Woman on the Edge of Time
By Marge Piercy
Why this book?
Though I’m a huge fan of Marge Piercy’s works in general, I have a low-key obsession with this book in particular — and I never fail to recommend it to absolutely anyone who’s ever expressed an interest in reading. Being polyamorous myself, I’ve even given a conference paper on the novel’s portrayals of future polyamory; with three-way parenthood, genderqueer living, and sexual tolerance all part of Piercy’s extremely well-constructed sci-fi utopia. Published in 1976, Woman on the Edge of Time was light years ahead of its own time, and for those of us rocking both beards and lipstick, it still presents an inspiring vision to this day. Its single dystopian chapter even inspired William Gibson’s Neuromancer, thereby kick-starting the entire cyberpunk genre.
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