Brightness Falls from the Air
James Tiptree Jr.
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Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM By James Tiptree Jr.

They have gathered now on Damiem and are about to witness the last rising of a manmade nova They are 16 humans in a distant world about to be enveloped by an eruption of violence horror and murder oddly complemented by a bizarre unforgiving love But justice is not all that s about to be found Judgment is coming and the 16 unsuspecting ones are on the threshold of the mThey have gathered now on Damiem and are about to witness the last rising of a manmade nova They are 16 humans in a distant world about to be enveloped by an eruption of violence horror and murder oddly complemented by a bizarre unforgiving love But justice is not all that s about to be found Judgment is coming and the 16 unsuspecting ones are on the threshold of the murdered star.
  • Title: Brightness Falls from the Air
  • Author: James Tiptree Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780759205284
  • Page: 490
  • Format: ebook

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Umberto Rossi Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Alice Sheldon (vero nome di James Tiptree Jr.) è nota per i suoi meravigliosi racconti, ma ha al suo attivo almeno un romanzo veramente notevole, di space opera sofisticata, come questo (tradotto in Italia come E sarà la luce, titolo non solo infedele ma del tutto fuorviante). Romanzo complesso, solo apparentemente un fanta-thriller ambientato su un mondo lontano dove una comitiva di turisti si raduna per assistere all'esplosione di una stella; la trama, che inizia con tonalità da commedia, s [...]
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Althea Ann Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I've read several books that won the Tiptree Award:(Candas Jane Dorsey - Black Wine,Elizabeth Hand - Waking The Moon,Nicola Griffith - AmmoniteMaureen F. McHugh - China Mountain ZhangUrsula K. Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness -all books I'd highly recommend!)but somehow, I'd never read a book by Tiptree (Alice Sheldon), only a short story or two.So I picked up this book, which the cover says is her 'greatest novel.'I guess the hype got to me, because I was a little disappointed - it wasn't a [...]
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Duane Poncy Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I never thought I would be giving a two-star review to anything by James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon). I love everything I have previously read by her. Much of the writing in this book is amazing, the suspense often riveting, and the concept behind it was potentially brilliant, but it was tremendously flawed, in my view. The cloyingly sentimental dialogue was at stark contrast to the chilling thematic material. The sweet, kind-hearted, heroic child porn producer, for instance -- I'm not being pr [...]
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Jennifer Taw Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
A very detailed and deliberately paced sci fi adventure focused on (often failed) efforts to prevent, overcome, and make reparations for the worst human depredations. Exploitation as a dynamic permeates every aspect of the story, and is examined through the interpersonal, interspecies, financial, political, and professional relationships. Sheldon/Tiptree emphasizes that targets of exploitation may be unaware, resistant, naive, or entirely complicit, depending on their circumstances and the socia [...]
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Bryn Hammond Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I read in her biography (James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon) she was uncomfortable with the novel format and they had to push her into it. That makes me feel better. I worship Tiptree, but it hurt to try to read this back in the day and it hurt again last year. She was a short story writer. Though she seems to settle at the extended short story of a hundred pages.
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Christy Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. On the whole, it's probably only three stars. It's not as consistently compelling or well-written as Tiptree's short stories and novellas and the plot is sometimes contrived. But there are some scenes that are five-star scenes, in which the emotion and the writing transcend the rest of the book.
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J.L. Dobias Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Brightness Falls From the Air by James Tiptree Jr.(Alice Bradley Sheldon)I can honestly say I've read few of James Tiptree and that is mostly because she was mostly writing short stories and though I've read a few short stories now and then I prefer novels. She has two of those to her name and this one was in e-book format and after recently reading one of her short stories I felt compelled to read a novel.Though the novel starts with a paragraph that sounds quite descriptive it is misleading in [...]
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Sarah Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I wonder why there's a correlation between sci-fi books and their character's unusual eye color? It's like if you're a character, fabricated by a sci-fi writer, your eye (and hair) color will be mentioned again and again and I guarantee it will be a highly uncommon color. I was thinking this and then up popped this sentence by Tiptree: Reality needs no friends.She doesn't care if all her characters are unrealistic! Neither do I, anymore, violet colored eyes are nice to imagine, sometimes. This b [...]
