The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council is pleased to announce that the 2014 Tiptree Award has been awarded. Nike A.Sulway, author of the winning book Rupetta, along with authors and works on the Honor List and the Long List were celebrated at WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin in May 2015.

Award Information

Conference Information

  • Award Year: 2013
  • Award Year Number: Year 23
  • Conference: Wiscon 38
  • Date: 23-05-2014
  • Location: Madison, WI

Award Winner

The 2013 jury chose 1 work for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Rupetta by Nike A. Sulway (Tartarus Press, 2013)

N.A. Sulway’s imaginative and highly original novel tells the story of Rupetta, an artificial intelligence created 400 years ago from cloth, leather, and metal,  brought to life by the touch of her creator’s hand on her clockwork heart.

Although Rupetta is a constructed being, she is not a robot. Her consciousness is neither digital nor mechanical. Nor is she an android, a creature that is, etymologically, male. (The word is not gyndroid). Rupetta’s power does not come from her brain, but from her heart. Sulway has placed her construct not in the future, but the past, and made her female, created with traditionally feminine technology: sewing and weaving. Rupetta is a woman, made by a woman in the image of a woman, and the world changes to accommodate her existence.

A deft blend of fantasy, science fiction, romance, and even gothic horror, this beautifully written story challenges the reader’s expectations about gender and of a gendering society. It examines power and what makes an object of power, relationships and love, sexuality and identity, and how culture is shaped and history is made.

Rupetta was published by British independent publisher Tartarus Press in a limited hardback edition and a more widely available e-book version. Both are available for purchase from Tartarus’s website.

Nike Sulway lives and writes in Queensland, Australia. Her novel The Bone Flute won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author in 2000. Since 2007, she has been the co-director of Olvar Wood Writers Retreat, and one of the editors of Perilous Adventures, a literary magazine.

Nike Sulway will be honored during Memorial Day weekend at WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin. Sulway will receive $1000 in prize money, a specially commissioned piece of original artwork, and (as always) chocolate.

Work Information

Title: RupettaAuthor:
Publisher:
Publisher Name: Tartarus PressCountry: UKYear: 2013
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English
N. A. Sulway — Rupetta
N. A. Sulway — Rupetta

Award Honor List

In addition to selecting the winner, the jury chooses a Tiptree Award Honor List. The Honor List is a strong part of the award’s identity and is used by many readers as a recommended reading list for the rest of the year. This year’s Honor List is:

The 2013 jury chose 10 works for the Honor List

Big Mama Stories, (Aqueduct Press, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: Big Mama StoriesAuthor: Work Type: CollectionOriginal Language: EnglishPublisher: Aqueduct PressCountry: USYear: 2013

Heaven Under Earth, (Spilt Milk Press, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: Heaven Under EarthAuthor: Work Type: Short FictionOriginal Language: English
Collection:
Title: Electric Velocipede #24 Summer 2012Editor: John KlimaPublisher: Spilt Milk PressCountry: USYear: 2013

Hild, (Farrar Straus & Giroux, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: HildAuthor: Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: EnglishPublisher: Farrar Straus & GirouxCountry: USYear: 2013

The Summer Prince, (Arthur A. Levine Books, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: The Summer PrinceAuthor: Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: EnglishPublisher: Arthur A. Levine BooksCountry: USYear: 2013

Ancillary Justice, Imperial Radch Trilogy 1, (Orbit, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: Ancillary JusticeSeries: Imperial Radch TrilogySeries Number: 1Author: Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: EnglishPublisher: OrbitCountry: USYear: 2013

September Girls, (HarperTeen, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: September GirlsAuthor: Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: EnglishPublisher: HarperTeenCountry: USYear: 2013

All Our Pretty Songs, (St. Martin's Griffin, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: All Our Pretty SongsAuthor: Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: EnglishPublisher: St. Martin's GriffinCountry: USYear: 2013

Electric Lady, (Bad Boy Records, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: Electric LadyAuthor: Work Type: OtherOriginal Language: EnglishPublisher: Bad Boy RecordsCountry: USYear: 2013

The Golem and the Jinni, (Harper, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: The Golem and the JinniAuthor: Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: EnglishPublisher: HarperCountry: USYear: 2013

Sea Change, (Tor, US, 2013)

Work Information

Title: Sea ChangeAuthor: Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: EnglishPublisher: TorCountry: USYear: 2013

Jurors

Each year, a panel of five jurors selects the Tiptree Award winner. The 2013 jurors were:

  • Ellen Klages (chair)
  • Christopher Barzak
  • Jayna Brown
  • Nene Ormes
  • Gretchen Treu