Do you have a message for Sheri S. Tepper?

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Thanks to a kind person at “Authors Contact” at Harper Collins, a few of the emails sent to this website have been forwarded on to Sheri’s publicist and she tells us she welcomes any more that come our way.

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52 thoughts on “Do you have a message for Sheri S. Tepper?

  • Rachel Sanders

    My grandmother gave me a great gift the day she handed me a worn copy of Jinian Footseer. Although the cover drawing was promising I was skeptical because I have seen many books where the nicest thing about them was the cover. I am and have always been an avid reader. I devoured it! It was as if Mrs. Tepper had pulled me into this sparkling adventure. There is a line quite quotable when near the end of the book Jinian has her last battle with a basilisk. And I recall being thrilled when Jinian falls asleep under a tree in the forest and the tree actually gets up and moves!
    I have only been able to aquire and read Jinian Footseer, The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped, and Beauty (my interest in these works having only began a few months ago). I senced a little of Mrs. Tepper’s philosophy in Jinian but only really knew what she was about when I read Beauty. I admit that I am not of the same persuasion as Mrs.Tepper on all matters and for that reason I cannot love Beauty as I love The True Game (as she expounded on these matters more) but I love reading good works of literature. Just as I read George Orwell’s 1984, Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Diana Wynne Jones Howl’s Moving Castle and many other great works by other talented authors I esteem Sherri S. Tepper among those authors. I thank her for giving me books to enjoy.

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  • Annabel Blakey

    I was introduced to your writing in 1990 when my son started sharing High School library books with me. Your stories are precious to me, initially for the pleasure of a new one, particularly with brave women, but I go on to reread them many times for different reasons and always will, I think. Thank You.

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  • Cathy Gingrich

    Dear Ms. Tepper,
    I am currently reading my first Tepper book, Singer from the Sea, and I love it. I’m just sorry that it has taken me so longer to discover such a talented and imaginative writer. Your new fan, Cathy

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  • rayner

    I first read a Tepper novel so long back that i can’t remember what it was but after a decade and some spent reading mostly reference texts central to her recurring themes I needed some relief from the more empirical specifics as concerns homo sapien dysfunction and picked up gibbon’s about 12 months back.
    since then have read a further 10 novels of hers, mostly written on from 1988, and just want to express my very real appreciation and gratitude for her wonderful gifts.May there come a day when these works are globally recommended for school literature studies.
    That perspective in Companions as to what constitutes sentience in a species is so apt as we struggle on out of the Palaeolithic
    Thank you Sheri.

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  • Kimc

    I have wanted to ask Ms. Tepper if she has considered writing separate, novel length, endings for the five choices at the end of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall?

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    • Tesha

      Sheri says –

      “I am now writing what will probably be my last one: it brings my earliest books and the latest one together. Kind of rolling all the threads into one ball before I put it in the knitting bag and call it a day.”

      maybe we should do a poll on which of the choice we would choose……

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  • Jakk Bjarkarson

    Hello Sheri,

    I hope you read this soon but the BBC in the UK has a new programme called Outcasts and I’m ashamed to say this but if you look (not very closely)there are many ideas in it that have been taken from many of your brilliant pieces of work – a planet that communicates to its people; crystals that are already cut that contain information and stuff like that! However, the main one is from your most recent publication – The Waters Rising. The apparent scientists from Outcasts have “discovered” homo-cephalopods!!!! What a bloody cheek and an outrage!

    You must consult your lawyers as soon as you can! They’ve ripped off many of your ideas and jumbled them up into this farce of a show!! I just had to tell you!!

    Also, can you please reprint the Marianne trilogy, I cannot find them anywhere in which they don’t cost less than £120, each!!

    Other than that, you’re the best author I’ve ever read and please keep up the good work; I know whatever you write, I will enjoy immensely!!

    Your faithful fan,

    Jakk Bjarkarson

    xxx

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    • Tesha

      Sheri must have loved your letter – she wrote back immediately!

      “Jakk:

      I can’t reprint the Marianne books because the publisher still owns the rights. I couldn’t afford to republish them anyhow. Tsk. You might tell the publisher you ‘ve got 20,000 people ready to buy copies, that might move them!

