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  •  Thank you so much, peregrine kate. (2+ / 0-)
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    I'll certainly be combing through all the good suggestions in the comments for a while.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:06:31 PM PDT

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    •  Brecht, a new thought: (2+ / 0-)
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      (and sorry to put it here but this is a fairly recent comment of yours & I wanted to catch your attention a day late) another terrific woman writer since 1950 is James Tiptree, Jr. Real name: Alice Sheldon.

      She wrote "The Women Men Don't See" among many other wonderful stories. Science fiction stories. "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" is another famous one. I don't recall the names of any books aside from The Starry Rift (three related novellas published as a novel and all superb) but I'm sure Amazon has some of her work for sale.

      Robert Silverberg famously wrote an intro to one of her story collections saying (I paraphrase) that despite the rumors, James Tiptree, Jr. could not possibly be a woman writer b/c of his muscular prose.


      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:01:58 PM PDT

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      •  That is very funny. Mansplaining at its utmost. (1+ / 0-)
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        She'll go on my list. I still need to do a major trawl of SF and Fantasy lists for my TBR.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 12:39:21 PM PDT

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      •  An interesting biography of her (2+ / 0-)
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        by Julie Phillips, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon. Here is the very brief summary from my log:

        "Born in 1913, Alli was a spoiled beauty of privilege who took three African safaris before she was 16. She struggled with the role of women in society, relationships, and marriage through marriages, WAC in WWII, the CIA, and writing. She found her voice only when she created a male persona and award-winning science fiction. When her persona died, so did her writing."

        She was a strong creative force, but for some reason could write only through the male persona she created. Another persona, Raccoona somebody, didn't work, possibly because the name sounded female. But it was hilarious how the SF world of the time insisted that her prose was manly, masculine, etc. From current perspective, it makes you wonder why they even thought of it--something must have been working on them.

        Anyway, I recommend the bio as well as her own Tiptree work.

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