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, 2012.
The 2012 James Tiptree, Jr. Award will be announced at WisCon 37, 2013.
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The 2012 James Tiptree, Jr. Award Recommendedations
|Michael R Underwood||Geekomancy||Pocket Star EBooks, a division of Gallery Books||2012-12-17 15:41:48|
|Cat Rambo||Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain||Hydra House||Beautiful, lyric, poignant and shocking science-fictional retelling of Carson McCuller's "Good Country Folk." When Cat Rambo read this story at World Fantasy, the audience gasped.||2012-12-05 15:45:43|
|Leonard Richardson||Constellation Games||Candlemark & Gleam||This novel includes an ambigendered character, and aliens who present different, postscarcity modes of family creation and relationship-building. Bonus stories recontextualize the novel from the perspectives of three female characters. Overall, _Constellation Games_ explores the joy of making, peer-to-peer models defeating hierarchies, and how great power requires growing the hell up.||2012-12-01 23:56:41|
|Alberto Yáñez||Recognizing Gabe: un cuento de hadas||Strange Horizons||http://www.strangehorizons.com/2012/20120116/gabe-f.shtml|
A thought-provoking twist on old tales and tropes of gender switching.
|lionpyh||Fifty Years in the Virtuous City||Archive Of Our Own||Imaginative, empathetic, witty, intersectional, and fantastic in all senses of the word, "Fifty Years in the Virtuous City" stands alone (*and* works as a commentary on its source material).||2012-12-01 23:46:43|
|Alex Jeffers||You Will Meet a Stranger Far from Home: wonder stories||Lethe Press||A collection of short fiction, queer and literary with characters that are outsiders and dealing with issues of gender, sexuality, and identity.||2012-11-29 19:31:41|
|Linda Smith||The Piper of Shadonia||Coteau Books||Tobin lives in two worlds. The son of a mayor, he must be loyal to the dominant Forenzian Empire, but he cares more about the ancient and suppressed world of Shadonia. When his grandmother dies, she leaves him a wooden flute with powers Tobin barely understands.||2012-11-29 07:19:35|
|Catherine Egan||Shade and Sorceress||Coteau Books||Eliza knows for certain what she isn't: the powerful Sorceress the learned Mancers think her to be. Or is she? Eliza is stunned to learn her father has been keeping important secrets. Her mother's death wasn't from pneumonia, but the death of all great Shang Sorceresses: killed in battle against evil forces.||2012-11-29 07:16:56|
|Thomas Wm. Hamilton||The Mountain of Long Eyes||Sttrategic Book Publishing||Anthology of 28 stories, a few of which are linked: ||2012-11-28 10:02:47|
|Megan Arkenberg||Lessons from a Clockwork Queen||Fantasy Magazine||http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-fiction/lessons-from-a-clockwork-queen/|
Lesbian fairy tale.
|Karen Dudley||Food for the Gods: An Epikurean Epic||Ravenstone Books||"Dudley discusses sex workers as normative and unthreatening, and, unlike many narratives today, humanises her prostitute characters rather than casting them as social outlaws or social problems. Dudley’s plot exemplifies the ancient Greek comfort with queer subjectivity.... The homosexuality of her characters is just another part of their existence and is not complicated as something outside of the norm." - Speculating Canada review of Food for the Gods||2012-11-26 14:37:22|
|Benjanun Sriduangkaew||Woman of the Sun, Woman of the Moon||Giganotosaurus||A wonderful feminist retelling of a Chinese myth (Houyi and Chang'e), looking at gender roles and the place of women and lesbian relationships in an outwardly patriarchal society. |
(can be found at http://giganotosaurus.org/2012/11/01/woman-of-the-sun-woman-of-the-moon/)
|Megan Arkenberg||Final Exam||Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine||Very smart reflection on the role of contingency in erotic and romantic desire.||2012-11-21 06:46:50|
|Mike, Linda, and Louise Carey||The Steel Seraglio||ChiZine Publications||Simply one of the most beautiful re-imaginings of the Arabian Nights I've ever read. A feminist take on the genre; gorgeous, funny, heartbreaking and un-put-downable.||2012-11-20 12:32:32|
|Carolyn Ives Gilman||Ison of the Isles||ChiZine Publications||2012-11-20 12:30:01|
|Gemma Files||A Tree of Bones||ChiZine Publications||2012-11-20 12:29:22|
|Helen Marshall||Hair Side, Flesh Side||ChiZine Publications||2012-11-20 12:28:02|
|K T Davies||The Red Knight||Anachron Press http://www.anachronpress.com/||The Red Knight does for female protagonists in male dominated epic fantasy what Aliens did for female actors in sci-fi films. It is a powerful story that blurs the lines between genders without sacrificing the integrity of the story or the characters. |
|Andrew Hussie||Homestuck||A lengthy online comic involving alien species with peculiar methods of reproduction.||2012-11-19 17:15:17|
|R.J. DeNardo||The Andromeda Incident||SBPRA||he Sci-Fi Adventure of the Ages!|
( It'll take you where no Being has been before.)
