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:
- Only partners for life will be able to reproduce, and only once every decade.
- Parthenogenesis, with a few males born every eighth or ninth generation.
- Heterosexual reproduction, but no woman will ever conceive unless she chooses to conceive.
- Heterosexual reproduction, but with a short period of fertility.
- As it has been.
What would you choose and why?