Forever to a Hudson Bay Blanket • 1972 • Time travel short story by James Tiptree, Jr.


Synopsis: Dov Rapelle, a young geo-ecologist, has a cabin in snowy Alberta. One day, a helicopter drops off a naked, sixteen year old girl. He wraps her in his Hudson Bay Blanket. Time traveling Loolie hops back some 60 years to meet her tree love. She fucks him and as a love price bits him in his big toe. That is a kind of identification mark.

Review: If this sounds ridiculous, you haven’t read the story itself. Free sex mixed with Loolie’s annoying personality makes this story nearly unbearable. Of course there is the time travel paradoxon which is a standing trope in those stories – in this case the question “how did they fall in love initially”. There is a tragedy inside, and the sillyness didn’t work to build it up.

The story wiggled its way in Malzberg’s “The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time”, and if all those stories fit that style, I’ll give it a pass.

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

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4 Responses to Forever to a Hudson Bay Blanket • 1972 • Time travel short story by James Tiptree, Jr.

  1. pdtillman says:

    All I remember of this one is the title. Which is likely just as well.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Andreas says:

      Actually, the title is the best of this story. Thinking about it, it gives away the story‘s essence.
      Story titles of that time were great – not only hers but also Ellison and Zelazny.


  2. Ola G says:

    Not for me, I’m pretty certain 😉


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