On Neptune’s moon, Triton, citizens are able to choose their living arrangements, referred to as a co-op, based on a number of preferences. Some of these preferences include gender, sexual orientation, and religion. As Spike explained, “If you’re gay, you find a gay co-operative; if you’re straight, you go find yourself one of the male/female [straight] co-operatives. . . and there’s every combination in between” (99).
I think of this concept as the “inception” of utopias. What I mean is that although Triton is a utopian territory, each citizen can choose a co-op customized to their own preferences — their own utopia within a utopia.
As I thought of this concept, my mind immediately reflected back to one of our first classes. After reading Huxley’s Island, I recall Professor Ganyard asking, “Is utopia possible?” I tried to answer this question by saying I think we’d have to have multiple utopian territories in which people can choose which utopia is their utopia — but I think Triton is a better explanation than the one I tried to give.
I also recall on the very first day of class, Fiona stating one of the reasons she is interested in this course is because she is curious of how the definition of utopia can vary from person to person. I would venture to say that Triton is a compelling example of how people could come together to form and live harmoniously in a utopia even if they have different definitions of what utopia is.
Delany, Samuel R. Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 1996. Print.
Ganyard, Clifton. “Is Utopia Possible?” Utopia and Anti-Utopia. University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. 15 Sept. 2016. Lecture.
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