      So, The Beeb is stealing from me again! I knew it. I knew they’d found out I was stealing from them thirty years ago.

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Sheri”

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  • Carol

    I am so appreciative of all your books from Gibbons Decline onwards. I have only come across a few of the True Game series. I am a Unity minister and your messages fit so well into my personal theology, that I read your books over and over. My real favorite is the Fresco simply because it has wonderful and practical solutions to so many things. Plus the fresco itself. We are, so often, who we believe we are…. Writing is an enormous process,but I hate to think of the last book you will write. I will miss you. Blessings and Light, Rev. Carol Landry

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  • Leigh Philips

    Dear Sheri:

    While I am saddened to hear that Fish Tales is to be the last book, I could not be more thrilled with the proposed outline.

    From receiving The Revenants for my 12th birthday, all the way to The Waters Rising last year I have purchased and read (and reread) all of your books. You are my go to reread author for long trips, or lazy weekends when I want to revisit old friends. I find new things in every read, like Marianne said, 3rd time’s a charm.

    For the past 20 years, Mavin’s turning to stone still has the power to make me cry. I’ve missed her, Peter and Jinian – and to know that Lom has a message for us again is thrilling.

    I am excited that I’ll be able to head to the bookstore and pick up this final work, that takes us full circle.

    Thank you for the wonderful years of amazing tales. I will continue to share your amazing back catalogue with friends and colleagues for years to come.

    Never goodbye, always anon,
    Leigh Philips

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  • Nicole

    As a reader of many years, I am saddened but not surprised to hear this is the last novel. I can think of a couple books that I didn’t love, but I couldn’t pick my favorite, and I’m not sure any books other than the lighthearted True Game series have failed to bring a few tears of frustration or a hopeful wish and sometimes both.

    I hope Mrs. Tepper enjoys a long and joyful retirement.
    Nicole

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  • Sunshine Garner

    I love the way Mrs. Tepper takes a given concept of our culture and turns it upside down
    when seen from another’s eyes. Her solution for war was a rock! I loved her ideas about men
    and women in the Gate to Women’s Country. I have every book she has written and look forward to the mental dance of her next book!!

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  • Simone

    Heartfelt greetings and thank you very much for the amazingly good news of a new book!
    Republishing the Marianne trilogy?
    Yes! No other resource has equally vital info on how to successfully battle manipulative relatives and nightmarish buerocracy at the same time! Besides, Jumanji too piped up a moment ago and says that after reading Marianne, it now wants to be re-written by Sheri ASAP to include at least one Malachite Mouse (AND a character like Agrehond!).

    Re. the new book: What message would Lom have for a world where (if current news reports can be trusted) we appear to be entirely ruled by global commercial interests, only barely masquerading as governments? Take Japan: It is now openly sacrificing its children – its future – by publicly raising acceptable radiation levels for kids dangerously high just to avoid costly evacuations. It beggars belief! The global watchdogs we once put into place to prevent exactly this from happening (such as the WHO) are helpfully silent. And so unfolds a public disaster (not that it’s the only one). Perhaps the particularly heartbreaking aspect here is that it seems so surreal; like slow-mo time lag, it’s happening oh so very slowly, while the rest of the world sits back and watches..
    Why are we so little able to learn? No, wrong: Why are we so consistently ignoring our better knowledge? Surely we can’t pretend not to know better, so why are the afflicted (in this case the Japanese people) standing by (or worse, treating Fukushima refugees like outcasts)?
    ..Just to name one small example.

    What in all hell’s name is wrong with us?
    We must be mad?!
    No dark scenario Sheri ever has come up with so far seems as endlessly, inevitably and uncaringly brutal as what goes on right here on Earth, right now, every day.

