Some juries decide to provide a “Long List” of works they read during the year that they thought were worth mention. Long List works might be really good works with less direct examination of gender than a Winner or Honor List work would need, or they might be works that explore and expand gender but which the jurors found wanting in other ways. Lots of great reading can be found on the Tiptree Award Long Lists.

Long List

The 1999 jury chose 12 works for the Long List

The Actors, , by Eleanor Arnason (, 1999)

[One of two] installments of a continuing saga of stories of and about Hwarhath. This is a world where male/female social roles are divided up differently than what we’re used to. A young girl wants to be an actor and a playwright in a world where this is the exclusive purview of men. Because of (or perhaps in spite of) the characters being aliens, the gender differences are not as logically presented as they might be. — Diane Martin

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Title: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction December 1999Editor: Gordon van Gelder
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Series Title: HwarhathSeries Number:
Work Type: Short Fiction

Dapple: A Hwarhath Historical Romance, , by Eleanor Arnason (, 1999)

[One of two] installments of a continuing saga of stories of and about Hwarhath. This is a world where male/female social roles are divided up differently than what we’re used to. A young girl wants to be an actor and a playwright in a world where this is the exclusive purview of men. Because of (or perhaps in spite of) the characters being aliens, the gender differences are not as logically presented as they might be. — Diane Martin

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Title: Dapple: A Hwarhath Historical RomanceAuthor:
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Title: Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine September 1999Editor: Gardner Dozois
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Series Title: HwarhathSeries Number:
Work Type: Short Fiction

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen, 1999)

This novel expanded my understanding of the gendered implications of romance conventions and their relation to both women’s and men’s material lives. Its very title ironizes the overdetermined outcome of its marriage plots. I found it an entertaining read, but oh how fascinating it would have been if Miles had been forced to change to win Ekaterina the way Lord Peter Whimsy had to do to win Harriet Vane. Miles, alas, gets away without even so much as writing a sonnet. — L. Timmel Duchamp

The portion of the novel that deals with gender (specifically a sex-change) is relatively minor to the story, but it is done very well, and makes its point effectively. It’s also very, very funny. — Diane Martin

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Publisher Name: BaenYear: 1999
Work Type: Novel

Silver Birch, Blood Moon by Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling (eds.) (Avon, 1999)

This is the penultimate volume of Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s six fairy tale anthologies, and as in the earlier books, we are presented with fairy tales (many familiar) that have been turned upside down, shaken, turned inside out, and stitched back together again. There are various amphibians-Tanith Lee’s Frog Prince transformed stands out in particular–and examinations of the ever afters that must follow on happy endings. Gender (as well as all the other elements of these retellings) is given vigorous, thoughtful redress. — Kelly Link

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Title: Silver Birch, Blood MoonEditors: Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling (eds.)
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Publisher Name: AvonYear: 1999
Work Type: Collection

Remailer by Debra Doyle, James D. Macdonald, (Roc/Penguin, 1999)

With a film noir/cyberpunk feel, considerable charm, and an innovative flair, this story centers on an oddball genetic detective in an age with three genders and truncated language, but the tale’s signal feature probably involves investigating and expanding genre considerations more than offering gender analysis. — Bill Clemente

Essentially a mystery novel, the story takes place in a society where mutation has created a third sex, a go-between male and female. A detective is asked to find a missing person. Difficulties ensue. Would have been much better if more emphasis had been placed on showing how this mutation affected society, relationships, and individuals. More what, less why. — Diane Martin

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Title: RemailerAuthors: , ,
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Title: Not of Woman Born Editor: Constance Ash
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Publisher Name: Roc/PenguinYear: 1999
Work Type: Short Fiction

Teranesia by Greg Egan (Gollancz/Orion, 1999)

It’s interesting how much of the work we looked at this year was concerned with transformation. In this novel, butterflies, protagonist,–the entire world–is being made new by a sort of genetic plague, the Sao Paolo gene. Even the feminist academic Amita (a caricature, rather than a character) wishes to transform the binary code, switching the vaginal “zeros” with the phallic “ones,” to create the transputer. — Kelly Link

One of those books that didn’t go where I wanted/expected it to go. I really wanted more to happen with the protagonist’s sister, who was conceived and born on the island Teranesia. And, though not central to the plot, Egan’s extrapolation of academia in the mid-21st century was by turns side-splitting and infuriating. — Diane Martin

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Publisher Name: Gollancz/OrionYear: 1999
Work Type: Novel

The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998)