“R.J. DeNardo is a new tour de force and upcoming author.” – Terry Lee Palmer, artist
This sci-fi fantasy gives a whole new meaning to the word “Galacti-sexual.” Emrys Myrddin Calyx was born aboard the Starship Americus to a weak-willed and somewhat frail Earthling father and a black panther-like humanoid, Myrrddissian mother. Emrys was created experimentally to be double-sexed, and can change sexes at will, via a telepathic command.
|Jennifer Mason-Black||Ash and Dust||Strange Horizons||This story was published in Dec. 2011. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking account of women refusing to leave the post-apocalyptic Earth and building a community despite great hardships. The narrator is a midwife. I feel that this perspective, and its communal emphasis, are important.||2012-11-12 18:45:17|
|Rose Lemberg||The Moment of Change||Aqueduct Press||An anthology of feminist speculative poetry. From Brit Mandelo's review at Tor.com:|
"[MoC is] an evocative, provocative, deeply layered text that has so many voices in tension and in harmony that it cannot be dismissed as “yeah, feminism, whatever.” ... These poems are international; some are in translation. These poems are not the exclusive purview of white middle-class women; not by far. These poems are about professional women, poor women, women of color, women in history, mythical women [...] queer women, powerful women, broken women, and even dead women. I appreciated the inclusivity of this text, and the concern with gathering in as many voices as possible to put them in tension and in conversation."
|Cat Rambo||Near + Far||Hydra House||2012-11-06 15:42:13|
|K.C. Ball||According To His Substance||Hydra House Press||Lovely story of a last minute stranger guiding a young man to a world where things are not always as they seem, but as they should be.|
K.C. Ball currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with her wife.
|Alan DeNiro||The Flowering Ape||Asimov's Science Fiction||Alan's story includes a well-handled and fascinating extrapolation of gender and sex attitudes among teenagers on a future space station.||2012-10-30 07:23:18|
|Stevie Carroll||'A Series of Ordinary Adventures'||Candlemark and Gleam||One of the best books of short stories I've read this year. Mr Singh and the Minotaur is the star story of a stellar collection.||2012-10-22 12:10:22|
|Lyn McConchie and Sharman Horwood||QUEEN OF IRON YEARS||Kite Hill - UK||It's brilliant and my Ghod, they must have researched||2012-10-21 17:03:24|
|David Levithan||Every Day||Knopf||The book plays with gender identity and sexuality. It's clearly sf.|
From the blurb:
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
|Alberto Yanez||Recognizing Gabe: un cuento de hadas||Strange Horizons||URL for story: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2012/20120116/gabe-f.shtml||2012-10-09 17:17:36|
|Lauren K. Moody||The Girl She Truly Was||Science Fiction Daily||Available here:|
|Rae Gee||Mars on the Rise||Torquere Press||2012-09-16 11:06:26|
|Kelly Sinclair||In the Now||Blue Feather Books||I quote from Lynn Pierce's review of my novel: |
"In the Now is about past life regression, reincarnation and the irresponsible behavior that scientists can sometimes engage in when they follow the challenge to see if they can do something instead of considering the consequences...
If In the Now doesn't have you evaluating your personal beliefs as you read it, you're not reading it correctly. Sinclair questions society's preconceived ideas about religion, reincarnation, and the roles of men and women."
