James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
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
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
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
All this is by way of saying that you don't have to have re...more
The book asks many fascinating questions about gender and identity and self (taken as three...more
En el momento de escribir estas líneas, a 19 de mayo de 2014, si me preguntan cual es el mejor libro que he leído durante el año no me cabe duda alguna de la respuesta: James Tiptree Jr., the Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, de Julie Phillips. En este libro, ganador del Premio Nacional de la Crítica de los EE.UU. de 2006 en la categoría de biografía, Phillips explica la vida de una de las figuras más enigmáticas...more
The biography is a page-turner, with Julie Phillips matchi...more
I have a lot of respect for her mind and for her fiction, and I can understand why she has been adopted as a poster child for discussions of gender and SF. But I wish Phillips had discussed the troubling and complicated circumstances of Sheldon's d...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
But the biograp...more
I liked her throughout – and mention it because not every reviewer has. My admiration has only escalated. It’s true I heard among the Tiptree rumours she was America’s first woman general, whereas she left the WAC a major. T...more
So... onto this book in which all lavish adjectives of praise fall short. I picked it up the day it arrived to read "a page or two" and never put it down. From...more
Alice B. Sheldon was on that expedition. She was six years old at the time. In fact she was the first white child many people in the Congo had ever seen.
This was just one of many extraordinary experiences in the life of Alice Sheldon. Besides exploring Africa, she was a debutante, a chicken...more
I love this Alice Sheldon quote (from Tommy's review):
'Somewhere in the back of my mind there is a female wolf who howls, and a gross-bodied workman who moves things and sweats, and a thin rat-jawed person who is afraid and snaps, and a practical woman, and one of those monkeys with big haunted eyes gazing a...more
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