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 repeat the process until you’ve told us about them all.
Recommendations close on the 1st of December, 2017. Because recommendations are accepted from everyone, and haven’t been reviewed by the jury, we request that nominated creators not publicize their appearance on this list: if you win, or your work shows up on an honor list or long list, please publicize to your heart’s content!
The 2017 James Tiptree, Jr. Award will be given in 2018, location to be determined.
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The Recommended Works for the 2017 James Tiptree, Jr. Award
|Ellen Klages||Passing Strange||tor.com||2017-03-18 16:22:31|
|Michael Collins||Pale Winter Sun||Createspace||This book wasn't written just to tell a story, but to help teens and parents in similar situations. Not all kids runaway to the city, some have no choice but to stay close to the rural areas they live in.||2017-03-16 09:21:33|
|JD Scott||Cross||Ninth Letter||A humorous short story about an unknown narrator surviving a fantastic variation on the Abrahamic crucifixion, dealing with complicated pain of the human body and how humans perform (and are expected to perform) gender.||2017-03-14 09:10:20|
|Dagny Paul||Standard Procedure||For Mortal Things Unsung, Escape Artists, Inc. - reprinted in Pseudopod||2017-03-14 06:49:04|
|Kameron Hurley||The Stars Are Legion||Saga Press||2017-03-13 23:15:50|
|Linsey Miller||Mask of Shadows||Sourcebook Fire||This book stars the first gender fluid character I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. At no time does Ms. Miller make excuses for Salott's fluidity. Told entirely in the first person, the fact that Salott has chosen neither and yet both genders creates a whole new world of gender. I feel this book truly meets the criteria and the point of the Tiptree Award, defining gender in a new way and also showing young people (this is a YA fantasy novel) that it is okay to be different. I had the pleasure of reading via NetGalley so I've no dog in this fight. Had I not been the old lady I am at 45, this book would have changed my view of life as a teen. This book will also change the view of many about the LGBTQIA community.||2017-02-25 18:25:29|
|Michele Fogal||Root of the Spark||Loose Id||Dell has an unexpected spark that masculine and feminine energies create when swirled and fused inside a single person.Born in the midst of the oldest human war, the war of the sexes, Dell is the first true hermaphrodite on the planet of Ameliaura. Dell has used the anonymity of the Fatherlander to survive, and the tight community of the Motherlander to manage, but reaching maturity means that neither of those are enough anymore. After a vicious attack, and an unexpected love interest, Dell must step into the light to fight for a real home.Warning: this book contains a child who is actually an ancient dragon made of fungus, a lovely villain imprisoned inside the creature’s body, a hasty clan gathering in the collective subconscious, a hermaphrodite orphanage on the brink, and some very naughty acts on a staircase.||2017-02-18 22:59:22|
|T. J. Klune||Murmuration||Dreamscape||This novel creates (and then undercuts) a virtual 1950s in which gender and sexuality are unproblematic but identity and reality are at risk in pretty interesting ways.||2017-02-16 14:51:03|
|Moxie Marcus||Circlet Press, Inc.||This is a short story in an anthology. I considered submitting the whole anthology, but not every story deals with gender-related issues as directly as this one.||2017-02-15 22:59:55|
|April Daniels||Dreadnought||Diversion Publishing||A young adult novel about a transgender superhero. This is the single most trans-affirming book I have ever read. This book is designed to appeal to young teens experience gender dysphoria through its use of a idealized sci-fi transition. However, it is more than just a wish-fulfillment fantasy. It's carefully written to make it clear that its protagonist is transgender and that being transgender is okay. Her transition, while idealized, does not change her DNA, helping to draw a connection between her and real-world transgender people and making it easier for trans girls to admit to themselves that they are trans. By letting transgender girls know that their feeling are normal and that they aren't alone, I truly believe that this book could save lives.||2017-02-12 16:52:47|