    While I really do wonder what Lom has to say to all this, how could anyone possibly wish for Mavin (or her family) to have to wake up to THIS (what a lousy welcome, poor sods!).
    However, wherever you go (at the very least): Bon voyage!
    And respectful thanks for those beguiling, bewitching, fascinating stories.
    Lots of love from Simone

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  • Raphaelle

    I haven’t read your full bibliography, and with the rapidly diminishing supply of editions available 2nd hand, I suspect that I might never; however The True Game books, The Awakeners and The Revenants are all amongst my favourite books. I have always wanted to ask about the way you come up with the names of people and places, there seems to be an innate logic about them in the same way as Tolkein or C.S. Lewis and something which, I find, in my own attempts at writing is definitely missing.
    As with everyone else commenting, I wish to thank you for the many hours of reading and re-reading which your books have afforded me.
    Raphaelle

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  • Oliver

    Dear Sheri,

    I hope it’s not too presumptive to call you Sheri, but it’s too late now! I recently picked up your novel “Grass” while rummaging randomly one day through my house mate’s books. It sounded neat enough to give it a try, and I did. Something has changed for me, you’ve charged my brain in a way I have not felt in a regretfully long time. I can only thank you for your imaginative story. I cannot regret taking so long to find your work as that means there’s so much more of it for me to enjoy!

    I am a writer and have been struggling for a very extended period of time with writer’s block. I have ideas, but there’s some sort of dam in there – I call it mental constipation. Reading your words, your ideas were enlightening. There were themes that I felt had been missing from science fiction, ones very near and dear to me. I am a transgendered, female-to-male. It pains me to see such a lack of strong, female protagonists in science fiction. I feel as if many of the female characters I have encountered in all my reading come across more as caricature. They are strong in the ways that are acceptable and also weak in the ways that are acceptable. This is not engaging, it’s not believable. I found Majorie to be none of these, she was as real to me as any of my female friends. As easy to empathize with, too. At the end, I found myself so scared and so hopeful for her, aching for a confirmation of that but not daring to wish too hard, because the not knowing is the perfect ending I never would have asked for, but so badly needed.

    Thank you for being you, for having your ideas and being willing to share them with the world. You are an amazing woman, and a wonderful writer. You are inspiring in the truest sense of the word. Thank you.

    -Oliver

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  • Lisa Allane

    Hi

    Just to say that I love your books and my favourite has to be Grass. I must have read your books severla times and I’m still searching for the few I don’t have. Thank you for so many hours of sheer pleasure. To have an author who treats her readers as thinking human being is so valuable. Your wit and philosophical explorations will be missed. Thank you so much.

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  • Michael

    Dear Sheri,

    Just a quick line to say many, many thanks for all your wonderful books. They are beautifully written and imagined, of course, and they chime with my imagination in a way that no other stories do.

    At the moment I’m going back to your earlier books, but like one of the people above have discovered that some of them are like hen’s teeth and really expensive – shame on the publisher not to re-issue them. (Reading The Revenants at the moment – brilliant characters against a terrifying enemy – unputdownable!)

    Very best wishes to you and thanks again.

    Michael, Hampshire, England

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  • Rachel

    Dear Sheri,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wonderfull books! my good friend introduced me to your works and I really enjoy reading about your philosophy and these women heroines.
    Just finished Gibbons Decline and Fall and absolutely loved it, just couldn’t stop myself from flopping the pages. Have anjoyed Fantasy and Science fiction for a long time and must say your books are a rare treat am actually happy that I’ve only just begun reading your work as it means i’ve a lot more to discover.
    Lots of love,
    Rachèl

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  • jodyb686

    Having just finished the “Marianne” trilogy, I can finally say I have read everything by Sheri S. Tepper! The first book I read was Grass. I found this book in my mothers hall closet. It was loaned by my Aunt. I subsequently move to another state and didn’t finish the novel. 3 years later, I ended up moving back home with my mother. I found the book exactly where I had left it, and was able to finally finish it. I’ve read it 3 times since then, and own all of your fantasy/sci-fi books even the rare and hard to find. You are by far my favorite author, the only author I have ever collected.

    As I was reading Marianne, the Matchbox & the Malachite Mouse, the one character I would have love to read more of was Queen Buttercup and her world. Very intriguing. I appreciate all of your characters, especially the characters that have more to offer than they believe they do.

