Most of the books and stories that Tiptree Award jurors read to pick a winner are nominated by authors and readers. We need your suggestions. If you’ve read a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores or expands our notions of gender, please tell us about it by filling out the recommendation form below. If you have more than one, just fill out the form again with a new recommendation and submit it until you’ve told us about them all.
Recommendations close on the 1st of December, 2014.
The 2014 James Tiptree, Jr. Award will be announced at WisCon 39, 2015.
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An inspirational adventure story of a young woman with extraordinary martial arts skills who decides to stand up for humanity and take on government corruption and corporate greed in the year 2032.
The women have been killed by a fungal infection and only the men survive. What happens from there is unexpected but leads to a beautiful, elegant, yet violent and disturbing breakdown of gender roles. Creatures emerge from the woods to fill the absence of the feminine which forces everyone to reassess everything.
Dark Quest Books
Random Were critters are creatures that are at the mercy of their circumstances - if they glimpse another warm-blooded beast at the moment of their Turn, then that form is what they Turn into. SOme results of this are funny, some are chaotic, some are painful... but none is more unlooked for or unexpected or less easy to deal with when 15-year-old Jazz Marsh Turns unexpectedy... into a BOY...
A boy blinks and lives life as a girl in another world. The girl in the other world is queer. An excellent fantasy book that looks at gender.
Alisa and Julia
Krasnostein and Rios (editors)
Twelfth Planet Press
All the main characters in these stories are part of the QUILTBAG, neuro-diverse, disabled, from non-Western cultures, people of color, or in some other way not the typical straight, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied characters we see all over the place.
Kaleidoscope deliberately features protagonists from all sorts of backgrounds being the heroes of their own journeys.
Dreambound, vol. 1: The Survivor
The protagonist is a cisgender male who is trapped in a virtual game in a female body, unable to tell anyone who he is for fear of his life. The author is a transwoman, who wrote the story to emulate the experiences of trans individuals through fictional technology.
Spring-Clean by Proxy
The only problems recent divorcée Vanessa Palmer anticipates as owner and headmistress of the Little Oaks Pre-school are children with colds, or upset stomachs, or over-demanding parents. A refugee from the City, safely secured in the rich countryside near the old market town of Hadlow, Vanessa has nothing left to achieve, except, perhaps, an enduring love.
But security is about to be shattered, and love is all set to be pushed to the terminal limit, as space delivers something that will make survival the only problem in town.
The Winter Boy
Pixel Hall Press
Can a group of women recreate our world society, in a way that its politics, economy and social infrastructure are designed for peace rather than war? In “The Winter Boy,” Sally Wiener Grotta explores how one such society might work – and how it might fail. And she does this within a dynamic, character-driven otherworld that re-imagines the role of feminine sexuality within our world culture.
Blue Bedlam Books
Linguist Jane Holloway is a part of a first contact mission to a decades old alien ship. Once inside she must explore her own unique connection to a presence aboard, while protecting it from threats both alien and human. Jane is a scientist who must defend her beliefs from Earth's military and political rulers, and must ultimately decide the fate of an alien race.
In Her Head, In Her Eyes
Book Smugglers Publishing
Trills of silver, quiver of gold.
Pot Head, they called her. Heavy-head, they teased her. In a noble house of dye masters, Island-born Hase is an outcast, ridiculed by her fellow servants and employers – all because of the smooth, reflective sphere that covers her head. Little does the household know that Hase has a mission and a purpose, carried behind her pot-covered head, in her impenetrable eyes.
Dragon Moon Press
Set on a world reminiscent of (but not identical to) LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, where any adult can get pregnant and bear children.
The narrator's gender is never stated (neutrally-named Chris) - and what significance does gender have when the narrator's consciousness is inhabiting a sexless android body? Lots of exploration of disability, class, and the separation between the body and the person within it.
This review on the Tor blog sums up the gender themes well: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/09/lock-in-john-scalzi-chris-shane-gender
Jon Carver of Barzoon, You Misunderstood
Innsmouth Free Press
The male nominal protagonist is brought to a perhaps humbling realization of his role in the scheme of things, vis-à-vis that of his True Love. In "Sword & Mythos", edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles. See http://fiction.grahamjdarling.com/#jon-carver-of-barzoon .
Book Smugglers Publishing
“Happy birthday, child. Careful not to shoot any grundwirgen.”
On her fifteenth birthday, when her mother is arrested and made to stand trial for grundwirgen murder, everything she thought she knew about her family and her past comes crashing down.
In a world where experience is currency, Rosemary is the owner of a very special library—a library of memory, where scented coins transfer personal experience from one individual to another.
Michael J. Sullivan
A utopia where the inhabitants have no gender and everyone looks alike. The protagonist is a time traveler who arrives from our time.
Open Road Media
Jack Strong wakes up in a strange hotel room with no memory of how he got there. His mind is a patchwork of other lives--men, women, children whose souls will not rest easy until the unfinished business they left behind is taken care of. Jack Strong is on a mission....
A Necessary Being / UNEXPECTED STORIES
Open Road Media
Tahneh is a member of a desperately needed ruling class, and is as much a prisoner as she is a chief. An unexpected visitor forces her to reconcile her inability to produce an heir, her duties to her people, and her own need for companionship.
