Future Earth vs Whileaway
Between Houston, Houston, Do You Read? and The Female Man there seemed to be a lot of correlation between the utopias. A disclaimer with a sample size of two it is wrong to say that all are like this though. Of course some of these qualities are common in many utopias. The first example that is on the surface is how they focus science. In both societies the focus of the science is biological. This seems to be from a need, so I guess that is fair. What I mean is reproduction through science needs to be perfected when a gender dies out. Another very common theme is the simplicity of them both. While simplicity is a common theme in most utopias, both of these go to an almost communal system of living. In Houston, Houston, Do You Read? the people on Earth do not have any real town everyone just had these groups then in The Female Man they just had familial group like things. Another thing both bring up is the simplified version of their political systems. Both have their local systems which have leaders or led by groups. Both have used the genetic control to have the “best” people. In The Female Man all the people possess great intelligence for example.
Another issue is that every problem is solved with men gone. Both of these societies are good because there are no men. I just can’t see that people are just going to fix all their problems and differing views just because men are gone. Houston is a little bit easier to see. In that one the rest of the world died and it was just one area left (Australia), but even that, in any given place there are going to be differing opinions that would make it hard to have a united people. I am not say that either gender does require the other but I feel that these two utopias were not explained or expressed as much as I would like but both do ok in attempts to just inform how issues were dealt with in each society.
Tiptree, James. Houston, Houston, Do You Read? New York: T. Doherty, 1989. Print.
Russ, Joanna. The Female Man. Boston: Beacon, 1986. Print.