    Thank you so much for the many wonderful hours of getting to know you through your stories. Please please know how much you are appreciated.

    Jody,

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  • JoanneMcDowall

    Dear Sheri
    Can the publisher be encouraged to make the out of print books, like the Jinian and Mavin and True Game series, and also the Marianne series available as ebooks. These would at least let us read them?
    What would move them to do this? I have read everything in print, and collected many out of print, including your mysteries. I would love to complete my expereince by reading the rest.
    Love it!
    Joanne McDowall

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  • kateboyd

    Dear Sheri,

    I first picked up one of your books when I was in my early teens in the late 1980s *Grass*. I’ve been an avid fan and reader of all your wonderful, imaginative, thought-inducing books ever since *esp. loved The Family Tree*. Thank you for being such a creative force and voice for the past 50+ years. Your books have been invaluable in understanding and exploring gender roles and celebrating the natural world and all the wonderful beings within, and for being a feminist-icon for this GenX’er! I wish you much joy and contentment in your retirement – you will be sorely missed…but I have a big shelf dedicated to your works, and you are one of my favorite authors for gifting kindred (and not-so-kindred/in need of enlightenment..heheh!) souls.

    Thank you,

    Kate, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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  • Sherry

    Dear Sheri,

    I discovered Jinian Foot-Seer at a local library when I was in Middle school, not much after it came out. I would be remiss if I did not admit that it changed my life. I have read a lot of books and loved many of them, but none have moved me the way your writing has. As of writing this I have nearly all of your works though I am still working on some of the older texts. Currently I am getting caught up in my reading and am completely enjoying The Fresco. It, as with all of your works, resonates so strongly with me. I fell so in love with Jinian and the True Game setting that I named my daughter Jinian. I can hardly wait until she is old enough to enjoy her namesake books. Thank you dearly for what you have brought and continue to bring to my life. I recommend your works every chance I get.

    Sincerely,
    Sherry Parker, Tigard, Oregon

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  • Wendy

    Dear Sheri

    Hi, I am a Masters student from National University of Singapore. I am currently working on a paper for my ‘Literature and Politics’ module. I would like to compare your novel, The Gate to Women’s Country, with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Perhaps, you can tell me what you think of Atwood’s novel? Do you see any connections like similarities or differences between both novels? Thanks!

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  • Alassirana

    I have read many of Ms Tepper’s books, and am somewhat disappointed to find that it is difficult to get ahold of one of her most instightful, if disturbing books. I hope that at some point, the Revenants will be reissued, at least as an ebook, so that I can share with many of the people I know some of the things that that book showed me without endangering my worn, dog-eared copy. Please consider reprinting this book.

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  • rebeccakneen

    The Waters Rising – yet another example of your evocative and powerful writing. A cloud of horror shadows everyday love and thoughtfulness, yet somehow ordinary honour, love and commitment shine through. As always, your work brings inspiration to every day.

    Grass was the first novel of yours I read, and periodically it still grabs me by the back of the neck and shakes me. That message about being possessed, so prevalent in your work, seems to be echoed in so many ways in the world. Your books continue to inspire me to stay awake, un-possessed, and kind. It is a way, a thoughtfulness, a kindness.

    Thank you so much for all your writing.

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  • Fonda Gibbs

    After receiving a wonderful reply from Ms Tepper to a letter I wrote, I replied to her via the publishing company again. I have a feeling the second letter never made it to her (the first took 6 months or more to reach her) and wanted Ms Tepper I did in fact reply and very much appreciated her offer. If anyone has the opportunity to pass along this message, I am forever grateful.

    Kind regards,

    Fonda (Australia)

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    • Tesha

      Ms. Tepper will read your message Fonda, but I wouldn’t expect a return. I understand she is working all hours to get her new book out.

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  • Fonda Gibbs

    It’s all good thanks Tesha. I just didn’t want Ms Tepper to think I was rude in not replying. Thanks heaps.

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  • Chetna Lawless

    Dear Ms. Teppart,

    I have just finshed reading Grass and I want to thank you. I was deeply moved by Marjorie’s revelations after her ‘fall’ and the resultant self-emancipation. Of course many other things moved me as well but it was her journey to the godrealms which shifted the story onto another level for me.

