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"And when the war is nearly over.."

Well, here's one secret I don't have to keep any longer. This year's James Tiptree, Jr. Award has gone to The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and Kiini Ibura Salaam's collection, Ancient, Ancient.

I feel like the novel's been out forever, but, at the same time, I feel as if it's only just now being noticed. In truth, it's been out less than a year. It's just been a very goddamn long year, that's all. Actually, Spooky just pointed out that the novel was released one year ago tomorrow, March 6, 2012. That night, I had a reading at the Brown University Bookstore. Anyway, I think a one-year anniversary and winning the Tiptree is a good reason to revisit the book trailer:



Congratulations to Kiini, and to all the brilliant people on the Honors List, including matociquala, Roz Kaveney, and Karin Tidbeck. This is one of those awards I never dared imagine I'd win, so...wow. Looks like I'll be spending my birthday in Madison. Also, I love the bit the Tiptree folks posted about the book, so I'm shamelessly posting it here:

Caitlin R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl probably couldn’t have been written without its multifaceted consideration of gender roles and its extraordinary management of an unreliable narrator who doesn’t even trust herself. For India Morgan Phelps (aka Imp), the act of telling the story parallels the act of choosing a path or an identity as she makes her way through a maze of false memories and blurred realities. Using myth, art, and mental illness, this beautifully written novel explores the boundaries between reality and fantasy, sanity and insanity, and art and dream. It’s complex in its plot, metaphor, and style as well as in its thinking about one’s role as a woman and a daughter. In its characters, lesbian, straight, and transgender, old and young, this novel also recognizes the complexity of human beings.

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Yesterday, I wrote 1,345 words on Chapter Four of Red Delicious. It was much easier getting back into the novel than I thought it would be.

After dinner (from Mama Kim's!), we watched Luc Besson's The Fifth Element (1997). At this point, I've probably seen the film close to thirty-five times (nine in the theatre), and it remains are brilliant as ever. And no, it's not one of the "Best Worst" SF films ever. It's simply one of the best; the film's vision and execution are extraordinary. The fact that, some fifteen years after its release, the film remains so decisive among critics and fans – the love it/hate it thing – is a testament to its power. Anyway, later, a tiny bit of Rift, and some very good (but grim) RP with stsisyphus in The Secret World. Then I went to bed and read about Lewis Carroll and mathematics. Somehow, I slept somewhat more than eight hours last night, probably the first time I've done that in a year or so, and it's left me woozy.

The platypus says time's up. Gotta make the doughnuts.

Onward,
Aunt Beast

Comments

( 26 comments — Have your say! )
rysmiel
Mar. 5th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, well done on the award.

I also love The Fifth Element, fwiw; it has depth and texture of worldbuilding like very little else in filmed SF, as well as being just flat-out fun. Have you seen Richard Stanley's Hardware ? It's not IMO quite so good but it has strengths in a similar if notably darker direction, and if you're not familiar with it I'd commend it to your attention.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 5th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)

Have you seen Richard Stanley's Hardware

Yep. A favorite.
maldeluxx
Mar. 5th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Got "Blood Oranges" in the mail today, looking forward to reading it.
readingthedark
Mar. 5th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
Fantastic news about the Tiptree.
shanejayell
Mar. 5th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
nineweaving
Mar. 5th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Glorious! I'm honored to be with you on that shelf.

Nine
greygirlbeast
Mar. 5th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)

Very likewise.
martianmooncrab
Mar. 5th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the Tiptree!

The 5th Element is one of my favorite movies too.. every time it shows up on the tv, I tune in to it.
rivervox
Mar. 5th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Mazel Tov on the Tiptree! It was published last year, but when did you do the writing? I'd imagine that was more like 2-3 years ago.

Edited at 2013-03-05 06:21 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 5th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)

It was published last year, but when did you do the writing?

It was written between autumn 2009 and early 2011. Primary photography for the book trailer was done in October 2011.
sovay
Mar. 5th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
This year's James Tiptree, Jr. Award has gone to The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and Kiini Ibura Salaam's collection, Ancient, Ancient.

Mazel tov. It's really, richly deserved. I am so glad people have noticed how good this book is.

(And I am sorry for online absence this past week: things have been chaotic and mostly terrible. I am hoping that will change.)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 5th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)

(And I am sorry for online absence this past week: things have been chaotic and mostly terrible. I am hoping that will change.)

Completely understandable.
eluneth
Mar. 5th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Heaps of congratulations!!
CA Schmidt
Mar. 5th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Tiptree
Congratulations on the Tiptree. Drowning Girl is an amazing novel. I've told friends about it, bought it for people, talked about it every chance I've had. Not to diss genre fiction, but Drowning Girl is so much more. It's great American literature and I'm sad more people don't know about it.
numisma
Mar. 5th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the award!
acwise
Mar. 5th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! The award is well-deserved.
juushika
Mar. 5th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
Many congratulations; it's well deserved.
jack_ryder
Mar. 5th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
intelligentrix
Mar. 5th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm thrilled The Drowning Girl won the Tiptree, and thrilled you'll be at WisCon this year and I'll get to see you again.
oldfossil59
Mar. 5th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
Using myth, art, and mental illness, this beautifully written novel explores the boundaries between reality and fantasy, sanity and insanity, and art and dream.

I loved the Tiptree post as well! Congratulations and Well Deserved! What splendid recognition for such an important work of art.

Edited at 2013-03-05 09:44 pm (UTC)
able_spacer
Mar. 5th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
HUZZAH!!!!
Congratulations on the Tiptree award!
kiki60
Mar. 5th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Tiptree award
Congrat's on the Tiptree award. It's more then well deserved.
corucia
Mar. 6th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Wonderful news about the Tiptree award!

The Fifth Element is a favorite of mine - unlike a lot of popular SF movies, it feels like the world being filmed doesn't end at the borders of the film strip, that this is just one story embedded in a much bigger world.

Edit to add: Just saw this trailer, which might be interesting to you: trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thale/

Edited at 2013-03-06 04:05 am (UTC)
azhure
Mar. 6th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
Many, many congratulations on the Tiptree. It is very much deserved.
waristerrorism
Mar. 6th, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
Nice!
vikzwrites
Mar. 6th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
Congratulations
Congratulations on the James Tiptree Award.
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