[epub Pdf] Star Songs of an Old Primate By James Tiptree Jr.

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A marvelous medley of Tiptree's best YOUR HAPLOID HEART When Ian Suitlov and Pax Patton landed on Esthaa to check for humans the job wasn't as easy as it appeared Though the natives seemed human enough only cross breeding would be conclusive proof But how were they to prove anything when sex was punishable by death THE PSYCHOLOGIST. James Tiptree Jr or Alice Sheldon as she was known when publishing psychology papers instead of science fiction stories is one of the best of an innovative era for the form beginning to publish right at the cusp of the 60s and 70s Whether originally intended or incidental her choice of a male pseudonym allowed her uncommon approaches to uestions of gender and identity so that many of her short works simultaneously subtly satirize male literary gaze while gracefully exploring the changing gender politics of her time with an insight that often extends past their occasional datedness and into ours At the same time she wrote with a great stylistic and conceptual fluidity turning on a dime from imitation adventure tropes of her chosen form to modernist subjectivity and deep conceptual dislocation and expansion Her stories then are some of the best SF can offer Thoroughly thoughtful and usually experimental often unabashedly embracing the sheer alienness and fantasy the form promises while exploring timely concerns and never completely ignoring the essentially pulp entertainment that the form is built on even if only to toy with it This does not hold her back She is non literary by normal definition too gleefully sci fi for some but much sharper than much of that morass of mediocrity that makes up all too much literary fiction todayThis was her third collection 1978 but it draws from across her productive period up to that point around two novellas that were also published separately By storyYour Haploid Heart 1969 A relatively earlier example and it shows in an action forward compression that favors rapid plot development over elegance The breathless pace works alright though as there s a lot crammed into here psychosexual hang ups what it means to be human the consideration of genetic crossover if there are in fact other human populations in the universe and reproductive strategies that exist on earth but are under utilized by higher organisms And So On And So On 1971 An and a slighter example The subject here is the necessity of new frontiers to sustain intelligent life s development and perhaps civilization s integrity which makes it a short companion to Delaney s much greater expansion of these ideas in The Star Pit By arranging it as essentially a chorus of voices by ambiguous speakers in a context that only appears by suggestion Tiptree allows the themes and meanings to seep out upon the reader s awarenessHer Smoke Rose Up Forever 1974 After those introductory pieces we start to get into the meat of the collection Here emotional memory as flashes of disembodied light above a vast and devastated landscape This is a great example of Tiptree s affinity for complex formalthematic progression within a single story Initially we seem to be in the deceptive vernacular Americana of a kind of Boy s Adventure Story but this is uickly unsettled by fever dream high concept pseudo science not so fringe British parapsychologist Whately Carrington social shifts intimations of the final Ending that extends beyond the last page of many Tiptree stories and something like tragedy in thematic and narrative dissection of human emotion All in 20 pages It s not for nothing that this story leant its title to the omnibus edition of her stories that came out after her deathA Momentary Taste of Being 1975 As the longest centerpiece novella here at a full 100 pages this could have been published as a stand alone honestly I saved this one nearly for last For that reason only I d been feeling that this collection was a bit weaker than Tiptree s others But no it s all here Subtly developing a direly believably version of the space colonization is the only way out for an overcrowded earth plot we see the best the human race has to offer pulled together in a last collective effort to find a new habitable world And at the threshhold of success we see the corrupting power of possibility and the ways in which we can fall apart But what is human Our selfish or sectionalist fallibility or our sometimes greater collective drive towards some great success or meaning The answers here are not simple and are finely recalibrated throughout only to take a completely original turn by the end It s one of Tiptree s best and essential sci fi reading in general Houston Houston Do You Read 1976 This was actually my original Tiptree introduction as a stand alone novella with a Joanna Russ novella reading from the reverse end of the book It s structurally and thematically a pretty straight forward analysis of gender politics in the present and the implications of a post male future world related perhaps to Russ The Female Man a couple years earlier but in a less experimental format Still she uses psychotropic elements elegantly and conveys her concepts with effective economyThe Psychologist Who Wouldn t Do Awful Things to Rats 1976 I used to work in animal behavior In the spectrum of neuroscience lab jobs I preferred behavior specifically because it allowed me to deal usually with living animals and in the case of my work healthy ones as well So I can empathize with the protagonist here who is too soft to do proper psychology studies with his rats ie terrorizing them then chopping up their endocrine systems and cerebellums or whatever As a psychologist herself Tiptree must have valued animal studies but here seems to be urging that empathy specifically is not a frivolous or wasted feeling to have towards one s animal co workers And what she s actually advancing here enriched