In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Alice Sheldon’s birth, and in recognition of the enormous influence of both Tiptree and Sheldon on the field, Twelfth Planet Press is publishing a selection of thoughtful letters written by science fiction and fantasy’s writers, editors, critics and fans to celebrate her, to recognise her work, and maybe in some cases to finish conversations set aside nearly thirty years ago.
Marleen S. Barr
Aliette de Bodard
L. Timmel Duchamp
Nicola Griffith – read online at LA Review of Books
Valentin D Ivanov
Gwyneth Jones – read online at Strange Horizons
Alex Dally MacFarlane
Brit Mandelo – read online at Tor.com
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Lynne M. Thomas
And bonus reprint material including:
archived letters from Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and James Tiptree Jr./Alice Sheldon
excerpts from The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms by Helen Merrick
excerpt from Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction by Justine Larbalestier
essay by Michael Swanwick
Reviews for Letters to Tiptree
From Subversive Reader: “I can’t imagine a better tribute to such an interesting author.”
From Nicholas, From the Heart of Europe: “When I read books about sf, I want i) a better understanding of stuff I have already read and ii) suggestions of stuff I might read in the future which may appeal to me. I got both from this book.”
From Tsana, at Tsana Reads: “My favourite part of this latter material was definitely the letters between Tiptree and her contemporaries. I would love to read more of them. The focus here was on Tiptree revealing her Alice Sheldon identity to her epistolary friends but I’m sure there were many other interesting conversations for us to snoop on from the future. … if you have even a passing interest in [Sheldon’s] life or fiction, this makes for an interesting read.”
From Deanne Sheldon-Collins, in Aurealis #85: “A combination of personal and critical stories exploring a genre that resists definition yet often limits itself, Letters is an important book about science fiction – past, present, and future.”
Alexandra Pierce reads, teaches, blogs, podcasts, cooks, knits, runs, eats, sleeps, and observes the stars. Not necessarily in that order of priority. She is a Christian, a feminist, and an Australian. She can be found at her website, and on the Hugo-winning Galactic Suburbia podcast.
Alisa Krasnostein has been successfully editing and publishing books for eight years. In 2011, she won the World Fantasy Award for her work with the press, and Twelfth Planet books and stories have won the Shirley Jackson, WSFA Small Press, Aurealis, Ditmar, Chronos and Tin Duck awards. Alisa is also a four times Hugo nominee, and winner of the Peter McNamara Award in 2011, as co-host of the Hugo winning Galactic Suburbia Podcast. Twelfth Planet Press has championed underrepresented voices from the very start. Previous projects include the acclaimed Twelve Planets series of twelve short collections of short fiction by Australian women and Kaleidoscope, an anthology of diverse YA fiction, published in 2014.