Given Tiptree's literary (and understandable) masquerade, my novel seems an appropriate addition to your slate of nominees.
|Laxmi Hariharan||The Destiny of Shaitan||Laxmi Hariharan||Rarely is the Indian view of the world set in the far future, the land of science fiction, which almost exclusively seems to be the domain of the Western World. How refreshing it therefore is to read Laxmi Hariharan's coming of age drama set in a post-apocalyptic world. This is an unique read, written in a lyrical prose. Many of the plotlines & character traits are inspired by Indian mythology. A real treat! Find it here on Amazon http://tiny.cc/i24qew||2012-08-20 01:14:19|
|Jacques Carrié||Octiblast||CreateSpace (paperback)/Amazon (Kindle)||In this multi-layered time travel dystopian satire, defendant “octillionaire” Richard Flynn and Master Judge must play gay roles under the spying eyes of three lesbian teenagers and a charming chameleonic goddess from Ancient Egypt. But 13-year-old Juliette--an admirable, intelligent, and fearless rising stage actress--steals the show a millennium earlier in the south of France, now populated by Nazi fugitives and clandestine medieval-minded practitioners of torture, when she reveals the details of her secret 700-year-old mission from which she might never return. A literary editor from a top New York publishing house recently wrote: “It’s wildly original and smart and fast and unlike anything I’ve ever read before.”|
|John T. Schepise||MAXIS||CSI||Set twenty years after winning independence from Earth, the planet Maxis and her young government begin to face the challenges of their new home. The primary concern: how to protect the people from themselves. As more and more citizens wish to leave the confines of the base cities, the government, seeking to protect them, makes unauthorized exodus illegal, starting a chain reaction which leads to conspiracy, murder, and eventually a possible coup-d'etat.||2012-08-15 01:34:13|
|John T. Schepise||The Spires||CSI||The sequel to MAXIS follows the very different paths of General Jeffrey Blades and his daughter Kestra, as they attempt to uncover the mysteries of the Spires. At the same time, the general's wife Moira, still under the impression that her family is in the custody of the ELEO, ventures through the untamed wilderness of Maxis in a desperate attempt to save them.||2012-08-15 01:30:18|
|Kirsten Kaschock||Sleight||Coffee House Press||Sleight is astonishing. A rigorous, unsentimental, strange and beautiful work.||2012-07-24 05:38:02|
|QUEEN OF IRON YEARS||Kite Hill - UK.||a great mix of alternate history and GLBT. The authors must have done a heap of research too.||2012-07-23 17:29:40|
|Stephen M. Wilson (editor)||Eye to the Telescope - LGBTQ Speculative Poetry - Alternative Lifestyles/Alternate Realities||Science Fiction Poetry Association||This is an excellent collection of 27 LGBTQ themed poems that span between science fiction, fantasy and horror. Some of the authors include Linda Addison, Lawrence Schimel, and John Garrison. Here is a link to the journal:http://eyetothetelescope.com/||2012-07-20 20:34:12|
|Alexandra Seidel||A Masquerade in Four Voices||Stone Telling||Link to work: http://stonetelling.com/issue5-sep2011/seidel-masquerade.html||2012-07-20 10:20:43|
|Ekaterina Sedia (editor)||Wilful Impropriety||Robinson||A wonderful anthology in which each story explores gender and sexuality in an unexpected way – fabulous stuff!||2012-07-18 01:42:11|
|Tansy Rayner Roberts||Love and Romanpunk||Twelfth Planet Press||Tansy suggested her collection not be considered by the Tiptree jury in the year she was a member and hoped that the 2012 jury might consider it in the following year.|
I believe the short story The Patrician sits very much within the considerations of the Tiptree Award but the collection as a whole (4 stories) is also worthy.
