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Sheri S. Tepper (1929–2016)

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Sheri S. Tepper was born Shirley Stewart Douglas on July 16, 1929 near Littleton, Colorado. She held numerous jobs before becoming a full-time author including working at Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood from 1962 to 1986, eventually becoming the executive director. In the early 1960s, she wrote mehr anzeigen poems and children's stories under the name Sheri S. Eberhart. In the 1980s, she became a feminist and science fiction/fantasy writer. Her books include The Revenants, After Long Silence, The Gate to Women's Country, Grass, Shadow's End, Gibbon's Decline and Fall, The Family Tree, Six Moon Dance, Singer from the Sea, The Fresco, The Visitor, The Companions, and The Margarets. She received the Locus Award for Beauty and a World Fantasy life achievement award in 2015. She also wrote horror under the name E. E. Horlak and mysteries under the names A. J. Orde and B. J. Oliphant. She died on October 22, 2016 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography) weniger anzeigen


Werke von Sheri S. Tepper

The Gate to Women's Country (1988) 2,119 Exemplare
Die Schöne (1991) 1,593 Exemplare
The Family Tree (1997) 1,034 Exemplare
A Plague of Angels (1993) 970 Exemplare
Gibbon's Decline and Fall (1996) 822 Exemplare
The Fresco (2000) 805 Exemplare
Singer from the Sea (1999) 760 Exemplare
Shadow's End (1995) 755 Exemplare
Six Moon Dance (1998) 750 Exemplare
The Visitor (2002) 723 Exemplare
The True Game (1985) 652 Exemplare
The Companions (2003) 609 Exemplare
Nach langem Schweigen. Roman. (1987) 578 Exemplare
The Margarets (2007) 518 Exemplare
The Awakeners (1987) 503 Exemplare
Jinian Footseer (1985) 391 Exemplare
Jinian Star-Eye (1986) 355 Exemplare
The Song of Mavin Manyshaped (1985) 355 Exemplare
Der Königszug (1983) 339 Exemplare
Dervish Daughter (1986) 326 Exemplare
The Revenants (1984) 323 Exemplare
The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped (1985) 304 Exemplare
The Search of Mavin Manyshaped (1985) 278 Exemplare
The Waters Rising (2010) 228 Exemplare
Northshore (1987) 203 Exemplare
Southshore (1987) 179 Exemplare
The Bones (1987) 131 Exemplare
Death and the Dogwalker (1990) 125 Exemplare
Dead on Sunday (1993) 112 Exemplare
Dead in the Scrub (1990) 106 Exemplare
A Little Neighborhood Murder (1989) 105 Exemplare
The Marianne Trilogy (1990) 97 Exemplare
Fish Tails (1656) 96 Exemplare
Death Served Up Cold (1994) 92 Exemplare
Death and the Delinquent (1992) 89 Exemplare
Death for Old Times' Sake (1992) 88 Exemplare
Deservedly Dead (1992) 86 Exemplare
A Death of Innocents (1997) 82 Exemplare
Ceremonial Death (1995) 78 Exemplare
The Unexpected Corpse (1990) 76 Exemplare
Here's to the Newly Dead (1997) 75 Exemplare
Long Time Dead (1994) 70 Exemplare
Still Life (1989) 67 Exemplare
The Great Orgasm Robbery (1977) 3 Exemplare
Someone Like You 1 Exemplar
The Gardener 1 Exemplar
The People Know (1968) 1 Exemplar
The Problem with Puberty (1976) 1 Exemplar
Choices 1 Exemplar
Vive todavía 1 Exemplar

