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James Tiptree Jr. wouldn't talk on the phone or appear in person. He developed friendships with contemporaries like Ursula Le Guin and Philip K. Dick purely through letters, and he became a mentor to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro when she was an up-in-coming writer. But James Tiptree Jr. didn't really exist. He was the pen name of Alice Sheldon. Biographer Julie Phillips says Sheldon's real life story was even more surreal than her alter ego. With readings by Erik Bergmann.

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Tendrill by Gregg Kowalsky

Zephyr by Loscil

I Shall Be Removed by KEN

Perish by Sono Sanctus

Episode 14: The Mysterious James Tiptree

IMAGINARY WORLDS IS A BI-WEEKLY PODCAST HOSTED BY ERIC MOLINSKY ABOUT SCI-FI AND OTHER FANTASY GENRES -- HOW WE CREATE THEM AND WHY WE SUSPEND OUR DISBELIEF​.