Sheri S. Tepper is unapologetic about the label “ecofeminist.” Author of nearly forty novels, she creates complex, well-rounded characters in elegant blends of science fiction, fantasy, ecological alarum, and feminist fable. She writes what she cares about deeply, hoping to awaken readers to the hard realities of history and our times. She argues for a truly long view regarding our use of the Earth and its creatures—including each other—if we mean to survive.
Tepper’s work has won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy (Beauty) and received twenty Locus nominations. She was a Hugo finalist for best novel (Grass), and has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. She has also been a multiple finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.
I happen to be obsessed by some subjects. There’s the whole card of environmental issues, the extinction of species after species. To my mind, the expression of divinity is in variety, and the more variable the creation, the more variable the creatures that surround us, botanical and zoological, the more chance we have to learn and to see into life itself, nature itself. If we were just human beings, living in a spaceship, with an algae farm to give us food, we would not be moved to learn nearly as many things as we are moved by living on a world, surrounded by all kinds of variety. And when I see that variety being first decimated, and then halved – and I imagine in another hundred years it may be down by 90% and there’ll be only 10% of what we had when I was a child – that makes me very sad, and very despairing, because we need variety. We came from that, we were born from that, it’s our world, the world in which we became what we have become.
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