|Ruth Berman||Bradamant's Quest||FTL Publications||"Bradamant's Quest" follows a character from Orlando Furioso after the death of her husband and most of Charlemagne's Peers in the battle of Roncesval, as she tries to cope with loss and aging and figure out what there is for her to do with her life.||2012-07-16 10:45:38|
|Bag Person Press Collective||Lady Poetesses from Hell||Bag Person Press||This collection of sf/fantasy poems includes work by Eleanor Arnason, Ruth Berman, Terry A. Garey, Ellen Klages, Rebecca Marjesdatter, K. C. O'Malley. John Calvin Rezmerski (including Grace Lord Stoke), Laurel Winter, and Jane Yolen. Several poems have won Rhysling Awards (annual award for sf poems), and most deal in various likely and unlikely ways with feminist themes. .||2012-07-16 10:35:54|
|Jane Rogers||The Testament of Jessie Lamb||Harper Perennial||This novel takes the notion of a woman's choice to an extreme that goes way beyond any discussion anyone in our world would contemplate.||2012-07-15 11:37:58|
|China Miéville||Railsea||Random House (Ballantine)||Explores family structures and relationships that are not traditional, in addition to characters who defy gender norms.||2012-07-05 09:07:06|
|Jennifer Pelland||Machine||Apex||Explores the question of whether gender is a property of the body or the mind from several angles.||2012-07-04 18:15:59|
|Keffy R. M. Kehrli||Shoes Worn Once||Electric Velocipede||1 )A story about a cross-dressing male who discovers a woman growing out of a pair of red heels he recently purchased. |
2) Not sure what the other recommender is on about; this story isn't about a cis man, it's about the protag's gender dysphoria and acceptance/rejection of self as trans...
|David Patneaude||Epitaph Road||Egmont||Not sure if this is too old, but if a past jury hasn't looked at it, I think this year's should. A disease kills off 97% of the world population of men and boys. What's a little different about this is that it's a near future Earth, and all of Earth. It really brings home 'what if this actually happened?', not on a distant world, or in the distant past or distant future, but here and now(ish).||2012-07-02 05:36:25|
|Chaz Brenchley||Rotten Row||PS Publishing||This novella explores what happens when we port our identities into different bodies. Gender is just one of the aspects touched on.||2012-06-21 09:41:20|
|Aliette de Bodard||Immersion||Clarkesworld Magazine||Short story about the cultural pressures on the people of a former colony, particularly regarding their presentation of culture and appearance. By the end of the story, three women are helping each other to bring about change.||2012-06-16 04:39:33|
|Kim Stanley Robinson||2312||Orbit||1) It joyfully imagines a post-binary-gender world in which parents elect to have their children treated, while in the womb, to ensure that they will grow up with a mix of gender characteristics. And it provides a social and economic justification for them doing this.|
2) Variations on gender/sexuality are not a main component of the plot exactly but the idea of gender play is fully part of the cultures...not a winner I would think but worthy of a mention perhaps...seems to be an example that fits the intent of the Award: authors that go beyond the present for gender/sexuality.
|Brit Mandelo||Winter Scheming||Apex Magazine||http://apex-magazine.com/2012/06/05/winter-scheming/||2012-06-11 05:37:53|
|Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them||Mad Norwegian Press||This is a collection of essays that explore the comic book medium from a variety of feminist perspectives.||2012-06-07 13:55:50|
|Robert L. Wogrin||The TWIN||SBPRA||The subject of the book "The TWIN ' is the discovery of Earth's twin planet "Kaldea" which is unseen from earth due to the same orbit they occupy but on opposite sides of the sun. A NASA adventure found by accident by the space shuttle " Galaxy " and it's five astronauts.||2012-06-05 13:53:49|
|Sadie S. Forsythe||The Weeping Empress||A recent reviewer stated, "The Weeping Empress is a beautifully written and insightful piece of fiction that explores many different themes including that of gender expectations in a society where the role of the woman was fixed and immovable."||2012-05-17 07:05:25|
|Caitlin R. Kiernan||The Drowning Girl||ROC||2012-04-29 10:34:47|
|James Patrick Kelly||The Last Judgment||Asimov's Science Fiction||Hard boiled PI meets aliens, robots, art, dystopia and complex gender issues - a follow up to Kelly's 2004 Nebula finalist story "Men Are Trouble." Asks some hard questions to which there are no easy answers.||2012-04-23 05:51:49|
|Jonathan Trigell||Genus||Corsair (Constable & Robinson)||A future London where the children of the wealthy are not only sex selected but genetically enhanced and poor women are frequently forced to become surrogate mothers to earn a living. In a world where sex is completely seperated from reproduction, do gender roles become blurred or starker?||2012-04-15 06:51:02|
|Conrad Williams||Genaria||Amazon - Kindle||Triggered by extreme events - pain, fear etc. - some of the characters in this book change into an alter ego (quite often of the other gender) to help them in their quest. |
A truly exciting read.
