I am beyond delighted to find out that my short story A Woman Out Of Time, has made the James Tiptree Jr. Award Honors list. You can see the full list over on their site Tiptree.org.
The story was my contribution to the Irregularity anthology, (brilliantly edited by Jared Shurin and published by Jurassic London) which is filled with amazing stories by the likes of Nick Harkaway, Claire North, Adam Roberts, E. J. Swift and James Smythe.
I am so very proud of the story as not only was it a chance for me to research the life of the amazing scientist Emilie Du Chatelet, it was also the first thing I’d written that really scared me in terms of form. When I first sent it to Jared it was accompanied with a note that said, “This might be the most pretentious thing I’ve written. I have no idea.” (It has sections from Virgil’s Aeneid translated into French, for gawd’s sake).
Jared assured me that he was happy to accepted it and his edit notes helped make it tighter and more focused. So far, I think it’s one of the best things I’ve written. So to have that acknowledged by an award that I respect enormously was very special. Thanks to Jared for making me write it in the first place!
For those of you who don’t know the awards (which included me up until a few months ago) the James Tiptree, Jr. Award is an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender.
“The aim of the award is not to look for work that falls into some narrow definition of political correctness, but rather to seek out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. The Tiptree Award is intended to reward those women and men who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.”
Here’s what they had to say about A Woman Out Of Time.
“A fictionalized version of Joanna Russ’s classic How to Suppress Women’s Writing, based on a true history (with very mild adjustments). Time travel paradoxes, complexity theory, and alien intervention are beautifully interwoven in this lyrical exploration of the gendering of scientific discovery. The story’s epigraph will tempt readers to explore what is known of the life and work of Emile Du Chatelet, a contemporary of Voltaire and the translator and commentator of Newton’s work, and to undo the disservice she has been done by history.”
Huge thanks to all the Tiptree jurors. Go check out the list and the amazing books and writers on there.