Slow Music • 1980 • Post-humanity novella by James Tiptree, Jr.


The last woman and the last man want to “stay on this Earth and do human things,” while all others have been uploaded by a mysterious “River” which grants eternal life among the stars. They fail.


Tiptree’s last great story offers the choice between having a life full of sex and suffering, or escape to a sexless, disembodied life. Staying on Earth seems to be the braver choice. The novella cites lots of Keats and Yeats, resembling the mood of the story.

I liked the story very much with its bittersweet character.

Meta: ISFDB. First published 1980 in Interfaces. I read it in the collection Her Smoke Rose Up Forever.


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