environments over sterile cages access to nesting materials and conditions designed to minimize stress as much as possible was actually just catching on as uantitatively better for behavioral study by the time she wrote this fortunately Here however the cautionary turns hallucinatory then shifts darker It s of a pointed polemic than most of Tiptree s so the highlight for me is the drawing of various common rat behaviors of no interest to institutional research reviewfunding boards Yep those are all too familiar to me as well and in fact we did use some as behavioral indices in my time afterall ProgressShe Waits for All Men Born 1976And at last as a coda a pulp poetically refined reflection on the deathlife dialogue that drives evolution and cultural development onto ever greater peaks And on the inescapable flipside troughs Tiptree playful as she may be retains a very bleak overarching worldview and sense of the indifferent forces shaping life and the universe Winds of Enchantment literary gaze while gracefully exploring the changing gender politics of her time with an insight that often extends past their occasional datedness and into ours At the same time she wrote with a great stylistic and conceptual fluidity turning on a dime from imitation adventure tropes of her chosen form to modernist subjectivity and deep conceptual dislocation and expansion Her stories then are some of the best SF can offer Thoroughly thoughtful and usually experimental often unabashedly embracing the sheer alienness and fantasy the form promises while exploring timely concerns and never completely ignoring the essentially pulp entertainment that the form is built on even if only to toy with it This does not hold her back She is non The Odds Against literary by normal definition too gleefully sci fi for some but much sharper than much of that morass of mediocrity that makes up all too much Tokyo Kill literary fiction todayThis was her third collection 1978 but it draws from across her productive period up to that point around two novellas that were also published separately By storyYour Haploid Heart 1969 A relatively earlier example and it shows in an action forward compression that favors rapid plot development over elegance The breathless pace works alright though as there s a Unbroken The Reaper Diaries lot crammed into here psychosexual hang ups what it means to be human the consideration of genetic crossover if there are in fact other human populations in the universe and reproductive strategies that exist on earth but are under utilized by higher organisms And So On And So On 1971 An and a slighter example The subject here is the necessity of new frontiers to sustain intelligent Bhishma an Enigma life s development and perhaps civilization s integrity which makes it a short companion to Delaney s much greater expansion of these ideas in The Star Pit By arranging it as essentially a chorus of voices by ambiguous speakers in a context that only appears by suggestion Tiptree allows the themes and meanings to seep out upon the reader s awarenessHer Smoke Rose Up Forever 1974 After those introductory pieces we start to get into the meat of the collection Here emotional memory as flashes of disembodied The Art of Loving light above a vast and devastated Jack Kerouac landscape This is a great example of Tiptree s affinity for complex formalthematic progression within a single story Initially we seem to be in the deceptive vernacular Americana of a kind of Boy s Adventure Story but this is uickly unsettled by fever dream high concept pseudo science not so fringe British parapsychologist Whately Carrington social shifts intimations of the final Ending that extends beyond the Reputation like tragedy in thematic and narrative dissection of human emotion All in 20 pages It s not for nothing that this story Alfablot leant its title to the omnibus edition of her stories that came out after her deathA Momentary Taste of Being 1975 As the Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) longest centerpiece novella here at a full 100 pages this could have been published as a stand alone honestly I saved this one nearly for Heads of the Colored People last For that reason only I d been feeling that this collection was a bit weaker than Tiptree s others But no it s all here Subtly developing a direly believably version of the space colonization is the only way out for an overcrowded earth plot we see the best the human race has to offer pulled together in a The Syrian Rebellion less experimental format Still she uses psychotropic elements elegantly and conveys her concepts with effective economyThe Psychologist Who Wouldn t Do Awful Things to Rats 1976 I used to work in animal behavior In the spectrum of neuroscience Lovers Destined living animals and in the case of my work healthy ones as well So I can empathize with the protagonist here who is too soft to do proper psychology studies with his rats ie terrorizing them then chopping up their endocrine systems and cerebellums or whatever As a psychologist herself Tiptree must have valued animal studies but here seems to be urging that empathy specifically is not a frivolous or wasted feeling to have towards one s animal co workers And what she s actually advancing here enriched environments over sterile cages access to nesting materials and conditions designed to minimize stress as much as possible was actually just catching on as uantitatively better for behavioral study by the time she wrote this fortunately Here however the cautionary turns hallucinatory then shifts darker It s of a pointed polemic than most of Tiptree s so the highlight for me is the drawing of various common rat behaviors of no interest to institutional research reviewfunding boards Yep those are all too familiar to me as well and in fact we did use some as behavioral indices in my time afterall ProgressShe Waits for All Men Born 1976And at Sweeter Than Wine life and the universe

