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Short stories by award-winning science fiction writer, James Triptree, Jr. Stories include adventures in outer space and the world of the future. All but one of the stories, "Excursion Fare", have previously appeared in earlier short story collections by James Tiptree, Jr. Table of contents: - Introduction by Michael Bishop - With Delicate Mad Hands - Beam Us Home - Love is Short stories by award-winning science fiction writer, James Triptree, Jr. Stories include adventures in outer space and the world of the future. All but one of the stories, "Excursion Fare", have previously appeared in earlier short story collections by James Tiptree, Jr. Table of contents: - Introduction by Michael Bishop - With Delicate Mad Hands - Beam Us Home - Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death - The Man Who Walked Home - Your Faces, O my Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light! - The Peacefulness of Vivyan - Excursion Fare - I'll Be Waiting For You When the Swimming Pool is Empty.


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Short stories by award-winning science fiction writer, James Triptree, Jr. Stories include adventures in outer space and the world of the future. All but one of the stories, "Excursion Fare", have previously appeared in earlier short story collections by James Tiptree, Jr. Table of contents: - Introduction by Michael Bishop - With Delicate Mad Hands - Beam Us Home - Love is Short stories by award-winning science fiction writer, James Triptree, Jr. Stories include adventures in outer space and the world of the future. All but one of the stories, "Excursion Fare", have previously appeared in earlier short story collections by James Tiptree, Jr. Table of contents: - Introduction by Michael Bishop - With Delicate Mad Hands - Beam Us Home - Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death - The Man Who Walked Home - Your Faces, O my Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light! - The Peacefulness of Vivyan - Excursion Fare - I'll Be Waiting For You When the Swimming Pool is Empty.

30 review for Byte Beautiful: Eight Science Fiction Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Loory

    pretty sure that "the man who walked home" is one of the best stories i've ever read. some of the other stories in this collection didn't do as much for me, but even in the worst of them, tiptree's clearly a genius... she has so many strengths, it's incredible. the imagination, the humor, the emotional urgency, the economy and elegance of the prose... she writes action sequences better than anyone i've ever read and tosses off entire universes in ten page stories... there's always a heart and th pretty sure that "the man who walked home" is one of the best stories i've ever read. some of the other stories in this collection didn't do as much for me, but even in the worst of them, tiptree's clearly a genius... she has so many strengths, it's incredible. the imagination, the humor, the emotional urgency, the economy and elegance of the prose... she writes action sequences better than anyone i've ever read and tosses off entire universes in ten page stories... there's always a heart and the heart is always torn and fighting valiantly and vainly to live on... and she has the kind of intelligence that makes you feel like a genius just being able to listen in. she actually reminds me a lot of virginia woolf, if virginia woolf had been a scientist who once worked for the CIA. i'm really excited to have finally discovered her. don't know how it took me so long. i must say, though, i don't understand why this collection is called byte beautiful. there's no story in the collection called that, and i don't remember the phrase coming up, and none of the stories are about computers. also, it's a dumb title, and all her stories have awesome titles. "love is the plan the plan is death," for instance. why couldn't they call the collection that? it's a mystery. i think i read the wrong collection, btw... i think the one to read is this one: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27... which i will read next. as soon as the nice mailman delivers it. WHERE THE FUCK IS THE NICE MAILMAN

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    "With Delicate Mad Hands" (novella) (Out of the Everywhere and Other Extraordinary Visions, 1981.) * "Beam Us Home" (Galaxy Science Fiction, April, 1969.) * "Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death" (The Alien Condition, 1973.) *** "The Man Who Walked Home" (Amazing Stories, May, 1972.) ** "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light!" (Aurora: Beyond Equality, 1976.) * "The Peacefulness of Vivyan," (Amazing Stories, July, 1971.) * "Excursion Fare," (novelette) (Stellar, #7, 1981.) ** "I'll Be Wait "With Delicate Mad Hands" (novella) (Out of the Everywhere and Other Extraordinary Visions, 1981.) * "Beam Us Home" (Galaxy Science Fiction, April, 1969.) * "Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death" (The Alien Condition, 1973.) *** "The Man Who Walked Home" (Amazing Stories, May, 1972.) ** "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light!" (Aurora: Beyond Equality, 1976.) * "The Peacefulness of Vivyan," (Amazing Stories, July, 1971.) * "Excursion Fare," (novelette) (Stellar, #7, 1981.) ** "I'll Be Waiting for You When the Swimming Pool Is Empty" (Protostars, 1971.) ***