Perhaps one of the most innovative and well-written works considered this year, this historical SF novel chronicles the often tragic but ultimately wonderful consequences of an individual’s choices as well as describing the rich tapestry human experience can weave. — Bill Clemente

A beautifully written book. Each chapter presents an annual meeting between a vintner and an angel, bottling the encounters like vintages of wine. The effect is rich and sensual, and the reader will come away drunk on Knox’s language. — Kelly Link

Skillfully and thoughtfully written, the gender connection is less effective than it might have been, because the angel who visits the (male) protagonist once a year for 40 years is also male. Somehow, though, it’s not the kind of maleness we are used to. — Diane Martin

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Publisher Name: Farrar Straus GirouxYear: 1998
Work Type: Novel

Dragonfly, , by Ursula K. Le Guin (Tor, 1998)

A well-written and magical story about a strong-willed and intelligent young lady who overcomes patristic obstacles and creates her own destiny — Bill Clemente

As in Tehanu, this novella is concerned with the workings of different kinds of magic (male and female), closed societies, the opening of things rather than resolutions, transformations. There are interesting parallels between the girl Tehanu and the protagonist of this story, Dragonfly, and of course, Le Guin’s work not only reflects upon the earlier Earthsea books, but on fantasy literature in general, and also on the world we live in. — Kelly Link

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Title: DragonflyAuthor:
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Title: Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy 1Editor: Robert Silverberg
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Series Title: EarthseaSeries Number:
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Publisher Name: TorYear: 1998
Work Type: Short Fiction

Speaking Stones, , by Stephen Leigh (Avon, 1999)

Sequel to Dark Water’s Embrace, this novel deals with a mutated human race. A lost colony isolated on a reproductively hostile planet, the settlers only gradually become aware of the tri-sexed natives, and feel threatened when they find themselves falling into the same biological pattern. What’s not clearly defined is why there is so much resistance. — Diane Martin

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Series Title: MictlanSeries Number:
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Publisher Name: AvonYear: 1999
Work Type: Novel

The Terrorists of Irustan by Louise Marley (Ace, 1999)

Taking place in a quasi-Muslim society, the heroine deals somewhat uncomfortably with her sexuality and more importantly struggles with issues of gender inequality, attempting to make social change. — Diane Martin

Calling to mind the gender apartheid under which women presently suffer in Afghanistan, Marley’s generally intriguing novel might have gained from following the dictum “less is better,” for in the final analysis the excessive violence erodes the narrative’s plausibility and dulls its otherwise thoughtful message. — Bill Clemente

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Title: The Terrorists of IrustanAuthor:
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Publisher Name: AceYear: 1999
Work Type: Novel

The Fathergod Experiment by L. A. Taylor (Allau Press, 1999)

The premise, as one might gather from the title, has something to do with gender and genre. But the real pleasure in reading this book is in the characters– especially the sensible, intelligent protagonist Lilz–and in the way L. A. Taylor conflates various genres: mystery, romance, sf, fantasy. There are orphans, villains, poetry, and poisons-something for everyone. A smart, blissful, Young Trollopian novel, which will hopefully find a large and appreciative audience. — Kelly Link

What Kelly said. My absolute favorite of all the books we read, gender stuff not withstanding. A complete and utter delight. I read it cover to cover and then over again, immediately. It is a real shame that this is Taylor’s last work (she died in 1997). — Diane Martin

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Title: The Fathergod ExperimentAuthor:
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Publisher Name: Allau PressYear: 1999
Work Type: Novel

Singer from the Sea by Sheri S. Tepper (Avon, 1999)

Political biology, secret technology, patriarchal oppression. Once again a brave woman saves the world from evil men. What sounds trite and simplistic in summary is nonetheless a heart-felt plea to see our current values as wrong, urging change before we destroy ourselves. — Diane Martin

With an ecofeminist perspective that spans centuries and which will strike readers of Tepper as perhaps overly familiar, this latest effort, while complex and entertaining, resolves the horrors men visit on women but provides a romantic conclusion that will probably disturb many, for here in particular Tepper may well bend gender to an un-satisfying angle. — Bill Clemente

In this book, which contracts and diminishes our understanding of gender, biology is destiny with a vengeance. Blood of lactating females=immortality; blood of males=death; and Special Genes enable the heroine to save her world from a long-term male conspiracy of unimaginably evil proportions. — L. Timmel Duchamp

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Title: Singer from the SeaAuthor:
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Publisher Name: AvonYear: 1999
Work Type: Novel