Under the direction of a rather strange scientist, the U.S military has secretly established a research project to investigate the powers of the mind and their possible military applications For this project a variety of people have been brought together men and women who have shown signs of telepathic powers, the scientists who study them and a discredited doctor, an MUnder the direction of a rather strange scientist, the U.S military has secretly established a research project to investigate the powers of the mind and their possible military applications For this project a variety of people have been brought together men and women who have shown signs of telepathic powers, the scientists who study them and a discredited doctor, an M.D addicted to his own medications, who believes it is all a sham and a waste of money.Meanwhile, in the swirling energy fields of a distant planet, alien creatures learn that the very existence of their world is threatened by a huge interstellar being, which is progressing through the galaxy destroying whole solar systems However, this destruction seems to be part of a plan, as this being, which may be at least partly a machine, is creating a kind of fire line, a void between the exploding core of the galaxy and the outer stars to protect the outer systems from the explosion.The alien creatures, in an attempt to understand what is to happen to their world, attempt to project their thought waves outward to the vast interstellar being, but inadvertently they tap its strength and project the waves to Earth, into the minds of the people on the telepathy project.After this stunning occurrence is repeated several times, the minds of both the earthlings and the alien creatures are captured by the vast interstellar being, which has by then become conscious, and conscious of them The result is a new mode of existence for the aliens and humans alike, and for the vast, godlike being.
Up the Walls of the World Under the direction of a rather strange scientist the U S military has secretly established a research project to investigate the powers of the mind and their possible military applications For this
If you ve ever wanted to experience perceptions and sensations of minds of very different biological order meeting, intertwining, and attempting to sort out reality from within post body psychic spaces, all with a meticulous fidelity to exploring what this might actually be like and how it would work, then you ve come to the right place Possibly the only place Of course, there s also Joanna Russ slightly earlier experiential novel of psi phenomena, And Chaos Died, but where Russ renders this kin [...]
This is one of those books that make me say, yes that s what science fiction should be Meditations upon gender and species, the nature and scale of existence, all culminating in a glorious affirmation of the place that love occupies in a scientific universe.This is one of those books where a plot summary just doesn t do much justice, but here goes There are three narrative threads that become and entwined as the novel climaxes on our planet, a group of extremely damaged individuals are the sub [...]
This book is absolutely bonkers Mad And completely wonderful.This was Tiptree s first novel, but naturally enough many of the concerns and interests of his short stories are present here as well I am so sad that he did not write novels this made me so happy, as did Brightness Falls from the Air, that I do wonder what else could have come from that amazing brain.Let s start by talking about the authorial situation and get that out of the way This was published in 1978 Tiptree had been revealed a [...]
Was f r eine Perle Ein Zufallsfund in der B cherei, nachdem ich im aktuellen B chermagazin einen Artikel ber James Tiptree gelesen habe, der ja eigentlich eine SIE war n mlich Alice B Sheldon Ich bin kein allzugro er Fan von Science Fiction ich finde t dliche Laserstrahlen, oder wuschige Roboter, oder Raumschiffe mit doppelter Lichtgeschwindigkeitsgeschwindigkeit nicht so rasend spannend, aber ich lerne ja immer gerne dazu Die Mauern der Welt hoch gab es brigens schon mal unter dem Titel Die Feu [...]
FusioniUn Distruttore Fredda e sola, la malvagia presenza vaga per le correnti stellari immensa, nera e quasi immateriale I suoi poteri superano quelli di qualsiasi altra cosa senziente sta spegnendo mondi nell Universo Presto toccher anche al pianeta Tyree, abitato da una razza pacifica, le cui forme ricordano quelle di mante volanti, e dotata di notevoli poteri mentali.Per la sua stessa sopravvivenza dovr tentare di ricreare il proprio mondo in qualche altra parte della galassia Incapace di fa [...]
This was my introduction to Alice Sheldon, after a poem by Roberto Bola o made it obvious that I needed to check her out I was subsequently floored by this novel I liked the science fiction I d read before, but here I found some of the wildest ideas I d ever encountered told in a way that was both very clear and relatable World contains aliens so bizarre that I can t think of any to compare them to in literature or film, with a culture that is wholly their own and thoroughly mapped out Their rel [...]
