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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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From:boxofdelights
Date:January 23rd, 2016 05:46 am (UTC)
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You made me think of Joanna Russ's When It Changed. Have you read it?
http://boblyman.net/englt392/texts/When%20It%20Changed.pdf

She seems to share the simplistic assumption that smart people will produce smart children, but is entirely opposed to treating that as a justification for controlling actual people:

"You can have cells enough to drown in,” I said. “Breed your own.”
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From:randomdreams
Date:January 23rd, 2016 06:55 am (UTC)
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I haven't read it but I will.
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