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Star Songs of an Old Primate

WHO WOULDN'T DO AWFUL THINGS TO RATS Dr Tilly Lipsitz hated his name loved his rats and would be out of a job if he didn't come up with a real zinger of an experiment soon He didn't have much in mind until he took a midnight trip to his lab and learned than he would have thought possible SHE WAITS FOR ALL MEN BORN she had eyes that. For Momentary Taste of Being one of my top scifi stories of all time Houston s also pretty good When it s not tough enough stories don t date all that well

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Could not see but without sight she had powers that went far beyond those of all who came upon herContentsYour Haploid Heart 1969And So On and So On 1971Her Smoke Rose Up Forever 1974A Momentary Taste of Being 1975Houston Houston Do You Read 1976The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats 1976She Waits for All Men Born 197. Even though these stories are old they haven t aged a lotEntertaining readingFor the one that opens with conversation between misogynists remember that James Tiptree is a pseudonym so you don t get the idea that the opening portraits are with approval and throw the book across the room


10 thoughts on “Star Songs of an Old Primate

  1. says:

    James Tiptree Jr or Alice Sheldon as she was known when publishing psychology papers instead of science fiction stories is one of the best of an innovative era for the form beginning to publish right at the cusp

  2. says:

    The easiest way I can think of to describe her stories is to uote Ang Lee He said that the way he plotted a tragic story was to put his characters into an impossible situation and watched how they responded Tiptree's protagonists often resemble a worm on a hook and since most of us know that feeling she can grab your interest This

  3. says:

    Your Haploid Heart First published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact September 1969 And So On And So On Her Smoke Rose Up Forever First published in Final Stage edited by Edward L Ferman and Barry N Malzberg A Momentary Taste of Being First p

  4. says:

    This was a great collection of stories by Tiptree As well as shorts there is a novella A Momentary Taste of Being which starts off like a normal colonisation tale with a ship looking for planets to colonise to relieve pressure from an Earth creaking at the seams but becomes something much darkerHouston Houston D

  5. says:

    Tiptree Jr is a semi hidden gem of science fiction Her stories have the best titles and an inherent uirkiness that set them apart A

  6. says:

    For Momentary Taste of Being one of my top scifi stories of all time Houston's also pretty good When it's not t

  7. says:

    Read for the LGBT Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge the Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge and the Collections Reading Challenge at Worlds Without End Two of the novellas in this collection were also counted towards similar but not the same reading challengesJames Tiptree Jr was the pseudonym of Alice

  8. says:

    Even though these stories are old they haven't aged a lotEntertaining readingFor the one that opens with conversation between misogynists remember that James Tiptree is a pseudonym so you don't get the idea that

  9. says:

    One of those authors that I am vaguely suprised is out of printreturnThere are a few scholarly works available but the actua

  10. says:

    The fact that many of these stories still have meaningful and relevant things to say about sex gender identity scientific curiosity and our culture even after 40 plus years is a mark of how good they are There are dated ideas and sometimes eyeroll inducing stylistic choices but on the whole I found the stories very enjoyable

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