Memory of Water
Note: This book was published in Finnish in 2012; published in English for the first time in 2014
Original, beautifully written, surprising, uplifting, gritty, sad. The story of one woman's quest for truth and beauty in a future world that values neither.
Complex and brutal, the variety and breadth of gender representation in this book is fascinating.
Never the same
Wow. Seriously wow. http://t.co/BkyEUaQuF0
Mommy blog. In space. From the future. What's changed, what hasn't?
Flight of the Valkyrie
The second book in her Valkyrie series, Flight took the excellence of the first book and expanded upon it.
A space opera-slash-romance whose main protagonist is queer, black and disabled, yet who is far from a "token" anything-- her shipmates have their own atypicalities, yet none of them is the driving force of the plot. What drives it is the protagonist Alana's growing feelings for the ship's captain, Tev-- and for the starship she helms. A wonderful exploration of alternate identities, gender roles and sexualities.
The Girl in the Road
Ty Benning uses 3D printing tech to print the first clone. Only, he ends up printing a female version of himself. After that, Ty's already chaotic life begins to unravel. Worst of all, he can't decide whether Sam is defective, or normal.
Sam has all of Ty's old memories, and as she tries to reconcile her "male" memories with her new body, Ty is forced to consider what is real, and what is human.
Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot
Fantasy that features an intersex, bisexual, genderfluid protagonist.
The Pack Press
van Loon has created a world in which all types of gender presentation are normal, and roles in society are not determined or defined by an individual's gender.
The Memory Garden
An excellent look at relationships/friendships/etc between older women, older and younger women, and the notion of what makes a witch.
My Real Children
This is a strong work about one woman's different lives in an alternate universe. The realities branch at the point where she decide whether or not to marry a man. In one time stream she's heterosexual, in another she's a lesbian. The work is a richly textured examination of two lives lived by the same woman.
"The Lightness of the Movement"
Worth looking at if for no other reason than the gender issues deal with aliens and the Tiptree has not had many alien stories chosen.
The Art of Forgetting: Rider
SPOILER: The Art of Forgetting: Rider explores a cavalryman (Rhodri) come to terms with his bisexuality in a staunch and unforgiving army. His best friend, Asta, hides her true self under the guise of a man and is unable to express to her friends that she is transgender.
Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company
When successful New York advertising executive and lifelong atheist Sarah Sheppard is visited by a mysterious client who offers her a job to write and market a comprehensive addition to the world's religious texts, she thinks it's an elaborate joke.
Sarah soon discovers that nothing and no one are what they appear to be. As more questions than answers mount up, Sarah has to decide whether to deny her natural skepticism or embrace that illusive idea of faith before she's nudged onto a path of no return.
The Tropic of Serpents
Based in a secondary world that bears many resemblances to Victorian England, Brennan's book follows the early career of Isabella Trent, scientifically-inclined young woman who navigates strict societal gender roles in order to pursue her passion for studying dragons.
Books that show female characters pursuing scientific interests in spite of social barriers are vitally necessary and should be recognized.
The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons #1)
The story is told through alternating male and female perspectives--perfectly displaying the different viewpoints different genders have. The female in the story is pretending to be a boy, exploring in that narrative how different life is in her disguise vs as a woman. The two main characters come from completely different cultural backgrounds, displaying how different parts of this fantasy world embrace the different genders.
"The Lion Wedding"
not "gender bending" but a take on sexuality that's worth the panel looking at
"In Her Eyes"
not "gender bending" but a take on sexuality that's worth the panel looking at
A Rose in Any Other Game
A popular novelette, extracted from a longer work-in-progress, Troglodyte Rose, by Adam Lowe. The novelette features a cast of heroic women and an intersex hero, with issues of bodily integrity, empowerment and freedom.
Available online here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/1582474-troglodyte-rose-a-rose-in-any-other-gameA
The Ten Incarnations of Adam Avatar
Peepal Tree Press
This book includes a narrator who changes physical form, including gender, throughout. The novel interrogates power relationships, including gender roles, and offers a refreshing insight into Caribbean and Indian mythologies.
'Monster' deals with issues of gender and feminism. The author's essay on gender can be read here: http://deadinkbooks.com/adam-lowe-on-how-to-create-a-monster/
The author identifies as gender non-conforming, and regularly presents as his alter ego Beyonce Holes. Much of his work deals with transgressing gender binaries.
T and Allison
Cooper and Glock-Cooper
Changers Book One: Drew
fter high-school graduation, Changers choose which version of themselves they will be forever--and no, they cannot go back to who they were before the changes began.
Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade
Clarkesworld, Dec 2013
A general comes back from the dead to kill her lover in a genderfluid universe.
Extracted Journal notes for an ethnography of Bnebene Nomad Culture
Tiptree has so few with alien cultures that this short story would be a good addition.
One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small and R3 makes you both and neither at the exact same time.
A thrilling and suspenseful narrative that tugs and pulls on the reader's mind and seduces it into a maze which ultimately resolves in a perspective-shattering conclusion. Mysterious, seductive, intellectual and psychedelically satisfying.
Cooking with Bones
The gorgeously written tale of Amber and her engineered "formwanderer" sister Maya explores questions of identity, gender, and personal responsibility. Full of enchantment and mystery, a truly remarkable novel by a fiercely talented author.