    Thank you for voicing so poetically with compassion the victory of the power of love over the love of power.

    I will be continuing to read your works. I work with the healing properties of Colour and I see from this site you have some character involving colour. Sapphire Blue in the system I work with is to do with receiving inspiration. Which it is clear to me you are an inspired writer!

    Thank you for sharing your visions!
    in gratitude,
    Chetna

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  • Kris

    I have read everything Ms Tepper has written under that name. Thank you so much for what you have written for us. Reading a Tepper story satisfies something in me like no other book by no other writer. Reading your stories has been like a master’s class in wise living, a wise and practical spirituality. Your ideas have informed my own thinking immensely. I am truly sorry to think that Fish Tales may be your last work but I look forward to it with excitement.

    I have been able to locate several out of print books via Amazon. I read and reread them, always with pleasure and gainng new insight.

    From ape to angel is a long haul – no wonder we so often fail as human.

    Thank you always
    Kristine Ellis

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  • Henae callaghan

    How do I begin totell you what impact, encouragement, and insight your books have given me? I always list you as my favorite author fi
    Rat and recommend your books toevery woman reader I meet. Your books are clever, deep, and impacting. Thank you zoo much for the ideas and theories you have released into the world.
    Your most ardent admirer,
    Henae

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  • Ria

    Dear Ms Tepper,

    This morning the dreaded moment finally came, and I finished Grass. Although I now have that empty sad feeling when a book you love so much is finished, the fact that you have written so many more for me to dive into has cheered me right up. Grass was so excellent; whenever I had to stop reading for such pesky things as eating and sleeping, I could almost imagine the characters, in the positions they were when I stopped, in suspended animation waiting for me to pick the book up again. I was anxious to get back to the book so I could ‘see what they were doing’, This only happens when a book has completely gripped me, so thankyou! I can’t wait to explore your others…

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  • gail

    I just wanted to tell the author that I have read every one of her books(unless I missed an early one that is out of print now) and love them all. Thank you for sharing your ideas with me as a reader and working so hard to create the wonderful books. My other favorite author is Orson Scott Card(similar writer in my eyes). Again, thank you!

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  • Henrik T

    I have a few words of profound appreciation for Ms Tepper. I am a man who always have had a hard time relating to feminist theory and discourse. It struck me as too complicated, scary and too much self reflection necessary.
    But through the fantasy /sci fi angle of your novels, I finally got it. Through your art, I gained a deeper understanding of women’s experiences and of humankind. Thank you so much for that. Henrik, 40 years of age

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  • Janet Levy

    Dear Sheri: At the age of 77, I am writing my first-ever fan letter. I have read and re-read your books for many years. Your ability to imagine unique societies, cultures, systems of government,religions, monsters and heroes never ceases to amaze me. The rich tapestry of your language fills me with delight and admiration. I take great pleasure in introducing your work to friends and seeing their reactions. Thank you for years of deep pleasure and for articulating so many important things that need to be said. Janet

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  • Susan Shamblin

    Dear Sheri Tepper,
    I just finished reading all the books you have published under your name and thank you for a wonderful year of reading. I have an animal rescue/sanctuary and some nights I may only get a page or two read but that was my treat to myself. Thank you so very very much. I truly enjoyed reading your books and I am so glad to know that there will be another soon as I adore Mavin. I actually read the True Game & Mavin books last and I cannot remember the first one I read but I am thinking it was _Gate to Women’s Country_. Your writing is wonderful and thought-provoking; it has touched my heart and spirit. Via your books, I have met individuals and visited places that will long be cherished and remembered. With warm regards and best wishes…

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    • Atlant

      Susan:

      If you want to continue reading Sheri’s works and you enjoy murder mysteries, you’ll probably also enjoy her “Jason Lynx” series written under her pen name of “A.J. Orde”:

      o A Little Neighborhood Murder (1989)
      o Death and the Dogwalker (1990)
      o Death for Old Time’s Sake (1992)
      o Looking for the Aardvark (1993) (Also known as “Dead on Sunday”)
      o A Long Time Dead (1994)
      o A Death of Innocents (1996)

      These aren’t science fiction, but many of Sheri’s themes are still present and they’re fun to read. I don’t think any are still in print, but unlike much of the early work bylined “Sheri S. Tepper” (which are priced very high on the used-book market), the work by “A.J. Orde” is reasonably priced and readily available.

