Alien Plots

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Alien Plots

Female Subjectivity and the Divine in the Light of James Tiptree’s ‘A Momentary Taste of Being’

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 22


February 1st, 2000

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At the heart of this stimulating and provocative study is a science fiction story by James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon-Bradley, 1916–1987) about a brother and a sister (and 58 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.

There is relatively little scholarship out there that delves deeply into the complexity of Tiptree's often bleak visions of the future. [...] This book seeks to do just that. The book is a well-wrought contribution to feminist criticism in general and Tiptree studies in particular.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
I. Seed-beds: Crossing Theology, Feminism and Science Fiction30
II. Sexual Universes59
III. Father in Crisis, Mother Rises? 1. The Choric Fantasy91
IV. Father in Crisis, Mother Rises? 2. (Extra)biblical Scenarios119
V. (Counter) Apocalypses148
VI. A Momentary Taste of Being192
Index of names and terms245