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    Ha ha! Tiptree is so awesome.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    These eight SF stories include some of Tiptree's best as well as some lighter fare. Many of the stories deal with characters who are trapped in some kind of apparently false "reality" which may or may not prove to be authentic. "With Delicate Mad Hands" is an exquisite love story about a girl with a pig snout who feels called to the stars. After a life of sustained abuse, she crash lands on a plant populated by genuinely weird aliens and eventually meets her "Star Caller." "Beam Us Home" has ano These eight SF stories include some of Tiptree's best as well as some lighter fare. Many of the stories deal with characters who are trapped in some kind of apparently false "reality" which may or may not prove to be authentic. "With Delicate Mad Hands" is an exquisite love story about a girl with a pig snout who feels called to the stars. After a life of sustained abuse, she crash lands on a plant populated by genuinely weird aliens and eventually meets her "Star Caller." "Beam Us Home" has another adolescent called to the stars, this time by his obsession with Star Trek. "Love is the Plan" is abt an adolescent alien for whom love is a biological death trap. "You Faces, O My Sisters" sets up a situation where "women's lib" becomes a kind of schizophrenia as a young wife imagines herself into a world of freedom. Vivyan lives in a similarly utopian world, but only because he remains unaware that he has be brainwashed into being an Imperial spy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    When I bought this I thought it was an original short story collection (or at least semi-original: collecting short stories that had so far appeared only in magazines). In fact, it’s a collection of collections, so to speak. I’m glad I didn’t know this when I bought it. It turns out to be a best of the best of “James Tiptree Jr.”. Every story in here is either a phenomenal twisting of the literary shibboleths of then (and, for that matter, today), or a just plain beautiful story. From the wise pe When I bought this I thought it was an original short story collection (or at least semi-original: collecting short stories that had so far appeared only in magazines). In fact, it’s a collection of collections, so to speak. I’m glad I didn’t know this when I bought it. It turns out to be a best of the best of “James Tiptree Jr.”. Every story in here is either a phenomenal twisting of the literary shibboleths of then (and, for that matter, today), or a just plain beautiful story. From the wise peaceful alien to the feminist utopia, these stories verge widely from where I would have expected. Note that, if you’re a Tiptree completist, one of the stories here, Excursion Fare was not in any previous Tiptree collection; it had been in the August 1981 Stellar #7 Science Fiction Stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arielle

    I'm not normally a sci-fi person, though a couple of these really struck me - often more for their ideas than the execution. Tiptree's endings didn't really pack a punch for me, and in a short story, I really want that. But there were lines or thoughts or sly asides in each of these stories that I really appreciated, and if you are a sci-fi fan, maybe they'll land better for you. The author was recommended by a friend who recently discovered Tiptree's back story, which is fascinating in and of i I'm not normally a sci-fi person, though a couple of these really struck me - often more for their ideas than the execution. Tiptree's endings didn't really pack a punch for me, and in a short story, I really want that. But there were lines or thoughts or sly asides in each of these stories that I really appreciated, and if you are a sci-fi fan, maybe they'll land better for you. The author was recommended by a friend who recently discovered Tiptree's back story, which is fascinating in and of itself.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zach Sparks

    A lot of sci-fi sex and death which is what I had been told was Alli Sheldon's hallmark going in. A lot of sci-fi sex and death which is what I had been told was Alli Sheldon's hallmark going in.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danni Green

    This is a powerful and disturbing collection of short stories. I got really into about half of them, and about half of them just didn't quite do it for me. The general timbre of hopelessness and the use of sexual violence made it difficult for me to read these stories, but the author clearly has a committed writing style and a unique voice, and uses these elements well in the stories' artistic context. I am told this is not the best representation of the author's work and am encouraged to read s This is a powerful and disturbing collection of short stories. I got really into about half of them, and about half of them just didn't quite do it for me. The general timbre of hopelessness and the use of sexual violence made it difficult for me to read these stories, but the author clearly has a committed writing style and a unique voice, and uses these elements well in the stories' artistic context. I am told this is not the best representation of the author's work and am encouraged to read some of Tiptree's other collections, which I am looking forward to doing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This book has an awkward place in Tiptree's body of work--all but one of the stories in it had been previously collected, so it doesn't have much structural coherence, and too many of Tiptree's major texts are missing for it to be really satisfying as a "Selected Stories"--but four of its stories ("With Delicate Mad Hands," "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death," "The Man Who Walked Home," and "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light") are as moving and tough-minded as any SF stories This book has an awkward place in Tiptree's body of work--all but one of the stories in it had been previously collected, so it doesn't have much structural coherence, and too many of Tiptree's major texts are missing for it to be really satisfying as a "Selected Stories"--but four of its stories ("With Delicate Mad Hands," "Love is the Plan the Plan is Death," "The Man Who Walked Home," and "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light") are as moving and tough-minded as any SF stories I've read, so it works well as an introduction to her project.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mina

    A slim hodgepodge of very minor early stories and a handful of stone-cold classics like "Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death", "With Delicate Mad Hands" and "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light!", all of which are available in other, better Tiptree collections. The sole selling point for this specific collection is the otherwise uncollected "Excursion Fare", which is a pleasant and well-written -- but also over-long and somewhat saccharine -- meditation on dying with dignity. A slim hodgepodge of very minor early stories and a handful of stone-cold classics like "Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death", "With Delicate Mad Hands" and "Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light!", all of which are available in other, better Tiptree collections. The sole selling point for this specific collection is the otherwise uncollected "Excursion Fare", which is a pleasant and well-written -- but also over-long and somewhat saccharine -- meditation on dying with dignity.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Glaiza

    My first dive into Tiptree's writing and by no means, my last. I love finding more sf writer's works to explore. My first dive into Tiptree's writing and by no means, my last. I love finding more sf writer's works to explore.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Uli59

  13. 5 out of 5

    Res

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dale

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mizgrimalkin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fritz Mad'Laine

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gary

  20. 4 out of 5

    limber tender

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

  22. 5 out of 5

    David W.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Terence

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Graham Vingoe

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janis Ian

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