O James Tiptree, Jr. Award é um prémio literário anual que "is presented annually to a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender roles. The award seeks out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. It is intended to reward those writers who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society". O nome do prémio foi dado em homenagem à escritora Alice B. Sheldon, que escreveu sob o pseudónimo James Tiptree, Jr. durante muitos anos antes de revelar a sua identidade e o seu verdadeiro nome.
O conselho do prémio literário James Tiptree, Jr. anunciou as vencedoras e a lista de honra relativa ao ano de 2014:
Jo Walton’s My Real Children is a richly textured examination of two lives lived by the same woman. This moving, thought-provoking novel deals with how differing global and personal circumstances change our view of sexuality and gender. The person herself changes, along with her society. Those changes influence and are influenced by her opportunities in life and how she is treated by intimate partners, family members, and society at large. The alternate universe trope allows Walton to demonstrate that changes in perceptions regarding gender and sexuality aren’t inevitable or determined by a gradual enlightenment of the species, but must be struggled for. My Real Children is important for the way it demonstrates how things could have been otherwise — and might still be.
Monica Byrne’s The Girl in the Road is a painful, challenging, glorious novel about murder, quests, self-delusion, and a stunning science-fictional big idea: What would it be like to walk the length of a few-meter-wide wave generator stretching across the open sea from India to Africa, with only what you can carry on your back? With profound compassion and insight, the novel tackles relationships between gender and culture and between gender and violence. It provides a nuanced portrait of violence against women, in a variety of forms, and violence perpetrated by women. Through the eyes of two narrators linked by a single act of violence, the reader is brought to confront shifting ideas of gender, class, and human agency and dignity.
A lista de honra:
Jennifer Marie Brissett, Elysium (Aqueduct Press 2014)
Seth Chambers, “In Her Eyes” (Fantasy & Science Fiction, January/February 2014)
Kim Curran, “A Woman Out of Time” (Irregularity, editado por Jared Shurin, Jurassic London 2014)
Emmi Itäranta, Memory of Water (Harper Voyager 2014) (publicado em finlandês como Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012)
Jacqueline Koyanagi, Ascension (Masque Books 2013)
Alisa Krasnostein e Julia Rios, editores, Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press 2014)
Pat MacEwen, “The Lightness of the Movement”(Fantasy & Science Fiction, April/May 2014)
Nnedi Okorafor, Lagoon (Hodder & Stoughton, 2014)
Nghi Vo, “Neither Witch nor Fairy” (Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, editado por Rose Fox e Daniel José Older, Crossed Genres, 2014)
Aliya Whiteley, The Beauty (Unsung Stories 2014)
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