James Tiptree, Jr.

Exploring the outer realms of gender identity.

August 24, 1915 – May 19, 1987

Tiptree was the pen name of Alice Sheldon, who kept her identity secret for the majority of her career. She is best known for stories that explore sex, gender identity, male/female relations, and death. The Last Flight of Doctor Ain and The Women Men Don’t See are two notable works among many. In 1991 the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender was created in her honor.