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Crown of Stars

By James Tiptree, Jr.

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An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

A race of octopoid aliens visits earth to restore man's dying beliefs, with spaceships containing the very Gods themselves. In the future the rich are allowed a four week holiday - into their own futures. A soldier wounded at the front finds his memories too terrifying to live with once his government-approved drugs are withdrawn. A young girl is convinced that mother-earth is male and dedicates her life to consummating her love for him. God is dead and the Devil makes an offer for the real estate of heaven...

These dark visions of the future by James Tiptree Jr. are a vivid, sometimes frightening foretelling of what may happen.

Biographical Notes

James Tiptree Jr (1915-1987)
Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon wrote most of her fiction as James Tiptree, Jr - she was making a point about sexist assumptions and also keeping her US government employers from knowing her business. Most of her books are collections of short stories, of which Her Smoke Rose Up Forever is considered to be her best selection. Sheldon's best stories combine radical feminism with a tough-minded tragic view of life; even virtuous characters are exposed as unwitting beneficiaries of disgusting socio-economic systems. Even good men are complicit in women's oppression, as in her most famous stories 'The Women Men Don't See' and 'Houston, Houston, Do you Read?' or in ecocide. Much of her work, even at its most tragic, has an attractively ironic tone which sometimes becomes straightforwardly comedy - it is important to stress that Tiptree's deep seriousness never becomes sombre or pompous. Her two novels Up the Walls of the World and Brightness Falls from the Air are both remarkable transfigurations of stock space opera material - the former deals with a vast destroying being, sympathetic aliens at risk of destruction by it and human telepaths trying to make contact across the gulf of stars. She died tragically in 1987.

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  • ISBN: 9781473203228
  • Publication date: 26 Nov 2015
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Tales of the Quintana Roo

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Gateway

Brightness Falls from the Air

James Tiptree, Jr.
Authors:
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Sixteen humans have come together on Damien, a distant world where once, dreams were stolen and atrocities took place. They have gathered to view the last rising of a manmade nova, the testament to a war none can forget.Soon, time will warp and masks will fall. Soon, violence will erupt anew - along with treachery, horror, murder, release and love.Soon, some will find justice . . . and others, judgement. Soon.Now, sixteen humans have gathered - to await the light of the Murdered Star.

Gateway

Up The Walls of the World

James Tiptree, Jr.
Authors:
James Tiptree, Jr.

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Gollancz

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James Tiptree, Jr.
Authors:
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Gateway

Out of the Everywhere and Other Extraordinary Visions

James Tiptree, Jr.
Authors:
James Tiptree, Jr.

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Gateway

Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home

James Tiptree, Jr.
Authors:
James Tiptree, Jr.

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Gateway

Warm Worlds and Otherwise

James Tiptree, Jr.
Authors:
James Tiptree, Jr.
Gateway

Star Songs of an Old Primate

James Tiptree, Jr.
Authors:
James Tiptree, Jr.

A marvelous medley of Tiptree's best, including:"YOUR HAPLOID HEART" - When Ian Suitlov and Pax Patton landed on Esthaa to check for humans, the job wasn't as easy as it appeared. Though the natives seemed human enough, only cross breeding would be conclusive proof. But how were they to prove anything, when sex was punishable by death? "THE PSYCHOLOGIST WHO WOULDN'T DO AWFUL THINGS TO RATS" - Dr Tilly Lipsitz hated his name, loved his rats... and would be out of a job if he didn't come up with a real zinger of an experiment soon. He didn't have much in mind until he took a midnight trip to his lab and learned more than he would have thought possible. "SHE WAITS FOR ALL MEN BORN" - She had eyes that could not see, but without sight she had powers that went far beyond those of all who came upon her.Contents:Your Haploid Heart (1969)And So On, and So On (1971)Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (1974)A Momentary Taste of Being (1975)Houston, Houston, Do You Read? (1976)The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats (1976)She Waits for All Men Born (1976)

Gateway

The Starry Rift

James Tiptree, Jr.
Authors:
James Tiptree, Jr.
Gateway

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

James Tiptree, Jr.
Authors:
James Tiptree, Jr.

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Fred Hoyle

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