I read this book about 31-Jul-2007. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1973. This note was last modified Thursday, 09-Aug-2007 20:37:18 PDT.
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I have, eventually, developed a considerable regard for this book, hence the rereads. Okay, you can find me rereading his very worst books ever (even if we don't agree on which those are; I've reread them all), but still.
It's a bunch of somewhat-connected anecdotes, and it's set a long time in the future and in a culture that has changed a very long way from ours. It doesn't function much like a normal novel. And the incest theme is something people don't want to think about, and while he avoids situations where there's a power imbalance (and hence probability of exploitation), he never discusses that part of the issue, he only discusses the genetic issue of making damaged babies (which, in that future, is rendered moot by their technology).