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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (1990)

by James Jr. Tiptree (Author)

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Well, this was brutal. I haven't read of a lot of classic SF short stories, so I don't have much basis for comparison, but I don't think I was expecting these to be so universally pessimistic. The stories are extremely well-written, and there are three in particular ("The Man Who Walked Home," "With Delicate Mad Hands," and "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death") that I found especially impactful, and I suspect are the kind of thing where, in the future, I will continue to have random images of ol' Moggadeet going about his business flash into my mind.

Given that I have plenty of years of hindsight and was always vaguely aware that James Tiptree was a woman, I couldn't possibly say that I'm surprised people didn't know. I may go as far to say that I'm surprised that people were surprised once they knew, because WOW, this is a lot of loathing of both the patriarchy and biology bundled up in close quarters. ( )
  delphica | Jun 9, 2015 |
James Tiptree (Alice Sheldon) is a grandmaster of sci-fi who has not received the full recognition she deserves. This collection of short stories written under both her pseudonyms is a testament to her talent. Her stories delve into the human condition and often chill the reader with possibilities strange and disturbing. ( )
1 vote eaterofwords | Nov 16, 2014 |
introduction by Michael Swanwick

•The Last Flight of Doctor Ain

•The Screwfly Solution

•And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side

•The Girl Who Was Plugged In

•The Man Who Walked Home

•And I Have Come Upon This Place By Lost Ways

•The Women Men Don't See

•Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light

•Houston, Houston, Do You Read?

•With Delicate Mad Hands

•A Momentary Taste of Being

•We Who Stole the Dream

•Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

•Love Is the Plan and the Plan Is Death

•On the Last Afternoon

•She Waits for All Men Born

•Slow Music

•And So On, and So On

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  SChant | Apr 27, 2013 |
Deep, dark, and different. ( )
  dmarsh451 | Apr 3, 2013 |
James Tiptree/Alice Sheldon was an amazing author that makes me want to heap descriptions with hyperbolic metaphor: "prose burning like a star" or "rage as quiet and inescapable as the tide". the short story was her master form, and this definitive collection is a must-read for any sci-fi aficionado, and for anyone even dabbling into feminist or gender-provocative ideas in fiction.

the stories here were like a bit of a bell curve for me - a few early ones were good but not great, and the last few were softer cries of despair rather than the slow-burn explosions of the middle section. when she was firing on all cylinders, this woman's storytelling power just destroyed me. "with delicate mad hands" is one of the most brutally beautiful things I've ever read, but it's not a solo, "best song on the cd" sort of piece.

it took me over 6 months to finally finish this whole volume, because i was just not up to being wrung out so thoroughly, so often. happy endings here are never traditional "riding off into the sunset in peaceful content" moments, and more than once, getting your heart's desire means dying horribly. and yet, not a single one of these is melodramatic or overwrought or gratuitous - each one is a slow build up to its natural conclusion, which feels inevitable by the time the last period strikes the page. ( )
  fireweaver | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Clute, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Picacio, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sleight, GrahamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, AndrewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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