      For others reading this, please note that Sheri has told us that more and more of her canon will be available as E-books especially including the books in the Lom trilogy-of-trilogies.

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      • Susan

        I know it has taken me awhile but I did collect and read the “Jason Lynx” series and enjoyed every moment. Thank you very much for the nudge that got me to read the books!
        Now, if the publisher would just get the other completed books published! I am ready to order/buy!

    • Susan

      Thanks Frances, just last night I finished the Shirley McClintock series and enjoyed the series very much. Thank you very much for the recommendation!

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  • Molly Helt

    Ms. Tepper, first of all, my husband and I adore your thought-provoking, take-nothing-for-granted writing. You are a brilliant writer. Thank you for the wonderful hours you have given us. My question: were your “Crazy Carol” stories published anywhere but Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine? My husband and I have often quoted from “Raccoon Music” but couldn’t remember who the author was or where we read it until recently. Now it seems there are no back issues containing all three stories. Am I doomed to never read them again? Is there nowhere I can find them? Thanks for your time, sorry to bother you with this, but they’re great stories!

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  • Simone

    Did anyone else comment on the ‘fountain’ poll? To me all choices are deeply flawed, no colour suits me! While I fervently believe that not everyone is suited to be a parent and we urgently need a rethink, I don’t like these options. They’re either too rigid – or too easy to subvert.
    Red: People develop in different directions, that’s human nature. Mating for life doesn’t make sense, plus having a sibling close in age is an important option for a child that I don’t want to categorically rule out.
    Yellow: What?! No.
    Green: Sounds good? Consider women wanting to please men and seriously believing happiness is having a baby, because he desires one. Amply proven not to work.
    Sapphire: No adolescence = no more ‘badly behaved’ teenagers? Well. That was my period of most clearly felt unhappiness, but also with the brightest insights that were intuition-building and culminating in my clearest ever thinking processes at around age 18 / 19. I can’t agree we should do without it.
    Lapis: No. Evolution has us headed for disaster. We’re not in danger of dying out (rather the opposite) so we need modification.

    One of the most impressive concepts I have ever come across in any novel (ever): Procreation of the (was it the Eesties?) – the starfish beings on Lom, requiring 5 (five) consenting adults having the earnest wish together to conceive in order to be able to produce one baby Eestie. It guarantees that there will always be some caregivers around for the offspring without tethering all five parents to this role without pause for years on end (none of that career vs. mum dilemma!), as they can take turns. Simple sound logic, a great idea and guaranteed to nip overpopulation in the bud. Would solve a lot of problems and we would really learn to cherish kids, wouldn’t we? Could I please vote for that?
    Simone

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  • Rev Carol

    I chose green. Just because can choose to have a baby doesn’t mean she will choose to do so. I believe in maximum choice. But I also like your reminder of the Eastie process. Rev. Carol

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  • pam

    Hey, I have read “grass”, but not Sideshow, because I cannot get #2 on e-format. Can I know why? This is a great story that I would love to finish

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  • Stacy

    Dear Ms. Tepper,

    Thank you so very much for the decades of wonderful, innovative, and thought-provoking reading you’ve given me. I started in the 80s with “The Revenants” and haven’t stopped reading your work since. I’ve avidly sought out and greedily purchased every book you’ve ever written (as Tepper), for the worlds you create enchant me as much as your stories and ideas do. I return again and again to the worlds you’ve created and despite excessive familiarity (I’ve probably read all 9 of the books in the True Game series at least 20 times), they never stop offering something to me. So thank you very much for giving me many hours of enjoyment. And thank you also for being one of the first to write female sci-fi/ fantasy characters from a female perspective instead of the typical “male gaze.” It does make a difference.