|David Berger||Task Force: Gaea||self-published||Gay novel involving modern day Olympian gods||2012-04-02 13:04:23|
|Peter Saenz||Coven of Wolves||DoorQ Publishing||Gay novel involving witches and werewolves.||2012-04-02 13:02:28|
|Greg Egan||The Eternal Flame||Nightshade||In this second book of a trilogy, Egan really tackles the different issues that women face in the sciences. Women, as the continuation of a species, become seen as property that must be protected, even from themselves. The books are somewhat unbalanced between physics lesson and societal and personal plots, but definitely worth looking at. ||2012-03-30 07:42:49|
|Egle Skei||The life and death of Benjamin Brash||Grosvenor House Publishing||Ms Skei presents a ghost story in a very unusual way, in that the ghosts are characters rather than purely being there to scare. The book takes us into the ghosts' world with the different types and skills of the different ghosts. The book explores issues of equality and diversity through the interaction and inter-dependence of the living humans and the ghosts. In addition the strength of a young female poltergeist called Steph, in many ways the central character of the ghost world has proved very popular as a role model for teenage girls.||2012-03-30 05:04:23|
|Jennifer Pelland||Machine||Apex||Interesting ideas about gender and bodies.||2012-03-27 10:33:25|
|Brit Mandelo||Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction||Lethe Press||Just received a starred review in PW.||2012-03-25 17:21:37|
|Alex Jeffers||Tattooed Love Boys||Giganotosaurus||A story that not only embraces the fluidity of gender but also has some excellent queer identity themes.||2012-03-18 05:27:31|
|Anna LaForge||The Marcella Fragment||Newcal Publishing||The first book from this author, and it's a wonderfully written story. Earth was destroyed by the neglect of its inhabitants, and a lucky few were transported by mysterious aliens referred to simply as "Sowers" to this new planet. There, the transplanted population begins the long struggle back to civilization. The matriarchal society formed by one group in Pelion follows the words of a myth, hoping their plans and actions will ultimately lead to the enlightenment of the population of the entire planet.||2012-03-16 15:02:41|
|Susan Jane Bigelow||Fly Into Fire||Candlemark & Gleam||The last surviving members of the extrahumans must come together to face an oppressive government that's hunting them, and attempting to use a young girl for its own means, with the help of a transgender refugee from the same regime.||2012-03-13 07:57:11|
|Pearl North||The Boy From Ilysies||Tor Teen||sequel to Libyrinth -- The Boy From Ilysies deals much more with gender.||2012-03-12 21:33:33|
Maisarah Abu Lim,
|The Steampowered Globe||AS¡FF||This is Singapore's first Steampunk anthology, consisting of 7 short stories by various authors, edited by Rosemary Lim, Maisarah Abu Samah. |
The book "explores or expands our notions of gender", according to Jess Nevins, who said in io9 about having mostly women writers, women protagonists, plus two women editors.
|K.V. Taylor||Scripped||Belfire Press||Beautifully crafted world and excellent characterization.||2012-02-19 14:12:41|
|Jenn Manley Lee||Wander (Dicebox Vol. 1)||Supersticery Press||Collected print edition of the first volume of an SF graphic novel about itinerant laborers in space. Reviews consistently note the attention paid to changes in gender roles and social norms rather than tech; "Makes Battlestar look vanilla," was one memorable pullquote. --A recent review: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/01/27/dicebox-comic-webcomic/||2012-02-17 11:32:04|
|lionpyh||Fifty Years in the Virtuous City||n/a||A piece based off of one of the earliest works of feminist SF, Roquia Sakhawat Hussain's "The Sultana's Dream." I love how the author thinks through many of the implications of the short story.|
|Carole Jahme||Worth Their Weight in Blood||Mira Intelligent Read||This is the most original science fiction/fantasy novel I've ever read. Issues of what it means to be a female human are central. The author is an evolutionary psychologist she spcialises in sex differences, this is her first novel and it is full of beautifully woven-in facts. It's a page turner, I couldn't put it down.|
|Nanna Arnadottir||Zombie Iceland||OkeiBækur||Travel Guide meets novel about women kicking ass in a zombie apocalypse in Iceland. It's awesome.||2011-12-01 12:23:54|