James Tiptree, Jr.

(August 24, 1915 – May 19, 1987)

Alice Bradley Sheldon was a SF author much better known as James Tiptree, Jr., a pseudonym she used from 1967 until her death. She also wrote occasionally as Raccoona Sheldon. She was most notable for breaking down the barriers between writing perceived as inherently “male” or “female,” as it was not publicly known until 1977 that James Tiptree, Jr. was a pen name for a woman. Julie Phillips wrote a biography, James Tiptree, Jr.--The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon.

Her books included Up the Walls of the World (1978), Brightness Falls from the Air (1985), Neat Sheets (1996), and Meet Me at Infinity (2001) [a collection of her previously uncollected and unpublished fiction and non-fiction].

She received the 1974 Best Novella Hugo and the 1977 Best Novella Hugo, as well as seven Hugo nominations.

Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:

The James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award for "gender-bending" SF or fantasy are given annually in her honor.

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