- Taschenbuch: 396 Seiten
- Verlag: St Martin's Press; Auflage: Reprint (1. Juni 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 031286938X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312869380
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,1 x 2,4 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.028.105 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Meet Me at Infinity (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juni 2001
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The last collection of the fiction and nonfiction of Alice Sheldon, a.k.a. James Tiptree Jr., is introduced by Jeffrey D. Smith, who tells the reader that, by its very nature, this collection is less a book by Tiptree than one about her. Although the essays and stories and articles here were assembled by Tiptree before her death, Smith has interleaved Tiptree's words with notes of his own, including quotes from private correspondence between the two. The results are revealing and surprisingly moving.
During the 10 years Sheldon wrote and interacted with others using the Tiptree persona, she became known as one of the finest SF writers in the world. Her short fiction (perhaps the most notable collection is Her Smoke Rose Up Forever) has always been more highly regarded than her full-length pieces, and it was during the years 1967 to 1976 that her most famous work, mainly in novella form, was conceived and written. Once the male Tiptree was exposed as the female Sheldon, her work--and her relationships with colleagues and fans and critics, previously conducted solely by mail--changed.
This change lies at the heart of the nonfiction and is the strength of the book. The breezy "Tiptree" letters and articles written from Central America depict a wiry older man who is nonetheless still active--vigorous enough to notice attractive women--making his way capably through a sometimes dangerous environment. It is fascinating to superimpose upon this picture that of the "real" writer--the small, rather vulnerable, middle-aged woman. It becomes clear that both pictures are true, and the reader is left desperately wanting to learn more about Sheldon and Tiptree and the strange intersection of truth, art, and lies that was their life. Until we get a full-scale Tiptree biography, however, this is all we have. --Luc Duplessis. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"Tiptree is one of science fiction's greatest assets."--"Science Fiction Chronicle""James Tiptree, Jr. is one of science fiction's greats. Tiptree emerged in the late '60s, writing luminous, heartbreaking stories, each written in a distinct voice, each obliquely but beautifully narrated with an eccentric subtlety and a mordant wit."--"San Jose Mercury News""Should whet readers' appetites."--"Dallas Morning News""Tiptree is a master . . . In all ways, she is a truly great writer, perhaps the greatest in science fiction today . . . Her characters are real and human; her word portraits are exquisite and her construction is flawless."--"Baltimore Sun""One of SF's most gifted stylists."--"NY Daily News"Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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In the nearly 200 pages remaining, we get some Tiptree letters, articles, reviews and travelogues. In Tiptree's accounts of her vacations in Yucatan, it's interesting to spot the real-life equivalent of the Mayan pilot who appears in one of her best-known stories, "The Women Men Don't See." It's also interesting to see the several dismissive summaries of and references to what is probably her best short story, "Love is the plan the plan is death." I suspected after rereading the tale recently that she had Global Warming in mind while writing it, all the way back in 1971, and so indeed she says here. I was also able to confirm, as I suspected from re-reading many of her tales recently, that Theodore Sturgeon was the science fiction writer she admired most, and was the most influenced by.
Probably the most enlightening part of the second half of the book is a long autobiographical sketch Tiptree wrote for the reference series CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS.
I don't think there is anything here that you really have to have, that's not available elsewhere. But if you feel the need to own a "Tiptree Scrapbook," this is it.