I WON THE TIPTREE AWARD!Posted: April 4, 2015
The press release says: “[The Girl in the Road] is a painful, challenging, glorious novel about murder, quests, self-delusion, and a stunning science fictional big idea: What would it be like to walk—walk—-the length of a few-meter-wide wave generator stretching across the open sea from India to Africa, with only what you can carry on your back? The novel tackles with profound compassion and insight relationships between gender and culture, and gender and violence. It provides us, in the end, with a nuanced portrait of violence against women, in a variety of forms, and violence perpetrated by women. Through the eyes of two narrators linked by a single act of violence, the reader is brought to confront shifting ideas of gender, class, and human agency and dignity.”
James Tiptree was the pseudonym of Alice B. Sheldon, a science fiction writer prolific throughout the 60s and 70s. When “he” died, the revelation that Tiptree was actually a woman was met with widespread disbelief. Especially from the male writers who’d asserted that Tiptree couldn’t possibly be a woman, as the works were too “masculine” to be written by a woman, and/or, ya know, too good.
Como decimos ahora: fuck that.
Since 1991, the James Tiptree Jr. Award has been given annually for a work that expands understanding of gender and sexuality. This year, the Motherboard of WisCon has awarded it to me for The Girl in the Road and to Jo Walton for My Real Children.
It means at least three things:
(1) I get to travel to Madison for the 2015 WisCon, which will be my first-ever convention.
(2) I will get to see many people I love, including Stan Robinson, who’s the Guest of Honor, and meet many more who I’ve only ever known online.
(3) I. GET. TO. WEAR. A. TIARA.
Catherynne Valente crowned as the Tiptree Winner in 2007. Photo by Dmitri Zagidulin.
Geoff Ryman crowned as the Tiptree Winner in 2006. Photo by Liz Henry.