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 given at WisCon 39, 2015.
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The 2014 James Tiptree, Jr. Award Recommendedations
|Sally Wiener Grotta||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. |
|Jennifer Wells||Fluency||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.||2014-10-28 14:24:47|
|Yukimi Ogawa||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.
|Deborah Wheeler||Collaborators||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.||2014-10-15 15:11:44|
|John Scalzi||Lock In||Tor||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
|Graham J. Darling||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 .||2014-10-09 10:32:07|
|S. L. Huang||Hunting Monsters||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.
|Octavia Cade Cade||Trading Rosemary||Masque Books||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.||2014-10-01 02:10:47|
|Michael J. Sullivan Sullivan||Hollow World||Tachyon||A utopia where the inhabitants have no gender and everyone looks alike. The protagonist is a time traveler who arrives from our time.||2014-09-29 13:28:16|
|Walter Mosley||Jack Strong||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....||2014-09-29 11:59:02|
|Octavia E. Butler||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.||2014-09-29 07:32:38|
|Emmi Itäranta||Memory of Water||Harper Voyager||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.
|Kameron Hurley||Mirror Empire||Angry Robot||Complex and brutal, the variety and breadth of gender representation in this book is fascinating.||2014-09-10 19:47:21|
|Polenth Blake||Never the same||Strange horizons||Wow. Seriously wow. http://t.co/BkyEUaQuF0||2014-09-10 19:44:40|
|Margaret Ronald||Interstellar Mom||Tumblr||http://interstellarmom.tumblr.com/|
Mommy blog. In space. From the future. What's changed, what hasn't?
|K.S. Daniels||Flight of the Valkyrie||Open Field||The second book in her Valkyrie series, Flight took the excellence of the first book and expanded upon it.||2014-07-31 07:46:18|
|Jacqueline Koyanagi||Ascension||Masque Books||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.||2014-07-30 19:03:10|
|Monica Byrne||The Girl in the Road||Crown||2014-07-30 13:34:15|
|Red Harvey||Obsolution||Wattpad||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.
|Laura Lam||Shadowplay||Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot||Fantasy that features an intersex, bisexual, genderfluid protagonist.||2014-07-15 01:49:44|
|Katje van Loon||Stranger Skies||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.||2014-07-11 11:53:27|
|Mary Rickert||The Memory Garden||Sourcebooks Landmark||An excellent look at relationships/friendships/etc between older women, older and younger women, and the notion of what makes a witch.||2014-06-29 21:28:02|
|Jo Walton||My Real Children||Tor||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.||2014-06-10 13:13:43|
|Pat MacEwen||The Lightness of the Movement||F&SF||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.||2014-05-20 17:47:10|
|Joanne Hall||The Art of Forgetting: Rider||Kristell Ink||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.||2014-05-01 11:53:39|
|Sandra Moran||Nudge||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.
|Marie Brennan||The Tropic of Serpents||Tor||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.
|Kaitlyn Davis||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.||2014-04-01 12:18:37|
|Morra Crone||The Lion Wedding||F&SF||not "gender bending" but a take on sexuality that's worth the panel looking at||2014-03-14 10:20:10|
|Seth Chamber||In Her Eyes||F&SF||not "gender bending" but a take on sexuality that's worth the panel looking at||2014-03-14 10:18:20|
|Adam Lowe||A Rose in Any Other Game||Wattpad||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
|Kevin Baldeosingh||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.||2014-03-14 03:33:57|
|Adam Lowe||Monster||Dead Ink||'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||Akashic Books||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.||2014-03-13 12:30:45|
|Benjanun Sriduangkaew||Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade||Clarkesworld, Dec 2013||A general comes back from the dead to kill her lover in a genderfluid universe.||2014-02-18 23:18:39|
|Ian McHugh||Extracted Journal notes for an ethnography of Bnebene Nomad Culture||Asimov's||Tiptree has so few with alien cultures that this short story would be a good addition.||2014-02-16 15:53:00|
|Jorge Enrique Ponce||R³||Goo Factory||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.
|Jess Richards||Cooking with Bones||Sceptre||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.||2014-02-08 09:57:25|