    P.S. When might we expect your next book to be released?

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  • Mary Pannell

    Years ago, I worked for a family planning clinc. I came acroos your pamphlet, “So, your Happliy Ever After Isn’t”. Thirty some year later, this is still the best pramatic information on relationships that I have ever read. (I have a Master’s in Counseling). Any time I needed a good pep talk I would re-reacd this. I had about a dozen copies and I have given them friends and family members for years. Alas, I can no longer find my personal copy. I have looked online for this and found it is out of print. My son and his wife are struggling and I wanted to give them a copy. Where could I get this??
    I had no idea you were a novelist. I can’t wait to go to my local library to see what I can find that you have written! Mary

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  • Els Couenberg

    With amazement I read the statement that Sheri S Tepper has to wait to be published because she is a ‘library writer’.
    I know editors and book stores are struggling, but if I see that the cheapest used copy of the mass production paperback of the Marianne Trilogy will cost me at least 29 Pound Sterling, I have the feeling somebody misses the point…..By the way, not only am I interested in the older books (I have them all after ‘shadows’ end’) but the pamphlets too….

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  • Els Couenberg

    With all the old books difficult to come by and publishers not wishing to republish, cannot we somehow organize an inventory for people who came into Sheri Tepper late and want to buy the books that are now out of print? Can the editors not organize something like ‘print on demand’? I would be in and I guess others on this page…..please?

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  • Yousef

    Dear Ms. Tepper,

    I discovered when I first started high school how much I love futuristic novels about the wonders of the universe, with all of the possibilities filling me with hope that I could be alive to one day witness even a fraction of what you talk about in some of your books. The Companions was by far my favorite science fiction novel to date, having read Ender’s Game and the rest of that series, none compare to the knowledge, detail, and realism that you put into your books, thank you for that. I know absolutely nothing about your other books, and I’m writing this message 20minutes after I finished The Companions, I cant wait to read more of your books.

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  • Ian Watson

    Dear Sheri,

    Years ago, I was introduced to the True Game books when my late mother a journalist who reviewed books gave me a first edition to read which led me to chase down the other works in the series and has remained some of my favourite works that I have read and re-read hundreds of times and still find them immensely enjoyable as does my two grown up daughters, I am glad that the Peter and Mavin story didn’t end there and would have loved to have read any prequels of earlier times, of the landing of the “signtists”, the schism of Barish and the faculty.

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  • Celina

    Dear Sheri S. Tepper,
    I “discovered” your books twice. Once when I was a child my mom read to me the Marianne Trilogy. They were one of her favorite sets of books. For years many of our conversations would use themes that were in your books and I had imaginings of what might come out of the washing machine when it was opened.
    Later when I was in my twenties I found a copy of “Grass”. I believe it was through the library. I was very poor at that point and trying to make it out on my own, not very well I might add. My life was very dark at that time and library books were one of the few things that I could indulge in. When I read “Grass” I was so impressed at the writing and the ideas that I immediately called my mom to tell her about this wonderful author that I had discovered. She pointed out that I had already read other books by the same author. Imagine my chagrin.
    Since then I have read many more of your books. My mother has an extensive collection. I save the few I haven’t read for times when I need them most. Often times the ideas in the books make me feel as if my head has been opened up to let in the sun’s rays. They help me gain some understanding and maybe hope. When my life has been darkest, that’s been a real blessing.
    One of the books that I wonder if you have read is “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn? He has written two other that I believe I might like better called, “My Ishmael ” and The Story of B”. But “Ishmael” is probably the most widely read of his work. Much like “Grass”. Although I don’t think he is the best writer I’ve ever read, his books made me scrutinize long held ideas and choices in my life. I believe you might enjoy any one of his books.
    The little writing that I have done has given me even more of an appreciation for your stories. The layers of complexity and the intricacy of the plot lines are not something that I have ever managed to place in my stories. This does not stop me from trying. I’m very glad that you have written so many books and am sorry that the publishing world has convinced you to retire. But I know that you made a big difference in my life and this blog tells me I’m not the only one.
    Take care,
    Celina

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