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James Tiptree, Jr.
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    (August 24, 1915-May 19, 1987)
    Pseudonym of Alice Bradley Sheldon
    Wrote 'Her Smoke Rose Up Forever,' 'Brightness Falls from the Air,' 'Meet Me at Infinity,' 'The Screwfly Solution,' and 'The Starry Rift'
    She took the name of Tiptree from a marmalade jar.
    She used a male pseudonym because science fiction was a male-dominated field and she was 'tired of always being the first woman in some damn profession.'
    She also used the name Raccoona Sheldon (Raccoona?).
    She was not revealed to be female until 1977.
    Even after she revealed herself to be a woman, some science fiction writers refused to accept it.
    She served in the US Army during World War II.
    She had a Ph.D. in psychology.
    She won two Hugos and three Nebula awards.
    She worked for the CIA for three years.
    The James Tiptree Jr. Award, given to SF/fantasy writers dealing with gender and sexuality, is named in her honor.

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