(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from the Air (1985), Neat Sheets (1996), and Meet Me at Infinity (2001) [a collection of her previously uncollected and unpublished fiction and non-fiction].
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1992 — Memorial GoH at Readercon 5
- 1995 — The Only Neat Thing to Do was Book of Honor at Potlatch 4
- 2011 — Solstice Award
- 2012 — Science Fiction Hall of Fame
- 2014 — Ghost pf Honor at FOGcon 2014
- three Nebula Awards
- a World Fantasy Award
- two Locus Awards
- two Science Fiction Chronicle Awards
The James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award for "gender-bending" SF or fantasy are given annually in her honor.
For more on her career, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/tiptree_james_jr