Gibbon’s Decline and Fall, Sheri Tepper

Although I read this fantastic novel years ago, I was recently reminded of it by Judith A. Little’s Feminist Philosophy and Science Fiction: utopias and dystopias. 

At the end of the novel, five options for human reproduction are presented:

  1. Only partners for life will be able to reproduce, and only once every decade.
  2. Parthenogenesis, with a few males born every eighth or ninth generation.
  3. Heterosexual reproduction, but no woman will ever conceive unless she chooses to conceive.
  4. Heterosexual reproduction, but with a short period of fertility.
  5. As it has been.

What would you choose and why?


1 comment

  1. I don’t see, in this grand plan, where men are castrated and then made into slaves where they are forced to talk about their feelings while holding cats and watching Oprah re-runs. The only downside I can see concerning the female dominated society, is how men will get blamed for all the problems, when they have so little say in its operation.

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