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Alien Plots: Female Subjectivity and the Divine in the Light of James Tiptree's 'a Momentary Taste of Being'

Inez ven der Spek


At the heart of this study is a science fiction story by James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon-Bradley, 1916–1987) about a brother and a sister (and fifty-eight other human beings) who encounter an alien while on a starship travelling to discover a habitable planet. The book includes an outline of Tiptree's work and of her remarkable life as the only child of jungle explorers, as a painter, an American agent during and after World War II, an experimental psychologist, and a female science fiction writer in male disguise.

Keywords: science fiction, James Tiptree Jr, Alice Sheldon-Bradley, alien, starship, habitable planet, jungle explorers, painter, American agent, World War II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780853238140
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853238140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Inez ven der Spek, author
Universities of Utrecht, Amsterdam and Nijmegen