Date: 2017-05-28 03:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redbird
Readers will appreciate the delicate balance Tiptree achieves between existential anxiety and moments of hopeless despair, general pessimism and deep-seated misanthropy.

Artistically, yes, but maybe not this year.

Date: 2017-05-28 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That was always my problem with reading Tiptree. Beautiful writing, but she could obliterate any trace of optimism I had for humanity with a single short story.

Some of the story titles are almost works of art, too: "The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats"


Date: 2017-05-29 10:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ravenskyewalker
Oh, yes, I was greatly impressed wih her writing, and even her titles were art, but she was so very bleak. I understand why, but it was striking.

Date: 2017-05-28 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
Although I found Taste of Being a fine example of her biology=destiny=horror theme, I couldn't help but think it's [rot13] n cbbe ercebqhpgvir flfgrz gung cebqhprf fhpu n yvzvgrq fhccyl bs fcrez.

Date: 2017-05-29 03:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
This is now my favorite comment on a Tiptree story ever.

(That's my favorite Tiptree story, but I suck at biology. I mostly found the theme hilarious.)

Were short story collections often reviewed?

Date: 2017-05-28 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Practice may vary over time, and you've reviewed several collections, notably antique ones like this ;-) When I used to buy [Interzone] there were collections reviewed... I'm looking at the information in the web site and most of the stories first appeared in some anthology collection, not a magazine like the old days, in one case a fanzine; most therefore are reprints and individually could have been read or reviewed previously. Also, that you don't need a review, you need to know whether you can take Tiptree - a reviewer can't tell you that.

In my 50s I'm finding most science fiction short stories more grimly disturbing than I used to - maybe because the real world isn't a sane, safe place in which to escape from s.f., any more. Any day, we all could be killed by a virus in our cell phones. Or - minimum, deafened in one ear. We are probably civilisation's cautionary tail.

Robert Carnegie

Date: 2017-05-29 02:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chrysostom
Several of these stories are also in the in-print Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, fwiw.

Date: 2017-05-29 05:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] asyouknow_bob
"This leaves me wondering how I, a kid on a farm in rural Ontario, would have been aware of this luminary in the SF firmament, given that, at the time, my connections to SFdom were entirely through magazines, collections, and anthologies. It’s a mystery."

In my case, I became aware of Tiptree simply through the stories' appearance IN the magazines.
Haploid Heart was the COVER STORY of the Sept. 1969 Analog. (And if we missed THAT, it was reprinted a year later in the Wollheim/Carr WBSF 1970.)
"The new luminary" was hard to miss...

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Date: 2017-05-29 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] eub
I'm sure there is a better way, and perhaps seeing this will provoke a skilled HTML user to show it:
The big reveal is that there is no reveal.

Written as:
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