Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

James Tiptree, Jr.
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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever


A pretty good collection of short stories, mostly science fiction and many post apocalyptic. Particular favorites include "The Women Men Don't See" and "Houston, Houston, Do You Read". Some of these have been mined for science fiction TV, and I expect more will be in the future.

Sex plays a part, often clinical, in many of these stories. I'm not sure whether it was the 70s or a point Alice Sheldon was trying to make, but in many cases it was extraneous to the plot. Also, this collection is very large - 18 stories, four or five of them novellas. It took me quite a bit longer to read than I expected.