The Girl Who Was Plugged In/Screwtop

The Girl Who Was Plugged In/Screwtop

by James Tiptree Jr.

This book is two novels in one; Screwtop by Vonda N. McIntyre and The Girl Who Was Plugged in by James Tiptree Jr.

  • Series: Tor Doubles
  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Rating: 3.94
  • Pages: 140
  • Publish Date: March 11th 1989 by Tor Books
  • Isbn10: 0812545540
  • Isbn13: 9780812545548

What People Think about "The Girl Who Was Plugged In/Screwtop"

The present story is rich in terms of ideas - it anticipates cyberpunk, rather, feminist cyberpunk - the process of jacking in, and taking up the issues of representing women's bodies in a genre that was indifferent to anyone apart from white loner males. It is absolutely befuddling to believe this story was written so many years ago, yet it refuses to become outdated.

A story about the power of the media, how corporations control our decision, a person's worth in society, female embodiment and gender roles.

She gets a new body that she controls with her mind, a new name (Delphi), and she pays her dues for her sparkly new life by advertising products without overtly advertising them, which would be against the law. Burkes only experience with sex is getting gang-raped at the age of twelve, so shes not fussed about the lack of functionality. Until, yeah, she meets a guy, wants to do it, and knows Delphis body wont respond if she tries. Feeling his arms around the body he thinks is hers, fighting through shadows to give herself to him. Trying to taste and smell him through beautiful dead nostrils, to love him back with a body that goes dead in the heart of the fire. Burkes state of mind? it never crosses his mind as he looks down at his violated bird, sick with fury and love, that he isnt holding all of her. Brutal and cold, cynical and sneering (evident in the way the narrator derisively refers to Delphi as little flower-face and the like), seemingly detached yet somehow not. And theres some sense of feeling towards the reader/audience, too. The narrators speaking to us, people living in the present world, from the future, and behind the sneering contempt the narrator exhibits for us in our lack of knowledge and foresight, theres also an element of apprehension on our behalf, a kind of sadness in the narrator, knowing what world we have to look forward to. Lines that made my stomach drop (they dont make much sense out of context, I know, but you should read it and see what I mean): But if the bushy Dr. Tesla had heard that single syllable his bush would have turned snow-white. Theres a great future there.

Questo è il lato più lungimirante del testo, che vede Delphi utilizzata come sponsor pubblicitario in quello che sembra lantesignano dellodierno reality show. Il punto di vista è radicale, e anche femminista; suona un po ridicolo pensare che allepoca molti credessero che James Tiptree (nome darte di Alice Sheldon) fosse davvero un uomo, arrivando a scandalizzarsi quando qualcuno sosteneva il contrario.

McIntyre (1976) This was originally published in Robert Silverberg's 1976 anthology The Crystal Ship: Three Original Novellas of Science Fiction, and was later anthologized in McIntyre's 1979 collection Fireflood and Other Stories. The Girl Who Was Plugged In, by James Tiptree, Jr. The story was originally published in Robert Silverberg's 1973 anthology New Dimensions 3, and won the 1974 Hugo Award in the novella category. The story takes place in a future where almost everything is controlled by corporate interests. She is a physically perfect 15 year old girl, and is controlled through a satellite link by P.

The writing was sometimes so stylized it was frustratingly hard to follow (I literally do not understand what was supposed to have happened in the last few sentences; time travel?), but I'd still rather read it written this way than in the hands of one of the fluffy-YA authors of scifi you'd see writing the same idea today.

A short story written in 1976, "Screwtop" describes the lives of three prisoners on an alien planet.

At about this same time, Alli Sheldon started writing science fiction. An award in Tiptree's name has celebrated science fiction that "expands and explores gender roles" for ten years now. Sheldon Here is a link to a site which now awards Science Fiction authors and their books under Alice's pen name for literature to represent gender issues within the field of writing.