I am entirely blown away by Tiptree.Speechless.I have low expectations of classic SF, but Tiptree has taught me a sharp lesson in how much interesting things became in the 70s A traditional Cold War military story in which the Navy try to use telepathy to communicate with submarines is subverted by the non traditional characters long before you begin to appreciate the dilemma and politics of the desperate aliens trying to reach out across the ether Expect much musing on gender roles, morality a [...]
1.5 stars, rounding up because I rather liked the writing style for the humans in the first few chapters.Otherwise no conflict a couple of interesting places it could have gone, but didn t mostly just boring.
I came to Up the Walls of the World knowing very little of James Tiptree, Jr I knew that the author s real name was Alice Bradley Sheldon and that her publisher kept her identity secret until 1977 the year before Up the Walls of the World was released The science fiction community argued over who Tiptree was some sort of government spy perhaps and what gender both Robert Silverberg and Harlan Ellison assumed male.But that s all I knew I d never read her stuff, even though several of her books ha [...]
Ce roman est tonnant, d routant, diff rent de beaucoup de choses que j au pu lire.On y suit les destins entrem l s d une bande d extra lucides divers, d une race d extra terrestres ressemblant un m lange de raies et de calamars volant dans l athmosph re, et d une esp ce de cr ature de l espace informe, mais proche dans l esprit de la cr ature de cauchemar du 5 me l ment Ils se rencontreront forc ment, et leur destin en sera chang.C est un roman tr s trange, et les tyrennis, ces extra terrestres, [...]
I couldn t imagine a 70s piece of science fiction if it showed up and challenged me to a disco dance competition, and I own a replica Zardoz mask Tiptree weaves a tripart plot about telepathy, alien minds, and salvationE DESTROYER is some kind of immense and ancient interstellar war machine on an endless journey between systems, obliterating intelligent life by forcing their stars to go nova It speaks in ITALICS ALL CAPS Tyree is a gas giant world soon to be targeted by THE DESTROYER, where a c [...]
James Tiptree, Jr was a man of mystery so much so that he was actually a woman research psychologist, teacher, and former CIA agent and analyst Dr Alice Sheldon nee Bradley wrote primarily from the male perspective and successfully hid her sexual identity from the general public for over ten years Although published in The New Yorker in 1946 under her actual name, Alice Bradley, it was only in 1967 as a science fiction writer that she became a successful writer.Until Up the Walls of the World , [...]
A small group of military personnel are experimenting with telepathy and accidentally get in contact with an alien race called the Tyrenni Their world is under threat from a giant being destroying whole solar systems, and they realise that their only hope of survival is to take over their human contacts.This was a great book I ve heard people say that Tiptree s novels aren t as good as her 1 short stories, then I d love to read some of those, since this book was amazing Her characters were sketc [...]
A joyous story of first contact I haven t read about such weird, wonderful yet beautifully real aliens since The Gods Themselves As a physicist, I loved the world of Tyree, and the radio wave perceptions of the inhabitants ESP is the magic wand of the story, but it is used really well, and the latent psychic human characters are as damaged as you would expect Dann s perspective is especially brilliantly written, slowly evolving from drugged fugue to brave selflessness Just fantastic classic sci [...]
James Tiptree Jr the pseudonym of Alice Bradley Sheldon is the best Science Fiction writer ever Her short stories explore the dark side of human destiny, the alien and incomprehensible I disliked all of the novels I ve read by her, but hold the short stories up as some of the best in the genre.
Brimming with ideas and imagination, interesting human and alien characters, outer space and alien world are vividly described.
James Tiptree, Jr was masterful in shorter forms of fiction Some may even say the greatest of all shorter sci fi writers Thus the first of her two novels, Up the Walls of the World, makes for a fascinating comparison.This is a tough read, yet a rewarding one Hugely ambitious, highly imaginative, frequently abstract in its concepts and imagery, it takes some application of grey matter simply to follow the gist of the narrative, let alone visualise the details or dissect its thematic intricacies I [...]
A book of contact like few others I ve read Long stretches of abstract, conceptual events punctuated with human, non human intelligent beings, and other forces communicating, fearing, wondering, hoping, loving, dreaming One of the primary female non human intelligent characters, Tivonel, was so charming and good, I wished of the story included her What happens when a non human but intelligent race is confronted with destruction from a vastly powerful force and through some coincidence or purpo [...]
