Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

James Tiptree, JR., Author Arkham House Publishers $25.95 (520p) ISBN 978-0-87054-160-5
The stories of Alice Sheldon, who wrote as James Tiptree Jr. ( Up the Walls of the World ) until her death in 1987, have been heretofore available mostly in out-of-print collections. Thus the 18 accomplished stories here will be welcomed by new readers and old fans. ``The Screwfly Solution'' describes a chilling, elegant answer to the population problem. In ``Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death,'' the title tells the tale--species survival insured by imprinted drives--but the story's force is in its exquisite, lyrical prose and its suggestion that personal uniqueness is possible even within biological imperatives. ``The Girl Who Was Plugged In'' is a future boy-meets-girl story with a twist unexpected by the players. ``The Women Men Don't See '' displays Tiptree's keen insight and ability to depict singularity within the ordinary. In Hugo and Nebula award-winning ``Houston, Houston, Do You Read?'' astronauts flying by the sun slip forward 500 years and encounter a culture that successfully questions gender roles in ours. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
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