Shaenon: Carla has shared this with her readers, so I guess it’s okay for me to do it here.  This is concept art for a proposed graphic novel about science-fiction writer James Tiptree, Jr. (a.k.a. Alice Sheldon) written by me and drawn by the great Carla Speed McNeil, whose art has always been what I pictured when I started writing.  This is still very much in the planning stages, but I hold out hope for making it happen.  It’s kind of my dream book.

Channing:  James Tiptree, Jr. is, of course, one of the two core thematic inspirations for the character of Tip in the original “Skin Horse” design document.  Being that I was always more of a fantasy nerd than a science fiction nerd growing up (higher unicorn-to-page ratio) I hadn’t even heard of Alice Sheldon before Shaenon introduced me to her (not personally, of course, since she passed away in 1987).  I am very excited to see this book, not in the least because my love of recursive humor wants to see this book win the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for science fiction.  It would be a very organized and tidy thing to happen, even though I suspect that, inasmuch as it is a biography of a science fiction author and not actually a work of science fiction, it is probably ineligible.  Perhaps you could throw a few rocket ships in there and have it be set on Mars or something.