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Rechtmäßiger Name
Tepper, Sheri Stewart
Andere Namen
Oliphant, B. J.
Horlak, E. E.
Orde, A. J.
Eberhart, Sheri S.
Stewart, Sheri J. (birth)
Tepper, S.
Littleton, Colorado, USA
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Denver, Colorado, USA
Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
executive director (Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood)
Preise und Auszeichnungen
John W. Campbell Award Nomination (1984)
Best Fantasy Novel - Locus Magazine (1991)
Hugo Award Nomination (1990)
NYT Notable Book citation (1990)
Edgar Award Nomination (1991)
World Fantasy Award (Lifetime Achievement, 2015)
Howard Morhaim
Sheri S. Tepper, née Shirley Stewart Douglas, also wrote under several pseudonyms, including A. J. Orde, E. E. Horlak, and B. J. Oliphant. Her early work was published under the name Sheri S. Eberhart. She was born near Littleton, in rural Colorado, and loved reading science fiction books as a child. For most of her career (1962-1986), she worked for and guided the growth of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, where she eventually was named Executive Director. She was married to Eugene X. Tepper and had two children. After her retirement, she and her husband moved to a ranch near Castle Rock, Colorado, and later to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she launched her second career as a writer. Over the next three decades, she became a prolific author of acclaimed science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery novels; she was particularly known as a feminist science fiction writer, often with an eco-feminist slant.



Sheri S. Tepper 1929-2016 in Science Fiction Fans (November 2016)
2 Scifi books: alien horses and human pets in Name that Book (Dezember 2011)


Like a lot of this author's science fiction it borders rather on fantasy and at some points severely strains the suspension of disbelief. Briefly, it is set in the far future on a human colony world where certain behaviour contravenes the moral code of the wider inter-galactic society, a code which is policed by a sort-of supermachine which is inhabited by three human brains, all with a tragic past. This Questioner arrives, bringing an entourage that includes two dancers as its human-derived intution has indicated that dancers will be useful. This is the case because certain indiginous folk called Timmys communicate largely by dancing and singing, and it transpires eventually that both of these are vital to the continued existence of the planet.

The story is very complex with a multiplicity of lifeforms and a strange and quite well realised society based around the artificially createdshortage of girls/women. There are several main characters, and the narrative switches between them. Some are better realised than others, or more sympathetic. There are a number of villains also, and their origin is quite complex, but the anticipated climax where these villains might be expected to make the crisis of impending planetary destruction even worse, fizzles out entirely and is resolved far too easily. The book struck me as an ambitious mess on the whole and although there were good aspects to it, I can only award a middle of the road 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 9 weitere Rezensionen | Nov 23, 2023 |
This is the follow up to 'Blood Heritage'. Unfortunately, for me it didn't come up to the same standard. I had a few issues with the first book but in this they were compounded. The female lead from book 1, Mahlia, returns and now she is married to Badger and they have a child Elaine as well as the five year old son from Badger's first marriage, Robby. Badger is not in this story very much, apart from a few cameos where he makes one flying visit and makes a few phone calls from where he is working abroad, and that is just as well. He was rather annoying in book 1 and is beyond annoying in this sequel as he has made Mahlia promise to put aside her psychic abilities - as if that would be possible - and to cut off all contact with the three witches, led by Molly, who previously saved the lives of himself, Mahlia, Robby and their book 1 helper, the Professor.

Not only that, but despite Mahila working on a doctorate, he insists that she moves to the wilds of New England, find a suitable house and have it done up ready for his return! In another more realistic story, the resulting chaos, building site mess and general stress would take up most of the book, but here is skated over as Mahlia finds a really nice realtor (estate agent in UK parlance) who happens to be connected via marriage to various craftsmen who are all really helpful and can turn up at a moment's notice to do any work, plus get it done in no time flat. Also superhelpful is the spry old lady and her children/grandchildren who can come by to do any cleaning or garden work that Mahlia needs done. Just as well, considering her childcare duties.

Mahlia suffers from headaches caused by bottling up her psychic abilities - though I don't really see how she could - and worries that Badger will blame her for Robby's increasing absorption in a couple of "imaginary friends", a little girl called Cynthia and a sea captain called Captain Bone, both of whom seem to have told Robby quite a bit about the disturbing history of the area in which they live.

The book has a very longwinded build-up and consists for about two thirds of people having conversations. Eventually a couple of really nasty scenes appear: unlike book 1, where I had been sure that the Professor was 'for the chop', in this book being a nice person is no guarantee that you won't come to a nasty end. Book 1 had reserved that fate for various villains alone. Then after Mahlia finally admits that Badger's insistence on putting the supernatural at bay is endangering herself and her family, and gets back in contact with her witch friends, they decide that Mahlia has to go to Haiti and get advice from a priestess called Mambo Livone. At that point, things start to motor and the book's pace and involvement picks up. But that is really late in the story.

