Author: James TIPTREE JR.
Original language: English
The most notable story is again an investigation into the gulf between the sexes. “Houston, Houston, Do You Read?” won both the Hugo (in a tie with Spider Robinson’s “By Any Other Name”) and Nebula awards as the best novella published in 1976. In it a crew of three American astronauts are caught up in an intense solar storm which apparently propels them through a time vortex into a world several hundred years into their future. A devastating plague has reduced the human population to just a few thousand, all female, whose only means of reproduction is the cloning of several basic genome types.