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James Tiptree, Jr. (aka Alice Sheldon) is primarily renowned for her short fiction, but this piece, which won the Hugo for best novella in , is also top-notch. If James Tiptree Jr.’s The Girl Who Was Plugged In () were published today nobody would think it dated. Ahead of its time, it was. The Girl Who Was Plugged In: James Tiptree, Jr.: In “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” (; winner of a Hugo Award for best novella), an ugly homeless girl in a.

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I can’t recommend this work highly enough. In an exchange for that he became Self-Aware Data, and lives as an information. Whether a person is reaching out to someone with their hand or by tweet, the point is that they are reaching out. It’s easy to see why William Gibson loved it. Burke desperately wants to achieve this ideal body but she cannot due to her physical appearance.

Nonetheless, there are some common points in both texts: In this body-tech relationship body is totally redundant and useless, and mind transferred to the chip can be altered.


James Tiptree Jr, “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” and Pat Cadigan “Pretty Boy Crossover.”

In the first story, the body without a consciousness and in the second, the consciousness without a body were promoted as images of perfection. Burke, a deformed, ugly, suicidal girl who lives in the gutter is offered to be the remote control for the body of new celebrity “Delphi”. Tiptree tiptre the male pen name James Tiptree Jr.

It seems that gkrl boy is rather superficial, and jumps to conclusions rather fast. This means that P. Burke is useless to society within the story. Definitely a must for a lover of dystopian fiction. In both stories only the outside appearance mattered, which can be easily observed in the real world, as well. PaperbackDouble 7pages. Hicks explains that Delphi is the ghe that matters within the society and it is the body that has value as opposed to the body of P.

By staying who he is he makes a difference, by opposing technological improvement he titpree his imperfection and also, humanity. Writing in her first book about the suicide of Hart Crane, she said succinctly: It needed a brain and body from which to absorb data.

The shocking thing about this situation, or perhaps not so shocking, is that this is exactly the way the world works now except advertising is not banned.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the story is the parallel between the main character and Tiptree herself, who also worked through an invented identity, but, though it’s interesting, the story is too short to engage with that idea substantively. He can exist only in his prime moments, going from up to up. Burke and Delphi seem to be the two running the systems, they themselves are not responsible for the whispering life that continued after their death.



Burke is in the same boat: Tiptree presents an interesting world where advertisements are illegal. He decides to stay true to his values and do what is moral. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. A dystopian story in an Utopian future, by a female author under a male pen name, about a perfect girl who isnt really who she is.

The Girl Who Was Plugged In by James Tiptree Jr.

Views Read Edit View history. My mind is buzzing. Though incorporating some aspects of the psyche into this scenario, Tiptree Jr. The main similarity is tiptrfe technology in both works are connected with brains.