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Pippa Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Just found my review of this book. A really original book. This is an absolutely genuine big gift. The two main plot strands are well woven together, and the whole is deeply thoughtful. I'd rate this not far behind 'Brave New World', although it does have occasional stodgy moments, and verges on the silly once (?) Very very good though.
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Bev Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
One of my all-time favourite science fiction novels by one of my all-time favorite authors. It's been a long time since I read it, but I remember loving it. I should go back and reread so I can give a proper review.
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Kathleen Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
One of the most compelling books I can recall ever reading.
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Christian Schwoerke Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
As novel, Brightness Falls from the Air is mediocre, but as reading experience—when infusing the novel with the externality of its Sheldon/Tiptree authorship—this is a four-star experience. In a life characterized by social and sexual awkwardness, Alice B. Sheldon probably found her greatest satisfaction when writing as the James Tiptree, Jr a writer who burst onto the science fiction scene with a clarity of voice, a dark and disturbing vision, and a pronounced assurance that could only be m [...]
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Arbys Mom Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
i just couldn't get into the story.
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Kend Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Not sure where I read this, but I remember someone saying a person absolutely must read James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon) if interested in queer sci-fi. Of course, almost none of her books are available through our library network in Montana, so Brightness Falls from the Air was the best I could do without committing to buying an author I'd never read or even heard of before.I should have heard of her before.Why hadn't I? Probably because she was a woman. I'll probably read Julie Phillips' biogra [...]
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Morgan McGuire Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Cheap salaciousness mixed with minor world building and then bathing in disgusting imagesadowing Iain Banks' worst, without his best. The child porn, murder, torture could be serious and addressed well (e.g Le Guin and Butler) if the rest weren't in the style of Barbarella and Larry Niven.
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Charles Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Stuff I Read – Brightness Falls From the Air by James Tiptree, Jr. ReviewI'd actually never read any James Tipree before this book. So I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from it. I can say that I certainly wasn't expecting what I got, which was a very strange mix of things, a science fiction about mistakes and forgiveness and second chances, about genocide and murder and healing. It's a very odd book, set on a remote world that was home to one of the most horrible chapters of human history, [...]
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J. Kevin Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
An unlikely assemblage of characters -- diplomats, aristocrats, scientists, and porn stars(!) -- arrive on a remote planet to witness the aftershock of an exploded star. The characters are quirky and charming, and the reader might think they're in for a lighthearted romp. But the book gets very dark very quickly. The story behind the cosmic explosion and the history of the planet itself are steeped in tragedy, and once the lightshow begins, secrets and hidden agendas come out, and soon the touri [...]
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Natasha Hurley-Walker Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Fairly straightforward old-fashioned sci-fi romp. Aliens, spaceships, culture clashes. Much of the plot seems farfetched given that the author could have made better extrapolations about the technology available. (view spoiler)[There are handheld video cameras, but no security cameras? Faster-than-light communications but no walkie-talkies? Drugs to put you in a coma for an exact amount of time, but no way of determining a person's identity from their genetic makeup? (hide spoiler)] Since much o [...]
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Gardy (Elisa G) Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Inizia come un "dieci piccoli indiani" su un pianeta alieno, indugia un po' troppo nel raccontare i suoi personaggi, poi si avvia al violento apice boreale della sua trama fitta di misteri, che in realtà è ben più sopportabile dell'epilogo orribile destinato ad alcuni personaggi e dell'ombra cupa gettata proprio in chiusura dall'autrice. Una chiusa che tinge il bellissimo titolo evocativo con un sospetto, alla cui luce bisogna riconsiderare il proprio giudizio sui Dameii, la fatata popolazion [...]
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Chris Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Tiptree was obviously most famous as a short story writer and wrote very few full length novels. This book is great but I think it is obvious that she was not 100% comfortable with this format.The first half of the book is like a work of art, bright hues and wonderful colours. Fascinating personalities are established and brilliant questions on how society would change over time. However, once the Nova hits it is forced to turn into a thriller which moves quickly but is filled with cliches and c [...]
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Ruth Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Acquired this book by accident (free scifi, couldn't resist), sat on my shelf for at least four years, and the only reason I read it now was because it was a hardback and thus sits best on my over-the-tub book holder. Much better than I expected: Interesting aliens (wish we had seen more of them but they are shy), nice hard science to go with the cultural experience, and a different angle on the time 'travel' aspect.The characters, perhaps there are too many of them, or maybe the author just did [...]
