Mar 10 2012 1:10am

2011 Tiptree Award Winners and Honorees Announced

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has just announced the winner, honor list, and long list of recommended reading for the 2011 Tiptree Award. As the announcement says, the Tiptree Award “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.”

This year’s winner was Redwood and Wildfire, a novel by Andrea Hairston, published by Aqueduct Press. Of the novel, the Tiptree Award says: “Intersections of race, class, and gender encompass these characters’ entire lives. They struggle with external and internal forces around questions of gender roles, love, identity, and sexuality. This challenge drives how they move through the world and how it sees them. The characters in Redwood and Wildfire deftly negotiate freedom and integrity in a society where it’s difficult to hold true to these things.”

The honor list is as follows – on the press release, the jurors’ comments on the works are included. For those stories and novels which I’ve reviewed here, I’ll include links.

The long-list includes other stories that were “worthy of attention:”

  • Lauren Beukes, Zoo City (Angry Robot 2011)
  •  Sigrid Ellis, “No Return Address” (Strange Horizons, 2010.11.29)
  • Karen Healey, The Shattering (Allen & Unwin (Aus/NZ) 2011; Little, Brown (US) 2011)
  • Sue Isle, “Nation of the Night” (in her collection Nightsiders, Twelfth Planet Press 2011)
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson, “Their Changing Bodies” (Subterranean, Summer 2011)
  • Malindo Lo, Huntress (Little, Brown 2011) – reviewed
  • Meghan McCarron, “We Heart Vampires!!!!!!” (Strange Horizons, 2010.05.03-10)
  • Teresa Milbrodt, Bearded Women Stories (ChiZine Publications 2011)
  • Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch (Viking 2011)
  • An Owomoyela, “Of Wolves and Men”  (Fantasy Magazine, February 2011)
  • Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox (Riverhead 2011)
  • J.R. Pournelle, Outies (New Brookland Press 2011)
  • Lev AC Rosen, All Men of Genius (Tor 2011) – reviewed
  • Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless (Tor 2011)

The jurors for the 2011 award were Lynne Thomas (chair), Karen Meisner, James Nicoll, Nisi Shawl, and Tansy Rayner Roberts.

Brit Mandelo is a writer, critic and occasional editor whose primary fields of interest are speculative fiction and queer literature, especially when the two coincide. Also, comics. She can be found on Twitter or her website.

James Davis Nicoll
1. James Davis Nicoll
All of the works mentioned are worthy of inclusion but I'd like to once again direct people's attention to J.R. Pournelle's Outies, published by a pretty small press and more obscure than it deserves to be. It's a sequel to Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Mote in God's Eye; it's a worthy sequel, one that explores new territory while being faithful to the original and a book well worth the effort to acquire.
James Davis Nicoll
2. James Davis Nicoll
The lack of comments on this article makes me sad.
James Davis Nicoll
3. Iris1979
Surprised at how few of these I've read, excited too...roll on payday
James Davis Nicoll
4. PhoenixFalls
The fact that I've read so few of these titles makes me sad! Time to get on that! ;)
James Davis Nicoll
5. James Davis Nicoll
It should make you happy: look at all the good books you have to look forward to! Better too many books than not enough.
James Davis Nicoll
6. PhoenixFalls
This is indubitably true. Clearly I was having a glass half empty moment. Attitude adjusted! :D
Brit Mandelo
7. BritMandelo
@James Davis Nicoll @PhoenixFalls

There are still several of these that I've been meaning to read, and intend to pick up soon - especially the Hairston novel!
Pamela Adams
8. PamAdams
You know, now that the Joanna Russ re-read is about done, this makes for a great new list!
Pamela Adams
9. PamAdams
You know, now that the Joanna Russ re-read is about done, this makes for a great new list!

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