October 28, 2010 4:12 PM   Subscribe

Where should I start with James Tiptree, Jr.?
posted by OmieWise to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Try Her Smoke Rose Up Forever. It's a collection of Tiptree's/Sheldon's better known and critically accalimed short stories.
posted by KingEdRa at 4:24 PM on October 28, 2010 [2 favorites]

I'm unsure if you mean collections or specific stories, but a sort-of "best-of" collection is Her Smoke Rose Up Forever.

I'd start with the stories "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?", "The Women Men Don't See", "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death", and "The Screwfly Solution". Not necessarily in that order. They're all included in that collection, though.
posted by fryman at 4:26 PM on October 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

Brightness Falls from the Air was an incredibly moving novel, and was the one that got me hooked on her writing.
posted by DrGail at 4:36 PM on October 28, 2010

Nthing Her Smoke Rose Up Forever.
posted by Artw at 5:00 PM on October 28, 2010

You've reminded me of what I've wanted to find at the library every time I go, and somehow manage to forget each time!

I've only ever read "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death,"(see above about mind repeatedly going blank upon entering the library/bookstore) but wow. It really hit me, perhaps because it's just so alien and different, and yet still manages to resonate. If you want to try a short story before buying the book, it's still archived online (I've linked it on mefi before), but because it's archived, the formatting and readability are somewhat lacking. Link!
posted by po at 6:37 PM on October 28, 2010

Just wanted to mention here that the biography James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon is a fantastic read.
posted by thebrokedown at 7:14 PM on October 28, 2010 [3 favorites]

Seconding fryman's list, and I'd add "The Girl Who Was Plugged In".
posted by Drop Daedalus at 10:23 PM on October 28, 2010

I've always found "The Screwfly Solution" to be an incredibly disturbing story-I doubt you'll soon forget it.
posted by Chrysostom at 4:17 AM on November 1, 2010

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