more
Raised by eccentric, charismatic parents, Sheldon had amazing early adventures including several safaris to Africa, back when that just wasn't something women did, especially not small, young, pretty, blonde, girl children.
Early prone to confusion regarding her sexual identity, impulsive behavior, mood swings, and depression, Sheldon struggled with adulthood. She alternated between viewing her childhood as...more
For those late to the party: Alice Sheldon wrote SF as James Tiptree Jr and remained incognito for many years. This biography sets out Sheldon's entire life, though, not just the fiction-writing part, because it is truly a life worth recording. She went to Africa three times,...more
And that was all before she wrote award-winning science fiction under the pen name of James Tiptree, Jr.
This biography does a great job chronicling Sheldon's tumultuous life, balancing anecdotes, letter excer...more
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