|Torrey Peters||Infect your Friends and Loved Ones||One of my favourite Tiptree novellas is Houston, Houston, Do You Read. Reading Peter's novella evoked that book, not simply because there are significant thematic echoes, but with the fierce intelligence and bleak humour of her narrative voice. As well, this book makes fresh hay out of the tropes of the sex role reversal utopia of new wave/second wave feminist SF, reimagining sexual difference from the perspective of a trans/cis divide.||2017-02-05 06:51:03|
|Kellie Doherty||Finding Hekate||Desert Palm Press||Finding Hekate is the first book in the scifi Cicatrix Duology that features two lesbian main characters and their crew, following them on their journey to save one character from a band of evildoers bent on taking her captive...and on the way, the two women fall in love.||2017-01-31 12:42:55|
|Eleanor Arnason||Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens||Aqueduct Press||This collection of stories about the Hwarhath people explores (among other things) the rigid gender norms of this alien race and how they are subverted. Wonderful work.||2017-01-30 10:24:24|
|Naomi Alderman||The Power||Viking||2017-01-23 07:26:12|
|Grant Hamilton||Heroes of Karth: The Curse of the Undead||Heroes of Karth Inc.||Heroes of Karth: The Curse of the Undead is the first book in an inclusive tale of high fantasy incorporating LGBTQ and autistic heroes that work to overcome obstacles of discrimination and racism. Grant Hamilton has taken the traditional fairytale device and turned it on its head, creating a multi-faceted story of love and betrayal, battles and magic, and families and heroes.||2017-01-23 06:08:14|
|Aliete de Bodard||The House of Binding Thorns||Ace||I realize this won't be eligible for this year's award.The novel features racially diverse characters, bisexual characters, gay characters, and one transgender (in the sense a male angel transforms himself into a female and has a lesbian relationship with a mortal woman).||2017-01-19 17:20:37|
|SL Huang||The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist||The Book Smugglers||This is one of the most gorgeous and poignant fairy tale retellings I have ever read. Unapologetically queer, heartbreakingly tragic (as is to be expected from a retelling of The Little Mermaid), and incredibly well-written.||2017-01-18 06:18:50|
|Alma Alexander||Twice Promised||Kos Books||What happens when a first-born child gets promised to two different witches by both parents...? Joint custody - and just like in all the best fairy tales, country witch Ethelreda and city witch Shula first squabble and complain about the unbearable arrangements... and then, slowly, quietly, inevitably, fall in love... (this story was a successfully crowd-funded project under the hashtag #morewitchcentriclesbianfairytaleromcom)||2017-01-14 16:40:28|
|Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam||The Orangery||Beneath Ceaseless Skies||Uses a familiar mythological trope--women turning into trees--to explore power imbalances between men and women||2017-01-10 15:50:21|
|D. J. Goodman||Planet Leviathan||Severed Pres||2017-01-07 14:21:19|
|Matthew Rossi||Heartless||2017-01-04 16:52:55|
|Matthew Rossi||Nameless||Narcoleptic Dogs Press||Book deals with genderfluid main characters and a character deals with being transgender as well. The sequel, Heartless https://www.amazon.com/Heartless-Nameless-Book-Matthew-Rossi-ebook/dp/B01M5ISESX/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 also deals with these issues.||2017-01-04 16:35:09|
|Heather Rose Jones||Mother of Souks||Bella Books||2017-01-04 16:30:10|
|Felicity Banks||Heart of Brass||Odyssey Books Australia||2017-01-04 01:10:19|
|Jennifer Marie Brissett||Kamanti's Child||Uncanny Magazine||A science fiction short story inspired by Toni Morrison's Beloved. This issue of Uncanny also includes an interview with me about this story. http://uncannymagazine.com/article/interview-jennifer-marie-brissett/||2017-01-03 21:29:49|
|A. Merc Rustad||Monster Girls Don't Cry||Uncanny Magazine||2017-01-03 15:10:03|