I liked the sequence in Haiti and the character of Mambo Livone. However, unlike book 1, the characters of the witches, Molly in particular, didn't come over as well as before. Perhaps there were just too many characters in this story, with umpteen different ones in the community into which Mahlia had moved. And if a lot of development is spent on one in particular who is then killed off, that does tend to leave a hole in things as far less time was spent developing others, who remained ciphers.

The story is more grisly than book 1 and has a real trigger warning, stronger than the first book's, in the scene in Haiti set in a graveyard. I had a continuing problem with Mahlia also; if anything, she comes across as more of a wimp than in book 1. So I'm afraid this could only reach a 2 star "OK" rating as far as I'm concerned.
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kitsune_reader | 1 weitere Rezension | Nov 23, 2023 |
I found this novel, the first of Tepper's I've come across that I would classify as horror or dark fantasy, a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, I liked the focus on female characters, especially Molly the farmer's wife who turns out to be a lot more, and also the eccentric Professor with his dogs named after famous Buddhist scholars. Mahlia, the female lead, a pyschic who is half Polynesian and half French, is a bit weak, mooning about the male lead, Badger Ettison, who is rather a chauvinist. The fact that his wife Carolyn and son Robby are supposedly dead should make him more sympathetic, but most of the time I found him annoying.

There are some interesting twists though I did rather anticipate the one where Roger Bacon, the famous medieval scholar/friar turned out to be responsible for the present troubles. In essence, a field has been dedicated to a labyrinth or maze for generations, with gates that have to be kept locked: a contrivance which is a prison for a very dangerous entity.

Badger's mother-in-law, wife and son are implicated, and the quest by Badger, Mahlia, the Prof and Molly to find out if Carolyn and Robby are still alive, and to combat the danger threatening all of them, leads them to an old friend of Carolyn's with links to the first location. Michael Shiel leads a strange colony up in the mountains with an odd temple and very disturbing 'religious' practices based upon - trigger warning - rape and murder of young girls . That whole section left a lot unexplained, such as how would apparently ancient images of a Hindu style deity or demon be engraved within caverns in the Colorado area of the USA?

On the whole the book balanced out at a 3 star rating for me; it had enough likeable characters and elements, but also sufficiently annoying ones such as Badger to end up as a middle of the road read.
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kitsune_reader | 3 weitere Rezensionen | Nov 23, 2023 |
I have in the past enjoyed some of this author's novels, but thoroughly disliked others. This one almost scraped into the 'OK' category because there are some aspects which were enjoyable. The trouble is, these are outweighed by the Mary Sue nature of the protagonist Benita (abused dormat wife turns into confident articulate representative after suitable 'adjustment' by benevolent and powerful aliens), and the wish fulfilment which resolves all the world's problems by the intervention of those same aliens.

There are a couple of subplots dealing with other, inimical aliens and their alliance with a small coterie of reactionary anti-feminist, anti-environment politicians, but those difficulties are fairly easily swept aside. And the central connundrum of a civilisation which has based its peaceful interventionist stance on a false reading of a work that has been deliberately obscured - the Fresco of the title - is satisfied by a solution in which the ends satisfy the means.

There are some attempts to be satirical/humorous - for example, the misogynism shown to women in a Middle Eastern country is dealt with by making the women appear ugly and smelly so that the men no longer feel the need to imprison them - but those I found clumsy.

The book isn't badly written as such, but it is unrelentingly didatic and has quite a bit of infodumping especially at the start where we are given Benita's background. And after being told very clearly that the alien emissaries are non sexual (their race differentiates at age thirteen and only some individuals can reproduce) the whole ending seems to turn this on its head. My basic problem with it is that it is a 'magic wand' way of solving all the world's problems, including many still with us today, suggesting that humanity is incapable of bettering itself - an update to the theme of the Erich von Daniken bestsellers of the 1970s. In other words, we are doomed unless beneficient aliens step in to bail us out. So I'm afraid I didn't like it, hence the one star rating.
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kitsune_reader | 19 weitere Rezensionen | Nov 23, 2023 |


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