The Snows Are Melted, the Snows Are Gone • 1969 • Post-apocalyptic short story by James Tiptree, Jr.

★★+☆☆☆

Synopsis: An armless girl and her intelligent wolf companion are on the hunt in a post-apocalyptic world in the area of Ethiopia. They try to lure a big, blonde, healthy man away from his primitive tribe.

Our savior.’ His voice was harsh and high. ‘ There ’s your damned Y-chromosome. He ’s filthy.’

Review: When I googled the story a bit, a wonderful piano piece by James Blackshaw came up, and I’m listening to it right now. Tiptree stays vague concerning the background of the apocalypse and gives away only the summarizing title. Instead, she focuses on action: The huntress being hunted is a breathless race full of tricks and suspense.

Not all stories by Tiptree are heavy reads. This one is a quite early story in her writing career, and I found it short and entertaining but lacking the impact which many other stories of her have on me.

Meta: isfdb. I’ve read it in the collection Ten Thousand Light-Years From Home

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2 Responses to The Snows Are Melted, the Snows Are Gone • 1969 • Post-apocalyptic short story by James Tiptree, Jr.

  1. Bookstooge says:

    I had no idea that Tiptree was a pseudonym. Goodness, learning new things all the time…

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