James Tiptree, Jr.

The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

Julie Phillips

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James Tiptree, Jr., burst onto the science fiction scene in the late 1960s with a series of hard-edged, provocative stories. He redefined the genre with such classics as Houston, Houston, Do You Read? and The Women Men Don't See. For nearly ten years he wrote and carried on intimate correspondences with other writers--Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, and Ursula K. Le Guin, though none of them knew his true identity. Then the cover was blown on his alter ego: "he" was actually a sixty-one-year-old woman named Alice Bradley Sheldon. A feminist, she took a male name as a joke--and found the voice to write her stories.
 
Based on extensive research, exclusive interviews, and full access to Alice Sheldon's papers, Julie Phillips has penned a biography of a profoundly original writer and a woman far ahead of her time.

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Introduction: Who Is Tiptree, What Is He?

No one [...] has, to my knowledge, ever met Tiptree, ever seen him, ever talked with him on the phone. No one knows where he lives, what he looks like, what he does for a living. [...] He volunteers no information about his personal life, and politely refuses to answer questions about it. [...] Most SF people [...] are wild to know who Tiptree “really” is.
---Gardner Dozois, 1976

In 1921 in the Belgian Congo, a six-year-old girl from Chicago with a pith helmet on her blond curls walks at the head of a line of heavily laden native porters.

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"An incredible life, done elegant justice. Tiptree-Sheldon is one of the century's astonishing figures."--Jonathan Lethem, bestselling author of The Fortress of Solitude
 
"This account of a heroically inventive and highly peculiar quest for personal and creative fulfillment may make you rethink your ideas about what it means to be male or female--or, for that matter, human."--Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine
 
"Ms. Phillips does a fine, perceptive job of piecing together the patchwork of her subject's personality."--The New York Times Book Review (cover review)

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Julie Phillips

Julie Phillips is a journalist who has written on film, books, feminism, and cultural politics. James Tiptree, Jr. is her first book. She lives in Amsterdam, Holland.

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James Tiptree, Jr.
The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
Julie Phillips

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Trade Paperback
Picador
June 2007
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ISBN: 9780312426941
ISBN10: 0312426941
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 560 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$22.00
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