The Mysterious James Tiptree

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James Tiptree Jr. was a science fiction writer from the late 60's and early 70's. He had a loyal following for his books and stories which were partly notable for the way he handled gender issues and male/female relationships. This was during an era when science fiction books usually featured masculine male heroes, and almost no female ones. Tiptree was a mysterious figure, who only communicated to a few friends and fans. That's because his career hinged on a very big secret.

Produced by Eric Molinsky, who is a public radio producer and illustrator living in New York. He has his own podcast which is called Imaginary Worlds. It features biographer Julie Philips and author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

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Alice Sheldon retouching a photo while working in the Army Air Forces photo-intelligence department
Photo courtesy of Julie Philips

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Young Alice in Africa

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Alice and Ting
Photo courtesy of Julie Philips

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Bob Carlson

Producer:
Bob Carlson