Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death

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"Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death"
Author James Tiptree, Jr.
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction short story
Published in The Alien Condition
Publication type Anthology
Publisher Ballantine Books
Media type Print
Publication date April 1973

"Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death" is a short story by James Tiptree, Jr. which won a Nebula Award for Best Short Story in 1973.[1] The novella first appeared in the anthology The Alien Condition, edited by Stephen Goldin, published by Ballantine Books in April 1973.[2]


Moggadeet is a spider-like creature who has decided that, since he is intelligent, he will resist the instincts which lead his species through an exceptionally violent life-cycle -- including a drop in intelligence during winter.

As the years go by, Moggadeet gradually realizes that the winters are becoming longer and longer, and it is more and more difficult for him to resist becoming an unintelligent animal. In summer, he captures and stockpiles prey for himself and his mate to eat during the winter, but when the food runs out, his mate eats him.


"Love is the Plan the Plan is Death" has appeared in the following collections:[3]


"Love is the Plan the Plan Is Death" won or was nominated for several awards:


  1. ^ Clute and Nicholls 1995, p. 1231.
  2. ^ Von Ruf, Al. "Publication Listing "The Alien Condition"". Internet Speculative Fiction Data Base. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bibliography: Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death". ISFDB. Retrieved June 11, 2013

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