William: Tiptree’s first story that she ever published was called the “The Last Flight of Dr. Ain,” and in it you follow this sad little dude with a runny nose and a bad cough as he flies all over the world and gets off to feed the pigeons. It’s a very short story. By the end of the story you realize his mission is to spread the plague because he’s seen what’s coming. It’s an extremely dark, dark little thing. That was her first outing. She was a CIA analyst.

January 31, 2015