James Tiptree Jr. Award Announced!

The James Tiptree Jr. Award is a literary award given annually to science fiction or fantasy (novels, novellas, short stories) that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the male name James Tiptree Jr. in order to be more accepted by publishers of science fiction.

While some of these books/stories may not be in the Denver Public Library's collection, they may be worth seeking out if you are interested in issues of gender in science fiction and fantasy. Please note all the teen books on the list--several of which were on my favorite reads of 2011 list!

The 2011 Tiptree Award Winner is: Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct Press, 2011)

The Honor List includes:

Libba Bray, Beauty Queens (Scholastic Press 2011) (teen)

L. Timmel Duchamp, “The Nones of Quintilus” (in her collection Never at Home, Aqueduct Press 2011)

Kameron Hurley, God’s War (Night Shade Books 2011)

Gwyneth Jones, The Universe of Things (Aqueduct Press 2011)

Alice Sola Kim, “The Other Graces” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, July 2010)

Sandra McDonald, “Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots” (Strange Horizons, 2010.10.04)

Maureen F. McHugh, “After the Apocalypse” (in her collection After the Apocalypse, Small Beer Press 2011)

Delia Sherman, The Freedom Maze (Big Mouth House 2011) (teen)

Kim Westwood, The Courier’s New Bicycle (Harper Voyager Australia 2011)

The Long List includes:

Lauren Beukes, Zoo City  (Angry Robot 2011)
Sigrid Ellis, “No Return Address” (Strange Horizons, 2010.11.29)
Karen Healey, The Shattering (Allen & Unwin (Aus/NZ) 2011; Little, Brown (US) 2011) (teen)
Sue Isle, “Nation of the Night” (in her collection Nightsiders, Twelfth Planet Press 2011)
Alaya Dawn Johnson, “Their Changing Bodies” (Subterranean, Summer 2011)
Malinda Lo, Huntress (Little, Brown 2011) (teen)
Meghan McCarron, “We Heart Vampires!!!!!!” (Strange Horizons, 2010.05.03-10)
Teresa Milbrodt, Bearded Women Stories (ChiZine Publications 2011)
Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch (Viking 2011) (middle grade)
An Owomoyela, “Of Men and Wolves” (Fantasy Magazine, February 2011)
Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox (Riverhead 2011)
J.R. Pournelle, Outies (New Brookland Press 2011)
Lev AC Rosen, All Men of Genius (Tor 2011)
Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless (Tor 2011)

To find out more about the very interesting life of Alice B. Sheldon, check out Julie Phillips' wonderful biography James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon.

Written by Becker on March 13, 2012

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