To celebrate today’s 100th anniversary of the birth of Alice Sheldon (born Alice Bradley, a/k/a James Tiptree, Jr, a/k/a Raccoona Sheldon), Twelfth Planet publish Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce. It contains letters from 35 writers, editors, critics and fans (including me) who have been influenced by her work. And there’s bonus reprint material:

  • archived letters from Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and James Tiptree Jr./Alice Sheldon
  • excerpts from The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms by Helen Merrick
  • excerpt from Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction by Justine Larbalestier
  • essay by Michael Swanwick

You can buy print, ebook, or a print/ebook bundle—from $6.99—wherever you are. This is a great collection, worth snapping up sight unseen, but if you want a taste before you buy, try my contribution, “The Women You Didn’t See,” or Brit Mandelo‘s essay, for free.

I know what I’ll be reading this afternoon…