Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

James Tiptree, Jr.
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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever


Many more good than bad. The bad are only classed as such because they were too bizarre for my sensibilities, or I failed to understand the ideas or themes Tiptree was driving at. A phenomenal science fiction author, with an incredibly interesting life. I think it's an important read, especially for anyone interested in feminist science fiction of the 70s.

Particularly highlights for me were "The Screwfly Solution", "The Girl Who Was Plugged In", "A Momentary Taste of Being", "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled with Light", "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?", "With Mad Delicate Hands" and "Slow Music". And a few more I enjoyed but weren't favourites. I think "With Mad Delicate Hands" might have been my favourite from a purely story standing, with Pig being such a memorable character, and her torment seeming so real.

A huge collection that was dense and tight. It was exhausting reading for long periods of time, just because of the energy Tiptree keeps up, which made for slow reading. That's okay though, and I know I'll come back to some of them in the future. Oh, and her titles are like poetry, its incredible.