The James Tiptree Jr. Awards were handed out earlier this week, designed to honor science fiction or fantasy works that “expands or explores our understanding of gender.”
This is an incredible event. If you’re anywhere near Eugene, OR, this weekend, you should absolutely go to the University of Oregon for their two-day James Tiptree, Jr. symposium. Featuring Tiptree’s biographer, Julie Philips, plus authors Ursula K. Le Guin, David Gerrold and Suzy McKee Charnas.
The name Eando Binder sounds exotic and kinkily Teutonic — but it's actually a pseudonym for Earl and Otto Binder, who turned "E and O" into the science-fictional-sounding "Eando." Learn the origins of James S.A. Corey, Murray Leinster, James Tiptree Jr., and other unusual SF pen names, over at Barnes & Noble.
The winner of the 2014 James Tiptree Jr. Award for science fiction and fantasy books that explore and expand notions of gender? It's Rupetta by N.A. Sulway, a novel about a 17th century cyborg. And the "honor list" for the award includes a must-read list of books that will challenge your gender preconceptions.
Ever get caught up in a book, to the point where it felt like you had left your everyday world and gotten caught up in the protagonist's experiences? A new type of book could vastly increase that immersion, using temperature and vibration to reflect what's happening in the book as you read.
James Tiptree Jr., aka Alice Sheldon, is justly revered as a science fiction pioneer. And writing for NPR, Harvard professor and poet Stephen Burt makes a strong case that she represents the perfect fusion of some of science fiction's most essential strands.
Nicola Griffith wrote the classic novels Ammonite and Slow River, so she's uniquely qualified to weigh in on lesbian-themed science fiction books. Someone asked her for some recommendations on her blog, and her list is well worth checking out.
Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology is having a special issue devoted to "feminist science fiction," edited by Alexis Lothian. The call for papers is here, and it reads in part:
When Hollywood wants a futuristic, paranoid thriller where nothing is what it seems, the studios reach for the work of one man. This week, Philip K. Dick continues his reign as Hollywood's idea spigot, with a remake of Total Recall. More PKD films are in the works, and there's no shortage of material out there.
Why do so many of science fiction's greatest stories have to do with meeting — and possibly falling in love with — strangers and strange beings? Author Pat Cadigan, whose story "Angel" is in the new anthology Alien Contact, muses about the allure of Meeting the Other.
Either you've already seen this video from a recent, deeply scary robot demo in Japan, or you need to watch it now. It reveals that robot slavery may not look the way you think it will.
The mighty James Tiptree Jr. Awards have surveyed another year of science fiction and fantasy relating to gender. This year's best gender-related SF books: Greer Gilman's trippy folk tales and, for the first time, a Manga series.
Yesterday, we showed you the best robot bodies to download your brain into. But what if you don't want to lose your meat body? Here are 10 robot bodies you can jack into, without leaving your body, like in Surrogates.
Sarah Hall's The Carhullan Army, the future dystopian novel I reviewed a while back, has won this year's James Tiptree Jr. Award. I was lucky enough to be on the jury for the Tiptree, which recognizes science fiction and fantasy stories that consider gender in a new and interesting way, and we were all blown away by…
With Y: The Last Man wrapping up and turning into a movie, the science fiction cliche of the female-dominated planet is red-hot once again. The cosmos is safe for our red-blooded spacemen to venture to worlds where there are no men, or where men are subjugated and the women wear funny headgear. But what about the…