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

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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 provocative fiction that explores and expands gender. Through their subversive, engaging stories, Tiptree Award-winning authors offer fascinating speculations on the ever-increasing mutability of our pub ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published January 15th 2007 by Tachyon Publications
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Zen Cho
Sep 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, chicklit
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:

THINGS I LEARNT FROM THIS BOOK
- I should read more Ted Chiang.
- More Southeast Asian fiction by actual Southeast Asian people is required.
- Potatoes are more interesting than I think.
- Love stories are a million times more significant when you are in love. (I'm sorry, this is such a cliche. But it is true!)
- It is still necessary to be a feminist. I knew this already, but this
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Alexandra
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just love these anthologies. I love what it showcases - the diversity of what the different Tiptree panels have judged as falling into the category of 'exploring and expanding gender,' which is the remit of the Tiptree Award each year. I love that it shows diversity within the genre, full stop. I love that the anthologies don't just have fiction, and don't just have fiction from one or two years, but that there's non-fiction and older works as well. And that the introduction and sometimes the ...more
Schnaucl
Jul 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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M.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Pamster
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Kristin
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
K T
Jul 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Maerdi
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.
Nat Smith
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spec-fic
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.
Rebecca Schwarz
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-amelia
A bit of a mixed bag here. Really enjoyed some stories, and a couple of the essays, couldn't finish others. I love the concept behind these anthologies (and the lit prize) I am curious to check out the latest anthology to see how this series had developed.
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This contains stories of fantasy and science fiction dealing with gender issues. There are also essays about Alice Sheldon (who used the pseudonym James Tiptree Jr.)"," and Octavia Butler and one (Shame) about race in speculative fiction.
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Fiction J294 v.3
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Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Mountain Ways" and "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" were my favorites.
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