Sunday, August 06, 2006


There is a new biography out about James Tiptree or as she was truly named, Alice Sheldon. Tiptree was a famed sci-fi writer who one praise in scifi for understanding women, unlike nearly every other scifi writer. Not too different from today really. The review points out that she was interesting for more reason than that.

After a failed venture in chicken farming, Alice Sheldon spent three years interpreting photos for the CIA. (Ting remained a high-ranking CIA officer until his retirement.) She went back to college, getting her bachelor's degree and, in 1965, a doctorate in psychology from George Washington University. Not wanting to teach, Sheldon decided to try writing science fiction.

That is a different path.

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