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Memoirs of a Spacewoman by Naomi Mitchison
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Feb 12, 2013

it was amazing

here's a science fiction book that actually delivers on the promise of science fiction: not the drama of interstellar warfare but of trying to communicate with and understand genuinely alien beings, in between return trips to a future earth that sixties culture must have seemed on a trajectory to - a world where women desire and fuck whoemever they choose without guilt or shame, and where having a child is not a life-dominating decision. science fiction! the chapters that take place on earth are actually the weakest, not in the least because they imply that females universally have a natural instinct toward nurturing that males lack. but the book also has bi-gendered martians who only take on fixed-sexed bodies during brief reproductive seasons, so i'm willing to forgive.
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