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A thought on themes
on June 13, 2011
This book raises some really great themes. One reviewer says: "I also found it odd that every single women in the story was homosexual, whether native, Mirror or from Estrade. Millions of years of evolution on earth would still produce a majority of heterosexuals on GP unless some other process intervened."
In answer, I felt that several themes could be explored here in a book group. The first one being that I for one didn't feel that every woman's orientation was revealed, especially the soldiers. The possible fluidity of sexual orientation is a great topic here. Can lesbians be made as well as born (in the case of the soldiers). Another one is exactly the one suggested by the reviewer I quoted: that a process intervened that changed the direction of evolution (the Virus itself) for the native women. A third exploration would be linked to our assumptions on the original colony. Is it just our assumption that a large group of heterosexual couples colonised it? I think another great theme to explore would be the possible makeup of the original settlers. What sorts of groups other than, or including, hetero couples would be valuable on a settlement?
I love this story for raising these sorts of ideas and explorations.