James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
"What I do with emotion is not, strictly, to ‘bottle it up.’ I parcel it out. I make it drive me in work; I try to use it to understand the world; I occasionally try to form or express little bits in objective writing or drawing; I try to stay out of situations which encourage it; I take it out in physical exertion – and what still can’t be handled I do ‘bottle up’ and sit on. What else can one do? […]”
Alice Sheldon in “James Tiptree, ...more
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
According to this biographer, Alice Sheldon struggled with personal issues concerning her future, her depression, her grief caring for her mother, and her need to contribute meaningfully to the world. I can relate to that, but I never cared much for Tiptree's writing and discovering that he was a she ba ...more
"those 8 years in sf was the first time I could be really real"
-Alice B. Sheldon (367)
This is a powerful, vital biography of one of modern sf's greatest writers. It sheds light on an unusual life and career, while illuminating science fiction genre history _and_ connecting with major issues of our time around gender, identity, and science.
I read Tiptree/Sheldon's stories and novels during the last decade of her life and following years. As a teenager they awed and confused me. As a college stud ...more
The book asks many fascinating questions about gender and identity and self (taken as three ...more
From a long tumblr thread about Spock, involving Tiptree, who developed a raging crush on him:
My original ref to Tiptree in this thread is indeed from Julie Philips’ biography on her. I picked it up after
But the biograp ...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
I'm hugely admiring of Phillips for what she's accomplishe ...more
All this is by way of saying that you don't have to have re ...more
So I reread this in May 2016 for discussion in Riverside. And it's my feeling and comment that some of the other readers DID NOT GE ...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
Das Leben der 1915 als Alice Harding Bradley war nämlich von Beginn an so ereignisreich, dass man am Ende von Phillips Biografie fast nicht glauben mag, dass es zwischen zwei B ...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
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