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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever - James Tiptree Jr. This collection of James Tiptree’s/Alice Sheldon’s best stories, explores the intersections of love and death, male and female, hope and despair. Cumulatively, they offer a vision of Life and Death locked in a continual struggle from which neither can emerge victorious: Death without Life is mere nothingness, and Life without Death is a twilit ennui. Though grim and unsentimental, Tiptree’s stories are not forlorn: their protagonists face their absurd fates with the aplomb of Sisyphus putting his shoulder to the stone, and push on because not to do so isn’t an option.Full Review