2009 Tiptree Award Winners: Gilman and Yoshinaga

2010 March 17

The James Tiptree, Jr. award is a yearly “prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender.” The award council has just announced that the winners, for work published in 2009, are:

Greer Gilman, Cloud and Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales (Small Beer Press)

Fumi Yoshinaga, Ooku: The Inner Chambers, volumes 1 & 2 (VIZ Media)

Also check out the Honor List and Long List for other recent speculative fiction exploring gender. Stuff you can read online right now:

  • Alice Sola Kim, “Beautiful White Bodies” (online at Strange Horizons)
  • Helen Keeble, “A Journal of Certain Events of Scientific Interest from the First Survey Voyage of the Southern Waters by HMS Ocelot, as Observed by Professor Thaddeus Boswell, DPhil, MSc — or, a Lullaby” (online at Strange Horizons)
  • Cat Rambo, “Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut” (online at Strange Horizons)
  • Shweta Narayan, “Nira and I” (online at Strange Horizons)
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson, “A Song to Greet the Sun” (online at Fantasy Magazine)

The Tiptree Award presentation is a highlight of WisCon, the feminist science fiction convention in May.  Just in case I won’t see you there to hear you enthuse about scifi in person, leave recommendations in the comments!

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This post was written by brainwane.

Sumana Harihareswara is a twentysomething geeky gal living in New York City. She grew up in various US cities and states, the daughter of Indian immigrants, loving books and Star Trek. Most recently she managed programmers at an open source consulting firm. With her partner (a programmer she met via his blog), she edited Thoughtcrime Experiments, an online scifi/fantasy anthology.


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  1. brainwane permalink
    March 17, 2010

    My very biased recommendations of 2009 speculative fiction that addresses gender:

    The online anthology Thoughtcrime Experiments, which I edited, includes several fun fantasy or scifi stories starring interesting women.

    Tales of MU, an ongoing fiction serial by Alexandra Erin, is sexy, thinky, funny, and dark. Probably one third of the chapters include exploring sex and gender.

    A friend of mine, Thomas Thurman, wrote “Not Ordinarily Borrowable, a quietly lovely children’s book about a woman who goes after a dragon to get it to return her library books.

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