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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:plasticsturgeon
Date:January 23rd, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
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In the Mother's Land, by Elisabeth Vonarburg. Severely limited fertility and high infant mortality; very few men; heterosexuality is considered a perversion which more easily allows the state to control who breeds with who.

And I had another one but I got interrupted and forgot!
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From:plasticsturgeon
Date:January 23rd, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
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The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent has a lot of parallels to The Gate to Women's Country, but even though the all-female-run state controls fertility and there is probably eugenics going on it's not a prominent theme, although there is, just like in Gate to Women's Country, a small band of horrible retrogressive patriarchal people outside the wall who are slowly dying of inbreeding.
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