Synopses & Reviews
These 18 darkly complex short stories and novellas touch upon human nature and perception, metaphysics and epistemology, and gender and sexuality, foreshadowing a world in which biological tendencies bring about the downfall of humankind. Revisions from the author's notes are included, allowing a deeper view into her world and a better understanding of her work. The Nebula Awardwinning short story Love Is the Plan, the Plan Is Death, the Hugo Awardwinning novella The Girl Who Was Plugged In, and the Hugo and Nebula Awardwinning novella Houston, Houston, Do You Read? are included.
"There is just one great collection of Tiptree's fiction still in print...Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, from Tachyon Publications." The New York Times Book Review
"Tiptree is one of the best story writers in or out of the [science fiction] field." Locus
"One of science fiction's greatest assets." Science Fiction Chronicle
"Exquisite, lyrical prose...keen insight and ability to depict singularity within the ordinary." Publishers Weekly
"Showcases what are undoubtedly the best of Tiptree's stories." SF Site
"One of the first hardbacks I ever bought and still one of my most read." Locus
There is just one great collection of Tiptrees fiction in print...Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
from Tachyon Publications. It contains all of her major short stories.”
New York Times Book Review
Tachyons handsomely produced catch-all collection Her Smoke Rose Up Forever is the perfect place to begin: a lovely piece of book production, from its attractive John Picacio cover art through each of its eighteen indispensable stories printed across well-laid-out pages. Its a beaut, and you need to read it. Or to reread it.”
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever showcases what are undoubtedly the best of Tiptrees stories.”
The stories of Alice Sheldon, who wrote as James Tiptree, Jr. (Up the Walls of the World) until her death in 1987, have been heretofore available mostly in out-of-print collections. Thus the 18 accomplished stories here will be welcomed by new readers and old fans. The Screwfly Solution describes a chilling, elegant answer to the population problem. In Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death, the title tells the talespecies survival ensured by imprinted drivesbut the storys force is in its exquisite, lyrical prose and its suggestion that personal uniqueness is possible even within biological imperatives. The Girl Who Was Plugged In is a future boy-meets-girl story with a twist unexpected by the players. The Women Men Dont See displays Tiptrees keen insight and ability to depict singularity within the ordinary. In the Hugo and Nebula awardwinning Houston, Houston, Do You Read? astronauts flying by the sun slip forward 500 years and encounter a culture that successfully questions gender roles in ours.”
One of the first hardbacks I ever bought and still one of my most read.”
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever collects eighteen brilliant short stories from a luminary of the science-fiction genre, James Tiptree, Jr. This updated edition is the quintessential Tiptree collection and contains revisions from the authors original notes. Tiptrees fiction reflects the darkly complex world its author inhabited: exploring the alien among us; the unreliability of perception; love, sex, and death; and humanitys place in a vast, cold universe.
About the Author
James Tiptree, Jr., was born Alice Bradley in 1915 in Chicago, Illinois. When she began writing science fiction in 1968, she used a pseudonym to maintain her privacy. Alice Bradley Sheldon became the reclusive, enigmatic genius James Tiptree, Jr. His adventures and writinggleaned from the details of Sheldons lifewere convincingly masculine; when Sheldon finally revealed herself, her ruse was met with both surprise and delight. In 2006, interest in Tiptrees life and work were rekindled with the publication of Julie Phillipss definitive biography James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Washington State Book Award, and a Hugo Award.