About once a month, Entertainment Weekly will offer capsule reviews of four sf/f genre-related books. This is nice as it gets some publicity for the field. (As much respect as EW can muster, anyway.) What I would personally love to see is at least one prominent science fiction review per week. It’s not like there is a lack of books to review. I guess they’re shooting for the “mainstream” audience.
It’s interesting, then, that this week’s double issue (#891/#892) features a review of James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips. Sure, it’s a biography and not fiction, but we’s takes what we’s can gets. The reviewer (Jennifer Reese) had some nice things to say about it: “exquisitely detailed”, “[Reese] knows when to let her subject speak, quoting copiously from Tiptree’s letters to the likes of Ursula LeGuin, which burn with an edgy intelligence you wish had found its outlet earlier.” Final grade: A.
In a related sidebar titled “The Essential Tiptree”, EW highlights Pyr’s reprint collection Her Smoke Rose Up Forever which features a cool John Picacio cover. They also call out these classic stories: “The Girl who Plugged In”, “The Women Men Don’t See” and “Houston, Houston Do You Read?”.