Multcolib My Librarian Rachael: Tiptree Award winners
Annotation:Imp, a struggling schizophrenic, fights to determine whether or not the strange mythological creatures she meets are due to her condition or are from something else entirely.
Annotation:Redwood, an African American woman, and Aidan, a Seminole Irish man, journey from Georgia to Chicago, from haunted swampland to a city of the future. They are gifted performers and hoodoo conjurors, struggling to call up the wondrous world they imagine, not just on stage and screen, but on city streets, in front parlors, in wounded hearts.
Annotation:Booklist: "In these stories, characters tend to lack power in a traditional sense yet are strong and resourceful in worlds running a gamut from nearly contemporary to the strangest of futures. Beginning with At the Huts of Ajala, the story of a girl with two heads, and proceeding to Wallamelon, in which watermelon vines protect a neighborhood, magic is drawn from many sources."
Annotation:Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.
Annotation:A disquieting first novel about a pair of conjoined twins who are deeply unhappy in each other's company. Nora, the dominant twin, is strong, funny, and deeply independent, thirsting for love and adventure. Blanche, by contrast, has been sleeping for nearly twenty years.
Annotation:Secreted away in a garden, a lonely girl spins stories to warm a curious prince: peculiar feats and unspeakable fates that loop through each other and back again to meet in the tapestry of her voice. Inked on her eyelids, each twisting, tattooed tale is a piece in the puzzle of the girl's own hidden history.
Annotation:A new communications technology is sweeping the world and promises to connect everyone, everywhere without power lines, computers, or machines. This technology is Air. An initial testing of Air goes disastrously wrong and people are killed from the shock. Not to be stopped, Air is arriving.
Annotation:Two aliens have wandered Earth for centuries. The Changeling has survived by adapting the forms of many different organisms. The Chameleon destroys anything or anyone that threatens it. Now, a sunken relic that holds the key to their origins calls to them to take them home--but the Chameleon has decided there's only room for one.
Annotation:Booklist: "Sometimes space opera, sometimes a kind of noir fiction, Harrison's novel is a cleverly assembled contemplation of how choices make lives and of opening quantum mechanical doors on bizarre potential futures."
Annotation:Centuries ago a virus shattered the colony of Gershom's Planet (or 'Jeep'), killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Generations later the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, until a company arrives to exploit Jeep.
Annotation:Father Emilio Sandoz is a Jesuit linguist who is one of the first to visit the first planet found with intelligent life. His experience is a harrowing illustration at how deeply you can misunderstand words when they a from an experience that is alien.
Annotation:In a China-dominated future, a young gay man grows from being ashamed to being himself. A well-imagined world with excellent characters.
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The Tiptree Award is given out annually to science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. Brave and insightful science fiction that's superlatively well-written. Try a Tiptree!