Tiptree wrote quite a bit in her short stories about the potential for a human consciousness to exist outside the body and travel through the cosmos This is her novel length treatment of that idea Up the Walls of the World is a fairly challenging read Not a lot is spelled out clearly at first The story rotates between three narrative points of view, two of which are alien The third, Dr Daniel Dann is human, but is initially pretty unsympathetic I considered bailing in the early chapters However, [...]
I wanted to like this but only made it about a third of the way through, if that I liked the writing style and thought the human characters were interesting and well written but I had a hard time enjoying the completely alien characters that talk and act with human mannerisms and philosophies That and the science of these aliens making contact with other planets seemed very sketchy, way too simplistic, and just plain unlikely I understand it was a plot device and not to be taken as real science [...]
This novel is a departure for James Tiptree, Jr a writer noted for her taut, dour short stories In this novel she expands on her darker themes of gender, exogamy, failures to communicate either ideas or emotion, and entropy that life is only a flicker in darkness, soon to be extinguished , and then finds for each of them sort of lighter facet, even introducing something akin to hope Three separate beings converge, first in conflict, then in cooperation, and the dark forces of small individual l [...]
Unlike many stories of first contact this book does neither rushes the development of a basic comprehension of language and motivation nor makes the possibility of confusion the sole plot.The story is built from three narratives a being journeys from star to star, knowing that it has been separated from its fellows but able to remember neither what happened nor its purpose, seeking contact in a galaxy apparently lacking in intelligent life on Tyree airborne mantas discover a being, the Destroyer [...]
I borrowed this book from a good friend on the recommendation that it was a seminal work of science fiction I had never heard of James Tiptree and even less of Alice Sheldon, the secret identity of the author Discovering the gender of the author midway through reading the novel added a new layer to what I was reading The gender bending culture of Tyree took on a new import when compared to the gender defying identity of the author The subplot of female circumcision also took on a new significanc [...]
Mentre l esercito statunitense sperimenta l utilizzo di telepati che teme e discrimina, una lontana specie aliena prepara l invasione delle menti umane, nel tentativo di salvare parte della sua civilt dall attacco dei Distruttori, leviatani alieni che cancellano ogni forma di vita sul loro cammino interstellare Il primo romanzo di James Tiptree jr condivide con il successivo e ultimo una valutazione globale inferiore ai suoi capolavori sulla forma breve, ma anche un proliferare di idee ed ideali [...]
Hieman hankala lukea, ehk en ollut kovin vastaanottavainen tarinalle t t lukiessa T ytyy nostaa naiskirjailijalle kuitenkin hattua, kun on saanut tuollaista teksti aikaiseksi 70 luvulla En tarkoita todellakaan sit , ett v heksyisin naiskirjailijoita, vaan uskomukseni mukaan 70 luvulle tultaessa ei olisi ollut kovin montaa naiskirjailijaa, jotka noin ansiokkaasti kirjoittaa kovaa scifi H vitt j ei ole tyystin kovaa ja vaikka mielest ni cyberpunkahtavia piirteit kin siin esiintyy, kirjassa on my s [...]
This book is wild So complex and nuts that I can t even accurately tell you what happens Not to say that it s to difficult a read, so don t be put off, it s just nuts This is exactly what sci fi should be like I mean in the world of sci fi or fantasy you can do literally anything Nothing is off limits, but so many people play it safe and don t take enough risks Not this one It s got imagination out the ass, characters that you really like, humor, drama, awesome aliens, a lot of body swapping, ar [...]
This book is filled with amazing and wonderful stuff Idea driven science fiction, abstract psychic experiences, alien lives that feel truly alien, and feminist ideas suffused throughout, plus a dedication to the ideal of diversity, and the conviction that life is meaningful.If there s one problem, it s with the pacing view spoiler the Elders of Tyree sure are in a hurry to break their civilization s oldest and most dread taboos hide spoiler But this feels like a mad rush to explore and ideas, [...]
She s among my favorite writers, but this was a bit of a slough The concepts are ingenious, including an Avatar like system of transferring consciousness, and using it to rescue the population of a dying planet But at the end of the day, if your reader isn t compelled to turn the pages, something needed editing More present action, fewer characters, less abstraction would ve made it a better read Of course I still love me some Alice Sheldon