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05:47 pm: eugenics in SF
[personal profile] lightreads reread Children of Morrow and Treasures of Morrow by H.M. Hoover, and I commented
There was a time when eugenics was all over SF written by women. And I was reading SF during that time, but I was a kid, and didn't notice it.

I am curious about it now, and I wonder:

What time period was that, exactly? [I'm thinking of the seventies]
Is my sense that it was more common in books by women than by men correct? If so, why?
What were they thinking?
Why did it stop?

Would you say that these are books I should include if I make an investigation of the phenomenon?

Can you think of any books I should include if I want to take a broad look at eugenics in SF? When I say eugenics I mean an attempt to improve the human race through selective breeding, not genetic engineering. And for this I'm not interested in books about breeding for The Perfect Child that has been foretold unto us, who will save the world; that trope is also creepy, but different.

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Date:January 19th, 2016 01:28 am (UTC)
Yes, just what I thought of.
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Date:January 19th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
me three. maybe it wasn't ubiquitous, maybe we just all read that one book ;-) .
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Date:January 19th, 2016 03:19 am (UTC)
Me four.
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Date:January 23rd, 2016 08:01 am (UTC)
I have heard that Tepper got more obsessed with breeding people in later books!
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Date:January 23rd, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, TGTWC is the mostest but also there's, I think it's the Family Tree? The one where plants take over the world and eat a baby because a family has too many kids, and she decides overpopulation is the fault of depressed people and we should all be sterilized.
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Date:January 23rd, 2016 08:03 am (UTC)
Yes, that one has to be right square in the middle of the field.
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