“They Will Dream In the Garden,” a beautifully written and translated story, uses the future tense to imagine a Mexico in which femicides are already part of history. In a collective attempt by survivors to preserve memory and justice, traces of the minds of the women murdered are encapsulated in interactive holograms “living” in a beautiful garden. The story looks at the economic, social, and racial dimensions of violence against Mexican women today, focusing on indigenous women, poverty, and unemployment, on repression of women’s educational opportunities, and of women’s ability to move about freely. The story hints at positive change as some women decide to fight back through collective action, mutual support, and self-defense, eventually shifting the public perception of gendered violence and improving the actions of the next generation. By offering a possible look into the future, far from giving the sense of a closed chapter, the story itself is a device of memory preservation, a call to action, and a fine example of science fiction as a tool for feminist exploration and social change.
Gabriela Damián Miravete is a writer of narrative and essay, a film and literature journalist, a professor at CENTRO university, and (according to her bio) the imaginary granddaughter of Ursula K. Le Guin. Miravete was part of “The Mexicanx Initiative,” a group of Mexican and Mexican American artists who attended WorldCon 76. With other authors, artists and people from different scientific disciplines, she co-founded Cúmulo de Tesla, a collective that wishes to strengthen the relationships between art, science, and science fiction. She has published short stories in several anthologies in Spanish. You can find her work in English in Three Messages and a Warning, an anthology of contemporary Mexican stories of the fantastic (Small Beer Press, 2010) and in A Larger Reality. Speculative Fiction from the Bicultural margins, an anthology of 14 stories, presented in both Spanish and English.
In addition, the Tiptree Award judges have recognized Adrian Demopulos, the translator of “They Will Dream in the Garden,” with a special honor for her translation.
In addition to selecting the winners, the judges choose a Tiptree Award Honor List. The Honor List is a strong part of the award’s identity and is used by many readers as a recommended reading list. These notes on each work are excerpted and edited from comments by members of this year’s jury. This year’s Honor List is:
- C. Buchanan, ed. Capricious Magazine: The Gender Diverse Pronouns Issue (January 2018)
- Amber Dawn, Sodom Road Exit (Arsenal Pulp Press, Canada, 2018)
- Meg Elison, “Big Girl” Fantasy and Science Fiction (Nov/Dec 2017)
- Joamette Gil, ed., Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology (P & M Press, USA, 2017)
- Keffy R M Kehrli, ed., GlitterShip Year Two (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2018)
- Larissa Lai, The Tiger Flu (Arsenal Pulp Press, Canada, 2019)
- Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer [visual album] (Wondaland/Bad Boy/Atlantic, 2018)
- E. Prevost, “Sandals Full of Rainwater,” Capricious Magazine: The Gender Diverse Pronouns Issue (January 2018)
- Maria Turtschaninoff, Maresi: The Red Abbey Chronicles, translation by A. A. Prime (Amulet Books, USA, 2017)
- Dee Warrick, “Me, Waiting for Me, Hoping for Something More” (Shimmer Magazine #41, January 2018)
In addition to the honor list, this year’s jury also compiled a “long list” of twenty-eight other works they found worthy of attention.
- Cabaret Rollo Rouge, Sydney Blackburn (Less Than Three Press, 2018)
- Starless, Jacqueline Carey (Tor, 2018)
- The Dragon of Ynys, Minerva Cerridwen (Less Than Three Press, 2018)
- Peter Darling, Austin Chant (Less Than Three Press, 2017)
- “A Robot Like Me,” Lee Cope (in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press, 2018)
- Vox, Christina Dalcher (Berkeley Publishing, 2018)
- “The Hermit of Houston,” Samuel Delany (Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2017)
- The Heart of the Lost Star, Megan Derr (Less Than Three Press, 2017)
- The Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich (Harper Collins Publishing, 2017)
- The Breath of the Sun, Isaac Fellman (Aqueduct Press, 2018)
- “Logistics,” A.J. Fitzwater (Clarkesworld, April 2018)
- Beast, Rachel Frank (Less Than Three Press, 2017)
- Strange Grace, Tessa Gratton (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018)
- The Mere Wife, Maria Dahvana Headley (McDonnell Douglas, 2018)
- “Ghosts,” Azure Husky, personal blog
- “Substance of My Lives, the Accidents Of Our Births,” Jose Pablo Iriarte (Lightspeed, January, 2018
- “The Heavy Things,” Julian K Jarboe (SmokeLong Quarterly, November 2017)
- Margins and Murmurations, Otter Lieffe (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2017)
- Ship It, Britta Lundin (Freeform, 2018)
- No Man of Woman Born, Ana Mardoll (Acacia Moon Publishing
- “Sexy Robot Heroes,” Sandra McDonald (in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press, 2018)
- “Afloat Above A Floor of Stars,” Tom Purdom (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, November/December 2017)
- Winterbourne’s Daughter, Stephanie Rabig (Less Than Three Press, 2017)
- Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions, 2018)
- “You Can Make A Dinosaur But You Can’t Help Me,” K.M. Szpara (Uncanny Magazine, July 2018)
- “Some Personal Arguments in Support of the Betteryou,” Debbie Urbanski (Strange Horizons, November 2018)
- “Body Drift,” Cynthia Ward (Analog Magazine, November/December 2018)
- Red Clocks, Leni Zumas (Little, Brown and Company, 2018)
The Tiptree Award winner, along with authors whose works are on the Honor List, will be celebrated at WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin during Memorial Day weekend. The winner will receive $1000 in prize money, a specially commissioned piece of original artwork, and (as always) chocolate.
Each year, a panel of judges selects the Tiptree Award winner. The 2018 judges were Margaret McBride (chair), Marina Berlin, Ritch Calvin, and Arrate Hidalgo.
The 2019 panel of judges will be chaired by Carol Stabile, and reading will begin soon. The Tiptree Award invites everyone to recommend works for the award. Please submit recommendations via the recommendation page. Full information on all the books mentioned above will be in the Tiptree Award database by late April 2018.