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Brittany Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I'm waffling between three and four stars for this book. On the plus side, it was very evocatively written, I loved the characters, and it had some extremely original ideas. On the con side, however, there were many points in the book where I wanted to shout, "Oh come ON! Stop being so naive and DO YOUR JOB!" because people kept ignoring clear threats and acting on partial information. However, it was a fun story, and a good introduction to James Tiptree Jr I will read more by her.
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Daniel Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Two visions of the future meet: the wide-eyed utopianism of Golden Age sci-fi with which the book opens is torn apart to reveal, just beneath the surface, a history of genocide, war crimes, torture and personal suffering. It's overstuffed, the writing is all over the place - often clusmy and clunky, but just as often genuinely brilliant - most of its large cast of characters never graduate beyond caricature. Still, its power is undeniable, and its bloody, wrenching debunking of the heroic sci-fi [...]
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Brenda Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
James Tiptree Jr. is famous for her short stories, and this didn't feel on that same level to me as the ones I've read. On the other hand, that might make it more accessible and entertaining. I didn't like the way the main characters were introduced or made to behave foolishly to advance the plot, but some side characters were memorable and interesting. You know how some short stories leave you thinking about what's going to happen next or what really happened? I finished this thinking about tha [...]
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Andrew Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
Lovely prose and beautiful imagery. Although the characters were interesting, they weren't given enough development. I feel compelled to deduct one star for the use of the deus ex machina "time-flurries" and the unbelievable stupidity of the main characters. Otherwise Brightness Falls from the Air is an intriguing story about beauty, love, and the greed and horror humans are capable of.
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Jacob Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I don't read much sci-fi, and this was reasonable sci-fi - packed full of good insights alongside of a silly story and trite set of characters. I wasn't sure why Tiptree was on my 'to read' list until after I finished the book and looked him up. After a short search I'm pretty sure this NPR story was why. I think the marmalade reference did it for me at the time and got me to write down the name. Anyway, not a bad use of time, but not a particularly memorable one.
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Julian Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I've read many Tiptree short stories, but this was the first novel of hers I'd read. I enjoyed it, but parts seemed implausible. The plot was somewhat contrived by the main characters' inability to actually pay attention to what was going on around them, and also, that they were too damn trusting. Still, I enjoyed it and at some points was so deeply caught up in the plot that I didn't really care how stupid the main characters were, and their flaws seemed more real than contrived.
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Vicky Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I TRIED to like this book (I love SciFi, and I always want to read SciFi by female authors), but there were just too many subplots and too many characters--any of the subplots (the murdered star, the drug distilled from the Damaeii, Cory's memory wipe, the rescued-children porn stars)could have made a good novel on its own, but combining them into one was just too much! I made it half-way through, and then tried to skim from there, but even still, I could now force myself to continue.
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Jo Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
For a book with "brightness" in the title, this one is awfully dark. It's a beautifully imaginative future and weaves together several threads in a really compelling way. Through the middle, I couldn't put it down. But the beginning and end dragged for me, and the treatment of the Dameii by their human "guardians" and their ultimate colonization struck me as deeply troubling and problematic in a way that I wish was better addressed or at least acknowledged in the story.
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Myriam Apr 10, 2020 - 18:01 PM
I'm not quite sure where to stand on this bookere were themes of rape and child abuse easily dismissedeism that I'm not sure I can forgive a female author for. Though, male authors have made careers out of much the same. The writing was solid and I can see why Tiptree is most famous for her short story writing. I'll have to read some of that work before I can really say how I feel about her as an author.
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Brightness Falls from the Air By James Tiptree Jr. They have gathered now on Damiem and are about to witness the last rising of a manmade nova They are 16 humans in a distant world about to be enveloped by an eruption of violence horror and murder oddly complemented by a bizarre unforgiving love But justice is not all that s about to be found Judgment is coming and the 16 unsuspecting ones are on the threshold of the mThey have gathered now on Damiem and are about to witness the last rising of a manmade nova They are 16 humans in a distant world about to be enveloped by an eruption of violence horror and murder oddly complemented by a bizarre unforgiving love But justice is not all that s about to be found Judgment is coming and the 16 unsuspecting ones are on the threshold of the murdered star.

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