James Tiptree Jr. was known to those of us reading Sci Fi in the early 70's and on as an award winning writer. His books and short stories were unique, even for Science Fiction. He carried on correspondence with several successful Sci Fi writers, including Harlan Ellison and Ursula K LeGuin. All of this was even more unique than you might think because in reality Tiptree was Alice B.Sheldon, a married woman living and writing in New England. This book tells her story, from childhood and the purpose is to explain the invention and pose as Tiptree. This book was a fast read and left me with quite a bit to think about.