Sheri S. Tepper

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Sheri S. Tepper
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BornShirley Stewart Douglas
(1929-07-16)July 16, 1929
near Littleton, Colorado
DiedOctober 22, 2016(2016-10-22) (aged 87)
Santa Fe, New Mexico [1]
Genre Horror, mystery fiction, feminist science fiction
Notable works The Gate to Women's Country ,
Beauty , Grass
Notable awards World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement,
Locus Award in 1992 for Beauty

Sheri Stewart Tepper (July 16, 1929 – October 22, 2016) [2] was an American writer of science fiction, horror and mystery novels. She is primarily known for her feminist science fiction, which explored themes of sociology, gender and equality, as well as theology and ecology. Often referred to as an eco-feminist of science fiction literature, Tepper personally preferred the label eco-humanist. [3] Though the majority of her works operate in a world of fantastical imagery and metaphor, at the heart of her writing is real-world injustice and pain. She employed several pen names during her lifetime, including A. J. Orde, E. E. Horlak, and B. J. Oliphant. [4]


Early life and education

She was born Shirley Stewart Douglas near Littleton, Colorado. [5] As a child, she read science fiction and fantasy by A. Merritt and C.S. Lewis, as well as Frank Baum's 'Oz' books, William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land and Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright. She later commented, "These were the books I went back to again and again." [5]


Tepper recalled she "spent ten years...working all kinds of different jobs" as a single mother of two. [5] This included time working as a clerical assistant for the international relief agency, CARE. [5] From 1962 to 1986, she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, eventually as its executive director. [5]

She wrote poetry and children's stories as Sheri S. Eberhart then took a break from writing. By the mid-1980s, she was publishing science fiction novels, including The Revenants (1984), and the books of the True Game series, including King's Blood Four (1983), Necromancer Nine (1983), and Wizard's Eleven (1984). Other related works followed, including her ecofeminist novels The Gate to Women's Country (1988) and Grass (1989), which was part of the Arbai Trilogy. Later novels in the 1990s and 2000s included Beauty (1991), which won a Locus Award; Shadow's End (1994), The Family Tree (1997), Six Moon Dance (1998), Singer from the Sea (1999), The Visitor (2002), The Companions (2003), and The Margarets (2007).

As of 1998, she operated a guest ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico. [5] That year saw her first and possibly only appearance at a science fiction convention, when she was Guest of Honor at the 25th WisCon, the feminist science fiction convention held annually in Madison, Wisconsin. [6]

In November 2015, she received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. [7] [8]

Personal life

She married at 20, and divorced in her late twenties. [4] She married Gene Tepper in the late 1960s. [4]

She died on October 22, 2016 [4] at age 87. [2]





Short works



Educational pamphlets for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood:

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