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.”
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.
Molly Gloss is one of the best writers you've probably never read. Though she fits, both chronologically and thematically, into a cohort of female genre writers of feminist-inflected, anthropological SF — a group that includes Eleanor Arnason, Karen Joy Fowler, and of course Ursula K. Le Guin — Gloss is probably the…
Every year, the Tiptree Award celebrates one unusual novel that "explores and expands gender roles." And this year's winner is Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston, a story of a "hoodoo woman" at the turn of the 20th century. Here's the skinny, from the press release:
Vampires have stolen the spotlight from their Slavic folklore comrades far too long. Two new novels—Catherynne M. Valente's Deathless and Dubravka Ugersic's Baba Yaga Laid An Egg—ought to remedy that. Wildly divergent in their approaches to their fairy-tale source material, they've each forged something great.
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.
The James Tiptree Award has hit a bit of a snag. The award, which recognizes science fiction stories and books which "explore and expand gender," hasn't gotten as many books as usual from publishers this year. So the jury hasn't been able to read as many possibilities as usual. (Disclaimer: io9's Charlie Jane is on…