Type Book
Date 1973-07
Pages 319
Tags science fiction, collection, fiction

Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home

In the introduction, Harrison says of Tiptree:

There is a temptation in an introduction of this kind to be very biographical and spend a good deal of time on the author's lovely dark hair or firm waistline despite his advancing years. I shall resist this because the fiction, the stories before you, are what really counts. The fact that their author enjoys observing bears in the wilds of Canada or skindiving deep in Mexico is not really relevent. Nor is the information that he spent a good part of World War II in a Pentagon subbasement. These facts may clue you to the obviosity that James Tiptree, Jr. is well-traveled and well-experienced in the facts, both sordid and otherwise, of our world. But internal evidence in the stories informs us of that just as easily.

There's some similarity between Birth of a Salesman, Faithful to Thee, Terra, in Our Fashion, and Mother in the Sky with Diamonds. The first two feature civil servants, administrators, dealing with the difficulties associated with alien cultures, while the last has an 'inspector' working for a space insurance company dealing with the changed human culture.

Mamma Come Home, Help (its sequel), and And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side tell of the dangers of aliens interfering with humanity.

I'll Be Waiting for You When the Swimming Pool Is Empty, I'm Too Big but I Love to Play, and Beam Us Home criticise American military endeavours, and The Snows Are Melted, the Snows Are Gone is probably set after some nuclear disaster.

Name Role
Ace Books Publisher
Harry Harrison Foreword
James Tiptree, Jr. Author


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