Wednesday, April 23, 2008

James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

by Julie Phillips // Picador

James Tiptree, Jr., burst onto the science fiction scene in the late 1960s with a series of hard-edged, provocative stories. He redefined the genre with such classics as Houston, Houston, Do You Read? and The Women Men Don't See. For nearly ten years he wrote and carried on intimate correspondences with other writers—Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, and Ursula K. Le Guin, though none of them knew his true identity. Then the cover was blown on his alter ego: "he" was actually a sixty-one-year-old woman named Alice Bradley Sheldon. A feminist, she took a male name as a joke—and found the voice to write her stories.


Anonymous said...

henry, i was focusing on the orange shape so much,
it took me a while to even see the faces, thats cool

what happened to the goldfish?


H3NR7 said...

What Goldfish?

ian shimkovaik said...

Another very marketable cover. The flip photo with that color wash over it communicates the idea nicely without going overboard. And you could have gone over board with this. A book about a female sci-fi author who posed as a man. A bunch could have gone wrong. Good work bro.

Any art directors on this one?

H3NR7 said...

Thanks Ian. Yeah. The cover could've focus too much on the male/female and too much on sci-fi. I saw it as a story of a woman who got to do what she wanted to do. Crossing gender and genre barriers.
The Art Director was myself.

Tal said...

I like the reference to 60s sc-fi with the type containment shape - it looks like a freeze-frame from a Star Trek teleportation sequence.