AlexandraPierce and Alisa Krasnostein’s 2015’s Letters to Tiptree deliversexactly what it promises in the title … and more!
Whilewomen have always written science fiction, their presence in thefield grew phenomenally in the 1960s and 1970s. And many of these newwriters were very talented. I remember looking at a stack of new SFnovels I had just purchased and realizing that none of them had beenwritten by men.
Butthere was one major talent to whom the men could point, a male talentwho proved that men were still players in the top leagues. To quoteTed Sturgeon1
“nearlyall of the top newer writers, withthe exception of James Tiptree, Jr.,were women.”
Forthose of you tuning in late, James Tiptree, Jr. was the pen-name ofAlice Bradley Sheldon. But this book isn’t so much about Tiptree,exactly2. It’s about how she affected her friends and readers …which includes the readers who might have been her friends had shenot shot herself on May 19, 1987.